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A new retaining wall along the lake replaced the outdated wall.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.
Continued Legacy Through Endowments
In 2009, The YMCA of Barry County needed to develop a more stable funding base in order to continue to provide mission critical programming for the children and families of Barry County. Financial support from traditional funding sources had declined, both in actual dollars and as a percentage of operating expenses, due to the severe impact of the economic conditions. Over the last 10 years, our programs have grown into something this community can be proud of. We are heavily supported by the Barry County United Way, outside grant funding, the City of Hastings, and our own Endowment program. To achieve our original goals of sustained funding, we need more support. It is vital that we act to ensure the continued availability of Y services to children and families. We provide programs that develop self-confidence, promote a greater interest in learning, and provide a basis for making smarter life choices. The need for these programs has never been greater and will only increase.
Campaign Funds and Goals
“New” 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 $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 $1,250,000.
Camp Endowment – designed to have money available to maintain and enhance the camp facilities. Our goal is $2,100,000.
General Endowment – designed to subsidize all administrative expenses which allows the Y to keep its program fees at a reasonable cost. Our goal is $4,500,000.