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Junior League Grant Provides Summer Experience

November 23, 2016

“This week was the highlight of my summer.”

So proclaimed one of the campers who attended Camp Rushford, an environmental education summer camp in Allegany County. The camper was one of more than a dozen kids who attended camp through NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s campership program, offered in partnership with Friends of Reinstein Woods. The program recruits kids from urban, underserved areas and enables them to go to camp for free. Friends of Reinstein Woods also pays to sponsor a child to attend camp through the Peter Losi Memorial Campership.

campers on hike Rushford campers The children spent a week immersed in hands-on learning and fun, discovering the wonders of field, forest, and pond, as well as studying the impact of humans on the environment.  A grant from the Junior League of Buffalo provided bus transportation for the children attending camp this summer.

The students had a life-affirming experience, as expressed here:

“This week was the best week of the summer… My favorite part of camp was to make new friends and to play games that I never played before.”

“I had a great time meeting new friends, bonding with counselors, and seeing things I have never sought to see. I would for sure love to come back and have another great time!”

Four of the campers in this program received “Outstanding Camper of the Week” awards. Some of them will have the opportunity to return to camp next year, furthering their development as the next generation of environmental stewards.

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