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March 31, 2015

Kiwanis Builds Centennial Playground at YMCA Camp Independence


Come join us on December 12-14th for our first Adult retreat of the winter season!  Campers 18 and older can participate in snowball fights, arts and crafts, carpet ball, cooking, group games, foosball, and winter fun with the same staff that was with us during the summer!  The weekend will have a 1:4-1:5 staff to camper ratio. Therefore, campers registering for this weekend retreat must be campers who are semi-independent to independent in their self –care and do not require 1:1 total assistance in transfers, dressing, toileting, etc.  
Registration is accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited to 8 adult women and 8 adult men.  Please note:  Weekend is subject to cancellation if 8 or less campers sign up to attend.  We will notify participants several days before, please sign up early to avoid weekend cancellation!
*Scholarship assistance is available.  
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Rona Roffey, Camp Director at rroffey@ymcachicago.org, Brandon Krozel Program Director at bkrozel@ymcachicago.org. or call 847-546-8086.  Contact Rona/Brandon at the camp office for information regarding scholarship assistance.
We hope to see you in December!

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 10:00 am, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and the Illinois-Eastern Iowa (I-I) District of Kiwanis will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at YMCA Camp Independence to celebrate the completion of the “Gift of Play” playground.  Tours of the Camp Independence facility will begin at 9:00am at the Camp Independence lodge, we invite you to join us and see the positive impact Camp has on campers with Spina Bifida.  

Created by Dr. David McLone, Camp Independence is a state-of-the-art facility for campers with spina bifida and other neurological conditions. Campers have the opportunity to grow and gain independence in a safe and fun environment where they are encouraged to try new things, develop character and make new friends. Kiwanis, a longtime supporter of Camp Independence, donated the playground to give campers more opportunities to play, have fun and enjoy the outdoors.

“The ability to laugh and play is a gift that commemorates Kiwanis commitment to some special kids and their journey to independence,” says William S. Piper, Executive Director of the Illinois Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis - Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation. "The playground is also a culmination of Dr. McLone’s success in which we share."

“The Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International is honored to work with the YMCA to provide a specially built playground as our Gift of Play to them in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the very first Kiwanis Club,” says James Dooley, 2014-2015 Illinois-Eastern Iowa Kiwanis Governor. With the support of the Kiwanis International Foundation, playgrounds will also be built at Centennial Tour stops in Redmond, Ore.; Atlanta, Ga.; Fullerton, Calif.; Taipei, Taiwan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Island Park, N.Y.; Volo, Ill.; Milan, Italy and Indianapolis, Ind. Playgrounds built last fall in Troy, Mo., and Orlando, Fla., will be dedicated during the tour.

See the full press release HERE!