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The Compass LOS ALTOS YMCA ADVENTURE GUIDES M A Y 2 0 1 2 INSIDE Expedition Navigator’s Message THIS ISSUE: Greetings Adventure Guides Friends Oakes as their new Camp Director. So Navigator 1 Camp Surf was fun as always. The while we’re sad to see Sam leave, it’s a Message weather on Saturday was perfect and I great opportunity for him and we’ll still don’t think I’ve ever seen as many peo- get to see him at Camp Oakes. No pres- Reminder 1 sure Sam, but we are expecting big things ple in the water surfing, boogie board- ing or just having fun as this past camp. from you at Camp Oakes. Huff ‘nPuff 2 The Gaga Ball pit was packed as usual. Also, as our program year winds down, Huff ‘n Puff 3 Camp Fox is coming up in a few weeks let’s start thinking about next year, and Focus On.. 4 and please note that the boat spread the word to friends and acquaint- Focus on... ances that might be interested in starting 5 is leaving at 6 pm this year. Rumor has a new circle next year, or joining an ex- Circle Chat 6 it that Camp Fox has built a Gaga Ball isting one. They are more than welcome pit too. If you haven’t signed up yet but to attend our year end pool party in June Webmaster 7 are interested in going, check with Sam at the YMCA. – I think there still may be a few spots Community 8 . Service open. Points , 9 On a sad note, we’re losing Sam Calendar Albrecht, our YMCA Outfitter at the Rob Berry end of this program year. The Camp Cuddlefish Circle Director at Camp Oakes has retired Expedition Leader and Sam will be returning to Camp Have questions or need info? Contact Sam Reminder... Albrecht at the YMCA (562) 596- 3394 firstname.lastname@example.org WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rD 7-8 PM AT THE YMCA PAGE 2 Recent Events…. Fun at the Our Official Starter ↓ huff ‘n puff! 4/22/12 Head Chef and Griller– awesome job!! THE COMPASS MAY 2012 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 The Brave Velociraptors When the Brave Velociraptors get together, who has more fun? The sons or their dads? If you asked our sons, they would probably tell you about any one of the many amazing first time experiences that they have done while part of the program. From sleepovers to campouts, from waterfalls to long hikes, or from crafts to rifles and ar- rows. Our kids come back from the outings with many memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. However, if you ask the dads in the circle, I think you will get a resounding response. We have a great group of men who have all come together to teach and guide our sons through this journey. We are all discovering how to be better fathers while rediscovering what it is like to be a child again. Bottom line is the dads are enjoying this just as much as the boys. The Brave Velociraptors came together for the first time in 2009. Founded by a small group of fathers who’s sons were in school together at school at St. Joseph’s Elementary. Since then our group has grown to 12 families including boys from other local schools. Our group is made up of boys around 7-8 years old but we have recently been joined by younger brothers and cousins. We plan to pass this circle on to this younger crew. The Brave Raptors have been well known at the camps for our campfire songs. Our songs have really brought all of us to- gether as a circle. Before our first trip to Camp Oaks, my son and I were trying to figure out a fun thing that our circle could perform at the campfire. I was strumming my guitar and I asked my son “What do you like most about Adventure Guides?” He responded “I like the things we make”. “Hmmm” I thought to myself. I hummed it back to a “D” Chord. “What else do you like about the adventure guides?” I asked. He replied “I like the time we spend together.” “Ok”. I followed it with an “A” Chord and paused. I grabbed a pencil and starting writing furiously. The gears were rolling in my head and shortly after our first circle song called, “Big Bear Woods” was written. We has been performed it at Camp Oaks each year since. Big Bear Woods – Brave Raptors Camp Oaks Song I like the things we make Away from school and moms Chorus I like the times we take We are growing strong Raptors are dinosaurs I like the times we have We are Brave Raptors now who grow up big and strong Hanging out with our dads Learning things and how Just like our dads On a weekend trip to the Big Bear woods On a weekend trip to the Big Bear woods We are moving along Since then our circle has created a Camp Fox song that all of the