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Sally Hoeflinger McAlister – Beloved Alumna

Sally Hoeflinger McAlister died April 9, 2014 after a three-year struggle with cancer.  She was a 1963 graduate of Hilliard High School and a Camp Fire Girl all the way through the Horizon Club.  Her leaders were her mother, Rachel Hoeflinger, and Erla Chrystal.  She was a counselor at Camp Wyandot using the camp name “Keewee.”  In August 2011 Sally met Camp Fire friends Sharyn Chrystal Vogel and Linda Hassell Williams at the Alumni Weekend.  The event reconnected her to Camp Wyandot and she returned  alumni weekend annually after that and served on the Luncheon Committee.  Sally was a woman of strength and kindness and Camp Wyandot friends who knew her for decades or who only met her recently will miss her dearly.

Before her death Sally told her husband, John, that in lieu of flowers she wanted people to donate to Camp Wyandot in her memory.  Sharyn Chrystal Vogel provided initial funds with a significant donation to start The Sally Hoeflinger McAlister Camp Wyandot Campership Fund.  Almost $12,000 has been donated to date.  This fund will provide youth with limited means to be able to attend camp.

Camperships provide financial assistance to benefit low income youth, entering grades 1-12, who are unable to afford to attend camp on their own. By offering camperships/financial assistance, Camp Wyandot, Inc. can reach the youth that can truly benefit from the opportunity and continue to create an inclusive and diverse camp community.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation in memory of Sally Hoeflinger McAlister, please make checks payable to Camp Wyandot, Inc. and write the Sally Hoefflinger-McAlister Fund on the memo line.

Mail to: Camp Wyandot, Inc., 1890 Northwest Blvd, Suite 130, Columbus, OH  43212

Donations can also be made online.

Profile contributed by Nikki Spretnak.

Wyandot Explorers Spring Skills Weekend – May 17 – 18

club campfire smallWyandot Explorers’ annual Spring Skills Weekend at Camp Wyandot is May 17-18 2014. Participants will enjoy a day of nature study and outdoor living skills. We will also have a Grand Council Fire Saturday night to celebrate what you have accomplished in your clubs this school year.

Each group needs to bring a sack lunch or their own food supplies to cook Saturday lunch over an open fire at one of the many fire rings around camp. If you will need assistance cooking over a fire please inform the office and we will be sure to have a trainer available during lunch to help you with basic fire building and outdoor cooking. For more information, please email info@campwyandot.org or call the office at 614-481-8227.

You receive two days and one night of activities, snacks, and meals for just $22 per person. Siblings and parents are welcome.  It is $22 for Wyandot Explorers and $27 for non- Wyandot Explorer members. You can also choose to attend Saturday and participate in the activities but not stay overnight for $13 for Wyandot Explorers or $18 for non- Wyandot Explorer members. Other options are also available.

 Register for Spring Skills

Annual Flower Sale

We have flats, hanging baskets, potted plants, and vegetables!

Do you remember how much you loved going to camp? The hiking trails, the songs, the games, canoeing, and the cookouts? Please help other families provide this unique experience for their children by joining us to raise money for Camperships!

EdiblePlantsDVDAll proceeds benefit providing financial assistance for families to send their children to Wyandot Day and Overnight Camps. Please invite your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to participate in this special sale!

Revive your garden or give your mom the gift of spring for Mother’s Day!

Order Deadline: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Flower Pick Up: Saturday, May 10, 2014  Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Camp Wyandot (parking lot),1890 Northwest Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43212
Download the Flower Sale Order Form  to make your order today!

If you have any questions, please call the office at 614-481-8227 or email info@campwyandot.org.

Vicki Nolan – Dedicated Volunteer Passes

Vicki Ann Nolan (camp name Windsong) passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014. Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.

She was a dedicated Camp Fire volunteer as a club leader.   She also helped organize clubs at Our Lady of Peace and mentored other club leaders.  As chairperson of the leader’s association, and she planned numerous activities for the Columbus, OH area.  Additionally, she was active at Camp Wyandot for many years as a volunteer counselor.  All three of her children Andrea, Victor (deceased), and James attended Wyandot and were CITs.  Andrea and Victor were also camp counselors.

In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to: John Carroll University, Victor Stephen Nolan Scholarship Fund, John Carroll University, 20700 N. Park Blvd., University Hts., OH 44118.

Profile contributed by Margie Dooley.

 

Work Weekend in the Spring – April 25 – 27

WORK WEEKENDS

Join us as we prepare camp for the spring season.  Bring your family and friends for a nice spring weekend in the Hocking Hills!  There is no cost to attend but you will be working.  You have the option to arrive Friday and stay until Sunday, come Saturday just for the day, or stay over Saturday night.

Agenda:
(4/25)-Friday evening, snack provided and mingle with other volunteers
(4/26)-Saturday morning, breakfast served
Work day begins around 9:30 am after breakfast and concludes at 6:00 pm, lunch will be provided.
Saturday evening, dinner served
(4/27)-Sunday morning, breakfast served

The main job will be cleaning all the cabins, units, and shower houses for upcoming user groups. In addition, we will be unwinterizing the dining hall, screens to repair or replace, raking and clearing trails, stacking firewood, and fire rings to clean.  As this is a “work weekend,” children should be able to participate with the work projects as well and should be 10 years old or older to attend.

