Bryson City- On May, just west of Bryson City, the YMCA of North Carolina will break ground for the first phase of a 900 - acre residential camp.
The $6 million dollar phase in Swain County, located close to Fontana Lake, the YMCA Camp Watia will serve children from Western North Carolina who might not have the opportunity to experienc the mountains, streams, trail and wealth of recreational activies throughout the region, Paul Vest, president and chief exectutive officer for the YMCA of WNC, in a news release Tuesday.
"Scheduled to open the summer of 2016. YMCA Camp Watia will be an affordable resident camp with the intent of serving all children in Western North Carolina, regardless of socioeconomic level," Vest said.
The expected cost to attend the overnight youth came is $550 a week, said Jes Williams, vice president of orgnizational and financial development for the YMCA of Western North Carolina.
"We still know that may be way out of reach for a lot of famiies," she said. "We would off financial assistance and a scholarship program."
Williams said the camp is expected to open with a two-stroy dining hall and eight cabins that will each sleep 12 campers. Programs offered will be include sports, boatin, team-building, swimming, archery and crafts while focusing on the area's history, Cherokee environment, she said.