VP of Camping Message, Fall 2014 - YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

VP of Camping Message, Fall 2014

A message from

VP of Camping, Callum McKee

Hello Alumni!

One of the great things about working in the camping field is the families we regularly meet, and the relationships we enjoy with many generations of campers and staff. We have so many families with long histories with KW YMCA Camping and recently, we shared the story of one of these families...meet the McCullochs of Wabanaki.

2014 was a very exciting and busy year for us. As many of you know, along with our regular registration of over 2100 weeks of overnight camp plus 1000 Belwood/Ki-Wa-Y day campers, hiring of 205+ camp staff and prepping to open our summer camps, we celebrated milestone camp anniversaries with a huge Reunion in April at Bingemans. Click here to view event photos.

Once again, I would like to say a big "thank you" to all the alumni who have supported, and continue to support our camp projects and sponsorships. Year after year, our campers and staff return to, or are introduced to the KW YMCA summer camp sites which are updated, renovated and the recipients of new equipment and building projects. We all know first-hand what a camping experience can mean during childhood and young adulthood, and it is wonderful and satisfying that together, we can continue to provide this very worthwhile experience for so many.

We are also very grateful to Gore Mutual who celebrated their 175-year Anniversary, and in honour of this significant milestone, showed their support toward the YMCA camping experience by donating a whopping $175,000 to Y camps across Ontario and BC. We are so thankful and proud to be among the recipients of a generous $30,000 donation, with each of our three camps receiving $10,000 to enhance our boating programs. To learn more about this fantastic gift, check out the video by clicking here. Be sure to read Dave, Caitie and Stef's pages to see what Wab, Ki-Wa-Y and Belwood will be doing with their gift.

Although the weather has turned and we have moved into another season, the Ki-Wa-Y site (aka the Outdoor Centre) continues with year-round programming, as we welcome guests from school boards, church groups, special interest groups, sports teams, and others. We know it is often hard to grasp outside the camping office, we are deep into preparation for the summer of 2015 at Camps Belwood, Ki-Wa-Y & Wabanaki, and as always, looking forward to another fantastic year!

To you and your family, I wish you a happy and safe holiday season ahead!