Inside Outside 3rd- 4th with parent Aug 26 - 27, 2017
 Revolution 9th -12th Sept 22-24, 2017
 Fitting In, Standing Out 6th - 8th Sept 29 -Oct 1, 2017
 Space Aliens, Magic and Us 4th - 5th Oct 13 - 15, 2017
JCT   Oct 27 - 29, 2017 
Give Thanks and Pass the Frisbee young adults, including 11th -12th  Nov 3 - 5, 2017
 From Aargh or Ugh to Ahhh 6th - 8th  Nov 17 - 19, 2017
 Move It, Move It 4th - 5th Dec 1-3, 2017
 WinterSong 7th - 12th Dec 8 -10, 2017


Inside, Outside
3rd - 4th grade with a parent
August 26 -27, 2017

We came with our worries about being included and the other people liking us.  We weren't sure what would happen, but we had heard there would be games and meeting new people.  As soon as we got inside the ACC (Anna Curtis Center), those worries we had while still outside began to go away – quickly.

Smiles, cushions in piles, and morning snacks made us feel welcome.  We started our conference with a name whip. We started getting familiar with each other and the Powell House youth program and property.  We thought about what is good to have inside us – both physical and emotional stuff.  It did not matter that we were many different ages. The kids gave deep, insightful answers to the group questions; the parents jumped into active games with abandon and joy.

We played, walked, talked and shared our experiences as we explored the building, woods and ponds.  We made our own ice cream by the pond as we swam and canoed.  We did Tai Chi and deep relaxation exercise before a self-space period of individual, quiet activities or rest.  We shared laughter during the evening cabaret and then shared creating stories around the camp fire.  

On Sunday morning, we ate omelets made-to-order and waffles before walking up the hill to Dorson's Rock.  We went slowly, noticing many intriguing rocks, plants and animals on the way.  Our chatter drifted away and we sat quietly looking out over the Hudson Valley towards the Catskills.  After awhile, we shared what we had thought about and observed before heading back down.

We closed with sharing these things that people had appreciated during the conference:

  • others helping me to have fun.
  • folks were spontaneous, funny, including people.
  • the parents engaged with other kids, kids interacting with adults in positive ways.
  • thinking about things I don't usually think about.
  • It was good to meet everyone here. 
  • I thank every kid for being my friend.
  • This was a nice intro to Powell House.  All the activities helped us let go, be goofy lower the barriers of everyday life.
  • All the kids played together, shared, and were kind.
  • I thank the whole community for making Powell House.
  • A deep appreciation for this particular group of people and their energy.
  • A great break from 'everyday' for parents.

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Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the 

New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Powell House
524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham,  NY
phone  518-794-8811
fax     518-794-8815
Adult Program 
Youth Program