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History of the YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester


The summer of 1998 was the last year the White Plains YMCA was able to operate the White Plains Summer Day Camp in Greenwich using a field on King St. The Brunswick School purchased the property and the YMCA camp was without a home. Seeking a new campsite, the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester purchased an abandoned camp in Putnam Valley. Formerly known as Madison-Felicia, it was owned by the Hudson Guild. At Christmas 1999, Combe Inc. announced a gift of $300,000 to ensure the opening of the camp in the year 2000.

On October 9, 2000, the YMCA of the USA recognized the new Putnam Valley/Camp Combe Branch. Since then the camp has been allowed to grow and prosper. Combe Inc. continues to have an annual workday at the site as well as supporting capital improvements. Recently, Master Card, IBM, Pepsico, and other companies have assisted in the rapid development and expansion of the facilities at camp.

The camp now serves the needs of over 500 children a day for a 9-week period, resulting in over 3,000 camper weeks of service on site.

Prior to the purchase  of the property another camp, Camp Madison Felicia, was run on the site. A made for TV series called High Feather was shot there.


In April 1995, a group of local Somers residents believed that a YMCA was needed in Northern Westchester, and in March 1996, a committee began program planning.

In 1996, with the work of volunteers, the White Plains YMCA staff and a $50,000 grant from IBM, the Community YMCA began a preschool and kindergarten program in Purdys as well as a School Age After School program at the Somers Intermediate School.  Summer swim lessons were added that same year at the held locally in the community.  That October the first year annual Y’s Halloween Parade took place, which still continues today.

In 1997, the name of Community YMCA of Northern Westchester was formally adopted and two new sites were added serving Somers at the Primrose Elementary School and North Salem at the Pequenakonck Elementary School.

In December 1998, the Corporate Board of the YMCA of CNW voted to establish the Community Y as one of its official branches.  That summer our first camp was held, with over 100 children participating.

In 1999 the Pleasantville  site was added to serve both Bedford Road and Pleasantville Middle Schoool.

In 2004, we expanded again to the Mahopac Central School District, serving their three district elementary schools.

Today we serve over 350 children daily in our child care programs, and we are leading the way in child care in Westchester & Putnam Counties.