In Mid-July of this year, our YMCA Family was dealt a substantial blow, with devastating storms that hit Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya.
Our Team has been working tirelessly to restore Camp. The staff, parent, and volunteer response has been nothing short of incredible. 28 buildings were damaged, including the high ropes course and shooting range and over 800 trees fell across the property.
Unfortunately, due to extreme facility damage, camp has been closed to the public since July 19th. Weeks 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the summer camp season were canceled as well as any cabin rentals before September 3rd.
On August 5th, Camp asked for volunteers to stay home and for supportive efforts to be restricted to donations. This allowed the summer staff of 26, and the year round staff of 11 to work together with professional crews to repair and restore hazardous areas of camp more effectively. Together, we have made incredible progress and are so thankful to the community for the patient support we have received. Over the last three weeks (Aug. 5-Aug. 28) all but two cabins have been repaired, all trails and main areas of camp have been cleared, and professional loggers are selective cutting through the still dangerous areas surrounding "main camp." The Nature Center will still take 8-10 weeks to be repaired and will remained closed until restoration is complete. The High Ropes Course will be closed for the 2019-2020 Outdoor Education Season, and will hopefully be restored and re-opened for the 2020 summer season. There is still much work to be done including wood chipping, raking, mowing, wood hauling, and wood splitting. Camp is ready to ask for helping hands from volunteers during our fall work weekend from October 4th-6th.
Due to the progress we have made since the storm, we are thrilled to announce that we will officially re-open on September 6th, 2019 to host our first of three Fall Father Daughter Weekends as well as our Fall Outdoor Education Season. We will be serving over 250 Fathers and Daughters, and 1,250 students from the Green Bay Area this fall. Miraculously, we will be able to run the programs as usual with the only losses for the season being the Nature Center, and the High Ropes Course.
Words cannot express how thankful the Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya and Greater Green Bay YMCA communities are for the generosity and overwhelming support that camp has received since the devastating storm. Re-opening by September 6th is nothing short of miraculous and the Camp Team could not have done it without the community coming together to provide donations, tools, machines, and hundreds of volunteer hours. We sincerely thank you all.
Here's how you can continue to help:
1. Donate to the Relief Fund - fill out the online form, and comment "U-Nah-Li-Ya Storm Relief." The funds will go directly to restoration efforts including machine rentals, equipment replacement, construction costs, logging costs, and volunteer supplies.
2. Volunteer On Site - At this time, we do not need volunteers on site while professional crews are working. We will be hosting a fall work weekend on October 4-6. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. We will have a wide variety of projects available. Please sign up here so that we can be prepared with safety equipment, food, and beverages for all volunteers.
Every contribution helps. If you make a donation, or volunteer at camp and would like to share it with us, please post a photo using the hashtags #unahliyastrong and #uniestormrelief. We love to stay connected with the generous community that we are so lucky to be a part of.
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