Our Story

Over a Century of Changing Lives

Since 1909, YMCA Camp Immokalee has provided youth with an unsurpassed traditional resident camp experience. To learn archery – to experience the thrill of riding down a 350 foot zip line – to catch a bass on the shores of Lake Brooklyn. For over a century, we have created friendships and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Thousands of people, young and old from all across the nation, have experienced Camp Immokalee over the years. After all this time, our goal remains the same: to help everyone that comes through our gates grow socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

We give our campers the opportunity to learn about themselves in a safe, encouraging environment while they also grow in their relationships with their peers, counselors and parents. We welcome children take part in the excitement and adventure Immokalee has to offer.

We are a camp which believes by doing and having fun, participants will gain a sense of accomplishment and confidence in themselves. By helping campers recognize their own unique abilities, we find that each camper will step outside of their comfort zones and reach for goals far beyond what they once dreamed impossible.

Whether you have been a camper at Immokalee or this will be your first time coming through our gates, we are happy you have chosen to join our family.  We are glad you have chosen to help us continue our legacy, and make another century of life changing adventures.

Mission Statement

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Our Association

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Our Impact

The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities.  Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.

Our Philosophy

The vision of YMCA Camp Immokalee is to serve a diverse community and to build spirit, mind, and body through a unique combination of Summer Camp, Outdoor Education, Conference and Local Community Programs. Our goal is that each camper and program participant leaves our camp a better person than when they arrived, and campers are set on the path to do the right things and contribute to a better world as they continue to grow. The core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility permeate our programs and activities. These strong, positive character strengths are exemplified by our staff for our campers and guests.

Deep in the breast of nature, throbs the heart of GOD.

Caring

To love others, to be sensitive to the well-being of others, and to help others.

At Camp Immokalee, we understand the importance of a caring environment. An environment that fosters positive behavior, supportive relationships, and a place where learning can flourish.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around” – Leo Buscaglia

Honesty

To tell the truth, to act in such a way that you are worthy of trust, to have integrity; making sure your choices match your values.

Honesty builds strength of character that will allow you to be of great service to God and others. It blesses us with peace of mind and self-respect. Honesty and integrity produce trust – trust in ourselves and in all those around us. Trust in turn produces confidence, which we all need to conquer life’s obstacles.

“Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness.” – Exodus 20:15–16

Respect

To treat others as you would have them treat you; to value the worth of every person, including yourself.

We show respect by considering and taking seriously other peoples’ feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and needs. By listening to others, being truthful with them, acknowledging them, and accepting their uniqueness, we show that we value them.

“Do to others what you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets” – Matthew 7:12

Responsibility

To do what is right and be accountable for your behavior and obligations.

At Camp Immokalee, we foster individuality and provide many opportunities for our kids to practice decision making and  grow with the guidance of their counselors. Once our youth begin to understand that they are able to influence their future through decisions and actions, they become the masters of their own full potential.

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley