First and foremost, I’d like to wish a happy birthday to Martie Fisher. It was so great to see her at Camp this summer. Her dedication to Camp Takodah and the YMCA is something to marvel. Martie, thank you for all you’ve done.
I wanted to talk a little about long-term planning as we move on to summer 103. The Board and the Property Committee have been talking quite a bit about our infrastructure and the future of our infrastructure. We feel this a good time to undertake a Master Plan.
We’ve just started the process of looking for a qualified consultant with years of camp experience. The plan will recommend future facility needs to accomplish programming objectives, property layout, and land-use options, including projected costs for the proposed recommendations. Camp Takodah is often characterized as a rustic camp and it should stay that way. Eventual outcomes will be focused on needed renovations and updates, a set of standards for said renovations and future construction, and protection of our property well into the future.
It is an exciting time to begin this as Camp continues to be full, donor and volunteer involvement are strong, and operations are solid. I look forward to seeing the possibilities for the future while holding on to the strengths of our past.
William E. Parkman