Based on our long working history with YMCA camps, we were awarded an ambitious nationwide project with the YMCA of the USA in early 2014. The initial scope of the study was to assess the capital improvement needs of all YMCA resident camps and complete a comprehensive capital planning study, however the timeline and budget restricted this effort to a smaller number of camps; overall, 54 resident camps, representing 46 YMCA Associations were involved in the study.
The project represented an impressive coordination effort between a volunteer team of Y-USA staff, Domokur Architects, and Lighthouse Counsel, who examined the fundraising capacities of the surveyed camps. Domokur Architects designed a web-based survey, and conducted several on-site camp visits across the US to see the actual conditions of camps firsthand. Completed in July of 2014, the gathered data presented a strong body of information regarding the current state of YMCA resident camps across the nation, and presented suggestions and opinions of future improvement and growth.
The study was very well-received by the YMCA of the USA, and the lead planner of the study, Greg Copeland, has been invited to present the findings at the upcoming YMCA of the USA’s Camp Marketing & Financial Development Symposium in November of 2014.