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YMCA showcases Camp Cory expansion

The first major expansion at Camp Cory in nearly a century was unveiled during a special reception June 6. Completion of this phase — the first in a multi-year project — doubles day camp capacity at Camp Cory, giving the Y the ability to positively impact more children and increase its reach into the communities near Keuka Lake, according to officials from the camp.

“The YMCA is about service, to our communities and to our youth,” said George M. Romell, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Rochester. “As the largest provider of camp experiences in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, it is important we invest in this picturesque and history-rich camp to ensure we are here for generations to come.”

Founded in 1921, and one of two overnight camps of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, Camp Cory’s expansion to the existing 30-acre property increases evening and weekend recreation opportunities for the more than 1,600 Cory overnight campers each summer, many of whom are from the Rochester area.

Projects completed within the first phase include renovation of both the junior and senior boathouses, accessible waterfront restroom facilities, relocation of the archery field, construction of the day camp pavilion, design and planting of a community garden, and completion of the centerpiece project — a 40-by-80-foot program barn with restrooms, camp offices and an infirmary. Renovation of the original Camp Cory infirmary was necessary due to increased enrollment and the need to employ two full-time medical professionals. The YMCA’s systemwide partnership with UR Medicine will add telemedicine services to camp.

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