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Whether it's a favorite song or skit at campfire, the awards ceremony, the "oog-ah-shak-ah" chant, flagpole, or the famously extensive "Announcements" song, Y-Owasco tradition is often included in people's most vivid camp memories and is vital to our camp spirit.  At Camp Y-Owasco, we cherish our existing traditions while welcoming new ones. Since our first summer in 1923, when the Auburn YMCA acquired just 4 acres on the east shore of beautiful Owasco Lake for a boys' camp, we have been growing in spirit and tradition.  Many of our campers and staff return year after year, and year after year we welcome new people into our family in hopes that they, too, will see camp as a home away from home.  
Camp Y-Owasco was started by the Auburn YMCA as a boys' resident camp in 1923 with just 4 acres of land.  Concurrently, the Y also operated Camp Willowbrook, a day camp near the northern end of Owasco Lake.  Meanwhile, a separate organization, the Women's Educational and Industrial Union (WEIU) operated Camp Edgewater on the west side of the lake.  In the 1970s, the Auburn WEIU merged with the Auburn YMCA, and the YMCA closed Edgewater shortly thereafter.  Eventually, the Auburn YMCA-WEIU consolidated its day and resident camp programs to one site--Y-Owasco.  Camp Y-Owasco had grown to 33.5 acres and featured large, platform tents with bunks and a bathhouse/office known as "the library."  Recently, in November of 2011, the Auburn YMCA purchased the 24.5-acre Camp Rotary, the former Boy Scout that had been next door to Y-Owasco since 1930, expanding Camp Y-Owasco to 58 acres.  Now, we enjoy our relatively new cabins (constructed 2005-2006), our relatively new bathhouse (constructed 2007) and our cherished A-frame lodge.  We look to the future with the same excitement and wonder that generations of campers experienced as they came down our camp road for the first time. 
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