kids help write (See Below). They performed it last year for the first time at Camp fox. This May will be the Raptors first time at Camp Surf. We will have to see what we come up with for campfire. I have such fond memories of the camping trips, hikes and outings that I did with my dad in the Indian Guides programs. I never realized how much my father must have enjoyed it until I experienced it as a father. I am thrilled that I can give my son and the other boys in our group the same kind of experience and memories that I had from this program when I was young. Charlie Stockwell THE COMPASS VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1 PAGE 5 Camp Fox Song Chorus Of all of the places that I have been, Wherever I go, I'll take the memory of this place. I'll remember Catalina and hanging out with my “Our songs Sunny Catalina, A camp Fox day. friends, have really Wherever I am, I will always have these friends. Dad, can we come back again next year, Thanks to our dads for bringing us to camp again. brought all With all of my friends, I will meet you here. of us I caught my first fish from the pier today, Repeat Chorus together as My dad helped me bait the hook with the smelly bait. I swam in the cove, oh it was so cold. a circle” My dad he wouldn't go in, he said he was too old. I shot an arrow for the first time today, Repeat Chorus I even hit the target it was a bale of hay We are Brave Raptors, one and all. We like hanging out, we are having a ball. PAGE 6 MAY 2012 Circle Chat Wolf Rangers Wolf Rangers are getting a head start on Mother's/Father's Day gifts at Paint n' Glaze off Studebaker and Carson. THE COMPASS PAGE 7 The Webmaster Greetings all Compass If you join, you will also be automatically noti- fied of upcoming events, base camp meetings, Readers, deadlines, as well as when new content is added. Over the past program year, as a webmaster, it has You may also order a printed copy of the Camp been my goal to improve the Los Altos Adventure Oaks Group Shot. Just navigate to the linked Guides Wikipages site. photo and choose, “Order Prints”, from the Shutterfly website. An 8x10 is only $3.99. Please visit the site at: Camp organizers are going to take a group shot http://losaltosadventureguides.wikispaces.com. at all future camps, so start collecting the memories today. The goal is to make this the starting point for exist- ing members as well as a tool to solicit new mem- Also look for the “Buy T-shirts and other bers , for information regarding joining an existing LAAG Products” link on the LAAG website circle or forming new circles. Please share this site or go to: with your friends, families, teachers, administrators http://cafepress.com/losaltosadventureguides. of your schools or other community leaders to dem- onstrate to them, all that Adventure Guides has to You can purchase “Growing Stronger To- offer. gether” t-shirts, mugs, or bags. Each product is printed to order and is very high quality, and Spread the word about the program and the site by long lasting. using the Facebook button on the homepage to share with your social network. Also use the Submit your own custom designs or ideas for Google+ button to share with your Google friends. designs and I will make a product set just for your circle. As we know, the Adventure Guides is an amazing community program and if you have spent any time at any of the camps and events at the local YMCA, Feel free to make suggestions regarding the you undoubtedly have met other great members in website. My email is email@example.com this community of ours. In order to share memories, and is also posted at the bottom of the LAAG photos, videos and more with this community, I website homepage. have created a Members Only– Shutterfly page. You can request access by following the “Photos– Member Only” link on the LAAG Website or by Sincerely, going directly to : Charlie Stockwell (aka, “The Webmaster” ) http://losaltosadventureguides.shutterfly.com/. This allows you to share your memories of Camps and other outings and keep it in the community of our members. PAGE 8 This month we feature Beach Cleanups.. More community service opportunities will be featured in next month’s edition 1. Seal Beach Save Our Beach conducts a Monthly Beach Cleanup, normally, on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to Noon at the beach parking lot at the end of 1st Street, Seal Beach. Check in the parking lot at the Blue Canopy. Please bring garden/work gloves, reusable water bottle and trash grabber so that we make less trash. Our trash bags were donated bywww.everybodygreen.com and were made from recycled plastic bottles. You'll need to bring the bags back to the blue canopy and take out recycle items and then empty remaining trash into the blue dumpsters. 