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Portland agency, Standish camp changing kids' lives for nearly 60 years: For the first time in their young lives the Ogbogu children will have the chance to enjoy a quintessential Maine summer camp experience. Thanks to the Salvation Army, the three youngsters will get a chance to go swimming and boating on Sebago Lake, learn new things and interact with their peers in a fun, carefree environment. For nearly 60 years the Salvation Army Corps in Portland has been sending kids to Camp Sebago in Standish, where they are introduced to the great outdoors.

“Sending William to camp means the world to me,” [his mother] said. “His personal growth, friendships and the multiple activities (all) assist in providing him with lifelong memories. Every year when he returns from camp, I sense a difference in my son.”


Camp Communicate: Adventure and imagination aren't just allowed, but expected when you're taking part in a safari at Camp Communicate.

A five day session on the property of Pine Tree Camp in Rome where 21 campers got the chance to spend time with other non-verbal kids their age. Adam Bodreau has been attending the camp for the past 13 years. Each summer learning more about advances in technology that helps him communicate. 

"At home he signs more, but out in the community if they don't know his signs he automatically knows right where the words are and goes right to it," said Adam's mother Carol Bodreau. 


Pistons Inspired by Visit to Seeds of Peace Camp: At the Seeds of Peace international camp in Maine, the focus isn’t on drills or making baskets, but on inspiring the next generation of leaders to deal with conflict. The camp, in its 15th year, attracted about 180 teenagers from the U.S., Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Pakistan and India this week, as well as several NBA players, including the Pistons’ Ish Smith, Henry Ellenson and rookie Luke Kennard.

“We can’t really compare to some of the situations they’ve been through and knowing they’re just a few years younger than us,” Kennard said. “Being here and listening to them and the conflicts they’ve been through, it’s inspiring."


Wake Up Call from Tenacre Day Camp: Chant along with Tenacre Day Camp for WCVB5's Wednesday's Wake Up Call!

"When I say Tenacre, you say Day Camp!"

"Tenacre!"

"Day Camp!"

"Tenacre!"

"Day Camp!"


Here it from a Girl Scout: Confidence, Compassion, and Curiosity: Gabriella Smith of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts received the scholarship in 2013 and will soon graduate from Boston University. Check out her story, what she has to say about her experience in Girl Scouts, and what her life as a scientist is like.

"I owe so much of my confidence, ambition, compassion, and curiosity to Girl Scouts and the Chuck McLane Scholarship. My Gold Award, much like my other Girl Scout projects and even my biology research projects, allowed me to use creativity to design a meaningful project in the context of my passion for STEM."


CREC Receives YMCA Camp Scholarships: The Capitol Region Education Council recently announced that Camp Jewell YMCA, a branch of the Greater Hartford YMCA, has provided CREC with 100 full scholarships to their summer program this year. For the past three years, Camp Jewell has allocated 50 of these scholarships to CREC students, providing them with the opportunity to attend the traditional, overnight summer camp free of charge. 

For the past three years, Camp Jewell has allocated 50 of these scholarships to CREC students, providing them with the opportunity to attend the traditional, overnight summer camp free of charge. Camp Jewell YMCA decided to double that number this year. 

 


Special Mention: Upper Valley Woman Honored for Her Career in Camping: Posie Merritt is now Posie Taylor, and for most of her professional life she has been associated with the Aloha Foundation and its camps for girls, boys and families. She’s been a director of Aloha Hive, the camp for girls ages 7 through 12; was the foundation’s first director of development; its executive director from 1989 until her (first) retirement in 2005; and interim executive director from 2013 to 2015. She is now a consultant to the foundation.

So long and deep has been Taylor’s commitment, not only to Aloha, but also to the ethos of the camping movement, that this spring she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American Camp Association, the highest honor it bestows. “She’s very deserving of the accolades she has received,” said Bette Bussell, a friend of Taylor’s, and executive director of American Camp Association New England, which has its headquarters in Lexington, Mass.

“Posie is one of the most important camping professionals in the country,” said Chris Overtree, executive director of Aloha Foundation. “She has been in camping before camping was really an industry, and she has been an influential leader throughout. One of her seminal contributions is always focusing on the child, the safety of the program and its transformational capacity for children and adults,” he said.