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Boys YMCA Camp Mi-Te-NA

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Our Mission

YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na creates a community where all are welcome. Camp builds a healthy spirit, mind, and body in all campers while striving to bring out the potential in each child.

The History of Camp MI-TE-NA

In the early spring of 1913, a committee was appointed by President Oliver W. Branch of the Manchester YMCA to “look into the matter of establishing a summer camp for boys.”
 

The Committee set out immediately to find a suitable location. On July 29, 1913, a special meeting was held at the YMCA. The board of directors voted to authorize the purchase of the site recommended upon Crescent Lake, for a sum of approximately $1,800. During the first few years, the camp was used in primitive fashion by groups of boys and young men of the YMCA association, who pitched tents on the shores of the lake and spent short periods fishing, swimming, hiking through the woods and working several hours each day clearing the underbrush and developing the property. Twelve boys attended camp the first year. From that time, the camp developed rapidly through the tent stage with limited facilities to a camp with screened wooden cabins, a dining hall, tennis courts and other equipment.

A capital expenditure improvement was completed in 1973, which included a new bath and shower building, as well as a new camper cabin and the lagoon systems built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Later, in 1989, the CIT building (better know as”Peeps Place”) was added. Camp Mi-Te-Na saw one of its biggest years in 1999 when Camp DeWitt offered us their recreation building. This building had to be moved over to Camp Mi-Te-Na in pieces and reconstructed. Thanks to the leadership of John Howe and Hal Jordan along with the initial lead gift of $100,000 from the Cogswell Trust, alumni, and friends of Camp Mi-Te-Na the campaign to make this happen was a success. The campaign raised over $230,000 to move the lodge to Camp Mi-Te-Na as a new recreational lodge and an additional building known as “Alumni Hall.” The Kevin Ian Charbonneau Memorial Basketball and Tennis Courts were added in 1992 with capital campaign funds, along with additional funding given in Kevin Charbonneau’s name.

In 1996, we built a new leadership cabin, to enhance our camp staff and to create a more challenging program for the oldest boys. The last several years has been very exciting at Mi-Te-Na, with the addition of two new bathhouse facilities, a large high ropes course, a climbing tower, six new frontier cabins, a new infirmary, a beach volleyball court, new rifle range, a new dining hall with a new state-of-the-art kitchen facility, new white house, new pioneer cabins, and paintball. The Granite YMCA and camp staff have many goals that they work towards each year to continue to build the 100 year tradition of Camp Mi-Te-Na.

Goals & Outcomes

It’s the goal of Camp Mi-Te-Na that each camper will be given the opportunity to develop self-confidence and appreciation of their own self worth as an individual. As a result campers will feel good about themselves and have a better outlook in life and their worth to their local communities.

Completion of this goal is on-going and can be observed in the mannerisms and general behavior of each individual camper as they progress through their time at camp.

It’s the goal of Camp Mi-Te-Na that each camper will have the opportunity to appreciate that health of spirit, mind and body is a sacred gift. They will realize that physical fitness and mental well-being are conditions to be achieved and maintained. As a result campers will be aware that being of sound mind and body will make them feel better and have a more enjoyable time at camp.

Completion of this goal is on-going and can be observed in behaviors and actions of the campers including their personal desire to improve and maintain these conditions by the choices they make while they attend camp.

It’s the goal of Camp Mi-Te-Na that each camper will have the opportunity to recognize the worth of all persons and work for interracial and inter-group understanding. As a result campers will have an appreciation for all people regardless of race, creed, color or national origin.

Completion of this goal is on-going and can be observed in the mannerisms and general behavior of each individual camper as they progress through their time at camp.

It’s the goal of Camp Mi-Te-Na that each camper will have the opportunity to develop their own leadership capacity and use it responsibly in their own groups and community life. As a result campers will show marked improvement in their own self worth, and they will be a better person in their community.

Completion of this goal is on-going and can be observed in the mannerisms and general behavior of each individual camper as they progress through their time at camp.

It’s the goal of Camp Mi-Te-Na that each camper will have an opportunity to develop an interest in and knowledge of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. As a result campers will realize that being caring, respectful, honest, and responsible is the right thing to do.

Completion of this goal is on-going and can be observed in the mannerisms and general behavior of each individual camper as they progress through their time at camp.