Sarah Villareal – YMCA, Camp Moody – Regular Meeting
January 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Camp Moody is the newest branch of the YMCA of Austin and our association’s first overnight camp. We have been in our capital campaign since 2015 (have about $2.5 million left to raise for Phase 1) and broke ground on the site earlier this summer.
From a follow up email:
Awesome! We have a few different projects in mind starting in mid-September. Due to construction crews on the site, we can only host volunteers on weekends this fall and winter. In about February, we’ll reassess the possibility for weekday volunteering based on construction progress.
We will have open volunteer days 1-2 times per month for individuals and small groups (under 20). We do not have hard dates set for those yet, but I will add you to my distribution list to be notified when we do.
If you have a larger group or would like to combine with another specific group/organization, we can schedule private volunteer days based on what works best for you.
As far as the actual volunteer projects: This fall, we primarily need help clearing brush and debris, removing invasive plant species, and planting native plants around the Camp Moody property. In the spring, we hope to have volunteers build outdoor activity stations around the property such as a campfire pit with seating, a portable archery range, a hillside amphitheater, and a flag pole circle. These projects will all be outdoors, doing relatively physical labor. We have a large covered pavilion and plenty of large trees that provide shade when needed, but no air-conditioning. Right now we use porta-potties and handwashing stations, but have a bathroom building planned to be completed by about April. We will provide volunteers with water, snacks, and all necessary tools and equipment. We also want all of our volunteers to leave with a better understanding of the mission of YMCA Camp Moody and how it will be a community resource, so we’ll include a 10-15 minute overview and Q&A. Plus since it’s camp, we’ll finish out the day with something fun and nostalgic, like tug-o-war, a popsicle party, or roasting s’mores.
I’m excited for Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary to partner with us! If a group volunteer day doesn’t work out for this year, I would welcome the opportunity to share the vision of Camp Moody at one of your meetings.