Breaking Ground

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YMCA to Break Ground on Camp Moody, Hays CISD Aquatics Complex

Nearly 20 years after local philanthropists George and Peggy Yonge donated 100 scenic acres along Onion Creek to the YMCA of Austin, the Y will break ground on its new Camp Moody project and Hays CISD aquatics complex with a free community event Saturday, April 13, from 4 to 6pm.

“Camp Moody is about bringing kids and families into nature to learn, grow and thrive,” said James Finck, YMCA of Austin President & CEO. “So in the true spirit of camp, we want this event to capture the excitement of being in this special place.”

Featuring guided nature tours, hay rides, fossil hunting expeditions, a climbing wall, arts & crafts and refreshments, the event will be a celebration of the potential impact Camp Moody will make on future generations. 

Even after the groundbreaking, the Y will continue its effort to raise more than $18 million to fund the first phase of Camp Moody, which aims to become the most accessible and affordable camp and retreat center in the region. To date, major contributors have included The Moody Foundation, which provided a $6.25 million gift, and the Hays CISD, which is helping fund a 15,000-square-foot enclosed competition aquatics center that will support all swim programming for the district as well as camp activities.

Located 15 miles south of Austin in northern Hays County, the camp will give children, teens and families a chance to experience the outdoors through YMCA programs. Open to all members of the community, Camp Moody will offer financial assistance for low-income youth and transportation options from designated sites across the area. YMCA of Austin members will also receive discounted rates on camp programs.

The first phase of the project will include a dining hall, a bunk cabin village, aquatics & family wellness center, 700-foot dual zip lines, climbing wall, archery range, ropes course, open-air sports space, a children’s garden and accessible trails. All amenities and activities will utilize universal design to be accessible and welcoming to people of all abilities.


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