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The Mini-Yo-We Mom's Podcast
20 minutes | Feb 23, 2018
S02E05 // Meet our summer camp registrar!
This is a special episode and we’re excited to have Christine chatting with Cathy, the registrar at Camp Mini-Yo-We. She talks with us today about registering your children for camp and what to do when plans change at the last minute! Episode Summary: www.campmyw.com/mywmp_s02e05
26 minutes | Feb 16, 2018
S02E04 // What is the right age to send my kids to overnight camp?
Your host Christine is here today with Michelle and Sara to answer the question of what is the right age to send my kids to sleepover at camp. We send kids as young as five, but how do you know your kid is ready to start this adventure? Episode Summary: www.campmyw.com/mywmp_s02e04
27 minutes | Feb 9, 2018
S02E03 // How can I help my first time camper prepare for Camp?
On this episode Christine chats with Sarah and Michelle about helping first time campers prepare for camp. Every year there are hundreds of first time campers, so if that’s your child, they are not alone! Episode Summary: www.campmyw.com/mywmp_s02e03
24 minutes | Feb 2, 2018
S02E02 // What experiences can older kids have at Mini-Yo-We?
Many people think summer camp is just for younger campers, but Camp Mini-Yo-Me offers programs for older campers as well. Rachel and Becca join Christine to talk about these programs. Episode Summary: www.campmyw.com/mywmp_s02e02
39 minutes | Jan 26, 2018
S02E01 // Opening Day... what to expect and how to make the most of it!
Mini-Yo-We alumni Christine is joined in the first episode of season 2 by fellow alumni Becca and Rachel to talk about pro-tips for getting your kids adjusted to opening days and how to make the most of them! Together, these moms have experienced about 75 opening days and are here to share their insight. Episode Summary: www.campmyw.com/mywmp_s02e07
19 minutes | Mar 23, 2017
S01E06 // Why invest in sending your kids to Camp vs. going on a family vacation?
Today’s podcast is the last episode for this season. Thanks so much for tuning in. Have you enjoyed the podcast? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at email@example.com to let us know what you enjoyed about the podcast or what we should change. We anticipate more episodes coming up in season two! We’re so excited to have you with us again for this episode of the Mini-Yo-We Moms podcast! Today Christine is joined by Becca and Linda. In this episode the ladies discuss why they choose to invest in sending their children to Camp Mini-Yo-We versus a family vacation. Treat camp as a family vacation. // Time at Camp Mini-Yo-We can be a family vacation and experience in itself. Parents can volunteer in various jobs at the camp while their kids attend, so the whole family gets a trip and experience at the same time. Financial Investment. // Camp isn’t cheap, so you may have to choose between a vacation trip or camp. Camp can provide a variety of good experiences for your kids, but some years you may decide to do something else for your family. One year you may choose to go to camp, and the next year choose to take a bigger family trip to places you’ve been wanting to visit. You may also choose to spend one week at camp instead of two, and then use the money saved from that second week to take another vacation. Benefits for the entire family. // Becca’s family plans their vacations and finances with Camp Mini-Yo-We first. The camp is one of her daughter’s favorite places to be and so they choose to invest the time and money into camp first over other trips. The camp provides great benefits for the kids and the family as a whole, so the ladies consider it a priority in their lives. Tips for showing appreciation to your child’s cabin leader: Acknowledge the work the leaders do by thanking them during drop off. These are teens who are learning themselves along with the kids and it isn’t always easy for them. Send a note to your kid’s cabin leader. Just a little thank you note to say you appreciate the care they’ve shown to your kid during that week can be a great encouragement to the cabin leader. Send a gift card. A gift card can be a token to show how much you appreciate the cabin leader’s work. Give some treats for the cabin leader to give out. Ask for permission first, but if allowed, give the cabin leader some small treats to give out to their kids. It shouldn’t be presented as a gift from you, so the cabin leader can pass them out and get to enjoy the excitement from their cabin at the treat. Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose The Mini-Yo-We Mom’s Podcast and we’re grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the left hand side of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! You can subscribe here: iTunes Sticher RSS
12 minutes | Mar 16, 2017
S01E05 // Mini-Yo-We is a Christian Camp ... What if I’m not into church and religious stuff
Thanks again for joining us for another episode of the Mini-Yo-We Moms podcast! Today Christine is chatting with Amy and Heather. Camp Mini-Yo-We is a Christian camp with bible studies each night, so a lot of parents ask about whether their child will fit in if they aren’t religious. So Christine, Heather, and Amy are here today to talk about this topic and give you tips about answering non-religious parents’ questions. Be upfront. // Sometimes a non-religious kid may want to go to camp with a Christian kid who is already going. If your kid’s friend wants to go or another parent asks you about the camp, make sure the other parent knows that it is a Christian camp and does include bible studies. A lot of times, this can be a non issue. The parents may be perfectly fine with their kids attending the bible studies and think the experience can be a good thing for them. Your child isn’t alone. // The application for Camp Mini-Yo-We