YMCA Raises Funds to Build New Camp Pavilion

The YMCA of Rock River Valley is asking for community support in raising funds to build a new pavilion at YMCA Camp Winnebago to serve more area children and families.  YMCA Camp Winnebago is a magical place where curiosity is nurtured, children explore and make new friends, and the Y values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith are instilled in each camper. Unfortunately, each year dozens of children are placed on a waiting list each week for Camp Winnebago and do not get to experience the magic of camp. The Y is at capacity, but there is a need in our community to serve more children and families. 

“We can’t add more campers at Camp Winnebago without a pavilion to offer shelter when necessary. However, pavilions serve a much greater purpose,” said Bif Buchan, District Executive, YMCA Camp Winnebago. “Pavilions are our version of a clubhouse. Campers spend the day exploring camp with their counselors, but they come back to the pavilion to eat, play games and hang out with friends in other groups.”

Through the generosity of the Scott and Virginia Webster Charitable Trust, Camp Winnebago has received a gift to help build a pavilion, complete with a professionally rated storm shelter, large enough to provide space for up to 80 children each week. The Webster Trust has challenged Camp Winnebago to match their gift of $125,000 to the project, meaning that every gift that is given is doubled by the Trust.  

The total cost of the project is $300,000.  We have raised almost all the needed funds but are still seeking $40,000 to help complete the project. For the final fundraising push, the Y is launching a text to give campaign. The Y is asking community members to text CampW to 71777 to learn more and make a donation.