My child comes home more mature and responsible after every trip. How can so much growth happen in just one summer?

– Parent of 9th grade boy

The energy! The care! The fun! Everything a kid could want.
I want to go to camp!

– Parent of an 11 yr old girl

My favorite thing in a whole entire world is Camp Combe.

Female camper, age 6

I'm not sure how you do it, but I don't think my boys have ever been this excited about anything!

– Parent of two campers, age 7 & 9

As a kid, I loved Camp Combe. Now I want to make camp just as awesome for my campers!

– Camp Combe Junior Counselor

This was our first summer and everything has been exactly as we
were told it would be...even better!

– Parent of an eight year old camper

Service Corps, especially Habitat for Humanity, had a huge impact on my son!

– Parent of a 7th grade boy

It’s hard to outgrow camp when it gets more fun every year! Your teen programs are perfect!

– Parent of an 8th grade girl

Camp Combe is the coolest place I have ever been.

Male camper, age 9

My daughter loves camp so much she is disappointed on the weekend. "Camp Combe today?" is her first waking question!

– Parent of a six year old camper

This is a camp that celebrates kids being themselves. What could be better than that?

– Parent of a male camper, age 12

This was my son’s first truly successful mainstream experience —we couldn’t be happier!

Parent of 8 yr old camper with Autism

Directors’ Notes

News about the upcoming summer and other general information from Davey, Diane, Lindsey, and Phil.


NEW STAFF…

2016 Junior Counselors that are interested in priority consideration for a paid position for summer 2017 should complete the Staff Application by 1/31/17. Please drop it off/mail it to camp/fax/scan and email it to campoffice@ymca-cnw.org.

Position Openings…
Some of the positions that we need more good candidates to fill are posted online. (Just because the position is posted, doesn’t mean we don’t have candidates already.)

The Senior Leadership Team (Section Directors and Year-Round Directors) met to determine the Leadership Team (Unit Leaders) for next summer. Offers will go out the week of the 30th.

The Year-Round Director Team will be meeting tomorrow to place returning staff candidates in positions for 2017. Offers will go out the week of the 30th.


RETURNING STAFF…

Interested in priority consideration for a position for summer 2017 should complete the Returning Staff Application by 1/15/17. Several reminders have gone out about this, so check your email; or email Davey for a link to the electronic form. dhennessey@ymca-cnw.org


This month, the Senior Leadership Team (Section Directors and Year-Round Directors) will be meeting to determine the Leadership Team (Unit Leaders). We have many excellent returning staff and amazing applicants to consider! We will have 12 ULs this summer:

One Mini Camp Unit Leader
Two Berkshires Unit Leaders
Two Himalayan Unit Leaders
Two Andes Unit Leaders
One Appalachian Unit Leader (NEW position)
One CIT Unit Leader
Two Rockies Unit Leaders
One Program Unit Leader (NEW position)

Section Directors!
It is my pleasure to announce the Section Directors for 2017!
Nick Tuosto   Mini Camp, Berkshires, Himalayas
Andy McInerney   Andes, Appalachias, CITs 
Julia Schwartz   Rockies, Program
Annaliese Zerafa   Camp 5


Staff from Summer 2016…
Have been sent an email inviting them to apply for positions for Summer 2017. If you didn’t get that email, please call Davey or Diane in the office for instruction.

Junior Counselors becoming Counselors in 2017, and job candidates that didn’t work at camp last summer…
Applications for NEW paid staff members can be found here: http://bit.ly/2gFb6IB  and will be accepted from January 1 – 31, 2017 with interviews in February and March.

Lindsey Brown…
Has joined the year-round staff team as Director of Programs.

New options for children in rising grades 7 & 8…
This summer, children can enroll in the Big Camp Appalachian Village for grades 7 & 8. Like kids in the Andes village, they will take one field trip a week and the rest of the time will swim, zip line, do archery, etc. at Main Camp.

New options for CITs moving up in 2017…
This summer, CITs can apply to be Junior Counselors OR Junior Specialists. By choosing the Junior Specialist track, 15 year olds will commit to 6 weeks of job training with Arts’n’Crafts, Nature, Adventure, Archery, Cooking, or Y-Tech specialists.

Membership Fees that used to apply to parents at time of registration
Has been eliminated.

Sessions for Lego & Minecraft Camps will be 1 week long this summer instead of 2 weeks

Swim lessons are now INCLUDED as part of the program for all children under the age of 8 (Mini Camp, Berkshires)

Weeks 7 & 8 we are offering a Dance Camp for children age 4 through grade 5.

CARING. HONESTY. RESPECT. RESPONSIBILITY.