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Why Should You Apply for Sail?

Should you apply for SAIL?Are you awesome? If so, then yes.

“Why?”, you may ask?

Let us tell you….

This year SAIL is undergoing through a huge makeover this year, and it’s going to be AWESOME! (So only awesome people allowed).

The UCLA community school will be teaching a seminar class called STEM to Stern. Using a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) based curriculum provided by REACH, the US Sailing’s STEM education program, there will be a classroom filled of knowledgeable high school aged sailors ready for the summer. More

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Why Should YOU Apply for UniCorps?

“If you knew Yuli directly or not, you knew the loving soul she possessed and the many lives she was able to impact. She leaves behind nothing but amazing memories full of happiness and laughter, of smiles and hugs, of tears and pick-me-ups…These treasures will live with us forever. ”

“To my dearest Junebug, you will forever be in our hearts, memories & prayers. Yuli, such an amazing person with a huge heart and always brought smiles and laughter to everyone surrounding her. I know she had a tremendous impact to her UniCamp campers with her optimism and enthusiastic personality! God has gained a beautiful soul and angel! RIP my Yuli! Forever in my heart, Lindsey “Tiger-Lily”

“During my camp session with Junebug, I could tell her heart was in the right place. She had a contagious enthusiasm and energy that made everyone smile, especially the kids.” – Martin “Sky”

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Remembering Yuli “Junebug” Guiterrez

“If you knew Yuli directly or not, you knew the loving soul she possessed and the many lives she was able to impact. She leaves behind nothing but amazing memories full of happiness and laughter, of smiles and hugs, of tears and pick-me-ups…These treasures will live with us forever. ”

“To my dearest Junebug, you will forever be in our hearts, memories & prayers. Yuli, such an amazing person with a huge heart and always brought smiles and laughter to everyone surrounding her. I know she had a tremendous impact to her UniCamp campers with her optimism and enthusiastic personality! God has gained a beautiful soul and angel! RIP my Yuli! Forever in my heart, Lindsey “Tiger-Lily”

“During my camp session with Junebug, I could tell her heart was in the right place. She had a contagious enthusiasm and energy that made everyone smile, especially the kids.” – Martin “Sky”

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Human Interest, News & Info

Counselor vs. Specialist

When many of the sessions do their co-prefs tonight, the age old debate of counselor vs. specialist will be highlighted once again. In this article, Bubbles gives her thoughts on her different experiences as both a counselor and a specialist. Read on to see how the two roles differ in their responsibilities, but also how both contribute greatly to the experience of camp.

 

coun·se·lor  

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Noun

1. The “mom/dad” at camp.

2. A volunteer who supervises a unit of campers with another counselor, as well as program and direct activities for their specific unit.

The Unit 3 counselors did a great job programming unit night! They really got to their campers’ yoke last night.

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spe·cial·ist  

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Noun

1. The “cool aunt/uncle” at camp.

2. A volunteer who focuses on and is skilled in a specific rotation, or activity, such as archery, pool, arts & crafts, dance, mountain biking, alpine, nature/fishing, or I-games.

Unit 12’s boys love going to Dance because the specialists are so fun! More

Snapshots

Retreat Snapshots!

Last weekend, Session 4 and 7 had their session retreats in Big Bear and Idyllwild, respectively. Throughout the weekend, the sessions took part in various icebreakers, solved team-building activities, sung camp songs, and learned more about themselves, their session mates, and their session as a whole. Volunteers often describe session retreats as one of their first glimpses of “Woodsey Magic”. To reflect on this memorable weekend, volunteers start a “snapshot” thread to share their favorite moments. Here are a few!

Remember when:

  1. We were singing/rapping to the cup game Friday night
  2. LaHands thinking I was a ghost and throwing a pillow at me as hard as he could
  3. Everyone’s giant mountains of spaghetti
  4. We were woken up to the smell of BACON
  5. Seeing grown college students running to the swings!!  More
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Top 10 Fundraising Ideas

Since most sessions are presenting about fundraising this week, and how important it is to running camp, we thought it would be prudent to have a post about fundraising. Here’s Nacho’s top 10 fundraising ideas! Happy FUNdraising!!