includes a question about whether the family has a church background or is affiliated with a church. Forty percent of the families don’t answer that question, which may mean that they aren’t attending church or aren’t religious. So a child who doesn’t have a church background isn’t alone at camp. There will be others who also aren’t active in a religion, but who have a great time at Camp Mini-Yo-We. Give your child firsthand experience. // Exposure to religion can be a great thing for your child. Many parents think it’s a good experience for their kids to learn about Christianity in a safe environment so that they can make their own decision whether to learn more or to attend church. It isn’t presented in a heavy-handed way and it shows the kids values from Christianity that they can use in their lives outside of camp. Camp Mini-Yo-We is a great experience for families of all backgrounds, so parents shouldn’t be reluctant to send their kids even if they aren’t active in a church. Tips on ways to cut down on the cost of camp: Register early. Many parents sign up for the next year at the end of the current year. There are a few different early bird discounts available. Refer a new family. If you refer a new family who registers for camp, both families get $75 off the cost of camp. If you refer four friends or more, you can come for free! Volunteer at camp. The volunteer discount is a great way to save and you can volunteer in different services at the camp. For more information on cutting down the costs visit www.miniyowe.com/save Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose The Mini-Yo-We Mom’s Podcast and we’re grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the left hand side of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! You can subscribe here: iTunes Sticher RSS
20 minutes | Mar 9, 2017
S01E04 // What's it like to volunteer at Mini-Yo-We when your kids are campers?
Thanks so much for joining in for this episode of the Camp Mini-Yo-We Moms podcast! Today Christine is joined by Becca and Linda, whose kids are also big fans of Camp Mini-Yo-We. In this episode the moms will be talking about what it’s like to volunteer at camp while your kids are campers there. The moms have each volunteered at Camp Mini-Yo-We in different roles, including cleaning hundreds of toilets! Relive your own camp experiences. // Volunteering gives you a great chance to experience camp for yourself. This may be reliving and remembering your own experiences at camp, or getting to experience the feel of camp for the first time. It can be your own vacation away from the rush of the rest of the world, your job, housework, and the variety of other things that occupy our time. You get the chance to meet new friends among the other volunteer parents and stay up late talking just like your kids do in their own cabins! Check in on your kids from afar or close up. // An advantage to volunteering at camp is that you’re there with your kids. Sometimes this may not be a good thing in the child’s eyes! Some kids want to see their parents and be assured that they’re nearby, but others are looking for space from their parents. You need to balance this carefully and know which kids may not need to see you up close, so they either have their space or won’t get homesick at the sight of you. If you’re working maintenance, you go all over the camp to clean bathrooms and restock supplies. This will allow space between you and your kids. See your kids interact. // You may be used to seeing your kids interact with the friends they see every day at school, but volunteering at Camp Mini-Yo-We gives you the chance to see how your kids interact with other kids they’ve just met or only see once a year. You have the chance to see how well your kids fit in and make friends. It gives you the chance to see your kids interact on their own. Get a close up view of camp. // Watching your kids is great, but another perk is seeing how the camp actually runs. You can stay on the sidelines and watch these young people work as cabin leaders and program staff to create a camp that is fun and rewarding for the kids. You can essentially watch these young people grow in their own skills and teach the kids everything they need to know to succeed in life as they grow older. For parents who may be worried about adults wandering around the camp and the possibility of random adults coming in, Camp Mini-Yo-We has volunteer parents wear wristbands to identify them as volunteers. The staff is trained to look for these wristbands in order to keep random adults from freely wandering around the camp premises. Tips for helping your kids pick their activities: Encourage your kids to choose something they may not be able to do at home. This could be kayaking or swimming in a lake to give them new experiences. Don’t micromanage. Allow your kids the freedom to pick the activities that interest them without trying to force them into only the activities you want them to do. Encourage different types of activities. If your kid is interested in a low physical activity such as photography, encourage them to also choose a more physical activity such as sailing in order to get them moving. You can also encourage your child to do one land and one water activity to gain different experiences. Come to the Mini-Yo-We Open House on May 28 to test activities. This allows you and your kids to try out the activities to see what they find fun and what they may want to learn more about. Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose The Mini-Yo-We Mom’s Podcast and we’re grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the left hand side of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! You can subscribe here: iTunes Sticher RSS
27 minutes | Mar 2, 2017
S01E03 - How does Camp deal with bed-wetting, home sickness, special diets and more?
