BREWSTER DAY CAMP             Newsletter             April 1, 2015                            Vol. 30  Issue 7
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When we slow down and spend time just being, we can feel the special contentment found in the inherent quietness of finding GRATITUDE. Camp is the perfect place to practice this form of meditation.

"Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses."

~ Alphonse Karr   

"Once upon a time....and this is a true story:" Two brand new BDC co-counselors worked hard at their jobs and learned that they loved kids, teaching, and being outside! They embraced each other with GRATITUDE, joy, and a shared hula-hoop hug! The End." 

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GRATITUDE can often look like a calm embrace from a camp friend.  

Part of our BDC 2015 Leadership Team (pictured above) spent a few days last week in Manchester, NH at the American Camp Association New England Conference sharing educational sessions, brainstorming meetings, and GRATITUDE for the total number of summers we collectively share at BDC: 83!   

Sometimes when you least expect it, the message that needs to be shared shows up right in front of you! Thanks to my sister-from-another- mother (aka: my sister-in-law, Alisa Galazzi) who saw this image as she was driving out of NYC and shared its message. Do you see the two things that are silly about this sign? Look carefully..... 

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Hello BDC Family and Friends,

Spring has finally arrived in the North East and I am filled with...
While there are still piles of the white stuff in the shady north facing corners of our campus, we can see the ground for the first time in a long, long time! We all knew that April would arrive, the sun would be warm, the flowers would bloom, and the snow would (start to) melt. I am filled with GRATITUDE that the time is now!

Earlier this year with the encouragement of my yoga instructor, I created a GRATITUDE
jar and I keep it on my bedside table. Each night, I write on a small slip of paper one thing for which I am grateful and I fold it up an put it in my GRATITUDE Jar. Some people put their GRATITUDE Jar in a more public space - such as the kitchen table - so that the whole family to contribute GRATITUDE notes. Here are a few notes of GRATITUDE taken directly from my jar:
- Time to think.
- The unconditional love of my dog.
- Sunlight in my studio/office.
- Kale.
- Clean bathrooms.
- Teenage boys.
- Long walks with a friend.

...You get the idea. The point is that living with GRATITUDE is something that we can practice. At camp, we practice this often and we help each other to do that same. When something as wonderful as camp only lasts eight short weeks, we have to live in the moment allowing us to fully appreciate all that we are experiencing. At camp or in our lives beyond, I encourage us all to embrace an attitude of GRATITUDE!

Join me in practicing GRATITUDE this Spring and beyond, while wishing you...
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Milisa 'misa' Galazzi, Director
Brewster Day Camp

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Join me in GRATITUDE for the simple fact that Spring has arrived! 

"At the age of 18, I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. I dove into a endless sea of gratitude from which I've never emerged."
~ Patch Adams    

At camp, these girls learned that they could "dye" their hair with colored chalk dust. I'm sure that when they were picked up at the end of the day, their parents celebrated with GRATITUDE that this was temporary!   

When I visit our remote B.A.S.E. Program (Boating and Sailing Experience) in adjoining Nickerson State Park, I am GRATEFUL for the beauty of our boats, clean water, gentle wind, healthy green trees, and the magic of children and adults working together to learn and grow! 

BDC's tradition of displaying GRATITUDE for all to appreciate hangs on  the outside of the Camp Office door. At any time during the summer, staff members are encouraged to write down something for which another deserves P.R.O.P.S. (Public Recognition of Praise and Support.) Have you written a P.R.O.P.S. Star for someone yet?  Show your GRATITUDE! 


Wishing you and your family...    
 Courage, Hope, Good Spirit & Peace!