William Sweet led a group of six hikers on a 25 mile journey from the Grand Lake Encampment over the Continental Divide, after having been elected President of the Board of Directors, to the original site of the Wind River Lodge. Look towards Mount Ypsilon: you will experience the same view that those men did. Do you see the 'Y' in the mountain? The story goes that Sweet proclaimed the Y as God’s message that the YMCA belonged in the vicinity. It was then, that he proposed the 1908 encampment be held at the Wind River Lodge however,others on the Board of Directors suggested returning to Grand Lake again for the 1908 Encampment. Sweet prevailed and the 1908 Encampment was held in Estes Park with 93 delegates attending from 9 states and even a delegate from Korea. It was a success and the following spring in 1909, the YMCA purchased 334 acres and various buildings from The Estes Park Land and Development Co. for $8,500.00, and the YMCA of the Rockies was launched.
The Sweet family continues to be a strong supporter of the YMCA of the Rockies.