The Family Y of Greater Augusta

Camp Lakeside Donation - in memory of Duncan Norris Johnson Sr.

2017 Camp LakesideIn memory of Duncan Norris Johnson, Sr. , we invite you to join us on the path to making Camp Lakeside a reality!

The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and Children’s Hospital of Georgia (CHOG), are collaborating in a dynamic partnership to ensure that children of all abilities have access to life-changing outdoor recreation and therapeutic programs.

Since the 1940’s, the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta has been a leading provider of camp programs for this region. The Family Y’s Camp Lakeside has been the site of day and residence camps on the peaceful shores of Lake Thurmond since 2002. The Family Y also has extensive experience serving military children and families at Camp Lakeside through Y Military Family Camps and Military Family Weekends in conjunction with the Armed Services YMCA. In addition, the Y has become a leader in adapted programs for people with disabilities, offering services through Katie’s Pool, the Miracle League Baseball Field and the Wilson Family Y adapted sports and wellness programs. Keeping kids occupied, regardless of their physical abilities, with healthy activities during the out-of-school summer months is particularly important for families.

Meanwhile, for over 25 years, the Children’s Hospital of Georgia has offered enriching camp programs to children facing health challenges such as cancer, heart conditions, diabetes and joint disorders. The wonderful specialized camp facility that the hospital uses is a 210-mile round trip from the hospital, and space is severely limited during the months most needed. The long trek is not only a challenge for the patients, but for hospital volunteers, physicians, nurses and child-life specialists, who are critical to the operation of the camps. The hospital now must turn children away from its existing camp programs and is unable to expand its camp offerings to serve children with other health conditions such as kidney disease, asthma, or children and families in grief. A camp closer to home that can accommodate more campers is desperately needed.In response to the growing needs of those served by both organizations, the Y and CHOG have joined forces with a bold plan to renovate and expand the Y’s beautiful Camp Lakeside. It will be transformed from its limited, rustic condition in order to serve children with disabilities or serious and chronic health conditions in a medically safe environment. The new Camp Lakeside will enable both organizations to expand programs for kids of all backgrounds and abilities so that every child can have access to learn, grow and thrive through the life-changing, magical experiences of camp.