Kimball Camp YMCA offers an extensive array of outdoor education classes. We are located in Reading, Michigan on the shores of beautiful Long Lake. We offer more than 80 acres of woods, streams, and trails along with our 38-acre nature preserve, Kimball Pointe.
The hands-on approach that we offer is the extra learning push most children need to fully understand nature and the way it works. Our variety of classes and programs makes it easy to work into your curriculum. We have day and overnight programs that can be tailored to fit your needs.
Only a few miles from major highways, Kimball Camp YMCA is in a secluded area where you can feel the peace and serenity of nature while not having to travel far.
Even though there have been many directors over the years, the mission of Kimball Camp YMCA has remained the same.
Our current executive director is Harold Campbell. He came to Kimball Camp YMCA from The Salvation Army camping system in 1998 bringing many years of experience in the camping field. His goal was to update the existing activities and enhance the programming side of the camp to increase the revenue and make camp more inviting to other venues.
With strong support from local business professionals, especially Herb James, who also served as a board member, a new high adventure course, a 40-ft climbing tower, additional low ropes elements, and a team building kit were added to give the camp more activities to offer. Additional land was purchased to connect the camp to Kimball Pointe and allow for even more expansion.
Programming was also enhanced to offer more Outdoor Education classes in the spring and fall. A number of schools have entered into long-term contracts with Kimball Camp YMCA for their outdoor education classes over the years. Band camps were also added to the number of groups utilizing Kimball Camp YMCA.
Additional improvements under the direction of Harold Campbell include:
· The addition of 12 rustic shelters
· Addition of office space, storage rooms, and meeting facilities to the main lodge
· An archery range funded by the Hillsdale County Community Foundation
· Upgrades to the waterfront including removable docks, water trampolines, and a giant iceberg
· Upgrades to the high-adventure courses
· Flooring in the main lodge converted from cement to tile
· A new road constructed by community volunteers
· A new deck on the front of the lodge funded by the Hillsdale Exchange Club
· The addition of a pole barn funded by Herb James
· The addition of two professional sand volleyball courts funded by the Hillsdale County Community Foundation
· New roof on the picnic pavilion completed by Braman Roofing
· New tables for the dining hall funded by Barb James
For more information contact the Program Director at 517-283-2168 or [email protected]