2021 Annual Report
The past two years have presented enormous challenges for Camp Chingachgook and the Capital District YMCA (our Y association). Once a $45M a year organization, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced the CDYMCA’s annual budget in half. Even though these challenges were unprecedented, YMCA Camp Chingachgook never stopped serving our community through our pillars of youth development, racial equity and inclusion, and nature-based programs.
At Camp Chingachgook, we believe in the magic of camp. We believe in creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community for all, where we constantly strive to improve ourselves and others. In 2021, we proudly reopened camp and successfully operated both overnight camp and the 46er Adventure trip. 2021 was a lesson in resilience and creative solutions to new
None of the work we do would be possible without our incredible staff. In addition to re-building our year-round team, we brought back hundreds of summer employees. Moving into 2022, we made the decision to increase our employees’ pay to thank them for everything they have done in the last two years, and to help address rising inflation.
As a YMCA Camp, we believe in programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. While we work to reimagine our next century of service, we know that lasting personal and social change happens when we work together. Every day, we collaborate with communities near and far so that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
We are more committed and focused than ever to serving our community. As a result of our work, members of our camp family will develop personal confidence, social responsibility, an appreciation for the natural world, and an understanding that we are all better together. We invite you to read our 2021 Annual Report, linked below, to learn how we are using creativity and compassion to keep our mission strong.
Executive Director, YMCA Camp Chingachgook