The YMCA Raggers Program
What is the YMCA Raggers Program?
Raggers is a worldwide goal setting program that YMCA campers and staff can use for personal growth. At YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake, we follow the YMCA Raggers program designed for 12-year-olds and older.
THE RAG IS...
- A symbol
- A reminder
- A challenge for growth
- A responsibility
- A "push" forward
- A personal decision
- A lifelong reminder to be one's best
- A personal calling to humility
- An encouragement to help others
THE RAG IS NOT...
- A requirement
- A decoration
- An award for achievement
- A reward or prize
- A "pat" on the back
- Measuring myself by others
- A status symbol
- Religious, unless a camper chooses it to be
The Rag is not a prize for completing goals, but rather a physical reminder of what goals a camper is currently working on. Campers receive a Rag the week they set the goal, not when they achieve a goal. The color of a Rag indicates what type of goals the individual is working on physical, mental, spiritual, community, and more.
How do you become a Ragger?
Once someone decides to participate in Raggers, they meet with a mentor of their choice to set goals in areas associated with their level of Rag. A mentor can be anyone who has also taken on the challenge of the rag. At camp, a mentor may be a camper and staff. Once the goals have been determined, Raggers write themselves a letter about their goals and then participate in a ceremony to receive their Rag. The time of this ceremony depends on the level of Rag but usually take place at night. Raggers may sometimes choose to receive their Rag rather than participate in that night's camp activity.
Will my child be part of Raggers?
All Staff and Campers ages 12 and up have the choice to take on the challenge of the Rag. Every camper at camp will hear about the Raggers program and will see Rags being worn at check-in, check-out, and sometimes other times during the week. However, the choice to work on a Rag is completely personal, so it depends on your child! They will not be pressured by staff one way or the other.
THE RAGGERS CREED
I would be true, for there are those who trust me.
I would be pure for there are those who care.
I would be strong for there is much to suffer.
I would be brave for there is much to dare.I would be a friend to all the foe - the friendless.
I would be giving and forget the gift.
I would be humble for I know my weakness.
I would look up - and laugh - and love - and lift.