The time has come to make a decision on whether Minnesota National Guard Youth and Teen Camp will be in session during the summer of 2020. Minnesota National Guard Youth Camp Board members held a special meeting on May 31st, 2020 and have voted that for the safety of our campers, volunteers, and their families, we have cancelled Youth and Teen Camp for all 2020 sessions. The decision to cancel Camp is not an easy one, but we feel that this is the responsible course of action and allows us to assure that MNGYC has a strong base from which to move forward. Just as the Minnesota National Guard comes from a fairly diverse population from across the state, so do Campers and Volunteers. Camp is a place for Campers to network with others from similar backgrounds and their safety has always been our number one priority. In our many discussions in how we would incorporate Minnesota Department of Health’s recommendations and Center for Disease Control guidance into our daily life at Camp, we found ourselves with very few Camp activities left.
To our Campers – we miss you…and we know you miss us. Camp is the highlight of the year for so many of you and we recognize that these last few months have been challenging. We will be able to safely come together at Camp in the future. Until then, have fun close to home, wear your sunscreen & bug spray and drink plenty of water.
To our Parents – over the next few days, we will be working with our registration vendor to completely refund camper registration. Stay tuned for more information. Your patience is very much appreciated.
To our volunteers – I want to reiterate my thanks in your commitment to our campers, to safely provide them an atmosphere to connect with other youth in circumstances similar to their own. Without you, none of this would be possible. We appreciate your loyalty and never take it for granted.
Full Tummies is a local collaboration offering FREE weekend lunch meals for students under the age of 18. Call the Baxter Café at 218-829-1739 Saturdays between 8-10:30 am. Pick up curbside from 11:30-12:30 pm.
United Heroes League has been offered a number of free slots to Minnesota Vikings Kyle Rudolph’s Football Camp! Slots are limited please fill out the form as soon as possible.Kyle Rudolph Football ProCamp
Date: Thursday, July 16th, 2020 – Time: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM (Registration opens at 7:30 AM)
Location: Providence Academy, 15100 Schmidt Lake Rd., Plymouth, MN 55446
Open to: Boys and Girls Grades 1-8. If you are interested in having your child attend this camp, please fill out the form provided in the link below:
The 11th Annual Teen Summit is coming in June. The Teen Summit event is to connect Military Teens from across Minnesota. The summit is designed for military teens to network, work on team building activities and building leadership skills. There will be activities throughout the week.
*They are monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic guidance and recommendations and will plan accordingly. In the event, the summit is cancelled those who registered will be notified. A make-up date will be scheduled in August.
Like many, the City of Plymouth and Plymouth’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network made the difficult decision to forego a Memorial Day live event this year. Our alternative was to work with the City of Plymouth’s Park & Recreation Department and CCX Media to produce a virtual remembrance. Our event will be live streamed onFacebook LIVE this Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. It will also be streamed on the CCX website. We hope to get an On-Demand link so that people will be able to watch it on their own schedule. The program will consist of:
Welcome – Jeffrey Wosje, City of Plymouth Mayor
Pledge of Allegiance – VFW Post 5903
Invocation – Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Phillip A. (Buddy) Winn Jr. United States Army, 34th Red Bull ID & MN National Guard State Chaplain Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation Pastor
America the Beautiful – Sara Shiff Robbinsdale Armstrong High School Senior
Remembering the Families – Jennifer B. Rodgers, Military Spouse & Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon President
Honoring the Fallen & Keeping Remembrance Alive – Colonel Terry W. Branham (Ret.) United States Army, Vietnam ‘69-’70, Desert Storm, Drug War ‘91-’93 VFW Post 210 & Legion Post 44
In Flanders Fields – Erin Anderson Wayzata High School Senior
Congratulations to our newest BTYR Network Grant County! There action plan was recently approved by the State BTYR board. We are excited to have them join us and all the work they continue to do for veterans, service members, first responders and their families! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic they are working on a proclamation ceremony date for later this year. I will be sure to share out when more information comes available. Congratulations once again!
Natural Park Service
Building Healthy Military Communities has worked in consorted effort with the National Park Service to aid in the promotion of total health in a joint social media campaign for the upcoming National Park Week April 18 – 26. While you can not physically participate at a National Park, you are able to still experience them virtually. Isolation is tough for everyone, but it is a proven fact that there is wellness in nature. Attached is an excel document that contains everything your military/veteran organization will need for posting during National Park Service Week. If you do not have time to initiate your own social media posts, you can share posts from the National Park Service or Building Healthy Military Communities Facebook pages. Be sure to utilize the hashtags (they are provided in the excel document).
To honor and support Veterans welcoming new children into their families in 2020, the St Cloud VA is hosting a baby shower on May 13th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The goal is to celebrate Veteran parents – especially moms – while also increasing awareness of VA’s comprehensive maternity care services and to encourage women Veterans to choose VA to support their health and wellness goals. For questions or more information call (320) 252-1670 ext. 6655
To attend this event, log on at: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77083531403
I hope this email finds you all healthy and well. As most have heard Governor Walz has extended the Stay at Home order until May 4, 2020. We will continue to share resources that come available for our veterans, service members and their families. To assist in this I have put together a COVID-19 Resource Guide and will continue to update as resources come available. The guide provides links to all benefits and resources within the state. Please share out and if there is anything missing please let me know and I will update. I will also link this to the MN State Yellow Ribbon Outreach Coordinator Facebook page (this is a closed group to share resources and to connect to your own page). https://www.facebook.com/groups/2303615423016974/
Each of the .pdf’s below has lots of very good information that can be helpful to you or someone you know, please take a few minutes to look at each document.
Video counseling can be conducted individually or as a family depending on the age of the child. For a description of counseling and eligibility you can find more information in the article attached or on line here:
Remember to tune in live Monday-Friday at 12:00 p.m. EST, if you can, all you have to do is follow the Military OneSource page on Facebook. If you don’t have time to watch the live event, it will be posted for your review immediately following the event. We want to hear from you, so post a comment on the video thread about how you may have helped a military youth dealing with stress around COVID -19 or any tips you have for other military families. Secondly, we are asking that you share the link to today’s video
with any military service members or family members you are friends with on Facebook so that they might benefit from the information. Here is a link to today’s video:
Military OneSource has a dedicated page to help keep you up to date on this
rapidly-evolving situation, www.militaryonesource.mil/coronavirus
You can call Military OneSource anytime at 800-342-9647 or you can chat live
with a consultant by logging on to -www.militaryonesource.mil
Question please let me know. Additionally, I will be holding another coffee talk session Friday 27 Mar @ 10am via zoom here is my link if you are interested. This morning’s coffee talk was great!
The Hamel VFW is throwing a New Years Eve Party on Tuesday, December 31st. A sliced Beef Loin Dinner with all the fixins will be served from 5:00-8:00 pm. The Arcades will be on stage playing their great “classic rock” from 7:00-11:00 pm. We’re going to do the “Ball Drop” at 11:00 pm and sync it with New York City. There’ll be party favors and other surprises for our guests. It’s our way of thanking you for supporting the Hamel VFW in 2019. There will be a $10.00 per person cover charge that night.
In December , 2019 PBYR received a donation from J.H. Larson Company employees to assist and serve Veterans and Service Members. We greatly appreciate their support and partnering!
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
J.H. Larson Company is a family owned, independent distributor of Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and DataComm products with eight locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. J.H. Larson remains dedicated to its employees, customers, and vendors and is positioned to move into the future as a family owned and operated business.