Day 1 - Banding Together

Our eight expedition teens arrived at YMCA Camp Seymour today! This select group will spend the next 14 days on an epic road trip with co-leaders Julianna Jenkins (Juj) and Josh Hopp (just Josh). The teens will visit eight different camping programs on the West Coast and will learn leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills along the way. 

Today’s activities included check-in, games, gifts, journaling, boating on Glen Cove, packing gear and food, pizza and salad for dinner, and a TED Talk to prepare us all for the growth mindset. 

Shout outs to Scotty Jackson, Lincoln McClain, and Katie Nardi for helping us set the tone for this trip! Our campers have high expectations for us, and we have higher expectations for them. But most of all, we hope everyone has fun! We’re raising the bar for this year’s trip, so we hope you follow our journey, visit our blog for updates each day, and look for reflections from our team. 

Tomorrow, we pack the Y-bus and begin our road trip. It’s game time! 

—Juj & Josh 

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