Welcome to YMCA Camp Evergreen!

The YMCA of Central New York continues to strive to be inclusive and respectful of our diverse region and to meet our collective goal of being an actively anti-racist, multicultural organization. Our Y’s leadership has been quietly examining and reconsidering the name of one of our dearest programs, Camp Iroquois, for the past few years, researching its origins and doing our due diligence to discover its meaning. For our Y to move forward in a way that is in line with our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, we believe it is time for us to change the name of this facility. 

Our camp is a treasure, without a doubt: it is both the longest continuously operating YMCA day camp in the country, and a quality program that has served and delighted generations of families. The name “Iroquois,” however, represents the misappropriation of indigenous culture. Using our current lens and appreciation for our First Nations neighbors, we wish to remedy the error of our past lack of cultural sensitivity, historical context or the input of the people whose traditions were being borrowed. 

To that end, we will immediately rename the camp as “Camp Evergreen.” You’ll see this change reflected in YMCA materials over the coming weeks. 

Naming the camp after its most prominent feature—Lake Evergreen—is a natural substitution that will resonate with generations of past campers and honors a symbol of importance for the Haudenosaunee without appropriating their culture. 

Facing the reality and historical impact of marginalization and discrimination of others is no simple task, and these are the times when it is most important to uphold the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, as they are integral to the mission of the YMCA. We believe this is the time to take this long-overdue action. 

Located on 58 Acres in Manlius, NY, Camp Evergreen has been the perfect location for children to spend all, or part, of their summer since 1933. Programs are designed to enrich the lives of young people by helping them develop confidence, self-esteem, character values and achievement in a safe, challenging and fun environment.

Come experience all of the amazing activities camp has to offer: Archery, Canoeing & Boating, Sports & Games, Horseback Riding, Arts & Crafts, Structured & Free Swim, Nature Studies, Character Building and Academic Support.

4795 Sweet Rd
Manlius, NY 13104

Off-Season (September-June)
F: 315.637-0403

In-Season (Late June-August)
F: 315.637-6437

Camp Office Management
(315) 637-2025, ext.210

Josh Schupack
Senior Program Director

Megan Davis
Association Director of Inclusivity & Compliance
(315) 637-2025, ext.238


2021 Camp Evergreen Guide

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Session Schedules

Sample Session Schedules Coming Soon!

Sprouts Kindercamp
(3-5 years old)

Juniper Unit
(Completed Grades K-1)

Sycamore Unit
(Completed Grades 2-3)

Redwood Unit
(Completed Grades 4-6)

Alder Unit
(Completed Grades 7-8)

Break Week Camps


Did you know that YMCA CAMP EVERGREEN hosts a February and April Break week at Camp?

Mid-Winter Break Camp
February 15-19, 2021

Spring Break Camp
March 29 - April 2, 2021

Member - $195
Youth Member - $225
Non-Member - $390

9:00am - 4:00pm
AM Drop Off: 8:45am - 9:00am
PM Pick Up: 4:00pm - 4:15pm

Learn more here