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A CAMPAIGN FOR CAMP JEWELL YMCA
LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES HAPPEN HERE
A LEGACY BUILT ON VALUES, CHARACTER AND FRIENDSHIPS
For over a century, Camp Jewell YMCA has been committed to building dreams, creating lifelong memories and changing lives. It only takes two weeks at Camp Jewell to spark something special within the heart of a camper. Decades later, campfire cheers and skits bring back wonderful memories of summers long ago.
Camp Jewell has been providing our community with camping experiences for nearly 120 years.
Unplugged, away from the digital clutter, important life lessons remain. Lasting change happens, and memories are created to last a lifetime. It is a place where meaningful, memorable experiences occur for thousands of youth, adults, parents and families from around the globe. Our campers build deep friendships, gain confidence and self-esteem, and form unparalleled leadership qualities. We take great pride in helping our campers lay a foundation for personal growth that helps them reach their fullest potential in Spirit, Mind and Body.
Located in the beautiful hills of the Berkshires, our internationally known resident camp provides youth with an opportunity to feel a part of something bigger than themselves.
Our campers grow as a cohesive unit, inspiring each other to be a better person in a carefully crafted culture that is accepting of all, diverse in nature and built on the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
INVEST IN THE FUTURE AND BUILD DREAMS
Our Board of Advisors and leadership team are committed to the long-standing mission of Camp Jewell.
Diligent preventative maintenance has served us well, but the time has come to invest in our facilities.
To preserve the magic of Camp and set the course for the next 100 years, Camp Jewell has embarked on a $4.2 million capital campaign. Our plan will bolster aging facilities and infrastructure, all while enhancing the Camp Jewell experience.
These investments will be directed toward a mix of new construction, facility enhancements and infrastructure replacements.
Camp Jewell has occupied its current site for over 65 years, and most of our cabins and structures date back to that origin. They have experienced significant wear and tear from hundreds of thousands of guests.
Each improvement amplifies Camp Jewellâ€™s mission of helping kids discover natural talents, build dreams and prepare for the future.
OUR TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS
Summer enrollment of more than 1,400 campers.
are proud of the achievements that have brought success throughout the years: Year-round programs that host over
people annually through outdoor environmental education, family camps, weekend retreats and more. Over 200 future leaders engaged in summer camp programs annually.
Home to Camp Rising Sun, a dedicated camp serving youth diagnosed with or recovered from cancer. Summer camper surveys show that
of campers said that they made new friends at camp and that camp made them feel good about themselves. 99% of summer camp families would recommend Camp Jewell to a family member or friend.
Home to Camp Clio, a camp devoted to serving adopted youth and their adopted camp counselors.
$2,000,000 granted in financial assistance over the past four years to families who would otherwise not be able to afford a summer camp experience.
Growing the Annual Fund with a donor base of 600 and 100% Board giving.
GIVE TO BUILD A STRONGER FUTURE
Everyone stands on common ground at Camp Jewell. This steadfast principle leads to strong friendships, understanding and respect between family members and complete strangers. All are equal at Camp regardless of background, beliefs, ethnicity, affluence, age or culture. Facility improvements will allow Camp Jewell to expand the audience we serve. Proposed renovations will accommodate the needs of our summer campers, older adults, people with disabilities, school groups and businesses looking for a unique conference experience. Our capital vision will strengthen the physical infrastructure of Camp Jewell in a manner that is both fiscally sound and environmentally sustainable. Jewell’s spirit will remain strong and intact. The $4.2 million “Building Dreams” campaign encompasses facility improvement projects that are essential to our success and longevity. These projects include the completed construction of the new health center, the“Leadership” cabin and the first of three cabin replacements, with the goal of completing the final two cabins by the summer of 2022.
GIVE TO BUILD A STRONGER FUTURE
New Health Center This new state-ofthe-art building fulfills our promise to put the health and safety of our campers first. During the summer, the Health Center houses health care staff including our registered nurses and is fully stocked to meet our campersâ€™ medical needs.
