I didn't go to camp as a kid. I didn't know much about the YMCA. I started working at camp as a dishwasher because it was close enough to my parent's house to ride my bike. From the dishroom window I could see the counselors and campers in the dining hall, singing songs and wearing costumes. I didn't understand why. That's changed now. It took a few years, but I finally 'got it.' Camp (and the YMCA) are about opportunity. Opportunity to grow as an individual in a supportive environment, with the encouragement of positive role models. The opportunity to make great friends. Opportunity to learn skills that help kids believe in themselves. It's more than canoeing, archery and horseback riding. It's about believing that you can master a new skill, overcome fears, make responsible decisions and be an important part of a community.
I believe with absolute certainty that the friendships and people skills gained at camp help kids learn how to be a part of a healthy community and a responsible, respectful, caring, honest, person. Our staff at Nissokone are passionate about making a difference in the world one child at a time. I'm determined to make more possible for more kids in this summer because I've seen and experienced first-hand the life-changing opportunities camp provides. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Camp helps youth and teens unplug and discover the world around them. Campers gain independence, make new friends, challenge their limits, explore the natural world, and create lifelong habits of healthy living. At camp there are trees to climb, memories to be made and campfires under the stars, all under the supervision of caring, enthusiastic staff hailing from all over the world. Not all children have access to this incredible enriching experience. We count on the generosity of people like you to help give kids this life-changing experience. Your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact- lifelong friendships, new skills and new self-confidence learned at Camp Nissokone. The YMCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, chartible donations to this campaign are eligible for tax-deduction.
Give today for a better us.
$1000 gives 2 young leaders our Counselor- in-Training (CIT) Leadership Development program, instilling the values & inspiration for tomorrow’s leaders.
$500 gives a camper a full week of Overnight Camp helping build confidence & friendships.
$250 will give 2 campers our equestrian program to learn responsibility and riding skills.
$50 gives a weeklong specialty program at Camp Nissokone.