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For more than 160 years, the YMCA of Greater Rochester has served an ever expanding area across New York State. Our Y’s programs, services and facilities have evolved and grown in response to critical community needs serving more than 100,000 children, youth, adults and seniors with diverse backgrounds and abilities every year. The Strengthening Communities Campaign is a decade-long endeavor to address our region’s needs for the next century, including the implementation of the YMCA Camp Cory Centennial Master Plan.

For 96 years, YMCA Camp Cory has served thousands of individuals from its picturesque setting on the shore of Keuka Lake. Generations of Y campers from across New York State, the U.S. and foreign countries have attended the camp, year after year.

Camp Cory’s overnight, day or specialty camps share one thing: they’re about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, and make lasting friendships and memories. The camp setting sparks creativity, and once outside, there is an endless array of inquiry experiences our staff and campers create. Today, unlike 96 years ago, Camp Cory does more than provide a retreat during the summer months. It also removes children from the technology screens to which they are so frequently tethered.

Few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn how to contribute to a group as engaging in physical, social, and educational activities. Camping teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership—all amidst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, archery, talent shows, and meaningful relationships. Our Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is an amazing experience for every camper. The YMCA Camp Cory Centennial Master Plan has been created to serve more by renovating and expanding our facilities to ensure service continues for another 100 years. With the recent acquisition of an additional 7 acres adjacent to the existing property, Camp Cory is an unprecedented positioned for significant growth.

The long history of Camp Cory’s overnight camp has made it one of the most successful Y programs in the country resulting in frequent waiting lists for coveted spots. The popular Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program has limited space, yet is a critical element of the Y’s commitment to building tomorrow’s leaders. Renovation of many existing camp buildings – Dining Hall, Infirmary, Trading Post, Junior Boathouse, Yacht Club, and Thunderbird Amphitheater – along with the construction of a Leadership Village and new program facilities in the acquired land are
a will allow us to serve more campers and staff eager to participate.

We value our role as stewards of the private resources we use for public benefit. The Strengthening Communities Campaign is about impact-investing from the community’s philanthropists and organizations to enable the Y to increase the capacity of our social economy. Will you join us in this endeavor to strengthen our YMCA that strengthens our communities every day?

Contact us to learn more.