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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Everyone Belongs

At Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA we work hard to provide an environment that nurtures a sense of belonging amongst the members in our camp community. While camp is an incredibly supportive environment,  camp life is not immune from the social pressures that exist in our greater society.  


Summer camp, however, offers a unique environment for embracing diversity, and inclusion. Our campers and staff come from a variety of backgrounds, fostering a natural exchange of perspectives and experiences. Through values-based programs and encouraging meaningful relationships, camp provides a nurturing space for campers to explore who they are and understand others.


We understand that our camps may not be for everyone and we encourage you to reach out to us with any specific questions prior to enrollment to make sure we are the right fit for your child.

Inclusion Statement

We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment where campers, participants, families and staff can discover and be their authentic selves. Through leadership, strategic planning, recruitment, training, and program development, we strive to be inclusive in our practices and to promote equity and opportunity for all individuals. We respect, affirm, and protect the dignity and worth of every member of our community.

Land Acknowledgment

The Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA currently sits on the original ancestral homeland of the Mohican people. Like many First Nation people, they were forced from their land, and the tribe, known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, moved many times before settling in Wisconsin. To learn more about the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation, visit www.mohican.com

Our Current Commitment Areas

BCCYMCA’s equity and inclusion work is an on-going effort. What started in 2020 with the formation of our IDEA Working Group, continues today and builds year after year.

We continually seek to improve representation of BIPOC campers and staff across all of our camp programs. Recently we have focused on broadening our recruitment methods, establishing new partnerships, and developing a metrics dashboard to measure the effectiveness of our initiatives.

We established a standing DEI Board Committee in 2022 to provide support and oversight to our work. Additionally, we continue to enhance diversity on our board.

We changed our tuition model in 2023 to Tiered Pricing with the goal to better support socio-economic diversity. Through this model, and in tandem with our Campership program, thanks to the philanthropic support of our community, we provide over $1 million in financial support to campers each summer. We continue to pursue grants and partnerships to provide support for lower income families in our programs.
In 2023, our board DEI Committee completed a year-long process assessing how we support transgender and non-binary campers within our historically single gender camp model. In 2024 we received a grant for bathroom improvements to create more privacy for our campers and staff during the summer months.
We continue to offer annual DEI training for our seasonal staff to understand their role in supporting campers each summer.

Share your feedback

We welcome your thoughts and ideas about our DEI work and how we can work to improve Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA.

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