Camp Abe Lincoln Alumni
YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln has been offering camping experiences to children within the Quad Cities and extended area since 1924. During that time, thousands of campers and staff have walked through our gates and memories of those times still remain. If you were a camper or staff member, then you are forever part of the camp family. Join us for some of our Alumni events year-round, and our soon to be rolled out Alumni Association. If you would like to be put on our Alumni Contact List, please populate the information to the right.
We would love to have you out to camp for a tour and story-sharing. Please contact Nick Martinez to set up a time to meet. Additional Alumni events and Alumni Association information will be posted onto this page in the future. If you have any additional questions or ideas, please let us know.
To keep up to date with all of our events and info, please fill out the "Alumni Info" section to the right. We will send you our quarterly newsletter as well as any important dates we think you will be interested in being a part.
Also, do you have a story about the way Camp Abe Lincoln changed you? Share it with us so that we can share the spirit.
At the closing campfire, campers listen to the Starfish Story. They're reminded that it is their job to now share the spirt of camp and help at least one other person. If you have a story about someone helping you or you helping someone else, please share it with us and we will select some and share in our quarterly alumni newsletter.
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, ”Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)