YMCA Camp Onyahsa

Johnson Lodge Rededicated At YMCA Camp Onyahsa

Aug 20, 2015 | Posted in News

Constructed in 2000 through a Johnson Foundation gift to the Camp, the double-cabin was fully renovated in the spring of 2015. This $115,000 interior upgrade fully winterized the lodge and added six private bathrooms. The comfortable year-round building can house up to 22 guests.

The project also included the installation of high-efficiency insulation, zoned forced-air heating, skylights, on-demand hot water, and finished interior walls. Now available year-round for YMCA Camp programs and use by local nonprofit groups, the recent major renovation was funded by the Johnson Memorial Trust.

Johnson Rededication 2015

Pictured, from left, are Jon O’Brian, camp director; Carole Sellstrom and John Sellstrom, officers of the John Alfred and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust.

Jon O'Brian, camp director, thanked Carole and John Sellstrom and gave assembled youth campers a history of the lodge and of the Johnson Foundation's support for Onyahsa for over 20 years. This major project marks an initial effort in the Camp's upcoming major fundraising endeavor. The $115,000 grant was recently matched by a national foundation, which will enable the completion of other capital projects at the Camp by the year's end.

O'Brian noted that this major funding endeavor will create a premier resident camping facility for the youth and families within the community.

"We plan to continue the direction of the Johnson Lodge at Camp Onyahsa with renovations to winterize many accommodations and program areas, add environmentally-proactive restroom facilities, protect and acquire property, and create a camp scholarship endowment fund for local youth. This generous gift from the Johnson Memorial Trust will give momentum to these initiatives, and for it we are very appreciative," he said.

John Sellstrom remarked to the assembled youth of his own tenure as a child at Camp Onyahsa, noting that the JWNY Trolley line went directly through the Camp decades ago. Looking to the future, Carole Sellstrom noted her hope that the Johnson Lodge and the Camp continue to serve many generations of local youth.

More information on YMCA Camp Onyahsa's expanding year-round opportunities, its long-range Development Plan, and its upcoming fund drive are available through www.onyahsa.org.