When YMCA Camp Lincoln started in 1926, programming focused on developing boys in to leaders while teaching them life skills to be men. Campers slept in cabins, ate in the Dining Hall and had laundry taken off-site to be cleaned while they were here for a four-week session. Life in 1926 was exciting because television was first demonstrated in London, the US Senate agreed to join the World Court, Walt Disney Studios were formed and the first flight over the North Pole was successfully completed.
Now in 2013, Camp Lincoln serves boys and girls as a day camp. There is no laundry service, the dining hall is used for program space and overnights in the cabins are reserved for Voyagers. Life skills continue to be taught through traditional camp activities that allow the campers to explore new interests and sharpen their skills in activities already known. Building camper’s self-confidence is high on Camp Lincoln’s priority list. Campers are placed in cabin groups so they can easily build friendships within a group of similarly aged campers. Counselors are assigned to each cabin group so the campers can have positive role models. Many counselors were previously campers, so they know what it was like to hang out in the cabins, play games on the field, conquer new heights on the ropes course, and feel success at the waterfront.
Families are now a large part of the Camp Lincoln experience. Because campers go home every night, parents have more opportunities to hear about their camper’s experience. Parents are more involved in their camper’s day by reinforcing the four Core Values at dinner, teaching conflict resolution during bath time and sharing in the excitement of success and new triumphs during the car ride home. Family Nights are a rewarding time at Camp Lincoln because campers get to show their parents around camp and introduce them to their counselors, visit program areas, eat hot dogs, roast marshmallows, and sing camp songs around the campfire.
Come be a part of the Camp Lincoln family that has been growing since 1926. Your family will help us to be stronger and more committed to developing leaders and growing self-confidence in everyone. The Information Session is Sunday March 3 from 1 – 3pm. Meet the Director, Senior Staff and the Office Manager. We are excited to have you as a part of our community.