Centennial Master Plan
For the first time in Camp Cory’s history, two parcels of property directly adjacent to Camp became available for purchase. This rare opportunity gave Camp Cory the ability to expand its footprint during a time when Camp was experiencing unprecedented participation and wait lists for many programs.
The new land added approximately 7 acres of property and prompted the creation of a master plan for developing the new property (Farmstead) and upgrading the existing camp. Included in the master plan is a design to expand day camp and create a leadership village on the new property as well as reconfigure program sites, and update several buildings in the existing camp.
Camp Cory’s quickest program to sell out is the Counselor in Training (CIT) Program. Often, would-be leadership campers are turned away due to space constraints. The program is life-changing for campers, and is often the starting point for future Camp Cory staff. Built around the pond on the new property adjacent to the current Camp footprint, the expanded leadership village increases the number of beds available and allows CIT’s more time to make personal connections.
Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Dining Hall
Camp Cory’s Dining Hall holds a special place in the heart of campers and alumni. This is a place where tradition is revered and the spirit of Camp Cory is alive. No activity at camp is quite as important as the tradition of campers and staff sitting together, eating family style meals, and talking. In a world where children primarily communicate through electronic devices, and families have less time for dinners together, the concept of personal connection through meal time is critical.
With the growth of Camp, the Dining Hall has reached capacity, and without expansion, drastic changes to the traditional ways in which meals are served and enjoyed would be needed. The bump out of the east wall will accommodate 60 more campers and 12 additional staff.
The amphitheater is a special venue where campers and staff gather to open and close their week of camp, and a space for unique activities throughout the summer. Each week, campers gather here for special elective classes, including guitar, nature, and music & drama. Renovations will allow for increased seating to accommodate and improve staging area and sound system
Updates to the Trading Post and Office will improve the building’s role as a welcome center for campers, families, and guests and create a more welcoming experience. Guests will have the chance to see camp memorabilia and yearbooks, learn about programs, and speak to Camp staff in a comfortable atmosphere.
This building will be repurposed to provide additional staff housing which will help attract and retain the best pool of applicants.
At the heart of Camp Cory’s beloved sailing program is the Yacht Club. Serving as sail master quarters, renovations to the building will help make sailing available to every camper, attract skilled sail masters, and place Camp Cory among the top sailing programs in the state of New York.
Projects Completed in 2018
The addition of a dedicated location for Day Camp has transformed Camp Cory’s ability to serve local campers. This unique area, in the newly acquired property, is highlighted by a multi-use barn. Serving Yates County residents in significant need of summer youth development programming, the expanded day camp is an extraordinary resource to the community. Additionally, the new space provides for enhanced programming in fine arts, music and drama, which are quickly becoming day camp favorites.
The health and wellbeing of campers is of the utmost importance at Camp Cory. With the changing medical needs of today’s campers, the growing number of campers, as well as strict adherence to regulations, an expansion of the current infirmary was critical. Our updated facility provides housing for two fulltime health care professionals and with an expanded porch and addition of a pass-through window, gives children the care and attention they need. Additionally, two dedicated treatment rooms have been created.
This program areas has been relocated and expanded on the new property to provide higher quality instruction. More day and overnight campers can participate in this popular program.
A covered pavilion on the new property provides day campers a space to retreat from sun and rain, to enjoy some “huddle time” together engaging in small group games as well as arts and crafts. The pavilion offers restroom facilities for those in the day camp field along with all campers using the new archery range. In the evening, this space provides another venue for a village in the overnight camp to come together. The outdoor fireplace is a perfect spot for roasting marshmallows and staying warm in the spring and fall.