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Work Weekend – Calling For Volunteers!

Join us as we prepare Camp Wyandot for the upcoming wintry season. Bring your family and friends for a nice weekend full of fellowship and hard work in the Hocking Hills (23834 Clear Creek Rd, Rockbridge, OH 43149)!

There is no cost to attend but you will be working so dress appropriately. Arrive Friday, October 10 in the evening and get acquainted OR arrive Saturday, October 11 to work for the day or to contribute a few hours. The work day begins Saturday morning at 9:30 am and ends Sunday October 12 after breakfast. Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Please register for Fall Work Weekend before Thursday October 9.

As this is a “work weekend”, children should be able to participate with the work projects as well. Children should be 10 years old or older to attend. All volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or contact the office for more information (erika@campwyandot.org).

Staff Changes at Camp Wyandot

A Note from Lindsey Christ, Executive Director:

I just want to say thank you for the time I have had with Camp Wyandot, Inc.  I have met some wonderful people and I am amazed at how selfless and giving you all are to this organization.   Having worked in the non-profit field since 1997, I can truly say I have yet to encounter a non-profit with such dedicated staff, volunteers, members, and Board of Directors.  I’m happy to say the organization is moving in the right direction with solid financials and a clear direction.  I have enjoyed my time with the organization and know it will only continue to flourish!

An Introduction from the new Executive Director, Greg Kellison:

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When I accepted the offer to become the next Executive Director of Camp Wyandot, I did so with a combined sense of respect, excitement and challenge.

I respect the legacy of Camp Wyandot, its history and heritage, and the ways the camp experience has positively impacted the lives of so many people. I’m excited about having the opportunity to lead Camp Wyandot as an ever increasing number of young people experience only what camp can offer, and I am mindful and energized about the challenge in terms of raising the awareness and resources necessary to insure that Camp Wyandot remains and continues to grow as a viable, sustainable resource for future generations of campers.

I bring a blend of experience to this position which includes leadership from both the corporate world as well as the non-profit community. I have been and continue to be a volunteer for several organizations, and I have deep admiration for those who give of their time, talent and treasure in volunteer capacities. I have also been and continue to serve as a Board member for two non-profit and church-related organizations,  and I have great respect for those who serve in these capacities.

While my professional life has taken me all over the United States and Europe, I was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. My undergraduate degree is from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, and my graduate work was done at Indiana University. I believe in continuing education, and I am currently enrolled in a CFRE accreditation program.  My hobbies and interests include reading, cooking, traveling and lots of OSU Basketball (and not necessarily in that order!).

Finally, I believe that open, honest communication is crucial to the success of any organization. I’m looking forward to building strong working relationships with everyone associated with Camp Wyandot.

Hiring a New Facilities Manager/Caretaker for the Camp Wyandot Property

We are hiring for a new Facilities Manager/Caretaker and need your help in spreading the word!  Send them to this link for a full job description: http://www.campwyandot.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Caretaker-Job-Description-2014.pdf

Join Wyandot Explorer Clubs!

Wyandot Explorer Clubs are community based, organized and run by volunteer leaders like you! Clubs meet during the school year and we provide thewebsite explorer training, the framework, the materials, and the support for each club.

Join an existing club or start your own! Wyandot Explorer Clubs aims to provide a quality youth development experience that builds competencies and creates positive life-long memories in a safe and supportive environment. The program focuses on four Explorer Categories: Community Exploration, Self-Exploration, Environmental and Science Exploration, an Creative Exploration.

For more information, visit our Wyandot Explorer Clubs webpage on our website, or call the office (614) 481-8227.
The membership deadline is November 1, 2014.

Our annual Leader Meeting for Wyandot Explorer Clubs is on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM. Location details will be coming to your email shortly. Please RSVP for the event to erika@campwyandot.org.

A Memorable Alumni Weekend

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Thanks to all who attended Alumni Weekend this year! Singing songs, sharing stories of camp, making crafts, and celebrating friendships founded in Camp Wyandot was great fun. Thanks to Doc (Margie Dooley) for her amazing efforts to organize the event, and for the tree-planting memorial service for Sally McAlister, Linda Flynn, Vicky Ann Nolan, and Don Jenks. They will be sorely missed.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Summer Camp 2014 Update

We had a fantastic summer camp season at both our overnight camp in the Hocking Hills and our day camp at Highbanks Metro Park with huge increases in campers due to some hard work, referral by happy campers, and strategic marketing!

