Recently, the boards of the Fort Bend and TW Davis YMCAs announced the establishment of an Exploratory Committee to develop a YMCA Camp in Fort Bend County.
Jocelyn Gordon, Energy Orientation Manager for Champion Energy Services, stated “Champion Energy is very excited and proud to be an early community supporter of the YMCA’s efforts to bring a Y youth camp experience to Fort Bend County”.
During the event, Charlie Myer, Regional Advancement Officer for the YMCA, announced that the new Camp Exploratory Committee would be Co-Chaired by two Fort Bend County volunteer legends Mike Flory and Marshall Whichard. Both Flory and Whichard are former Board Chairs and Volunteers of the Year for the YMCA. The trio went on to outline that the committee is initially looking at a possible location as the Bates Allen County Park in Kendleton, TX. The Bates Allen Park, a Fort Bend County facility, is a 235 acre park nestled on the San Bernard River and includes two lakes, walking trails, pavilions and several other amenities. “We are currently in preliminary conversations about partnering on the camp with Fort Bend County and Kendleton public officials”, stated Mike Flory, Committee Co-Chair.
The inspiration for the camp came about after members of the YMCA Outreach Committee and County personnel were discussing the development of an additional program outreach site, when the conversations turned to the ever growing need to get Fort Bend youth more opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the great outdoor environments in Fort Bend County.
Over the coming months, the YMCA Camp Exploratory Committee will be looking at the feasibility of a camp development, finalizing possible locations and garnering initial support for the proposed camp.
For more information about the YMCA go to www.ymcahouston.org.