South Bay Explorers Navigator’s Log Volume IV, Issue 3 Greetings to all Explorers and November 2008 their Guides! The days are getting shorter and the nights colder as we move Upcoming Gatherings through Fall. It's a time of year Induction–Boat Regata that brings many important op- Pasta Palooza portunities for our adventurous Explorers. First off, congratulations to all of Inside this issue: the Explorers and Guides who at- what you do: put down this news- Welcome New Members 3 tended Camp Surf and have right- letter and go get the brightest Patch Mania 4 fully earned their green beads marking pen you have. for attendance of an expedition Outfitter’s Log 5 Okay, here's the tricky part. gathering. You can read about all Take a deep breath and,... with YMCA Pride 7 of the fun everybody had in the unwavering strength, determina- Expedition Report. Pasta Palooza 8 tion and conviction,... march If this was your first time to Ex- straight up to your calendar and Circle Reports 9 plorer Camp you now know why we BOLDLY mark the days of Jan. Camp Surf Pics 10 say "Explorer Camp is the pinna- 23rd- 25th for the Explorers cle of the Explorer Experience", Winter Snow Camp!! Wow!! You Camp Surf Pics 15 and we hope to see you at many did it!! Congratulations, we knew Caroling, Ice Skating 16 more! you could. Now you can sit back, Pony Beads 17 If you missed Camp Surf, well, relax and bask in the glory of Expedition Calen- 18 don't get to depressed, and we knowing you won't miss another dar will try to help you correct this Council—Seeking 19 (Continued on page 2) Volunteers errant behavior. Now here's Navigator’s Log (Continued from page 1) goes directly to our Explorer most tickets, so write your program. name on the back of all the Explorer Camp! Pasta Palooza takes place tickets you sell! Okay, on to this months gath- erings. Nov. 22nd, 7:00 pm at the We will also need a lot of help YMCA. from both our Explorers and Taking place on Nov. 9th, will Guides the Night of the event be our Induction Ceremony In a nut shell, it's a giant spaghetti dinner with lots of with set-up before, serving, and Rain Gutter Boat Regatta. and clean-up afterwards. extras. We start with serv- During our Induction Cere- ing spaghetti, salad, bread, This is a huge event and we mony we will welcome our new Explorers to the Expedition drinks and other snacks that need all the help we can get! and celebrate the Traditions are donated by local busi- All Explorers who sell tickets of The Explorers. After- nesses. We also award many and/or help at the event will wards, we will have The Rain great door prizes and gift earn the right to receive a Gutter Regatta in which all of certificates which are also white bead for acts of volun- the Explorers will have the donated to us. tarism. chance to race the wooden For the kids, we will have the Well Explorers, that’s it for boats they have built to- rock wall to climb, the pine now.....oh, wait a minute. I al- gether with their Guides. car derby track (bring your most forgot....Did you remem- This will be a picnic style cars if you got ‘um), crafts ber to mark your calendar for gathering at Columbia Park and patch designing. It is a January's Winter Camp??? starting at 12pm. very fun evening, and a very (seriously folks, if you miss And Now Our Main Event For good event to invite your two camps in a row, people November!! friends so they can see what are going to start to wonder the Explorer Experience is all (drum roll please) about you). about. A good November to all, and This is where the help of all may your Thanksgiving be a .......PASTA PALOOZA !!!!!!... our Explorers comes in. We very special gathering. need for all of our Explorers to get out there and sell (formally known as The those dinner tickets!!! Hey, Friends Forever, Spaghetti Dinner) you can think of it as, "helping This is the one event that we families to eat cheaply in Chad Thagard these economically stressful Expedition Navigator really need the help of every Explorer and Guide. Pasta Pa- times" (Wow, that almost looza is our yearly fund rais- sounds saintly?). And don't ing event in which ALL of the forget, there is a prize for proceeds from ticket sales the Explorer who sells the Becoming an Adventure Guide Explorer WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS: Aaron & Joshua Aalcides Chang & David Lee Robert & Noah Adhikari Dan & Darin Materman Cindy & Eric Becker Garrett & Kyle Miller Kathryn Bressickello & Kaitlyn McCreary Crystallee & Victoria Munoz Victoria & Shawn Belveal Robert & Jacob Norman Andrew & Ernest Chin Kelly & Riley Peay Charles & Jake Creek Bob & Madeline Pierce Tasmin & Aidan Delong Lori Pyne & Matt Chabot Lawrence & Gavin & Colin Fisher Paul & Zoe Storaasli Brian & Jackson Fujimori Matt & Mason Stuart Margaret & Jacqueline Futerer Alain Sykes & Khaled Atalla Maiko & Jasiah Guzman Gigi Thompson & Alexandra Scharenberg Kenneth & Cameron Ito Suzette & Jeric Ryan Vaflor Dale & Moremi Kaplan Steve & Alissa Wagner Mark & Kylee Kallick Myles & Alicia Watling Brandi Krueger & Alison Jain Armida Panka – Yates & Noa Karen Kwan & Kyle Jorgensen Congratulations! By joining the YMCA Adventure Guides program, you have made a decision to spend quality time strengthening your relationship with your child. By investing your time and energies into this program, you are sure to achieve that admirable goal. I honor each one of you for being the hero in your child’s life by making the commitment to invest the gift of time in your child’s childhood and for being a positive role model and a significant influence in their character development. Please let me know if you have not yet been contacted by your Circle Navigator, or if you have questions about which group you belong. Lisa Rodriguez - Program Coordinator 310-325-5885 X 7482 Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 3 Page 4 Compass Patch Designs All Explorers can submit Compass and all the patch email them to designs for any camp design needs to have is the email@example.com. (Winter camp is next), and artist’s name and circle Designs can be submitted via one lucky Explorer will have name. The judges are email by scanning the patch their design selected as the looking for colorful, fun template using a 100 DPI. Camp Patch. designs. Send as many as You can also drop them off All you need to do is put you want!!!! at the YMCA with Lisa your design on the Patch Make patch designs and Rodriguez’s name on it, or Template and give it to Loy send them to Loy Miller at give them to your Navigator. Miller. The Patch Template 2860 W. 234th Street, can be found here in the Torrance, CA 90505 or Outfitter’s Log Dear Explorers, these groups: Coyotes, Meer- We had a near sell out this kats, Lost Sioux Princesses, year and we are hoping to What a fantastic time was and Blazing Tigers. We hope FILL up Waterman Village had at CAMP SURF! The to see the Crows and the next year. Reservations are Sun shone upon us this year Dragons at Camp Oakes. IN for the 3rd weekend in and it made for a great week- Even though our Explorer’s October 2009, so save the end to enjoy the waves, group was greatly outnum- date! crafts, rock climbing, arch- bered by the Laguna Nation, Speaking of Dates: Please ery, campfire, and s’mores we held our own on Skit continue to check out the (Thanks Coyotes!) Night and I was thrilled to website see the willing participation www.southbayexplorers.com It was great simply to spend of each circle showcase their quality time with our daugh- for details about upcoming fine talents. I learned a few activities. It’s not too late ters and sons by getting back NEW claps for next camp and to the basics of nature and to join, so if you have a left with a greater connec- friend who may enjoy this leaving behind the schedules, tion with the families in our e-mails, cell phones, videos, experience, please invite group due in part to our them to our next event. We blackberries, etc. and to cre- Chapel Time…a great ending ate such unique memories would love to grow our Expe- to a fabulous weekend. And dition “bigger than Laguna that will be treasured for nothing will bring people to- years. Nation”. Then we can gether quite like sharing a tout…”Who, Who, Who are We had representation from cabin! Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 5 Outfitter’s Log, continued we?