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140 years young; Sioux YMCA celebrates area youth

Another year at the Sioux YMCA has come and gone. This past year was as busy as ever. The Y ran overnight camps, day camps and afterschool programs.

They took youth to Washington, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Colorado, as well as celebrated holidays and Powwows.

The Sioux YMCA opened new buildings and created new opportunities for the youth and families that they serve.

Reflecting on the years past, they also look to the future.

This year marks 140 years since the Sioux YMCA was founded. 140 years of serving the youth, families and communities of the reservations of South Dakota.

As many of you know, a huge part of the Sioux YMCA has been the opportunities offered by our own resident summer camp, YMCA Camp Leslie Marrowbone. Camp offers our youth a chance to escape, to explore, to challenge themselves, to learn new skills, and to make new friends. All while feeling safe and supported by positive adult role-models.

That is why this year the YMCA wanted to launch their Kids to Camp Campaign.

They want to ensure that they can continue to offer large numbers of scholarships to the youth who call this reservation home. Their goal of $25,000 to help continue to provide life-changing opportunities for these youth.

Every little bit helps. A gift of $20 will give campers a chance to express themselves with art supplies, a gift of $500 scholarships a camper for a full week of camp, to a gift of $1,000 which purchases a new canoe or kayak and help the campers explore new horizons.

The Y is also making a concerted effort to collect stories from the past 140 years and record them for the future.

They want to hear from you! Send them your best Sioux YMCA or Marrowbone memory.

You can call and tell them 605.365.5232 or email them at

Without your continued support of the Sioux YMCA and Camp Leslie Marrowbone they would not be able to offer all of the experiences they can today.