2002-08-10 / Community

Youngsters Experience

Joys of Country Life

Joys of Country Life

Inner-city youth from New York and Connecticut at Morry’s Camp, a non-profit, year-round children’s organiztaion, have left the crowded city streets and are enjoying a fun-filled summer in the beautiful town of Glen Spey near Port Jervis, New York. Morry’s Camp, located on a picturesque 900-acre campsite, offers a wide variety of activities that provide campers with many new and challenging opportunities.

Morry’s Campers enjoy events and programs that help strengthen their educational skills and provide a safe environment for children to have fun. Studying nature, swimming in the lake and enjoying the sights and sounds of the forest create the perfect environment for learning and reflection.

"I like being at Morry’s Camp because I can catch up on my reading," says Ndome Essoka, 12, of Jamaica, Queens. "I also like being able to spend a lot of time outside. I even saw some frog eggs in the pond this summer!"

A typical Morry’s Camp day is divided into activity periods, elective opportunities, and a structured evening program. When the youngsters are not busy with recreational activities like canoeing or playing sports, they are enhancing their education by reading or writing on their own, or participating in specially-organized programs.

"Morry’s Camp provides Queens children with experiences that can only be found in the country," says Dawn Ewing, Executive Director of Morry’s Camp. "Our campers learn so much from being in a natural setting and thrive in an environment full of fun and adventure."

Youngsters attend Morry’s Camp for four weeks over four consecutive years. This 4X4 approach guides campers through a critical period of their educational and social development. When campers have compl,eted the 4X4 Program, they may participate in the Post Grad Program at Morry’s Camp which is a commitment of an additional five years and tracks the growth of each camper through high school.

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