Dear Camp Combe Staff,
I have attended Camp Combe for the past 3 years and I have had such an awesome time each year. The entire staff has been totally fabulous each and every year. You make every camper feel welcomed and comfortable. Three years ago I entered Camp Combe as an introvert, but thanks to the staff you brought out my personality. I have made so many friends (including staff) during my three years and learned so much about respect, kindness and caring. I would like to specifically mention by name the following staff members who have had a positive impact on me this summer:
Gabby (Counselor for Media Arts), Ellen (Assembly), Kevin (Unit Leader), Chris (Assembly), Julie (Art Counselor), Courtney (Huddle/ Summer Science Counselor), Zoey (Art Counselor), Allison (JC Visual Arts), Samantha (JC Visual Arts), Christian (CIT Visual Arts), Emma (CIT Visual Arts). All you guys rock!!! Thank you for all the great times this summer.
While this summer is quickly coming to an end for me at Camp Combe, I very much look forward to seeing you again next year. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
With much thanks and appreciation, JP
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.