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Capital Projects

Building a better future for generations of children. Literally.

140 buildings. 1,400 acres. Over the course of the last 110 years, Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA has evolved from a small camp to the magical haven that exists today. Of course, aging facilities, increasing regulations and harsh New England weather make maintenance and construction a top priority. In order to maintain and enhance the experiences of both summer and year-round campers, it is essential that we build more program spaces.

Completion of the Lower Level of the Chimney Corners Camp Dining Hall

New Camp Becket Dining Hall

Transforming the Paul Dudley White Building


The completion of the Lower Level of Chimney Corners Dining Hall will provide more valuable program space to the camp. Its benefits include:

  • Greater flexibility for summer programs -- especially allowing for additional indoor space for new activities
  • More meeting space for Berkshire Outdoor Center programs, allowing for program and revenue growth in year-round programming


Meals are one of the most cherished camp memories -- when the whole camp family is together under one roof. However, we are beyond capacity in this 50 year old facility. The time has come to build a new dining hall on the Frontier Village athletic field that will:

  • Ensure that we can continue to dine together as one Becket Family
  • Update and upgrade our kitchen so that we can prepare healthier meals while minimizing food waste
  • Improve infrastructure to the camp including:
    • rerouting traffic
    • moving the Frontier Automat
    • constructing a new field


Once a new Camp Becket Dining Hall is constructed, we will benefit from having an additional historic building over looking Rudd Pond that will provide space for:

  • Exciting new activities and programs
  • An indoor space to accomodate the full camp in inclement weather
  • A relocated camp store and gathering space
  • A welcome center and staff meeting space
  • An expanded deck to the Paul Dudley White Building will provide beautiful vistas of Rudd Pond and new program space for campers.

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Making a Gift to Capital

Multi-year gifts to capital over and above Annual Fund support may be given to one of the projects above. For more information on how to make a capital gift contact Brenda Marsian, Chief Development Officer at (413) 822-7950.