TRADITION AND VISION
The Sheridan County YMCA purchased the former Pines Lodge in February 2008 for development into a year-round resident camp that will serve the entire region. The summer of 2008 was spent adding a new bathhouse, upgrading and winterizing the water and sewer system, new windows, doors, and roofs on all existing cabins and general maintenance. YMCA of the Bighorns Camp Roberts conducted a celebration of the many achievements realized over the past two summers in June of 2011. The camp campaign leadership and key leaders of the Sheridan YMCA were also recognized for their contributions to both the camp and the Y. The lodge and each cabin were renamed. Cabin 5 is now known as Songer’s Solitude in honor of Steve Songer, longtime maintenance supervisor at the Sheridan County YMCA.
Other exciting projects are in various stages of completion and/or planning:
- High Park Bunkhouse, through the generous donation from The Perkins Foundation, was completed the spring of 2012.
- A 30 ft yurt was completed mid-Summer of 2012. It quickly became a popular gathering area for our camp participants. Future use of the yurt will include outdoor education room, social gathering area, meeting space, and if needed, additional bed space.
- The exterior of the back of the main lodge was comppleted in May of 2012. We are excited to have a new walk-in cooler, additional storage space (both indoor and outdoor) and a new delivery ramp. Monies from the Daniels Fund provided us the opportunity to improve this area. In addition to the lodge improvements, we have completed a beautiful open-air chapel. A three-piece flagpole was completed in June of 2013.
- We are continuing to explore the options for improving fisheries potential and recreational and educational opportunities at camp. A plan has been developed which will allow us, in phases, to reduce the amount of sediment flowing into the pond, expand the current 1-acre foot capacity reservoir to about 5-acre feet capacity, place a handicap accessible bridge over Middle Creek and a pier in the reservoir. We continue to fundraise for this extensive project and are hopeful work will begin in 2013.
The “YMCA of the Bighorns” fully understands the responsibility of stewardship to the land and forest, as well as program and facility needs for future development.