33 have signed up for Salvation Army camp with time for more to enroll
A big contingent of kids from Orleans County are headed to a camp from July 24-29.
Volunteers have worked with local families to sign up 33 children, ages 6 to 12, for the Salvation Army’s Long Point Camp in Penn Yan.
Andrew Szatkowski of Medina is trained by the Salvation Army to help people fill out the online application for the camp, which is free. The camp is funded through donations from the Red Kettle drive.
He held sessions at the four local public libraries to help families complete the needed paperwork.
Families can still sign up children by July 1. Szatkowski said people interested in applying can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 585-205-0581.
The applications need to be filled out electronically. That was a barrier for many families in 2017, when only 7 kids went to the camp. Szatkowski was trained as a volunteer last year and 22 children went to Long Point Camp.
Szatkowski said the children last summer gained confidence during the time away, overcoming some initial fears about being away from home. At the camp they went fishing, took swimming lessons, used a lower-ropes course, played Gaga Ball, attended church and enjoyed other activities.
He welcomes adults to volunteer as chaperones for the trip down and back, as well as registered nurses for medicine checks prior to departure. Szatkowski said the Medina Area Association of Churches made a generous donation to help cover the transportation cost to and from the camp.