Through the Department of Social Services, nearly 300 children, who are wards of the county, participate in the six-week program. Kids that visit the camp each summer come from homeless shelters, the foster care system, or are on public assistance. Friends of Westchester County Parks provides the kids with a quality, traditional camp experience, with an emphasis placed on environmental awareness. Kids participate in team-building activities and nature studies, in additional to camp activities such as canoeing, arts and crafts, and campfire programs.
One of Camp Morty’s most important programs is “sibling week”, where brothers and sisters who are separated in the foster care system are reunited for their experience at the camp. This is one of the only programs in the country that facilitates this type of reunion for families.
The camp facilities were recently renovated, and include yurts, a bathhouse, and showers. Additionally, Friends received a grant in 2013 from the St. Faiths Foundation for a “Counselor in Training” program. Friends has since hired former campers as counselors, providing kids with relationships that continue year after year.
Camp Morty is in its eighth year of operation and the staff now includes former campers and CIT’s who know from personal experience the great value of this wonderful program.
Camp Morty is also generously sponsored by Hudson Valley Bank.