Thank you for considering a contribution in support of Sandy Island Family Camp and the YMCA of Greater Boston's Overnight Camping Services Branch. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization (EIN#: 04-2103551) that is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body, and spirit of individuals and families in our communities. As we Sandy Islands 119th summer it is impressive to think of the number of lives these very special places have impacted for the better. Our beautiful property, tradition inspiring living accommodations, memory-filled shared spaces and peaceful lakefronts have transformed lives. Our belief is that we need to honor our past, care for our present and plan for our future as an unreplaceable community organization.

As we look at our 2018 season we would like to invite you to consider making a comprehensive gift to camp that includes our Annual Campaign, Capital Improvement, and our camp-specific Endowment Fund.


Annual Campaign: When you give to Overnight Camp, you are giving someone a chance at a better life and an opportunity to change their life for good. We heavily rely on our Annual Campaign to scholarship kids and families to attend camp. Roughly 190 lives are transformed each year: 1 in 30 camp community members including military families benefit from financial assistance, free, or subsidized programming – 1 in 6 are children.

Capital Improvements: Capital improvement is critical to maintaining the beauty and usage of our property for our dedicated campers and generations to come - but we cannot do this alone. With the support of others in partnership, the YMCA of Greater Boston we have a unique opportunity to enhance the landscape of Sandy Island Family Camp’s waterfront beyond its current state.

Project #1: Beds & Mattresses:  Our goal is to help all of our campers gain a restful night’s sleep by replacing all single bed metal frames and mattresses throughout camp. Funds of any denomination are accepted and gratefully appreciated through April 30th.

GOAL OF $27,500:
$9,515: Generosity of our Sandy Island Families
Funds Needed: $17,985

Project #2: SI Waterfront: General usage and inclement weather year over year, have created beach erosion and safety issues that we believe are worrisome. Through donations, we will be able to completely restore the waterfront and enhance one of the focal points of camp. Safety is primary, and with this new beachfront the lifeguard area will be closer to water. There will also be no splinters with new boards, improved access with less rocks and roots in the kayak launch area, safer stairs and seating with full length benches and an additional second chair area. With these improvements, there will be a better and safer experience enjoyed by our Sandy families.

WE HIT OUR GOAL OF $191,000:
$50,000: YMCA of Greater Boston Association Capital Dollars toward fixing main dock
$40,000: YUSA Grant
$15,000: In Memory of Chris Brown
$86,000: Generosity of our Sandy Island Families

If you would like to contribute to the waterfront campaign – there is still an opportunity to make a gift to add to the aesthetics of the project. Please contact Executive Director Kate Lemay at with any questions.

Endowment Fund (The Heritage Club): Gifts designated to our Camp Endowment Fund supports camp in perpetuity. The principle of your gift remains in an interest-bearing account and on an annual basis, roughly $31,000 is dispersed into the operating budget to support the camps needs and infrastructure. The minimum initial gift amount to join the club is $1,000 which can be spread over multiple years. After the initial gift, you can allocate any amount to the fund each year. 

To make a gift to our endowment, please contact Executive Director Kate Lemay at

View plans for the renovations and improvements: