SPRINGFIELD >> The final Family Night of Meeting Waters YMCA's 2016 Y Day Camp season will double as an Alumni Reunion for its more than 12,500 former campers and hundreds of former staff.
The event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Y's Lewis Day Camp facility on Route 5/Missing Link Road in Springfield.
This is the 52nd consecutive summer of the regional Y's day camp. In the 60s, 70s and 80s, when camp took place on loaned space in Gageville and Saxtons River, it was known as Camp Weetomp. The name of the camp changed in the late '80s when Meeting Waters YMCA was donated 52 acres of land in Springfield, on which the camp has taken place since. At that time, the camp was named Lewis Day Camp to honor the several decades of leadership of Samuel Lewis, the former CEO of Robertson Paper. A few years ago, the name of the camp program was changed to Y Day Camp to emphasize the value of it being a YMCA program while the facility itself retained the name Lewis Day Camp.
Whether one attended or worked at the program as Camp Weetomp, Lewis Day Camp, or Y Day Camp, all are invited to reconnect with other former campers and colleagues as well as with the activities that have been central to the camp programming for 52 years.
"Sue and I have only been here for a little over one-third of all the years our Y has provided enriching summer experiences for area youth and teens," said Steve Fortier, the Y's Executive Director. "But, when we think about the number of lives that have been impacted by our Y's camps over the past 52 years, it is very fulfilling. We, and our Board leaders, are hoping that hundreds of former campers and camp staff will join us to celebrate the rich history that we've created together."
For more information about the Camp Alumni Reunion event, call the Y administrative office at 802-463-4769 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meeting Waters YMCA is a charitable, social service organization founded in 1895. Its programs and services focus on youth development, healthy living, social responsibility and family strengthening throughout the Fall Mountain, Bellows Falls, Springfield and Brattleboro regions.