The Donald North Court walkway is becoming a more meaningful area showcasing Camp Yawgoog’s legacy of support, while raising funds to ensure another 100 years and beyond for future campers, with engraved bricks in honor of project donors.
The Yawgoog 100 Fund’s goal for the project was to raise $1 million, which includes not only a walkway, but cornerstones, a plaza area, and three new flagpoles. Though the goal was ambitious, response has been great; and the fundraising campaign got a strong foundation on which to build from the Yawgoog Alumni Association.
The association stepped forward with $100,000 to fund the entire walkway construction — which means every gift now goes toward the fund — and covered the renovation of plantings in front of Bucklin Memorial, Trading Post and Heritage Center buildings as well. Project cornerstones were hot commodities, said Marc Cardin, director of support services with the Narragansett Council.
“Price levels were set with cornerstones starting at $100,000 … Response was so overwhelming that we had to increase our eight cornerstones to 10,” he said. Memorial bricks, meanwhile, start at $100.
“We were also humbled to receive a donation of $15,000 from longtime staffer the late Colonel Bob Cotell to fund the three flagpoles, which we will dedicate in his honor,” said Cardin.
With a few hundred memorial bricks sold so far, and spring and fall installations planned, construction is wrapping up on the walkway and the flagpoles. Engraved bricks are still for sale, and may be purchased here: http://www.narragansettbsa.org/event/yawgoog-100-memorial-brick-walkway/1769613, or by contacting Cardin or Judy Ferrante at the Council office.