Organization Name: Alfond Youth Center

Program Name: Camp Tracy

Program Contact: Jared McCannell, Grants Manager
Email: jmccannell@alfondyouthcenter.org     Phone: (207) 873-0684

UWMM has funded this program for 20 years.

Amount Requested: $5000
Is this an increase from what your program received for the current funding cycle? 
No

Twenty-five word summary of this program’s purpose:

Campers learn about leading a healthy life at a DHHS licensed camp; we offer enriching wellness programming for disadvantaged youth in the UWMM service area.

How your program is uniquely important to the community:

No other program in our service area provides the youth developed services, recreation activities, opportunity for
personal growth, outdoor education, positive family modeling, life-long swimming and outdoor skills–accessible to
disadvantaged youth–all in a DHHS licensed Camp. We truly are one of a kind!
Our program has an academic component rich in experiential learning, especially learning about the environment, physical fitness and nutrition.
We continually work to fulfill our vision of provide a $1,000 day camp experience for $245 and provide camperships to
the needy with the assistance of UWMM. We use a mentoring model in our approach to youth engagement. We remove
the summer childcare barrier to employment for about 100 families in the UWMM service area. 

By making camp accessible for disadvantaged families we are exposing the same families to a variety of other health and wellness services offered at our newly renovated community wellness center. We anticipate more family foot traffic at the center based on the number of campers that otherwise would not be able to afford to go to camp. The camp experience will open up a variety of other all-year services to participating families. 

Program Updates

Since last report (or in past two years):

There have not been any major program changes since last year. We are continually improving the grounds of the camp. We engage volunteers in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the camp grounds. Recent projects include erosion mitigation and water source testing and maintenance. 

Expected in the coming year:

We expect the demand for camperships (needs based camp-scholarships) to continue to raise. Despite the positive economic messages in the news, we are seeing consistent (and increasing) need for financial assistance for our programs. Our funding model has been successful in providing some camperships, but we anticipate that more families will be requesting the help. 

Outcome your program most contributes to:
Health: All individuals in Mid-Maine are in safe and healthy environments with access to health supports and services.

How program contributes:
Increases access/reduces barriers to direct services, Collaborates with other programs/services in behavioral and/or physical health

Define your year: April 1- March 31

How much did we do? 300 (Total number served)

How well did we do it?

Performance measure: Percent of clients who access more than one service type
Most recent year’s data: 85%
Previous year’s data: 95%

What was the difference made?

Performance measure: Percent of participants that confirm regular use of new nutrition skills or knowledge outside of the program
Most recent year’s data: 0%
Previous year’s data: 95%

Action Plan

Objectives for current year:

Objective: Increase the number of youth served at Camp Tracy to 300.

Most of the children experiencing camp for the first time will receive some sort of “campership” (partial or full scholarship). 

Objective: Increase foot traffic at our newly renovated Community Wellness Center in order to promote health and wellness services to the greater community. Campers (and their families) being dropped off at our main location on North Street in Waterville will be more likely to be identified for other services offered throughout the year (nutrition, dental, health, etc.).

Objectives and results from last year:Camp Tracy and benefit from its high quality programs. For example, for every campership there is one child
who increased water safety skills that may save a live in the future.

Objective: 100% of campers achieved a level of water safety ability as measured by the YUSA Progressive Swim & Safety Program. – Yes, the number of campers to achieve water safety ability was achieved during the last funding cycle.

Historically the third leading cause of deaths of 15 to 21 year olds in Kennebec County are due to drowning or water related incidents {Maine CDC Central Health District Injury Report for 2009]. The YMCA water safety curriculum is instrumental in reducing accidental/unintentional premature death of area youth. 

Success Stories

Most of our Counselors-In-Training (CITs) are former campers. CITs are students entering grades 9 and 10 who participate in leadership training with sessions focused on building a foundation of knowledge about Camp Polices, procedures, and wellness programs. Topics of emphasis include behavior management, camper characteristics, communication, leadership, and camp skills. In some cases, CITs in the camp program have become full time staff members at AYC. 

Previous Year Actual Income and Expenditures

Government Funding UWMM Funding Other UWs Funding Fees/Dues Funding Other Sources Funding Total Income
6809 5000 0 111704 8265 131778

Total Actual Expenditures: $131778

Current Year Budgeted Income and Expenditures

Government Funding UWMM Funding Other UWs Funding Fees/Dues Funding Other Sources Funding Total Income
1692 5000 0 118000 6700 131392

Total Budgeted Expenditures: $139500

Anything remarkable about your program’s budget:

All of our government funding is always up in the air. We currently have Federal money that covers some aspects of the program, but each year it is a different amount (sometimes more, often less) than what we get each year. The $5000 dollars requested from UWMM would offset the costs of “camperships” that we offer (partial and full scholarships) and allow us to enroll more youth campers in need. 

 
What else you’d like reviewers to know:

Our organization, itself is unique: 3 nonprofit corporations with a common Board of Directors and Mission.
This arrangement allows us efficiency such as a single staff and set of expenses for the programs of three organizations,
purchase of electricity at the bulk rate procured by the Y Alliance of Maine, the access to youth development grants
awarded to BGCA, and capacity to deploy proved, best practice, and evidence based programs of YMCA and BGCA.
Camp Tracy uses YMCA Progressive Swim curricula and camp management practices, BGCA Project Learn activities,
and Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation baseball equipment and training.

 

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