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Individually, we are recognized and respected mission-centric organizations serving youth every day in measurable, impactful ways – all kids, from all walks of life, but especially those who need us most.

Now, we are partnering together on a bold project to leverage resources, capitalize on our respective strengths, eliminate redundancies, and maximize impact to strengthen and transform Saginaw.

KidsCampUs Concept

  • Boys & Girls Clubs now occupy a refreshed and repurposed building (formerly Junior Achievement) adjacent to the YMCA, effectively creating a “campus” for kids.
  • Access to YMCA programs such as swimming, sports, fitness, and camps will further enhance Boys & Girls Clubs programs.
  • The Y will add a separate, secure entrance apart from the member entrance to give Boys & Girls Clubs participants, staff, and other community partners scheduled access to Y gyms, pools, and youth & teen spaces.
  • Enhancements at Camp Timbers now allow us to welcome more youth and partner groups at camp. Community contributions ensure that all deserving kids can benefit from a camp experience at no cost. The Y will extend this offer to Boys & Girls Clubs as well.

We Know We Can Make a Difference

Because we already are! Individually, we are responding to our community’s needs with great success.

293 days per year Boys & Girls Clubs are open to participants.
363 days per year Saginaw YMCA is open to members.
10,595 combined free snacks/meals served in 2016.
13,664 youth engaged in YMCA camps, sports, and swim lessons in 2016.
10,393 visits to the Y Kids Zone for babysitting so parents can get healthier.
15,980 youth served by Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region in 2016.
200,000 YMCA Camp Timbers alumni.

But our community is still underserved. Saginaw faces new challenges that create a greater need than ever for the work we do every day:

  • Academic disparity among children and teens of different backgrounds.
  • Health inequities among people of different backgrounds.
  • Inadequate adult and community support systems.
  • Increasing social isolation and disconnection from communities.
  • Social, emotional, and physical issues preventing our future generation from reaching its full potential.

We know that when youth are actively engaged in high-yield learning activities, the benefits to families and communities are clear.

High school graduation rates go up
College admission goes up
Truancy goes down
Alcohol and drug use goes down
Violence goes down
Other high risk behavior goes down
Crime rates go down
Obesity and other chronic disease rates go down
Volunteerism goes up
Earning power goes up
Costly expenditures for health care, public assistance, incarceration go down

YMCA Camp Timbers

Unique Strengths: Providing kids with a chance to unplug from technology, get outdoors, explore nature, develop self-reliance and social skills, experience a more-worldly perspective with fellow campers from near and far, as well as international staff.

History: More than 200,000 campers have benefited from 50 years of Camp Timbers, reaching families from primarily Saginaw, Bay, and Midland counties and secondarily from Detroit/Ann Arbor and Isabella County area.

$1.8 million for renovations:

  • Updated main lodge
  • New all-weather recreation pavilion
  • Bath house improvements for greater individual privacy

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region

Unique Strengths: Providing kids with a safe, engaging “home away from home” after school and during the summer for nationally developed, researched and tested programs aimed at academic, social, physical, and emotional enrichment.

History: For over 50 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Great Lakes Bay Region has played a vital role in positively shaping the futures of youth and teens ages 6-18, especially those who don’t have financial and family support. Regionally, we operate 5 locations.

$1 million for creation of a permanent Saginaw club home:

  • Acquisition of former Junior Achievement Building
  • Renovations
  • Furnishings and finishings
  • Seed money to launch operations

Saginaw YMCA

Unique Strengths: Providing kids with opportunities to participate in health/wellness activities, youth sports, swim lessons, and for families to learn and adopt life-long habits of healthy living.

History: For nearly 150 years, the Saginaw YMCA has been a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected, and secure.

$1.2 million for renovations and expansion:

  • New entrance to fieldhouse and teen center for non-members, particularly Boys & Girls Clubs participants and other community partners
  • Necessary infrastructure improvements to ensure individual privacy
  • Additional meeting and community rooms

Additional $100,000 for:

  • Campaign materials, staff support, and financing expense.

You Can Help!

Our fundraising goal for this campaign is $4.1 million.

Every gift makes a difference. Everyone can play a role in the solution. Together, we can achieve so much more so that kids can:

  • Develop study habits, learn to swim, explore the great outdoors
  • Feel safe, unplug from technology, flourish with caring adults
  • Prepare for college, connect the dots between interests and aptitudes, stay fit
  • Discover who they are, what they believe, what they can achieve

Thank you for your consideration!

KidsCampUs Campaign Leaders 

Honorary Campaign Chair: Dick Garber
Boys & Girls Clubs Cabinet Chair: Herb Spence
YMCA Cabinet Chair: Steve Kelly
Saginaw YMCA CEO: Steve Meyer
Boys & Girls Clubs CEO:


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