2022 – Our 77th Summer!
When the dream of four Grand Rapids developers to turn the shores of Algonquin Lake into a world-class resort was crushed by the Great Depression of 1929-33, no one could have known then that such a historically devastating event would be the catalyst for creating dreams for thousands of children and teenagers in the decades to follow.
Aben Johnson, owner of the Hastings Manufacturing Company, used his vision for a better future and a love for the children of his community. He inspired a committed group of friends and neighbors to join him in creating space for Camp Algonquin. The group convinced owners of lakefront lots, located on the northern shores of the 240-acre lake and rendered worthless by the Great Depression, to donate their holdings to the dream of a YMCA camp for children. Camp Algonquin became a reality in 1946.
In 2021, Camp Algonquin released a commemorative book that documents the rich history. The book includes personal memories and priceless stories of campers from every decade.
By special arrangement with publisher, J-Ad Graphics, Inc., of Hastings, copies are on sale for $30 by calling the YMCA office at 269-945-4574 or by clicking on the “75th Anniversary Book” link.
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