…we, we, we are THE your circle navigator about may sell up until the day of Mighty, Mighty Explorers!” obtaining it. Ask everyone event- Nov, 22nd. Good Whoo Ya! After all, Camp you know to support the Ad- Luck! Surf is leased from the Naval venture Guides… Need not be Looking forward to seeing Base…so it’s befitting. present to win raffle prizes… you Nov. 9th at INDUCTION Pasta Palooza- Our Biggest and Dinners can be taken to CEREMONY & BOAT RE- Fundraiser of the year! go…remember to give the big GATA! Tickets are ON SALE NOW! portion to the person buying There will be a Gift Certifi- and completely fill out the cate awarded to the top raffle portion (write your Lisa Rodriguez Program Coordinator seller. If you have not yet name on backside, so we can 213-639-7482 (Direct Line) received your packet, please keep track of top seller). firstname.lastname@example.org stop by the YMCA or contact Return monies and raffle portion to the YMCA. You Page 6 Compass TAKING PRIDE IN YOUR TORRANCE-SOUTH BAY YMCA Did you know? Your Torrance-South Bay YMCA is one of the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in the South Bay. It is an integral part of community life in the neighborhood it serves. It works to meet the health and social needs of men, women, children, and families of all faiths, races, abilities, ages, and income levels. No one is ever turned away for in- ability to pay. However, without your financial support, many simply will not be able to take advantage of all this Y has to offer. The YMCA mission is to strengthen families and to develop character values and behaviors that are consistent with Judeo - Christian principles. Your YMCA works to promote strong programs for children and families, health, and community. This Y provides before and after school child care, preschool, parent-child programs, swim lessons, activi- ties for seniors, camping, individual and family counseling, teen programs, and much more. The abundance of offer- ings allows your YMCA to effectively meet a variety of needs and serve a diverse community. Program Enrollment: The Adventure Guides: this Parent- Child program alone serves over 1,100 members. This program has a significant impact on families as it strengthens the bond among parent and child. Innovative programs provide the opportunity to a mom or dad and child to participate in activities together, and serve as key role models for their children. Community Impact: Connects families to others in their community. Fosters volunteerism giving back in time and talents exemplary to the future generation. Service Area: Your YMCA serves the communities of Torrance, Lomita, Harbor City, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and portions of the Harbor Gateway. The area's population totals 320,000; approximately 49,000 are school-aged children. The number of residents of Asian and Hispanic heritage is increasing the fastest. Enrollment in the YMCA's programs reflects the diversity of the population both in terms of age and ethnicity. Expenditures: The operating budget totals $12.5 million. It comes from these sources: 10% contributions, 35% member- ship dues, 53% program fees, and 2% government grants. Direct financial aid grants to those children and families in need a total of $538,000 annually. Facilities: The YMCA headquarters in Torrance is made up of a comprehensive 70,000 sq. foot health and fitness facil- ity, and community center. Renovations of the facility in 2002 included an indoor high-adventure family center, an ad- ditional pool, community center, and a new lobby. Additionally, numerous community facilities including schools, church, and municipal buildings provide space for child care, senior programs, and counseling. Staff: A staff of 15 career professionals gives leadership to program operations, development and support services. Another 85 full-time and benefited staff along with 290 part-time and seasonal employees work at the various program locations. Many young people have their first employment experience with the YMCA. They benefit greatly from ex- tensive leadership and interpersonal skill training. Over 1,700 volunteers devote countless hours to fund raising, program leadership, office support, and building projects. Organization: Your Torrance-South Bay YMCA is the largest of the 25 branches that make up the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. The association is a charitable, not-for-profit organization, qualifying under Section 