This summer, the Armed Services YMCA partnered with our friends at the YMCA of Greater Rochester to help send 15 military children from Fort Drum to a week long summer camp at Camp Corey in Penn Yan, New York and Camp Gorham in Eagle Bay, New York.
Founded more than 90 years ago, Camp Corey is a resident-style summer camp named after World War I hero Lieutenant Lawrence Corey who lost his life during the war. Lt. Corey’s life principle was to “help the other fellow.” His legacy lives on through the more than 1,600 Camp Cory overnight campers each summer.
Located on the shores of Keuka Lake, the camp offers youth from ages 7-15 with a variety of activities and experiences, ranging from kayaking and canoeing to outdoor cooking and arts and crafts.
The YMCA of Greater Rochester oversees 10 annual youth summer camps, including Camp Corey and Camp Gorham, with a mission of nurturing the potential of every child and teen. “We’re excited about partnering with ASYMCA to make Camp Corey and Camp Gorham, where hundreds of military kids have previously attended, both accessible and affordable for military kids to attend,” said Michele Rowcliffe, Vice President of Camping Services. “Our staff is dedicated to making sure that each child has the time of their lives, while also creating lifelong friendships.”
Camp Corey and Camp Gorham offer safe environments for youth to experience achievement, independence, friendship, belonging and fun! In a community free of electronics like cell phones, campers are focused on interacting with each other, creating friendships that last beyond the week they spend at camp.
“Camp Corey and Camp Gorham provide much needed recreational and bonding opportunities, connecting military kids with others who have similar experiences as members of the military community, as well as children who are not from military families. These experiences help military children create stronger bonds within their community," said ASYMCA President, William French.
Participants lodge in a cabin with 7-10 other youth their age and gender, in a co-ed village led by staff members. Campers learn to make new friendships and live with others in an inclusive environment by participating in team building exercises and interactive games.
Click here for more information on Camp Corey and here for Camp Gorham. If you or your company is interested in supporting ASYMCA Camps and Camping, contact Ashish Vazirani, ASYMCA's Chief Development Officer via email at email@example.com