2. Long Beach - Save our Beach First Sat. of month: One Piece At A Time conducts a Monthly Beach Cleanup, normally from 9 a.m. to Noon where Termino Ave. meets the sand in Long Beach.. Take Termino Ave. South until you enter a parking lot and park. Look for blue canopy and you're there. (Location is between the Belmont Pool and the Belmont Pier). Use the map at right for directions. Please bring garden/work gloves, reusable water bottle and trash grabber so we make less trash. Please bring trash bags back to the blue canopy so we can consolidate bags and reuse them. 3. Justin Rudd’s Monthly 30-Minute Beach clean ups WE MEET on the 3rd Sat. of each month at 10 a.m. at 1 S. Granada Ave. (@ Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90803) in Belmont Shore, to help rid the beach of trash and debris. Free parking. (next clean up June 16th) JUST SHOW UP You are welcome to show up by yourself or with your group. Average attendance each month is 200 participants and all ages are well represented. STUDENT VOLUNTEER forms are available upon request at the conclusion of each cleanup. These forms can be returned to your school officials to help satisfy required volunteer service hour credits. BAGS AND GLOVES are provided by the Community Action Team (CAT). And, please bring a recycled bag if you can. Volunteers are asked to wear shoes and sunscreen. We will meet RAIN OR SHINE. ============================================================================================== THE COMPASS MAY 2012 PAGE 9 We want Circle of the Year Summary your photos! As of: 5/18/2012 Com- # in Circle mun. We want to feature your awesome pic- Circle Points Svce Wild Wahines 509 tures from Camp Surf and Camp Fox in Tongva 447 the next issues of the Compass. Share Tomahawks 409 Cuddlefish 401 the fun and special memories by up- Brave Raptors 350 loading your pictures to our Shutterfly Pioneer Princesses 341 Blue Halite 283 site (as described in the Webmaster ar- Ocean Girls 280 X ticle on page 7) or emailing directly to Red Strikers 280 Wolf Rangers 260 me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pathfinders 259 Snow Flakes 209 Dukes 175 Adventure Sisters 150 Shadow Monsters 125 Tiger Lilies 85 Expedition Officers 2011‐2012 Cheetah Girls 70 Navigator- Expedition Leader Riptides 70 Rob Berry- (Cuddlefish) 0 4703 email@example.com Elder - Previous Expedition Navigator Calendar of Events Gary Farmer (Playanos Princesses and Komodo Dragons) firstname.lastname@example.org Wed, 5/22/12 Base Camp at YMCA 7-8 pm Log Keeper – Records Meeting Minutes and Tracks Points Brad Denger (Pioneer Princesses & Pathfinders) - Fri-Sun 6/8 - 6/10/12 Camp Fox (Catalina) boat departs at 6pm email@example.com Campfire: Event Coordinator – Coordinates Circle Sponsors for Events Craft:: Vacant Position June TBD Final Adventure Guide Event TBD Compass Newsletter Editor – Compiles Newsletter Articles Wendy Chavis (Totally Terrific Tomahawks) firstname.lastname@example.org Webmaster - Updates Program Website Charlie Stockwell (Brave Velociraptors) email@example.com Outfitter – YMCA Staff Liaison Sam Albrecht (562) 596- 3394 firstname.lastname@example.org FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTHY LIVING FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Mailing label here Los Altos YMCA Adventure Guides 1720 Bellflower Boulevard Long Beach, CA 90815 Contact: Sam Albrecht Phone: (562) 596-3394 E-mail: Sam.Albrecht@lbymca.org Website: losaltosadventureguides.wikispaces.com/ Adventure Guides Compass Points The Adventure Guide program is based on the adventures of a parent and child and their Circles and Expeditions. At the forefront of the program are the Compass Points, which give members a sense of direction and an inspiration for activities. These points are broad enough in scope to allow for variety and creativity in designing activities. The four main points on the compass are the essential components of the program. The Family is True North – the focal point of the program. Nature and the camping experience are integral parts of the program. The spirit of the program is experienced through belonging to a small Community, called a Circle. Fun is the magic of the program. The YMCA Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility make up the other directional points.
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