WRIGHTWOOD–Calif.–The next phase of the revitalization program at AYF Camp Big Pines went underway last week–as crews began leveling an area in preparation for paving the camp’s driveway and parking area. This project was made possible through a $10,000 grant from the Lincy Foundation.
The pavement project will improve access to the camp’s facilities–especially in the winter time when snow and sleet have prevented the entrance and egress to and from the camp.
Paving the area will also allow snow plows to clear the area of snow–whereas before hours of shoveling was needed to make the facility accessible to camp users and visitors in the wintertime.
"We are extremely pleased with the rate at which the project is progressing," said Mardig Gaboudian–the president of the AYF Camp board of directors–who added–"we are grateful to the Lincy Foundation for its vision in recognizing the important role the AYF Camp plays in the education of the Armenian-American youth."
Last year–the first phase of the revitalization project was completed. All lavatory facilities at the camp were torn down and new ones were installed–in order to provide camp users with healthier facilities and standards. The next phase of this program is the rebuilding of six cabins and the infirmary–which are in dire need of construction and have been torn down by the forestry service.
"We are happy to announce that this summer some 600 Armenian-American youth will take advantage of AYF Camp and will participate in the AYF’s summer camp program," commented Kevork Kahwejian–director of AYF Camp operations.
"This year again–the AYF Camp board and committee have sponsored several campers for the summer camp program–ensuring that all community members can take part in the educational and cultural programs the camp has to offer," continued Kahwejian.
The pavement project is scheduled to be completed in time for the opening of the AYF Camp season..