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Reflections on Outdoor Education

It’s morning at camp. Looking around you might not think anybody is around. But, in the dining hall, a small, dedicated group of staff is preparing for the day. They talk about the group that’s on their way to camp – where they’re coming from, what they’ll be doing, and what they want to get […]

Introducing Kathy Batchelder

  I would like to introduce myself. My name is Kathy Batchelder and I am the new Heritage Tour Director for Takodah YMCA. My husband and I moved from Massachusetts to Jaffrey in 1981 and we have raised our family here in New Hampshire. All of my four adult children and my granddaughter, just last […]

Connecting Kids to Service

When I was a camper, Camp Takodah Candlelight ceremonies offered me nothing short of an education. For the uninitiated, Candlelight is the final evening program of each session at Takodah. The ceremony is held in Memorial Lodge, and it’s reflective, thought-provoking, and visually stunning–the building is dimly lit except for thousands of candles. Throughout the […]

Letter from the President – Fall 2018

  Barry Ripley, trustee to the Takodah YMCA since the late 90’s, past president from 1984-1987, board member/senior director since the late 70’s, and a camper during his youth, has retired from his position within the organization that he has so fondly embraced. Barry joined the Ripley family business; Troy Mills in Troy, NH, after […]