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As Camp Cory expands along the shores of Keuka Lake, the YMCA of Greater Rochester looks to the past while celebrating its exciting future in the region.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for June 6 to celebrate the completion of the first building on the six acre expansion.  This is the first land expansion in the camp’s 97 year history. Welcoming all to the property that day and for many years to come will be a vintage 1946 Ford pickup truck. The truck will have a permanent presence in front of the Summer Day Camp Welcome Center as an icon of Camp Cory’s past. The truck is being restored to resemble “Proud Mary,” the truck which campers rode in decades ago.

Working with The Pike Company, General Contractor for the expansion, a truck was located, and the Auto Body teachers and students of Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES were engaged to complete the dramatic restoration. These students, who live in the surrounding community, are experiencing teamwork and community pride while learning practical skills.

“This truck will be a beacon for Camp Cory,” said Mike Stevens, Senior Vice President of Association Advancement for the YMCA of Greater Rochester. “A truck like this has been part of the memories of Cory campers from 40, 50, and 60 years ago, and now this restored truck will become part of the memories of all future Camp Cory campers.”

The video below takes you behind the scenes of this exciting project.