Register for Work Weekend

We are also looking for donations of the following tools:

Router, wrenches (socket sets), screw drivers (philips and flat), circular saw, table saw, and c-clamps

Connect Kids to Camp: Camperships

Financial Assistance to Attend Summer Camp

Camp Wyandot, Inc. is now accepting applications for Connect Kids to Camp 2014 to provide camperships/financial assistance to benefit low income youth, entering grades 1-12, who are unable to afford to attend camp on their own and would never have this chance to be immersed in a natural environment learning outdoor skills while sharing the experience with their peers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConnect Kids to Camp is available for both Wyandot Day Camp (Grades 1-10) located at Highbanks Metro Park in Lewis Center, OH and Wyandot Overnight Camp (Grades 2-12) located in Hocking Hills in Rockbridge, OH for those who meet financial assistance guidelines.

By being in a nurturing environment with their peers in our camp programs, youth can receive positive reinforcement, encouragement, and support that recognize their ability to succeed in school, life, and their future.

By offering camperships/financial assistance, Camp Wyandot, Inc. can reach the youth that can truly benefit from the opportunity and continue to create an inclusive and diverse camp community.

Campership Application 2014
Day Camp Campership Registration Form
Overnight Camp Campership Registration Form

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014. Both the Campership Application form and the Registration Form for either day or overnight camp must be completed and submitted along with all required documentation.  Funds are limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at 614-481-8227 or info@campwyandot.org.

Register for Wyandot Day and Overnight Camps Today!


Register for Summer Camp by May 3, 2014 to receive an Early Bird Discount!

Now that we have survived the polar vortex, it is time to plan ahead for the summer and reserve your child’s spot for camp! Give your child something to look forward to and have them share their experience with friends by inviting them too!

Bring a Friend to Camp! Session 1 boys (5)

If you are a returning camper and bring a friend who is new to Wyandot Day or Overnight Camp, you will receive a rebate and your friend will too! ($20.00 for Day Camp and $50 for a Regular Session and $25.00 for 3 ½ Days Session for Overnight Camp) The Camp Friend Rebate is only valid for non-immediate family members or friends and requires that both parties attend camp. The rebate will be issued after camp attendance. This offer is valid for only one week of camp per household. Sibling and early bird discounts still apply. Camp deposits are nonrefundable.  So encourage a friend to attend camp with you this summer and you will both save!

Session 1 Plum gp (2)

Register for day camp at Highbanks Metro Park

Register for overnight camp at Camp Wyandot in Rockbridge, OH

Please contact the office if you have any questions about registration at info@campwyandot.org or 614.481.8227.

Registration is open for Day and Overnight Camps!

Registration is open for both day and overnight camps!

Register for day camp at Highbanks Metro Park

Register for overnight camp at Camp Wyandot in Rockbridge, OH

New Incentive this year:

If you are a returning camper and bring a friend who is new to Wyandot Day or Overnight Camp, you will receive a rebate and your friend will too! ($20.00 for Day Camp and $50 for a Regular Session and $25.00 for 3 ½ Days Session for Overnight Camp) The  Camp Friend Rebate is only valid for non-immediate family members or friends and requires that both parties attend camp. The rebate will be issued after camp attendance. This offer is valid for only one week of camp per household. Sibling and early bird discounts still apply. Camp deposits are nonrefundable.  So encourage a friend to attend camp with you this summer and you will both save!

We are also hiring our seasonal staff at both camps if you or someone you know would be interested in applying, click on the links below:

Day Camp Staff Application

Overnight Camp Staff Application

Campership applications for those who need financial assistance will be available soon.  Contact the office at info@campwyandot.org or 614.481.8227 if you are interested.

Camp Wyandot Membership and Annual Meeting Reminder

Camp Wyandot will be holding its Annual Meeting, January 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Grandview Heights Public library hosted by the Board of Directors.

All are invited even if you are not a member, whether you are a parent/guardian, counselor, CIT, volunteer, and/or friend, we want to hear from you.  Your input is invaluable and needed.   We will review the accomplishments of 2013, discuss our plans for 2014, and conduct our Board elections. We hope you will make the time to attend.  If you know of others who are interested in the future of Camp Wyandot, please invite them as well.

In order to vote, you must be a member. Membership starts at $25 for individual membership and $45 for a family membership.  To register your new membership or to renew, please click on the link below.  If you prefer, you may contact the office to make payment over the phone via credit card or bring a check made payable to Camp Wyandot, Inc. to the meeting.
Camp Wyandot Membership

Annual Meeting
January 23 at 7:00 pm

Grandview Heights Public Library Meeting Room
1685 West First Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212

 

If you can attend, please RSVP to chanika@campwyandot.org or call 614.481.8227.

Bead Fair – Saturday, February 22, 2014

We will be hosting our Wyandot Explorer Bead Fair on Saturday, February 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Columbus Mennonite Church in Clintonville (35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43214).
Assorted_Round_Wooden_BeadsThis year we will have four structured activities one for each explorer category: Environment and Science Exploration, Community Exploration, Self Exploration, and Creative Exploration. Activities will rotate between two groups of participants. At the end of the program, you will receive your bead awards, one for each activity completed.
For our Self Exploration activity, a yoga class will be given by Yoga-Well-Being so each child should bring a beach towel and wear comfortable clothing.  This event is open to all of our club kids and anyone interested in learning more about Wyandot Explorers. A minimum of fifteen(15) children must be registered for the event to take place.
The cost is $4 per child (ages 3-18) in advance and $5 at the door, $2 for adults. This includes snack and beverage for everyone and the bead awards for your child that they have earned that day. Click on the link below to register.
Bead Fair Registration
Register and pay online to let us know you are going to be there and to get the discounted price. If you plan to pay at the door, please register as well so we can plan accordingly.   The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 19.
Bead Fair Schedule
  • 1:00-1:45 PM Self Exploration and Creative Exploration
  • 1:45-2:15 PM Snack and Songs
  • 2:15-3:00 PM Environment and Science Exploration and Community Exploration
Should you have any questions, please contact the Camp Wyandot office.