This project is an important step to improve the safety of the property and expand the programming opportunities for campers.
A new, larger boathouse will have safer access and a covered pavilion matching the design of the main lodge.
A new retaining wall along the lake will replace the outdated wall. This wall will improve visibility, increase access to the waterfront, and create an inviting experience for families and campers.
A new bathroom facility, located at the top of the waterfront steps, will allow campers to be appropriately supervised during waterfront activities.
A new foot trail and boardwalk deck will follow the eastern shoreline, and provide 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.
Bob King Legacy Fund – the interest earned each year will provide funds to assist families in need. 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.