Welcome to this episode of the Mini-Yo-We Mom’s podcast. Christine is joined by her friends Heather and Amy for today’s podcast. The three have been friends for a long time and worked as LITs at Camp Mini-Yo-We. They start off this podcast with memories from their time at camp. One of the most memorable is about one summer when the three of them started a beauty club during their time there. They would do their nails and makeup, and one day decided to trim each other’s hair. Amy’s hair was curly and as they trimmed it, everything looked fine. But after a lost child drill Amy came back with wet hair, which showed the truth—Christine didn’t have a natural talent for being a hairdresser! They can laugh about it today and it makes for one of their most memorable times at camp. Your child is sure to come home with many of their own memories that will last throughout their lives. When dropping off your child at camp, especially for the first time, one concern for parents is how Camp Mini-Yo-We deals with issues that may arise during the time the campers are there. These can include bedwetting, homesickness, and other issues. Christine, Amy, and Heather talk today about how the camp handled these situations among their own kids. Bedwetting among younger kids. // A common issue among the younger kids is bedwetting. Heather had a child who was still wetting the bed during his first year at camp. During the drop off, she pulled a cabin leader aside and explained the situation and that they had a pack of Pull-Ups, but that her son was embarrassed about it and didn’t want the other kids to know. The counselor assured her that it would be no problem. He took the Pull-Ups and each night he would discreetly give Heather’s son one so that he could go into the bathroom and change, and then in the morning the cabin leader gave her son a plastic bag so he could change out of the Pull-Up and dispose of it without the other kids knowing. At the end of the week, her son was totally fine with everything and had had no embarrassing issues. Surprise bedwetting. // Even though your kid may not still be in the bedwetting stage at home, sometimes a surprise incident can occur while at camp. Another situation involved one of Heather’s children who didn’t have a bedwetting problem at home. But one night he had played hard and so he was exhausted and slept deeply. In the morning, his sleeping bag was wet from where he’d wet the bed. When he got home, he told his mom that the sleeping bag was dry and didn’t smell anymore when he got back to his cabin that night. Unknown to him, the cabin leader had taken his bag and washed it while he was playing and then discreetly returned it to his cabin to keep the kid from embarrassment among his friends. Parents can be confident that the cabin leader are trained well in how to deal with situations like this. They are able to handle it discreetly to save the kids from further embarrassment or being singled out among their friends. Homesickness. // Homesickness is often another issue kids and parents must deal with. One summer Amy was volunteering at camp and decided to peek in on her daughter at Discovery and say hello. This backfired—while her daughter had been having fun before her mom arrived, the homesickness hit so suddenly that she started crying uncontrollably when she saw her mom. The cabin leader stepped in and talked soothingly to her to calm her down and reassured her that everything was okay, and this allowed Amy to step away, confident that the cabin leader could handle the situation. Camp is a great way for kids to learn independence and learn to be more comfortable being away from home at times. Special diets. // Food allergies and intolerances can be a big problem for a lot of kids. The kitchen at Camp Mini-Yo-We has a list with kids’ names and what foods they can or cannot eat. There is a special team that works in one part of the kitchen to cook foods to accommodate these special diets. There are always three nurses and a lot of times a doctor in camp that can treat food allergies or any other problems that may arise during the week. To assure yourself that your child’s needs will be handle discreetly and appropriately, talk with your child’s cabin leader before you leave to let them know of any special concerns that may arise during the week. The cabin leader at Camp Mini-Yo-We are well-trained to handle a variety of needs among the kids. Ways to keep in touch with your campers while they’re at Camp Mini-Yo-We: Follow Mini-Yo-We on Instagram and Facebook. Parents can see pictures and videos of the kids taken during the week. Email your kids through the camp office. You can also send letters through the mail or leave letters with the camp office to be delivered during the week. Don’t call the office to ask how your child is doing. The staff in the office aren’t cabin leader working with the kids, so they don’t know your child personally. Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose The Mini-Yo-We Mom’s Podcast and we’re grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the left hand side of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! You can subscribe here: iTunes Sticher RSS
21 minutes | Feb 23, 2017
S01E02 - What are some “must pack” essentials for every kid coming to Camp?
