Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake) announced today she will select one economically disadvantaged child between the ages of 12 and 17 from her Assembly District to attend one of four state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) summer environmental education camps free of charge.
Applicants must write a 300-400 word essay explaining why they want to attend the camp and how the environment is important to them. Essays must be sent, along with a completed application, to Assemblywoman Rabbitt at 41 High Street, Goshen, New York 10924 no later than Friday, May 18.
“This program is a great opportunity for children to learn about the wonderful and precious environment right in our own backyard,” said Rabbitt. “While I am allowed to select only one child to go for free, I encourage everyone interested to participate.”
Rabbitt explains that the camp program is in its 60th year of providing residential conservation education for young New Yorkers. At the week-long camp visit, children attend ecology workshops, are immersed in conservation education and participate in fun activities and games that teach wise use of natural resources.
The camps, open to children in age groups of 12 to 14 and 15 to 17, are held during July and August at four sites: Colby, near the village of Saranac Lake in Franklin County; DeBruce, in the southern Catskills near the village of Livingston Manor in Sullivan County; Rushford, in the Genesee River Valley in Allegany County; and Pack Forest, north of Warrensburg in the southern Adirondacks.
To obtain the necessary application, or for more information, call or go online to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website www.dec.state.ny.us (keyword: summer camps) or contact them at (518) 402-8014. If you have further questions, contact Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt’s office at (845) 291-3631.