Transformative Generosity: Witnessing the Power of Giving at YMCA Summer Camps

28 July 2023
Campers Enjoying Y Camps

Every weekday, thousands of youth in Hampton Roads embark on unforgettable adventures at Y Summer Camps. For over 1,300 of these children, this summer escape is made possible thanks to the generous support of our incredible community.

The YMCA has long been a pillar of hope and opportunity in our region, and its impact on the lives of young minds is unparalleled. Recently, YMCA donors and community partners had the unique opportunity to witness firsthand the transformative power of their giving during the Summer Camp Impact Tours. The tours took place over three days at three camp locations: YMCA Camp Arrowhead, YMCA at JT's Camp Grom, and YMCA Camp Red Feather.

Each of these camps exudes its own charm and provides campers with diverse experiences, yet all share one common thread – they leave an indelible mark on the lives of the children who attend them. Through stories that warm the heart and showcase the power of the camp experience, visitors were able to witness the infectious spirit and radiant smiles of both campers and staff.

YMCA Camp Arrowhead

At YMCA Camp Arrowhead, the essence of adventure and self-discovery fills the air. Surrounded by nature on 55 acres of land in Suffolk, campers get the chance to explore the great outdoors, try their hand at various sports and activities, and forge lifelong friendships. The impact of the camp is evident in the beaming faces of the children as they gain confidence, independence, and a deeper connection to nature.

YMCA at JT's Camp Grom

YMCA at JT's Camp Grom offers a one-of-a-kind experience specially designed for children with disabilities and their families. This inclusive haven allows campers of all abilities to break barriers, embrace their uniqueness, and create cherished memories in a supportive and understanding environment. Witnessing the joy on the faces of both campers and their families serves as a powerful testament to the immense impact of this camp.

YMCA Camp Red Feather

Nestled on the sprawling campus of Virginia Wesleyan University, YMCA Camp Red Feather warmly welcomes nearly 400 children each week. The moment you step foot on the grounds, the air is charged with an electrifying energy that is palpable. The vibrant atmosphere is a testament to the excitement and anticipation shared by campers and staff alike as they embark on a journey filled with adventure, creativity, and new friendships.

The Summer Camp Impact Tours not only celebrate the vibrant spirit of youth but also honor the unwavering support of our community. The generosity of YMCA donors and community partners has made these dreams possible for children, offering them opportunities that will shape their futures and create cherished memories to last a lifetime.

To all YMCA donors and community partners, we extend our deepest gratitude for the indelible impact you have made. You have not only provided a memorable summer but also empowered a brighter future for the children of our community. Your giving is a testament to the boundless potential of kindness and the immeasurable power of transforming lives. Together, we continue to create a lasting legacy of love and support for generations to come.