Average rating out of 10
from our 2016
Overnight Camp Survey




Hours per week of reading time by each camper to minimize summer
learning loss





Support the Cause

*When giving online, please select "Camp Abe Lincoln" under branch.

YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln, a branch of the Scott County Family Y, is a not for profit charity with the purpose to strengthen the foundation of our community.  We do this by empowering young people with the confidence to stand up for their beliefs, seek out others who need assistance, and to live by the core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
If you are interested in becoming involved in our cause, please look below for opportunities.  Our camp was founded on volunteers and our current facilities were built with the support of our community members.  If you have additional questions about ways you can get involved, please contact Nic Martinez or Alex Clark at camp.  Thank you for your willingness to help keep the camp spirit burning bright.


Annual Support Campaign

Over 80% of our campers attend camp without any assistance.  We believe however, that every child should have the opportunity to attend camp, regardless of their families ability to financially afford it.  We do this through our annual Kids to Camp Campaign.  This annual fundraiser allows us to give support to the families who really need it.  Many times, this support is given to a family on a one time basis due to medical situations, family dynamic changes, or employment layoffs.  This campaign allows children in families like these to have a sense of normalcy when everything around them is changing.  

If you believe in what we do at camp and want to help children in our community who really want to be here, please consider giving.  You can either select the link below and give online or you can call Nic Martinez, Camp Director, and discuss other potential areas of philanthropy.  Thank you for your support.

*When giving online, please select "Camp Abe Lincoln" under branch.

Capital Campaign

Many of our facilities, program areas, and additions have come from the support of our community.  If you would like to learn more about the needs of camp and the possible projects we are working on, please contact Nic Martinez, Camp Director, to have a conversation about the strategic plan for camp and how you can get involved.  We are currently working through a $282,000 capital campaign effort to make camp better for future generations.  Below are some of the projects we are currently working to fund.  If you would be willing to help out in some way, please let us know.
Truck with Plow
New Front Signage 
Road Improvements
Sound System
BB Gun Range
Lighting Around Camp

Volunteer Opportunities

The majority of Camp Abe Lincoln's success has been built upon the shoulders of phenomenal volunteers.  Our lake, sidewalks, trails, chapel, and many more projects were completed by volunteers who believe in the spirit of camp.  If camp had an impact on your life and you want to give back some of your time to help pay it forward, please contact Nic Martinez to discuss volunteer opportunities available.  We do ask that all volunteers undergo our background check to ensure the safety of our campers.
  • Camp Nurse (RN)
    • The camp nurse comes in on a daily basis and looks through small incident reports to make sure correct First Aid was given.  The camp nurse would also help assist at check-in on Sundays from 1:30pm-3:30pm.  We currently have two camp nurses who split weekends but could always use additional help.
  • Landscaping
    • The 252 acres that Camp Abe Lincoln rests on are beautiful but could always use additional support to maintain flower beds, weed around buildings, creating a camp garden, and generally maintaining the overall appearance of camp.  If you have a green thumb and would like to leave your mark on camp, please let us know.
  • Forestry
    • The majority of our property is covered by trees.  While our trees give us great shade, the also need trimming and removal from time to time.  If you are trained/certified in tree trimming or removal and would be wiling to help keep our campers as safe as possible, we could use your help. 

Donations Needed

Camp is always appreciative of donations that can supplement or add to the experience for campers, staff, and guests.  Please see the list below to see what we currently accept.  If you have something that you'd like to donate that is not on the list, please contact Nick or Alex!


Art supplies
Athletic equipment
Water toys
Books for ages 4-17
Program equipment (archery, canoeing, horses, etc)
First aid supplies

Leave a Legacy

Please consider leaving a legacy at Camp Abe Lincoln and make us a part of your will and living trust. These endowments keep the future of Camp bright and give the whole community a chance to succeed and all kids the opportunities to have fantastic summer memories. If you have any questions, please contact Nick or Alex!