TOP 10 WOODSEY FUNDRAISING IDEAS

1. BAKE SALE!!!!!
Get your gang of Woodseys together to bake a batch of cookies or muffins and sell them on Bruin Walk! Talk to your Lship about getting a permit, and tell all your friends to come!! Meanwhile, be enthusiastic and know how to capture the hearts of your fellow Bruins.

2. MAKE A YOUTUBE VIDEO!!!!!!! Make a YouTube video about why you are doing Unicamp and why you need to fundraise $425 in the next couple of months. Make sure his video is publicized well online through Facebook as well as other online sources. If you are inspirational and convincing enough, maybe someone (other than your family and friends) will be touched and donate to your Unicamp donation page.

3. AUCTION A DATE!! 
If you are sure that there are people in this world that would like to take you out on a nice lunch or dinner date, make yourself available and auction yourself for a high fundraising- worthy price! Remember, this one date you go on is all for a good cause; you’re sending a kid to camp! More

I am UniCamp

I am UniCamp- Sheila Kuehl

What does UCLA UniCamp mean to you? A couple of days ago, the marketing team sat down to decide on possible slogans for our PR campaign this year. One of our board members presented the idea of “I am UniCamp”, connecting the experiences and mission of our student volunteers. Funny enough, “I am UniCamp” already exists. Written by one of our esteemed Woodseys, Sheila Kuehl, the “I am UniCamp” poems were created for our 50th anniversary in 1985. In an arrangement of 21 short poems, Sheila chronicles the history of camp and its meaning to the campers, the volunteers, and to everyone else involved in our tradition. We think it’s high time that we introduce them once again, and see how the poems still resonate so strongly after 28 years . We will be posting several of them at a time throughout the month, so keep an eye out!

I am UniCamp.  I am tall pines with tops lost in more stars than the city sees in a hundred years.  I am a river that everyone will call The Stream tickling my way over rocks that seems to shift as you look at them.  I am golden leaves in the fall and cobalt blue skies in summer.  I am the bats squeaking at dusk, squirrels mistrustful of everything, blue jays always out of humor.  I am more silence than your most peaceful dreams.  I am waiting for you to find me. More

Snapshots

Snapshot Time! Remember when…

At the end of every camp week, volunteers of each session create a “snapshot thread” through emails. Usually prompted with an email that starts with “remember when…”, volunteers contribute to the thread with their favorite memories or “snapshots” of the week. As finals week draw to a close for our students, let’s look at some snapshots of the 2012 camp season. There’s quite a lot of them, so stay tune as we pepper them throughout the year! And see how though each session have different volunteers, different campers, different programs, the Woodsey Magic is there through it all.

Remember when…

  1. Seeing several shooting stars throughout the week while brushing my teeth
  2. Remembering what it was like to be 13 when every little thing was the end of the world
  3. Singing Disney songs during dish duty instead of camp songs
  4.  Spartacus walking around with an empty tray and a “free hugs” sign  More
Education

Woodsey Lingo 101

As a New Woodsey during your first Unicamp meeting, you may be wondering – what are all these weird phrases everyone is using? Go to the BIFF – what? The four crazy people standing in front of me singing songs are called LSHIP? Welcome to Woodsey Lingo!! While it may be overwhelming at first to keep up with all the new phrases, you’ll be a pro in no time! And if you are not sure what they’re talking about, just ask those around you. Old Woodseys are more than willing to help – we all remember being confused at our first meeting! We have all been there. Soon enough you’ll be joining in, too! For now, here’s a little Woodsey Dictionary to help you get started!   More

Why do I do UniCamp?

Being a Kid Again- “Touchdown”

As volunteer recruitment draws to a close, we finish our “Why Do I Do UniCamp” series with Touchdown. Although he was only able to do one year of camp, his article shows just how much of an impact UniCamp had on his life. 

When I graduated from elementary school, I I couldn’t wait to get to middle school…
When I graduated from middle school, I couldn’t wait to get to high school…
When I graduated high school, I just wished that I could go back to elementary school and do it all over again…

So when I found out about Unicamp – about the songs, the games, the activities – I thought that, as a college senior, it might be the closest I could get to being a kid all over again.  That is what initially drew me to UniCamp.  Once I educated myself on UniCamp and found out what it was all about, my focus immediately shifted from “How can being a part of UniCamp impact my life?” to “How can I impact others’ lives by being a part of UniCamp?” More

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