Updated daily by the ACA New England news team, here's the latest scuttlebutt from around the campfire and across the region's news wires.
By Kristine Millard, The Bangor Daily News
“It has been two weeks since Mark Lipof, founder, co-owner and director of Camp Micah, said good-bye to 296 youngsters on the last day of camp. Lipof founded Camp Micah, a co-ed Jewish camp located in Bridgton, in 2001. Since then, hundreds of campers have descended on the shores of Peabody Pond each summer.”
By Kathleen Herbst, The Gulfordian
“For many, camp is a staple of long childhood summer breaks. It’s a place to make friends, participate in new activities and give parents a break. But it’s not a universal experience or opportunity. Summer camp is often expensive and can be difficult logistically. It is not an experience made available for every child.”
By Staff, Wicked Local Wareham
“Eight students from the Wareham High School Key Club spent the Labor Day weekend volunteering at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.”
By Phillip B. Wilson, Verizon Indycar Series
“The Team Penske driver and his girlfriend, Ashley Welch, recently visited the very first camp, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, created in 1988 by actor/philanthropist/racer Paul Newman, as part of Newgarden’s new role as ambassador for the official charitable partner of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”
By Macy Davis, The Collegian
“This summer I worked at Camp Kawanhee, an all-boys camp in rural Maine. I was the camp history museum curator as well as the holder of multiple odd jobs, and I loved every minute of it..”
By Staff, The Norwich Bulletin
“Girl Scouts of Connecticut received grants from two organizations in to support Girl Scouts’ Summer Camp Scholarship Program.”
By Robert Glazer, Entrepreneur
“Friends from outside New England sometimes look shocked when I tell them my three kids are spending the summer at a sleepaway camp in the Maine woods. “You send your kids away for seven weeks? Don’t you like them?” For those without this tradition, I suppose it seems odd to send children as young as 8 years old away from home for weeks at a time -- but I can tell you that they are excited to go and usually sad to come home.”
By Staff, Concord Monitor
“In 1881, Dartmouth College student Ernest Balch opened Camp Chocorua on Squam Lake, New Hampshire’s first children’s summer camp and one of the earliest and most influential in the nation.”
By Mark Doherty, Utica Observer-Dispatch
“Just like our previous summer campaigns, the money raised helped fund camp programs by ARC of Oneida/Lewis Counties, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Catholic Charities Oneida/Madison Counties, Kamp Kiwanis, Neighborhood Center, Salvation Army of Utica and Salvation Army of Rome, Thea Bowman House and the Kelberman Center.”
By Marisa Mahler, Psy.D, Scary Mommy
"For the kids who struggle ten months a year in an academic setting, camp offers a completely different environment where they have the potential to thrive."
By Dom Amore, Hartford courant
"He was no longer the UConn men’s basketball coach, but the work of building fully accessible basketball courts was going to continue for Ollie and those who support the projects."
By Molly Sprayregen, Forbes
"Kayla and Jessica Weissbuch never planned to start a summer camp. The idea came on suddenly, on a drive home from the movies. They were discussing their futures and realized a camp may be the perfect way to combine their passions."
By Barbara Morse Silva, NBC 10 News
"Hundreds of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island employees took part in the seventh annual day of community service to spread their volunteer wings Friday. One of the 14 stops on their radar across Rhode Island: Camp Grosvenor in Saunderstown."
Ashley Corso, The Intelligencer
"When I arrived home, my parents handed me my phone, but I had no desire to have it. I wanted to share the stories that I could now say I had experienced, instead of just posting about my amazing time that people will only see a fraction of what was actually there. People say a picture is worth a thousand words, but a story told face-to-face...is worth a million."
Lee Goldberg, News Center Maine
"Former New England Patriot linebacker Rob Ninkovich was in Maine over the weekend to help raise money for Camp Sunshine. The camp, located in Casco, provides free-of-charge retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness."
By Caleb Dufresne, Youth today
"In the world of development, we as leaders have to be ready for our youth to have final products that are different and unique. The individuality is a sign that we are doing the right thing for our kids. They are taking the reins and actually leading."