The New York Foundling’s Junior Board returned to Camp Felix, located in Putnam Valley, NY, for their annual volunteer event with youth in New York City’s child welfare and foster care system. More than half of the Junior Board membership attended this special event, bringing back memories of their own camp experiences.
The evening started with dinner in the ‘mess hall’ where campers and Junior Board members got to know each other and exchange stories about their lives. After dinner, the entire camp participated in a Scavenger Hunt. Teams included kids in different age groups which allowed the older campers to serve as role models and leaders for the younger campers. Special prizes donated by the Junior Board were given out at the end of the Scavenger Hunt to the winning team.
“Camp Felix is an amazing opportunity for many of New York City’s foster care youth to have fun and act their age! They get away from the stresses of their everyday and jump into the incredible childhood experience of camp. Taking a trip out to visit and play with these kids is one of my favorite nights of the summer because I get to connect my passion for awareness and advocacy with the actual children in foster care,” said Haley Wright.
The Junior Board is a dynamic group of young professionals dedicated to volunteering their time, talents, and energy to raise critical funds for The Foundling. Members have the unique opportunity to serve as advocates for The Foundling’s important work to empower the children and families, while advancing their personal, professional, and leadership goals.
Want to learn more about Camp Felix? Click here to read Bill Baccaglini’s Huffington Post article on empowering kids through the gift of camp. You can also help us send more kids to Camp Felix by sponsoring a camper.