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YMCA Camp Immokalee

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For the last 20 years, many things at YMCA Camp Immokalee have changed, but two things have remained extremely important to campers, parents, and staff alike: our beautiful Lake Brooklyn waterfront and our long-time camp director Mo Eaton. For 2021, we’re excited to launch a new project that combines our love for both of those things, and we invite you to be a part of it.

The Lakefront

If there’s one thing at camp we know your camper has mentioned, it’s their time spent on Lake Brooklyn. When the activity selection opens, campers run towards the lines for turbo tubing and canoeing/kayaking. Even when the lake activities are closed, the lake bed is a special place for campers to come together.  There are countless stories from current and former campers about sitting on the lake bed watching the sunrise or counting the stars. The magic of Camp Immokalee is in its purest form out on the lake!

Located along the waterfront with sweeping views across Lake Brooklyn, sits the Lifeguard Shack. The Lifeguard Shack has endured dozens of years’ exposure to the elements - direct Florida sun, rain, and high humidity – and recently, it has become unusable. In order to ensure the water activities that our campers enjoy so much can continue safely this summer the structure must be replaced

A new structure will be built right where the woods meet the sand. We’ll clear brush to nestle the building under the shade of the trees and hang hammocks for kids to get a break from the sun. It will be bigger than our current shed, and it will have air conditioning so lifeguards can get out of the heat and we can administer any needed First Aid in a cool place. Canoes and kayaks will be stored right beside it, and all of our lakefront equipment will last longer in this weather-proof building. It will be so much more than a shed, it’ll be somewhere campers and staff can really make memories.

Mo Eaton

More than anyone we know, Mo has been a pillar of camp memories, so that’s why we want to name this building after her.  We believe that this transformed space combines her love and camp and love of aquatics perfectly, so we’re excited to begin work on Mo’s Bungalow! The remainder of what we raise will help us establish the Mo Eaton Scholarship Fund to help ensure all children have the opportunity to experience camp/learn lifesaving water safety skills.

If you’re unfamiliar with Mo and her impact, she has spent more than 10 years as the camp director at Camp Immokalee and has returned several times to save the day when we’ve needed extra help. In the years she hasn’t been at camp, she’s worked in our YMCA’s aquatics department, teaching countless kids and adults how to swim and stay safe in the water.

How You Can Help

To make this project a reality, we’re raising $25,000 to cover the building, new waterfront supplies, and the scholarship fund. You can bring Mo’s Bungalow and the Mo Eaton Scholarship Fund to life and help honor her by donating below. (**Please leave a short message in the comments field)

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