I wanted a change
I wanted a difference
I wanted to be A one
To rise and be remembered
To fly like an eagle was
hard to do, but when I was done
-FROSH FOCUS PARTICIPANT
Project Morry received the 2007 'Excellence in Summer Learning Award' from the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University.
SUMMERTIME LEARNING, EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES, FOCUS ON PERSONAL EXCELLENCE AND OUTDOORS ADVENTURES
Morry’s Camp is located on a 900-acre campsite situated in the hills overlooking the Delaware River, north of Port Jervis in Glen Spey, New York. The campsite has platform tents, a large playing field, swimming pool, lake, hiking trails, basketball courts, Adventure Course, fine arts pavilion, tree house, music studio, fully-stocked library, computer labs and Educational Clubhouse. With its streams, woodlands, marshlands and lake, Morry’s Camp offers a tranquil setting to get in touch with the beauty of nature, far away from the distractions of inner-city life.
A typical Morry’s Camp day is divided into activity periods, electives and a structured evening program. Campers explore the great outdoors through hiking, fishing, boating, nature study, athletics, performing and fine arts, overnight camping, swimming, and, of course, traditional campfires. Reading takes place in all programs from studying recipes in Culinary Kids to enjoying a good book at the library to writing lyrics in the Music Ascension Program. And for students who need additional assistance, tutoring is an integral part of the summer camp experience.
CAROL'S CIRCLE gives young girls an opportunity to share their experiences in small groups through discussion, projects and games that explore issues of self-worth. Topics including conflict management, peer pressure and media images encourage an open exchange of ideas and issues. The program is named after Carol Kestenbaum whose memory is honored through the Carol Kestenbaum Foundation which empowers girls to build self-esteem and make positive choices.
In the MUSIC ASCENSION PROGRAM (M.A.P.), campers write, produce and engineer music for their own CDs. Participants learn about the fundamentals of music including rhythm, melody, dynamics and harmony through creative musical exercises and improvisation. During the summer, Morry’s Camp and Echo Lake campers combine their talents to produce a very special album called “Dedicated to A Dream.” This partnership between a private and not for profit camp allows young people to present their musical and lyrical ideas together. Music inspires the sharing of friendship, hopes and dreams, and celebrates similarities and differences.
Campers mix, dice and sautee to create delicious and nutritious meals in the CULINARY KIDS program. Campers tie on their aprons and learn the basics of nutrition, physical education and culinary skills. The program helps boys and girls make wise decisions about food and wellness and promotes independent living skills.
All campers participate in E-CLUB (Education Club). Boys and girls work in small groups on an educational project that requires developing their reading, writing, talking and thinking skills. At the Education Club Expo, campers display and share their scientific, historical and literary projects. The Educational Clubhouse, part library and part reading room, is a popular place where campers relax, read a book, write in their journals, work on computer skills or receive one-on-one assistance from the Educational Team.
MISSION IS POSSIBLE, a literacy and writing-based curriculum, examines the mission of Project Morry as it relates to campers’ day-to-day lives. Boys and girls reflect on how they feel about themselves, find out who supports Project Morry, learn how communication takes place and discover how children can support others.
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