Waterfront Renovation – Completed!
This project was an important step to improve the safety of the property and expand the programming opportunities for campers.
A new, larger boathouse has safer access and a covered pavilion matching the design of the main lodge.
A new retaining wall along the lake replaced the outdated wall. This wall improves visibility, increases access to the waterfront, and creates an inviting experience for families and campers.
A new bathroom facility, located at the top of the waterfront steps, allows campers to be appropriately supervised during waterfront activities.
A new foot trail and boardwalk deck follows the eastern shoreline, and provides new access to areas of camp that have previously been underutilized.
Our next three-phase project includes a nature playground, an expanded driveway with a fieldhouse by the lodge, and a new challenge course.
A Continued Legacy Through Endowment Giving
The YMCA of Barry County’s three areas of funding are program fees, grants/donations, and our own endowment program. All three are critical to the success of our organization. We provide safe programs that develop self-confidence and foster a greater interest in learning. The need for families to access these programs has never been greater and will only increase as we all continue to adapt to covid-19 conditions.
Endowment Focus Areas
Specific Funds and Goals
“Dave Storms Community Outreach Fund – Dave Storms, or “Stormy,” led our YMCA and Camp Algonquin from 1981 through 2006. He remains a strong supporter of the Y and our community. This fund, established in 2020, will support all community outreach efforts by the YMCA in Barry County. Our goal is to reach $500,000.
Bob King Legacy Fund – This provides financial assistance so that every child has the opportunity to participate in a YMCA program regardless of their ability to pay. Our goal is to reach $1,000,000.
Camp Endowment – designed to have money available to maintain and enhance the camp facilities. Our goal is to reach $2,500,000.
General Endowment – designed to subsidize all administrative expenses which allows the Y to keep its program fees at an affordable cost for all. Our goal is to reach $5,000,000.