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Let’s start with our Day Camp at Highbanks Metro Park.  We have been at their Dragonfly Day Camp for the past 8 years or so and saw 42% increase in camper weeks (398) over last year (280).   Our overnight camp at Camp Wyandot was also hugely successful this year.  We saw a 47% increase in campers over last year with 489 campers.
We heavily marketed our campership program which saw a 100% increase in applicants and recipients which were  funded by the Sally McAlister Campership Fund, The Columbus Foundation, and our generous Alumni.  We also fostered a new partnership with the Neighborhood House, a settlement house on the East side of Columbus, and continued our partnerships with Gladden House in Franklinton, and the Clintonville Community Resource Center.  With that, we sent nearly 100 youth to camp this summer through camperships and grants.
We are excited about what we have been able to accomplish this year and we have a bright future moving forward.  So you should feel very confident about where the organization is.
We couldn’t have done it without our dedicated year-round and seasonal staff, competent Camp Directors, hardworking volunteers, and diligent Board of Directors.   Thank you to everyone for your continued support of Camp Wyandot, Inc.!

Spend a Day with Camp Wyandot – 10th Annual Luncheon!

You are invited to join us as we host the 10th Annual Camp Wyandot Luncheon!

A Day as a Wyandot Camper

Started as a Camp Fire program in 1913, our organization has been in existence for over 100 years.  We would like to celebrate the tradition of being a Wyandot Camper!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center
1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, OH  43229

Lunch begins at noon with a social hour before and after lunch.  We will be hosting a silent auction and displaying memorabilia from the last 100 years.

Please RSVP to the office at 614.481.8227 or fill out the form online.

Silent Auction items needed

We are also seeking items for the 2014 Silent Auction at the Annual Luncheon. We need your ideas, creativity & commitment to make our selection diverse & profitable.

Please contact Erika Senk (erika@campwyandot.org) if you are interested in volunteering, and with your items including the following information: the value, starting bid price, and description of the item(s). We look forward to seeing you there!

Fall Fun Day is October 4

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Remember the chilly change of weather, bright changing leaves, and tasty warm cider in fall? Well it’s that time of year again! Join us at Dragonfly Day Camp at Highbanks Metro Park, Highbanks Dragonfly (685 W. Powell Rd, Lewis Center, OH 43035) for fun and games in the great outdoors! Learn outdoor skills and create crafts with new friends! Sing songs and share stories around the campfire with s’mores and join our awards ceremony at the end of the day!

 

This event is open to all of our Camp Wyandot Explorer club members, Camp Wyandot members and families and anyone else that is interested in joining Camp Wyandot. The cost is only $5 per child (ages 3-18), $3 for adults! Register online to let us know you are going to be there so we can plan accordingly. Click here to to register for Fall Fun Day. Pay when you arrive.

Plan to Attend Alumni Weekend at Camp Wyandot!

Registration for Alumni Weekend at Camp Wyandot is open!  Join the fun of spending a weekend at Wyandot away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Remember the sound of the bullfrog or the smell of wood smoke? Please contact your friends who have enjoyed Wyandot and invite them to attend.  This event is open to all!  alumniWe are planning a special ceremony with a sign dedication for Linda “Tick” Flynn on Saturday evening.

Register for Alumni Weekend August 15-17, 2014

*Please note, we no longer accept PayPal.

Come for lunch on Saturday or stay the whole weekend!  The weekend will include hikes, crafts, swimming, and other activities.

Contact the office if you have questions at 614.481.8227 or info@campwyandot.org.

Day Camp Registration Sessions 8 and 9

Looking for a summer adventure before the school year starts? We have some good news for you! There is still registration space for Camp Wyandot Day Camp Session 8 (August 4-8) and Session 9 (August 11-15). Campers will have a great time meeting new friends, spending time with old friends, and exploring the Dragonfly Campsite at Highbanks Park!

The Field Trip for Session 8 will be a fun adventure to our Hocking Hills Camp Wyandot, and the Field Trip for Session 9 will include a trip to Scioto Mile so campers can explore the fountains and 10574425_10152481259836877_8821229647491983998_nAudubon!

Be sure to register soon, space is limited!

 

 

Changes in the Camp Wyandot Office

(427x640) (2)I am sad to say goodbye to Chanika Svetvilas as the Office/Program Manager in the Columbus Camp Wyandot office.  She is leaving at the end of July to move back east to be closer to family.  She has been a great addition to the office since starting in April 2013 and has really streamlined operations at the office and I am grateful for her time and dedication.  I want to wish her luck on her move and as she pursues new opportunities.

 

 

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetI would like to welcome Erika Senk as the new Office/Program Coordinator.  She started in mid-July and I am very happy to have her as the newest Camp Wyandot employee.  A graduate of OSU with a background in Spanish Linguists and experience coordinating programs for OSU through the Collaborative Articulation and Assessment Project and OSU’s Foreign Language Publications office, I’m confident in her abilities to be a productive and vibrant employee of Camp Wyandot, Inc.

Lindsey Christ
Executive Director