YMCA Camp Arbolado Water Delivery Project

Learn more about the complex system which is critical to YMCA Camp Arbolado

For 93 years YMCA Camp Arbolado has been providing experiences that promote independence, confidence building and adventure to people of all ages.

Critical for any property’s operations is its water delivery system. This spring Southern California received record rainfall which translated to abundant snowfall and frigid temperatures at YMCA Camp Arbolado. Our water delivery system was installed in the 1960s and begins nearly 3 miles from the camp property. After decades of use, it is no longer operating efficiently or providing water that meets our standards.

It is time to reimagine a system for the 21st century and beyond: That is why the YMCA of Greater Whittier is launching a $500,000 capital campaign for the Arbolado Water Delivery System. The campaign for this urgent need began on April 24 and will continue through December 31, 2020. This project will not be easy or inexpensive to complete, but we, the YMCA of Greater Whittier Family, believe that with your help we can revitalize or rebuild a new system. A system outfitted with modern technology and engineering to provide water reliably and efficiently for generations of future guests at YMCA Camp Arbolado.

Two Long-term solutions, both with $500,000 price tags

Solution A: Shorten the span of delivery by locating and digging a well

Part of the reason our issue is so complex stems from the distance between our residential camp property and the source of our water. If we could shorten the distance in which water had to travel this would increase efficiency both from a staffing and a mechanical point. The best way to shorten our span of delivery would be to locate a well-site on or near our property. It would also eliminate the need for the filtration system currently in use.

Although solution A is the preferred project outcome we realize that it hinges on finding a sustainable well model. Should the ground well option not be possible we will reimagine a more efficient and reliable plan for our current system. It would include a new capture basin, filtration system and the re-pipe of several large sections along the route.

Where we are right now.

We must ensure that our system is working properly to deliver water for an entire summer of guests as well as any water needed by the U.S.  Forest Service for fire prevention.

We have retained the services of Expert Engineering Sciences Inc. to help us begin this project. First we must fix the filtration system so we will be fully compliant with the high standards we want our water to meet. This also gives ample time to investigate which complete solution will be best for the long term sustainability of water delivery to our Camp!

Invest in future generations of outdoor character building opportunities.

We understand how remarkable and life-changing the experiences gained at YMCA Camp Arbolado have been to its decades of participants. More than 5,000 guests visit our residential camp property in the San Gorgonio Wilderness throughout the year. Of the 5,000 guests who visit our property each year, 4,000 of those are young people between the ages of 7 and 17 and the majority of those visitors have never been away from home, let alone been thrust into the unplugged, rugged beauty of the forest and mountains. As one can imagine, children from at-risk homes find refuge in our welcoming environment and children from non-at-risk backgrounds begin to see the world around them with fresh eyes, unobstructed by electronics. Join us today with a gift of $5,000 or more in support of this capital project and ensure that YMCA Camp Arbolado continues to build character and confidence in all who drink up its unique and rugged beauty and dive into adventure in this oasis in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

If you would like to know more about this project or ways to support YMCA Camp Arbolado please contact Adrienne Gibson, Executive Director of Financial Development at the YMCA of Greater Whittier at agibson@ymcawhittier.org or 562-943-7241 X5012

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