Camp Felix, our overnight summer camp for the young people in Foundling programs and students at Mott Haven Academy Charter School, has gotten off to a great start!
Last year, we made the decision to offer youth Camp Felix @ Home and provided virtual programming to campers to keep them busy, engaged, and active. Yet, the unique and memorable experiences of leaving New York City, sleeping in a cabin, and experiencing independence was sorely missed. Dr. Joe Saccocchio, The Foundling’s Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Ruth Gerson, The Foundling’s Senior Vice President for Mental Health Services, recently shared their views on the benefits of camp in MedPage Today. Together, they shared that the summer camp experience is extremely beneficial to children’s physical and emotional development – and after COVID-19 restrictions, camp is needed more than ever.
Last week, campers arrived at our Putnam Valley campground excited to view nature, learn new skills, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Our dedicated staff have put together a comprehensive safety plan to ensure that all campers, staff, and families stay safe: cabins are at half capacity to promote social distancing, activities are structured by cabin-based cohorts to reduce contact, unvaccinated campers must wear masks, and campers undergo daily screenings.
While camp may look different this year, the magic of Camp Felix remains intact – as shown in the photo below!
Camp Felix is made possible with the support of our partners at The Felix Organization.