GIVE TO BUILD A STRONGER FUTURE
originally designed for year-round use. Camp days begin and The new cabins end in our cabins. While are spacious, our campers spend most accommodating up of their time outdoors, to 28 people, with cabins are their home Sustainable Your support will: more storage space, base: playing cards with Infrastructure and better windows Ensure that the a bunkmate, writing a Upgrades for improved airflow. quality of the buildings letter home, enjoying In addition, each Several infrastructure match the quality a siesta and creating newly constructed upgrades are required of our programs bonds to last a lifetime. cabin will feature to support our current Make Camp Jewell more twice the bathroom Four older cabins will level of use and meet accessible to those with fixtures as compared be replaced by modern, future needs. These special needs to our existing cabins. all-season facilities. important upgrades They will be ADA They will be more include electrical, Allow us to be good compliant and include energy efficient than technology and water stewards of the a central common & COURTYARD our original cabins, WELCOME CENTER PAVILION treatment systems. planet by realizing area with a fireplace. which were not energy efficiencies Our goal is to preserve our beautiful natural THE IMPACT resources while center and courtyard will: The new welcome creating welcoming • create a stress-free arrival and memorable • provide an anchor for camp and an experiences inviting first impression for our campers. • serve as a comfortable gathering space as guests get oriented to camp New Cabins
offers year-round program space,
BUILDING DREAMS AND CHANGING LIVES
A JOURNEY OF INSPIRING YOUNG PEOPLE
Ginna Taft’s lifelong work has been devoted to youth. In 1991, she discovered Camp Jewell and quickly fell in love with its magic: its history, mission, culture, campers and staff.
Ginna’s experience at Camp Jewell was profound. She immersed herself quickly as the waterfront director where she taught campers how to swim and Leaders in Training how to be lifeguards. However, it was her role as a mentor to young people that Ginna found most rewarding. She was proud to see campers
grow in confidence and maturity, which provided them the foundation for success in adulthood. It was Ginna’s fond memory of Camp Jewell that inspired her to make a major gift to the “Building Dreams” campaign. She is pleased that the cabins are a campaign priority as they are where bunkmates form lifelong relationships. Ginna hopes that her gift inspires other donors to come forward so Camp Jewell’s incredible legacy may continue for decades to come. Ginna Taft Donor, Camp Jewell YMCA Building Dreams Campaign; Former Camp Jewell Staff Member (11 summers)
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE CAMP JEWELL
Ellie Harris clearly remembers her first trip up the Camp Jewell driveway. With emotions running high between anxiousness and excitement, she was gleefully greeted by campers and staff. Within the first few minutes of stepping out of the car, Ellie knew she found a second home.
and knows she can depend on these relationships throughout her life. Ellie is particularly fond of the YMCA’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and feels they are part of her “DNA.”
With college on the horizon, Ellie is grateful for the personal qualities she gained while being a Camp Ellie has been a “regular” Jewell camper and at Camp Jewell. She Counselor in Training. found camp to be a Her empathy and necessity…a place far compassion for others from chaos where she have inspired her to can become a more become a nurse. “centered” person. Throughout the years, Ellie formed deep bonds with friends
Ellie Harris Former Camp Jewell Camper and Counselor in Training (9 Years)
PRESERVE A LEGACY
Cabin and Health Center Naming Opportunities Leadership Cabin
Leadership Cabin Porch
Cabin Common Area (4)
Camper Bunk Room (8)
Health Center Common Area
Exam & Sleeping Room (7)
Camp Jewell Board of Advisors *Capital Campaign Committee Members
Shaun Heffernan *
Senior Financial Executive
HPE Software Engineer
Senior Vice President,
John Revay LLC
For more information, contact:
Chairman, Camp Jewell,
Loyal Donor Officer
Robert Stearns* Lesro Industries
Executive Director, Camp Jewell YMCA
Board of Advisors;
The Nature Conservancy
The Miale Team at Keller Williams
Investment & Advisory Services
Realty West Hartford
Connsensus Government Consulting
Diana Goode Executive Director CT Council on Problem Gambling
Growth & Strategy at Kantar
AS YEARS PASS AND SEASONS CHANGE, THE SPIRIT OF CAMP JEWELL REMAINS UNCHANGED. PLEASE JOIN US IN REVITALIZING AND RENEWING THE TRADITIONS AND FACILITIES THAT HAVE MADE OUR CAMP SO SPECIAL TO SO MANY! YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT WILL KEEP THE SPIRIT OF CAMP JEWELL IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF CAMPERS FOR THE NEXT CENTURY!
Camp Jewell YMCA 6 Prock Hill Rd Colebrook, CT 06021 860-379-2782 www.campjewell.org