< Camp Timbers November 12, 2019

Reflecting on a Record Summer

Summer 2019 was one for the record books at YMCA Camp Timbers.  In many ways, it was the best summer in recent years based on both the number of campers joining us and on the quality of their experiences.  For the first time in nearly two decades, over 800 campers participated in our June-July camp programs.  For those of who have been with us the past few years, you’ve witness the growth of new programs and significant increases in the number of families choosing to partner with us for their children’s summer camp experience.

Our Adventure Trip program continued to grow, and for the first time ever we had three unique trips available for our teens: Au Sable River Canoeing, Pictured Rocks Backpacking, and Sailing the Straits.  Due to the popularity of these programs, we’re adding two new trips to the itinerary in 2020: Backpacking on South Manitou Island and Backpacking on Isle Royale.

Our camper scholarship program also experienced record numbers of participation in 2019.  Thanks to the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations we were able to provide 186 campers with some level of financial support to make camp possible.  This grew from 152 campers in 2018.  We know that camp isn’t just fun, it’s also a formative life experience for our campers.  We’re thankful that our families and community generously make funds available so that no child misses camp due to financial means.  This is a commitment we intend to continue – and an impact we plan to grow – again in 2020.

Below are a few of the impact numbers from the summer:

As we prepare for the adventures that await us in 2020 at camp, we’re building upon the momentum of one of our best summers yet.  While 2019 was a summer for the record books, we’ll be planning to rewrite the records once again in 2020.  Thanks to all of our staff, volunteers, campers, and donors who help to make this possible!


In the spirit of camp,

Brian Miller

Camp Director