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1. No request for the service of the YMCA would be turned down wherever a real need existed. 2. New buildings would be undertaken in camps or towns where suitable accommodation was not available. 3. All capital expenditure in respect of buildings and equipment would be defrayed from the proceeds of a public appeal.

  • 4.

    Maintenance of Centres would be defrayed from Trading revenue.

  • 5.

    The War Emergency Committee would meet weekly.

  • 6.

    No moneys raised for war funds would be used for peace-time activities

of the YMCA and, on the other hand, no war debt should be accumulated, as in 1918. 7. Local Associations would control canteens in their own premises. All others would be the responsibility of the National Council. 8. Immediate plans were to be prepared for the recruitment of voluntary ladies to serve in canteens, and full-time staff for isolated military camps.


Immediate and long term planning was essential. Temporary centres were urgently required, but in addition, the YMCA had been informed of camps which were to be established where buildings with extensive accommodation

would be required.

In the first few days of September, communication with military headquarter

the Council's staff was in s and many appeals to open YMCA

Centres were centres were

received from Commanding Officers in temporary camps; 17 such opened in the first week.

Newport Docks to France. Fo open night an

: A marquee was erected on the day the first troop ship sailed r many weeks this marquee, alongside a steamship berth, was d day. Later it was replaced by two substantial huts.

Glanusk Park: first year of water for can

A marquee served as a canteen, and on Christmas Day of the the war, it was necessary to break the ice in order to get teen purposes.

Kinmel Park: during the bl

A large marquee was thronged with men night after night, ack-out. The only possible light was from candles which were

masked with biscuit tins.

As time went on, marquees were replaced with substantial buildings. It was, however, during these first months of the

sectional war that the

Association did some of its best work, when both accommodation and programme activities were improvised. Large masses of men were congregated together, and it was obvious that much of their living accommodation was also of a temporary character.


In 1940, it was apparent that permanent buildings would be required to replace temporary accommodation and well designed camps required equally well designed YMCA premises. The YMCA building for an ordinary camp would cost anything between two and three thousand pounds and sometimes as much as five thousand pounds.

Many such buildings were necessary. The cost was immense.

Sir Robert

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