Today Christine is talking with her friends Linda and Becca. Christine’s two kids have grown up with Camp Mini-Yo-We, as have Linda and Becca’s children. One of the common questions camp moms receive is “What are the must pack essentials for every kid going to camp?” And so Christine, Linda, and Becca are here today to give advice on the things your child will need during their time at Camp Mini-Yo-We. Here are some of their suggestions: Positive attitude // On the advice of Linda’s sixteen-year-old daughter who has been to Camp many times, the first thing to pack is a positive attitude. All of the material things are important, but having a positive attitude about the experience and the people you’ll meet is the most important part of preparing for Camp. Things you would be comfortable losing // Kids are apt to lose or ruin things, especially when away at Camp for a week or more. That is why Becca advises to send only things that you don’t mind losing or throwing away. This means old clothes, old running shoes, old swimsuits. Kids won’t have to worry about messing up the nice things while they’re exploring and having fun. Favorite clothes // Among the well-worn clothes, find out what your kid’s favorites are and send those as well. Some parents send clothes “packaged”— as in a pair of shorts and t-shirt bundled together with a rubber band so that the kid has an outfit already planned. This can work with some kids, but not with others. Being away at camp can allow kids the freedom to choose their own outfits based on what they want to wear. So pack up the favorites (that can be ruined or lost while away) and give your kids a chance to choose their own clothes for a week! Label // It isn’t a “must bring” item but more of a “must do” before Camp... be sure to label the items your kids bring with their name. On the last day of camp, it’s easy for kids to get their items mixed up while packing. Labeling helps to make sure your kids will bring back all of their own clothes and other items. Running shoes // Running shoes are the best kind of footwear to send to camp. They’re comfortable and work well for many different activities. They also stay on your child’s feet better so they provide a safe fit and grip on different surfaces. One dressier outfit // The last night of Camp is a dinner for everyone and many kids, especially the girls, like to dress up for that last event together. Send just one nicer outfit for this night. It doesn’t have to be something you’d give your kid for church or a wedding, but something just a little nicer than their everyday clothes. You can pack this outfit in a bag to separate it from the other clothes and keep it clean until it is needed. Fun things // There are some special days at Camp and having a few fun items gives your kids the chance to take part in these dress up times. There are hat days, so send some fun hats along. Christine’s son brought a coon skin cap one year. You can also send feather boas with the girls for them to dress up and have fun. Something to make them feel comfortable // Some kids need something to make them feel comfortable among everyone else. This could be a favorite stuffed animal or favorite book. Maybe even a bed sheet or blanket from home that they can use on their bed at Camp. This helps ease the child’s nerves and reminds them of home while they’re away. A packing list will be emailed to you when you register your child for Camp Mini-Yo-We giving detailed advice on things your child will need. Tips for sending mail to your kids at camp: Leave mail in the office during check-in on Sunday. Make sure to label it with the child’s first and last name, the camp they are in (ie. Boys Camp, Discovery Camp, etc.), and the date you would like the mail to be delivered. Remember, don’t pack peanuts! Send a postcard. It can be something simple, with a note that says “Hope you’re having a great day. Love, Mom and Dad.” When sending small treats, consider sending one for everyone in the cabin. It can be something inexpensive like small glow sticks. This is something fun that can help bring the kids together and build friendships. When sending letters, keep it positive. Don’t make the kids homesick by overemphasizing how much you miss them and are counting down the days until they return. Just give them a few updates on what’s going on at home and then say things like “I can’t wait to hear all your stories when you get back.” Maybe even include some jokes to get the kids laughing. Remember to keep the letters positive! Open House at Camp Mini-Yo-We is May 28, 2017 and is a great opportunity to meet our staff, see where your child will be sleeping and try some Camp activities. You can RSVP online today! Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose The Mini-Yo-We Mom’s Podcast and we’re grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the left-hand side of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! You can subscribe here: iTunes Sticher RSS
19 minutes | Feb 16, 2017
S01E01 - What are your hopes for kids when you send them to Camp?