501(c) (3) of the U. S. Tax Code. The Los Angeles Y is affiliated with the YMCA of the USA through a charter. The YMCA national headquar- ters is in Chicago. YMCAs are active in 114 countries and the international organization is centered in Geneva, Switzer- land. History: The YMCA movement was founded in London in 1844. In 1851 the first YMCA in the USA was established in Bos- ton. The Torrance-South Bay YMCA was organized in 1946. It became affiliated with the Los Angeles Association in 1948. Over the years it has benefited from widespread community support and enjoys an extraordinarily good reputa- tion. Mission Statement: The Torrance-South Bay YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations who are united in a common effort to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice and to enrich the quality of spiritual, mental, physical and social life for their families, their communities and themselves. Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 7 PASTA PALOOZA SPAGHETTI DINNER HOSTED BY YMCA Adventure Guides Explorer Expedition Torrance-South Bay YMCA Annual Fund Raiser for the Parent-Child Program Saturday, November 22, 2008 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm LOCATION Torrance-South Bay YMCA 2900 Sepulveda Blvd. Torrance, CA 310-325-5885 ACTIVITIES Rock Wall Climbing / Pinewood Derby track / Raffle Prizes COST $5 per Person or To Go Order $15 per Family Includes dinner & raffle entry: Need not be present to Win! Page 8 Compass Circle Reports Coyote (Father/Son) Crow (Father/Son) Dragons (Father/Son) L/S/P (Father/Daughter) Meerkats (Mother/Daughter) - See Outfitter’s Log Blazing Tigers (Mother/Son) Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 9 Camp Surf Pics Page 10 Compass Camp Surf Pics Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 11 Camp Bike Ride Beach Surf Pics Page 12 Compass Camp Surf Pics Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 13 Camp Bike Ride Beach Surf Pics Camp Surf Pics Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 15 Caroling and Ice Skating October 2008 skating. The ice is reserved for the Adven- Adventure Guides, ture Guides so there is never a crowd but watch out for falling Dads. We always have We have two of my favorite events coming- a great time ice skating and come away with up on December 7. They are the caroling some great memories. I usually take a few and ice skating events. For caroling, we falls but come-up unscathed, mostly due to line-up and parade through a few of the lo- landing on my son, Bryce. Anyway, I hope to cal retirement homes while singing your fa- see you there. vorite Christmas Carols. I always enjoy the smiles on the senior’s faces as we march past fearlessly hammering the lyrics to Sincerely, some of their favorite holiday tunes. Clearly, the enjoyment of seeing the kids Jeff Marcon out-weighs the pain these people endure Expedition Elder from my singing. Immediately after carol- YMCA Adventure Guides ing, we hit the ice for an evening of ice Page 16 Compass PONY BEAD ACCOMPLISHMENT PROGRAM This incentive program has been developed to help build character values into each circle and to provide a continuously growing record of our youth member’s achievements / accomplish- ments / and active participation throughout the developmental years in Explorers. Beads will be presented at Circle Meetings for the Following Areas: BLACK Attending Monthly Circle Meetings RED School Attendance & Responsibility for Homework (Note: Sick days are considered Excused Absences) BLUE Good Citizenship at Home / Completing Chores / Acts of Kindness / Being a Good Brother, Sister, Son or Daughter GREEN Attending Expedition Events / Camps / Activities (See YMCA Calendar of Events 2008-09) WHITE Acts of Volunteerism: (Ex. Article submitted to Newsletter, Helping at Events, Patch Designs, Community Service ) GOLD Special Recognition & Awards (At School, Home, Church, Etc. Also for Patch design win- ner, Bringing a NEW Member into the Program, …) NOTE : If this is your 2 or 3 year in the Explorer program and you have successfully nd rd completed ONE full year in the program…you will receive a set of distinguished” Beads: 6 Black Beads, 4 Each Red, Green, Blue, and 2 White for your past active participation. Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 17 Expedition Calendar / Circle Navigators Date Event Time 14-Sep-08 Beach Bike Ride Noon 19-Sep-08 Orientation Night 7 pm 24-Sep-08 Circle Training 7 pm 17-Oct-08 CAMP SURF ~ 9-Nov-08 Induction–Boat Regata Noon 22-Nov-08 Pasta Palooza 7 pm 7-Dec-08 Holiday Caroling & Ice Skating TBD 23-Jan-09 WINTER CAMP ~ 14-Feb-09 Pine Car Derby Noon 8-Mar-09 Olympics Noon 24-Apr-09 SPRING CAMP ~ 22-May-09 TENT CAMP ~ 7-Jun-09 Graduation–Water War Noon ⇒ Council Meetings held EVERY 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 7-8 pm, Torrance YMCA Popp Meeting Room. ⇒ Next Council TBD ⇒ Circle Navigators encouraged to attend. Everyone Welcome! CIRCLE NAVIGATORS NAME CIRCLE E-MAIL TBD Coyote (Father/Son) Jeff Marcon Crow (Father/Son) email@example.com Gary Weiss Dragon (Father/Son) firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Singer L/S/P(Father/Daughter) email@example.com Gigi Thompson Meerkats (Mother/Daughter) firstname.lastname@example.org TBD Blazing Tiger (Mother/ Son ) Page 18 Compass South Bay Explorers Council 2008-2009 South Bay Explorers Council Adventure Guides Office Officer Job Description The Navigator presides over meetings (Base Camp) and outings. Chad Thagard Navigator They delegate assignments and insure that activities are being email@example.com organized. The Compass Bearer takes on the duties of the Navigator when he/ Compass Bearer Volunteer Needed she is absent. They become the Navigator the following year. An Elder is a past Navigator or a member of long standing. They re- Jeff Marcon Elder mind everyone of the programs aims. Help new Circles as they begin, firstname.lastname@example.org and part of the Expedition leadership. The Treasure Keeper looks after all Circle resources, including the Loy Miller Treasure Keeper Treasure Box, talking stick, Expedition awards, and other materials. email@example.com They keep records of expenses and income. The Scribe keeps Circle records and rosters and conducts roll call at Scribe Volunteer Needed meetings. He/She is responsible for Patch and Graduation certificates. Mark Applegate Naturalist The Fire Keeper lights the camp fires. firstname.lastname@example.org The Scout leads the Expedition in recruiting new members into the David Burt Scout program. He is responsible for placing the new members into a new email@example.com or existing Circle. The Trail Guide is responsible for organizing Expedition campouts, Trail Guide Volunteer Needed activities and special events. Supported by Council & staff. Bob Singer The Talley Keeper records and maintains accurate point records of Talley Keeper firstname.lastname@example.org all Expedition meetings, events and volunteer work for honor status. David Leivers The Legend Keeper is responsible for documenting all events in Legend Keeper email@example.com picture and written form. Brian Schrunk The Web Spinner is responsible for updating the Expedition's web Web Spinner firstname.lastname@example.org site. Responsible for all fund raising for the nation and works with the Treasure Raiser Volunteer Needed YMCA Annual support campaign. Lisa Rodriguez Outfitter email@example.com YMCA Coordinator Shawn Belveal Compass Scribe firstname.lastname@example.org The Compass Scribe Produces the Compass Newsletter Seeking a few good men/women… Be a part of the excitement in planning and guiding by giving back to the Adventure Guide Pro- gram. Please consider taking an active role to strengthen this fantastic program. We are open to new & innovative ideas and enthusiasm. Every small action has the potential to turn into greatness over time. “One small step forward …One giant leap for our community” Volume IV, Issue 3 Page 19 South Bay Explorers Compass Torrance-South Bay YMCA 2900 West Sepulveda Blvd. Torrance, CA 90505 Address Correction Requested Compass Information ⇒ Email submissions to the Compass to email@example.com ⇒ Please provide your name, Circle name, Adventure Guides name and Circle or Council position. The deadline for submissions is the 3rd Wednesday of each month. ⇒ Don’t forget to send pictures to our Web Spinner, so that he can add them to the Expedition web site. ⇒ Visit the Expedition web site (www.southbayexplorers.com) to see a color ver- sion of the Compass.