Building For the Future: Our Vision
Much like a blooming tree begins with a seed, we've spent nearly 100 years planting seeds of impact through our summer camp experience. Thousands of lives have been positively impacted by their camp experience. Our vision now is to plant a new seed -- one that will position us for the next 100 years not only to serve more summer campers by way of needed upgrades, but also a seed that will position YMCA Camp Ocoee's success as a year-long resource to the community.
Our Success to Date:
Celebrating the success of Stage 1 fundraising is important, since it covers the infrastructure of YMCA Camp Ocoee. Much work still remains as we turn the corner and water the seeds of this renovation process. All of the enhancements planned for camp have been designed with the intention to preserve our history while building for our future.
Stage 1 Projects completed spring 2019. Stage 1 Renovation Photo Album.
YMCA Camp Ocoee currently serves over 5,000 people each year. Over the next 100 years, our impact will be half a million people! Because our vision is to create structures that are built to accommodate this growth, it's necessary that our grounds, cabins, and facilities provide the needed program space for lasting memories to occur.
If you would like to visit Camp Ocoee to see our vision for the future, please contact B.J. Davis at 423-338-5588 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour.
Stage 2 Projects- Fall 2019/Spring 2020
Estimated Cost $1.16 million
Ellis Dining Hall- Conversation and relationships are built over meal time! To deepen that impact, we're adding:
- Bathrooms on main dining level
- Additional parking
- New lighting and central heat/air
- Paved road leading to Dining Hall
- Renovated kitchen
- ADA handicap-accessible entrance and bathrooms
A larger, more up to date dining hall means more conversations, and the ability to accommodate those who need handicap access.
Waterfront Renovation- The current waterfront dock has served us well since 1973, it is now time to replace it with a new more current structure
- Erosion control on hillside and flagpole field
- Replacement of the current 40+ year old dock
- New paddle and life jacket storage building
Boys Hill Cabin- This is a part of our master plan to expand camp and better serve our wait-list, which exceeds 240 kids each summer.
- Replace the current "Ellis Cabin" with a new design cabin
Campfire Circle- We are currently at capacity with the seating at our campfire circle, with our plans to expand camp in the future we need additional space for new campers and guests.
- Additional seating to better serve campers
- Replacement of the current stage
- Erosion control
Stage 3 Projects- Fall 2020/Spring 2021
Estimated Cost- $670,000
Boys Hill Cabins- This is a part of our master plan to expand camp and better serve out wait-list, which exceeds 240 kids each summer!
- Raze Longhouse/Park Cabin (Built in the 50's)
- Build 2 new cabins on boys hill
Girls Point Cabin
- Renovate Sequoya Cabin
- Expand cabin with bathroom addition
Staff Wellness Center- This space will provide our staff an air conditioned space to rest, relax and recharge on their limited time away from the campers.
- Additional full time staff housing to ensure we can hire the best possible leadership staff.
- Space for the counselors to recharge and renew
- Meeting room for school year groups
Stage 4 Projects- Fall 2021/Spring 2022
Estimated Cost- $1 Million
Program Center - The future focal point and hub of YMCA Camp Ocoee.
- 6,000 square-foot program center that will provide needed space for activities and future growth.
- Gathering place not only for camp, but also for large groups, Y-CAP's Boxing Not Bullets Camp, and new rental facility for the community during the school year.
Stage 5 Projects- Fall 2022/Spring 2023
Estimated Cost- $560,000
Treehouse Village- This addition will allow us to restart our Teen Adventure Camp Programs
- Build 4 new cabins on the site of the former Rotary Village Cabins
- Will serve campers ages 13-17 with adventure programs in the local area
- Increases our school year retreat capacity to 252 available beds
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