Flag Retirement and Care Packages
Each summer community leaders, law enforcement officers, government officials and parents of our campers are invited to a special ceremony to retire a United States Flag. Boy Scout Troop 911 conducted the ceremony in 2013 and will do so again this year. Our campers get to experience the proper retirement of our nations flag in a unique ceremony. Because it involves a single flag, the ceremony is very special and provides an opportunity for youth to see a dignified and sacred ritual. This gives Troop 911 the opportunity to teach campers the history of our flag, country and reinforces the sacrifices made by our nation’s military.
Campers sometimes get to participate in the ceremony. In 2013, campers were selected to serve as an Honor Guard and given the job of laying one of the stripes from the flag onto the fire. The campers have always paid close attention to the ceremony and shown a great deal of respect during the event.
This year’s Flag Retirement Ceremony will take place on Friday June 13 at 9am. Visitors can park at the YMCA Track and YMCA Staff will direct you to the “campfire ring.”
Our commitment to honor our country’s military and show our patriotism doesn’t stop there. each summer we collect donated items to send to troops serving overseas in active duty. These troops are extra special to our campers because they all have personal ties to Greenwood. Some are former staff, others are campers family members. We’ve had Y Members with family serving in deployed areas receive over 20 handpacked care packages through the summer! It’s a way to show appreciation for their dedication and sacrifice.
YMCA Camp Greenwood is a program that provides campers with many opportunities to learn, grow and thrive.
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