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WATCH: Camp Lakeside: Coming Soon!

Summer is a time for adventure, fun, and making memories. For a lot of kids, that means heading off to summer camp for a few days. But not all children are fortunate enough, or healthy enough, to enjoy those summer days with their friends.

Now, with the partnership between The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, children of all abilities can enjoy a wonderful summer camp in a safe environment.

The YMCA has been a provider of summer and holiday camps since the 1940s. CHOG has a long legacy of caring for sick children and their families in the community. Together, these two organizations have begun renovating Camp Lakeside so it will soon be able to serve children with disabilities or serious and chronic health conditions in a medically safe environment.

Activities that will be available at the camp include swimming, arts and crafts, disc golf, fishing, archery, kayaking, basketball, canoeing, and more! The camp will be an extension of the Family Y’s adapted program and will become the future home for CHOG special-needs camps.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the “new” Camp Lakeside took place Monday, June 22, 2015. Phase 1 of renovation officially has begun and will include a multipurpose room/gym, medical facility, outdoor pool, and 10 adaptive cabins for the children.

To learn more about other available camps, visit grhealth.org or thefamilyy.org.

Join us: Camp Lakeside groundbreaking June 22

The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia will break ground at 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, to kick off renovations at Camp Lakeside, a 100-acre camp located on beautiful Lake Thurmond.

CampLakesideInteriorCampSignSketchesCamp Lakeside has long served Family Y camps, but with renovations and new construction to include a medical facility and multi-purpose building in the first phase, it will also serve the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
CHOG camps are hoping to relocate from Rutledge, Ga., to the Lincolnton, Ga. Camp on 1238 Dogwood Drive – which is closer to CHOG.

Upon completion of all construction, this site will host the traditional Family Y camps, along with the CHOG camps, including Camp Rainbow for cancer patients, Camp Joint Venture for children with juvenile arthritis, Camp Sweet Life for diabetic patients, Camp Strong Hearts for heart patients, and Camp Share and Care for families with children with new cancer diagnoses. Future plans include an outdoor pool and 10 adapted cabins.

“Camp Lakeside will enable sick children treated at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia an opportunity to enjoy a typical summer camp experience,” said Kimberly Allen, Manager of Child and Adolescent Life at CHOG and Director of Camp Rainbow. “Through the support of our community and medical team, more children will be able to forget about their illness and enjoy the outdoors as well as other summer camp fun, in closer proximity to our hospital.”

The groundbreaking is open to the public. Please RSVP to Katie Duncan at the Family Y at kduncan@thefamilyy.org or 706-829-0164.

$120,000 given for Camp Lakeside

On behalf of Club Car, the Ingersoll Rand Foundation donated $120,000 to the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta and Children’s Hospital of Georgia to support the renovation of Camp Lakeside in Lincoln County. The goal is to create an adapted camp facility for children with special needs and life-threatening conditions, including cancer and diabetes.

Many of CHOG’s patients and families will benefit from a camp that is housed closer to the Children’s Hospital, as most of the existing camps would be relocated there. Officials say the camp could be ready by 2016.

In the picture with the ceremonial check are (L-R): Danny McConnell, President and CEO of the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta; Jim Mumford, Administrator of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia; and Club Car Representatives Trish Yount, Operations Manager; Marc Dufour, President and CEO; Bryan Mash, Vice President of Human Resources; and Jason Goldberg, Vice President of Services.

Johnson honored for work with children

Cedric Johnson, Director of Community Affairs, was featured in the July 24-31 edition of Urban Pro Weekly after being named the first recipient of the Kiss the Community Child and Family Advocate Award for his work with the Augusta Partnership for Children. In partnership with the Family Y of Augusta, 96.3 Kiss FM will present the award Sept. 13 at Evans Town Center Park as part of the Kiss Family Reunion 2014.