AmeriCorps NCCC team creates outdoor learning spaces at YMCA Camp Duncan
For the second year in a row, YMCA Camp Duncan is thrilled to host an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team. The team is supporting Camp Duncan from March 4-April 27, facilitating outdoor education, revitalizing decking on our piers, and helping to construct a base camp for our new Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD and GOLD) programs.
Alongside revitalizing and clearing several miles of trails used by school groups, retreat groups, and summer campers, the NCCC team is also replacing decking on the piers that hold boats and fishing areas used by Outdoor Education schools and summer programs. The BOLD and GOLD Base Camp is imperative to the new teen leadership program. AmeriCorps members will be clearing land, constructing platforms for tents, creating a meal prep area, and building a fire ring/gathering area. The BOLD and GOLD leadership programs will take groups of teens backpacking for a full week in the backcountry as they participate in leadership development activities.
Finally, AmeriCorps members are instructing lessons in ecology, biology, teambuilding, and sensory awareness to our Outdoor Education program participants and leading volunteer groups throughout their stay.
"Having majored in Environmental Studies in college and worked two seasons with the National Park Service in Rocky Mountain National Park, I am extremely excited to be serving with YMCA Camp Duncan to develop my skills further while also supporting the camp's mission to develop youth in the area and promoting environmental importance to the community," said AmeriCorps Team Leader Manny.
The service work AmeriCorps members complete during their time at YMCA Camp Duncan will benefit all of our campers and visiting groups for years to come. The revitalization of facilities and outdoor recreational areas allows YMCA Camp Duncan to build upon its century-long commitment to youth development and nature education.
“YMCA Camp Duncan and AmeriCorps share an emphasis on service leadership that creates a positive ripple effect on our nation’s young people. I can’t wait to see what memories we’ll make and what lessons our campers will learn in these newly renovated spaces,” said Bobby Thomas, Executive Director of YMCA Camp Duncan and YMCA Camp Independence.
To learn more about YMCA Camp Duncan, visit ymcacampduncan.org.