YMCA to raise funds for 100-year old camp

It would be hard for Tulare County families to imagine life without Camp Sequoia Lake. For 100 years, the YMCA-run camp has provided youth, teens and families an opportunity to experience the outdoors and carve lasting memories into wooden benches, cabins and their minds.

But it is easy to imagine the toll that time has taken on the camp itself. Harsh winters, humid summers and thousands of people have contributed to the deterioration of the camp and its facilities. In order to help keep with the maintenance of the camp in the Sequoia National Forest, the Golden State YMCA is launching its annual fundraising campaign with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Café 225, 225 W. Main St. in Visalia.

The annual campaign, led by board member Larry Benevento and community campaign chair Marla Reyes, will generate funds to help youth from throughout the region attend camp who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

“The fundraising goal is $180,000, which will go not only to camperships but also to support the ongoing maintenance of the camps so that kids and families can enjoy camp for the next 100 years,” Benevento noted.

YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake, which operates five camps in the Sequoia National Forest, has already opened registration for campers interested in youth, teen, skate or music camps, as well as Leader in Training and Counselor in Training camps this summer. YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake is also accepting applications for prospective staff members.

For information on the fundraiser campaign and to RSVP for the kickoff breakfast, call 559-624-1100.

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