Zip Line at Y Camp

A Y Camp Turning Point – A Y Story

YMCA Camp at Horsethief Reservoir
February 17, 2022

“Two years ago, I started working at Y Camp at Horsethief Reservoir in Cascade as program staff, specifically working the ropes/challenge course. Walking into it, I had no idea just how much this job would mean to me or how big of an impact it would have in my life. Growing up, I didn’t have the best experience with people, and to be honest, never really felt like I had a true home. I found that home at the Y-camp, and I discovered what being part of a close family truly feels like. Working at the Y helped me find a place where I could not only be welcomed and accepted but a place where my voice would be heard and where I could really make a difference in the lives of kids who may be having similar struggles I did.”

“A huge reward working at the camp for me is when I see kids at the rock wall, zipline, or challenge course achieve goals and face fears then come back for more, or my group for the week bonds in a deep and meaningful way.”


“I found a sense of self-worth that had largely been absent in my life, and I could finally find a source of confidence in my abilities and say this is what I’m good at. The camp has by far been my biggest source of personal growth, where I’ve been able to tackle lifelong challenges and finally get a sense of actually moving forward in my life.”