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In 1865 The Fourth World Conference of YMCAs, held in Germany, affirmed the importance of developing the whole individual in body, mind, and spirit.The concept of physical work through sports, a new concept for the time, was also recognized as part of this "muscular Christianity".During World War II the YMCA was involved in war work with displaced persons and refugees.They set up War Prisoners Aid to support prisoners of war by providing sports equipment, musical instruments, art materials, radios, gramophones, eating utensils, and other items.The different local YMCAs are voluntarily affiliated through their national organizations.The national organizations in turn are part of both an Area Alliance and the World Alliance of YMCAs.The YMCA was very influential during the 1870s and 1930s, during which times they most successfully promoted "evangelical Christianity in weekday and Sunday services, while promoting good sportsmanship in athletic contests in gyms (where basketball and volleyball were invented) and swimming pools." Later in this period, and continuing on through the 20th century, the YMCA had "become interdenominational and more concerned with promoting morality and good citizenship than a distinctive interpretation of Christianity." In 1878, World Alliance of YMCAs offices were established in Geneva, Switzerland.Later, in 1900, North American YMCAs, in collaboration with the World Alliance, set up centres to work with emigrants in European ports, as millions of people were leaving for the USA.
In 1885, Camp Baldhead (later known as Camp Dudley), the first residential camp in the United States and North America, was established by A. By 1910, the YMCA was an early influence upon scouting, including the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and German Scouting. Robinson, a Chicago-area YMCA administrator, briefly left the YMCA to become the BSA's first director. Paul became the first Indian national general secretary of India. James Yen, of the YMCA of China, devised the "thousand character system," based on pilot projects in education.Local YMCAs engage in a wide variety of charitable activities, including providing athletic facilities, holding classes for a wide variety of skills, promoting Christianity, and humanitarian work.YMCAs continue to be religious organizations; many national or local organizations de-emphasize this aspect, while others choose to prioritize its religious mission above all others.This marked the beginning of the World Alliance of YMCAs.The conference adopted the Paris Basis, a common mission for all present and future national YMCAs.
It include the principles of justice, creativity and honesty.