October 7, 2011

Surfs Up! Connections are formed and strengthened at the Westfield Camping Conference

A dynamic cast of Camp Orkila, Camp Colman and Seattle Camping services All-stars heads down to San Diego for the annual Westfield Camping Conference.

The Westfield Camping Conference serves as a chance for YMCA directors, administrators and program leaders from across the West Coast to gather and share ideas, struggles, and visions. This year The YMCA of Greater Seattle was well represented by (From Left to right) Dave Affolter, Magill Lange, Alicia Hogl, Lynda Sanders, Beth Wangen, Kelly Heusinkveld, Laura Bruhns, and of course the man behind the camera Dimitri Stankevich.

Upon arrival Sunday afternoon, the influencial group was treated to a lesson at Camp Surf, and was able to spend quality time together surfing in the sun, sharing laughs and strengthening bonds. From there, they were off to YMCA Camp Marston for workshops, networking, discussions and open forums with other camp professionals from the region.

Some great new ideas and connections came home from the conference on Wednesday, but perhaps most importantly according to several who attended, stronger friendships and appreciation for each other.

At Camp Orkila we are proud to be represented by such caring, thoughtful and passionate leaders. And since it's camp after all, we are glad they still embrace the chance let loose and get silly when the opportunity arises.

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