Today Christine talks with two of her camp friends, Heather and Amy, whom she met over 20 years ago at Camp Mini-Yo-We. They discovered Mini-Yo-We when they were young and worked at the camp, and they now send their own kids to the camp. Camp parents often ask is, “Why do you send your kids to camp?" and "What are your hopes for them being there?" These three moms are on the podcast today to talk about the answers to these questions! Here are some of their thoughts: A safe place for fun. // As Heather says, “Having two kids away from home for the week is a big bonus!” But seriously, she knows that Camp Mini-Yo-We will offer them a safe environment in which to have a good time. During that time, she and her husband can also have a staycation of their own. A place for all kids. // Camp Mini-Yo-We is unique in that you can send almost all your kids at the same time if they fit the age range—children and teens, boys and girls. Relive your own days at Camp. // Heather says her kids have the time of their lives and are excited to go to camp. Amy hopes that her kids have their own positive experiences like she did being at Camp Mini-Yo-We when she was younger and can make strong friendships through it. Christine agrees, sending her kids to Camp Mini-Yo-We allows her to relive her own memories through her kids and their experiences. Develop skills for the rest of their lives. // The impact for these kids doesn’t last just the week that they’re at camp, it influences the rest of their lives and into adulthood. Camp Mini-Yo-We allows kids to be independent but also taken care of by the camp leaders. It gives them the chance to do things on their own that they may rely on their parents to do for them. They learn leadership development through experiences such as leading group songs or other small events that can teach them skills they will need in the future. Appreciation for the outdoors. // Another part of the camp experience is that kids can learn an appreciation for the outdoors. They can learn to explore the world and nature around them so that on family vacations or camping trips, the kids will be excited to explore the outdoors and use the skills they learned at Camp Mini-Yo-We. Tips for a smooth check-in: Submit Cabin Mate Request Early // If you forgot to submit a cabin mate request when you registered, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We work hard to honour mutual cabin mate requests between campers of a similar age. Getting this sorted before you arrive saves time and is one less thing to think about during check-in. Fill Up Your Child's Tuck Account Before Arriving // Make a deposit into your child's tuck account before you arrive and check one more item off the list! If you have any questions about Tuck Accounts just contact our office at 705-385-2629 or by email at email@example.com Bring Complete Medical Forms // We ask parents to bring a completed medical form when they check their child in on the first day of Camp so we have their most up-to-date medical information. Fill the medical form out at home and save time. You can find the medical form here. Thank You for Tuning In! There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, but you chose The Mini-Yo-We Mom’s Podcast and we’re grateful for that. If you enjoyed today’s episode, please share it by using the social media buttons you see at the left hand side of this page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live! You can subscribe here: iTunes Sticher RSS
1 minutes | Jan 25, 2017
Welcome to The Mini-Yo-We Mom's Podcast!
Welcome to the Mini-Yo-We Mom’s Podcast! Grab a coffee or tea and let’s join our panel of Mom’s - like you - talking about their favourite summer camp for kids Camp Mini-Yo-We. Send us questions you or your friends have about Camp! firstname.lastname@example.org twitter: @campminiyowe www.miniyowe.com
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