Updated 06/25/2012 06:46 AM
Camp Chingachgook opens for summer camps
School's out, and summer camps are back in session. As YNN's Maria Valvanis tells us, a camp about to hit its 100 year mark welcomed participants back, with some exciting new additions.
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KATTSKILL BAY, N.Y. -- "It's like my home away from home, I love it here, I've been looking forward to it all year," said Danielle Moffett, a camper.
YMCA Camp Chingachgook welcomed campers back for another summer of fun in the sun.
"We have a full summer in store for about 2,000 kids that will visit here this summer between our day camp, sleep away camp, and teen adventure camp," said Camp Executive Director, George Painter.
"My friends ask me what I do there, but I can't even describe it, it's just so fun," said Moffett.
Summer 2012 marks the 99th year for the camp, full of sports, water activities, and new friends.
"My favorite thing is probably the water front, because you can go swimming in the lake," said camper Donovan Rhodon.
Executive Director George Painter says his pride and joy for this summer is the camp's new educational farm.
"The farm is a garden center, we have 28 different vegetables and fruits that kids can help take care off, and then we have a small animal care program. It's a program that reconnects kids to the earth, and farming, and what it does for the whole society," said Painter.
And the new additions are going to keep coming. In honor of next year's centennial celebration, Painter says camp grounds will be enhanced further for another century of service to children.
"Our number one project is building a new dock on the water front that's fully accessible for people with disabilities," said Painter.
Over the years, $6 million has been invested into the camp grounds infrastructure, and over 300,000 children have attended. Throughout all the changes, Painter says camp goals remain the same.
"Our goal is for a child to come here, learn about themselves, learn who they are, and learn how much they can accomplish," said Painter.
Painter says there are still openings for camps later on in the summer, as well as financial aid available. He encourages anyone that might be interested to contact the front desk.