Our History

Since 1921, Camp Spaulding has helped campers from all types of backgrounds enjoy the benefits of a traditional camp experience. YMCA Camp Spaulding helps to prepare young people for their future by engaging them in developing life skills.


  • Officially founded on October 6, 1887 as the YMCA of Nashua.
  • Bible studies and mechanical drawing were the first classes offered by the Nashua Y. They were held in rented rooms on Main Street.
  • On March 19, 1912 President William Howard Taft laid the cornerstone of the Y’s building.
  • In 1924 a camp site was purchased on Lake Naticook in Merrimack.  It became a Y overnight camp for boys and named Camp Sargent in honor of Eaton D. Sargent who was Mayor of Nashua and also the Y board president at that time.
  • In 1964 the YMCA and YWCA combined efforts to build a joint facility at 17 Prospect Street in Nashua.
  • The Y purchased the former Merrimack Athletic Club in December 1992.  The facility became the Merrimack Y, a branch of the YMCA of Nashua association.
  • May 21, 2011 the new Nashua Y location opened at 24 Stadium Drive.