YMCA of WNC Dedicates YMCA Camp Watia

Water slide at YMCA Camp Watia

Water slide at YMCA Camp Watia

The YMCA of Western North Carolina will be holding a dedication ceremony for its new overnight summer camp, YMCA Camp Watia, on June 8, 2016, on the grounds of the camp, located outside Bryson City, N.C. Attendees will include YMCA executive leadership, its board of directors, donors, and other supporters of YMCA Camp Watia.

The dedication will start with a welcome from Charles Frederick, current board chair, followed by a blessing of the land and the camp by Jerry Wolfe, a Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Rick Lutovsky, one of the fundraising chairs for the camp, will deliver recognitions and acknowledgements, followed by remarks by Ken Glass who, along with his wife, Nancy Glass, donated family-owned land for the camp. The dedication will conclude with comments from Paul Vest, president and CEO of the YMCA of Western North Carolina, and a campfire ceremony.

The YMCA of Western North Carolina founded YMCA Camp Watia to make overnight camp accessible to all local families. The camp will be an inclusive, supportive environment for children 8 to 17 to build character, make friends, unplug from technology, and plug into nature. Campers will arrive Sunday, June 12, for the first summer of YMCA Camp Watia.

More information about YMCA Camp Watia can be found at www.ymcacampwatia.org.

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