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History Of Our Camp

YMCA Camp Eberhart enjoys a rich and lively history full of tradition and folklore. Harris Eberhart’s dream has grown into one of the most progressive and enriching environmental education centers in the nation.

It’s not surprising. While always holding some traditions dear, YMCA Camp Eberhart has consistently been a leader in the industry and remains so to this day. The first YMCA camp in the country to include a summer camping program for young women, the camp continues to develop programs for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Though times and ways have changed, the goal is the same as it was at the turn of the century…to provide amazing opportunities to learn and grow and we are proud that many thousands of children have passed through our gates to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

  • Learn more about YMCA Camp Eberhart’s history by reading Tom Vance’s The Making of a Camp. Tom is a South Bend native and former Eberhart camper and counselor and a current member of the Eberhart Regional Board.
  • The Cheley family has given us permission to publish The Three Rivers Kids online. We hope you enjoy this unique opportunity to experience camp from Frank Cheley’s unique perspective.
  • Read the original version by Tom Vance of: “Life of George A. Cooper”