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USDA News Release

June 21, 2016

The Summer Camp is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. These meals will be funded by the USDA Summer Food Service program. To be eligible for this funding, campers must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Income guidelines can be found by clicking here. Children who are part of households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits or benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are automatically eligible to receive free meals. 

Acceptance and participation requirements for the Program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. 

To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested on the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. 

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

1) Mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410

2) Fax: (202) 690-7422

3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

The Summer Camp is an equal opportunity provider. 

Join Us Thursday, April 7, 2016 In NYC!

You are invited to join us for an evening of camp fun, raffles, prizes, snacks and an open bar on Thursday, April 7 from 7-9:30 PM at The Wooly, located at 11 Barclay Street, New York, NY 10007. This event is being hosted by TSC events committee to help raise funds for our 2016 camperships. Tickets are $65 purchased in advance or $75 at the door. Click here if you'd like to attend!

2015: A year of partnerships and growth

In 2015 we partnered with many new individuals and organizations to create a memorable and empowering summer experience. We invite you to learn about the success of 2015 by reading our 2015 Fall Newsletter

Help secure our 2016 Camperships

The Summer Camp is being recognized by Town and Country Federal Credit Union as one of the 25 most innovative charities supporting local communities in Southern Maine. They are giving away $25,000 to eight charitable causes in southern Maine. Please is it http://www.tcfcu.com/better-neighbor-fund.html click on the vote now button around the center of the page and vote for The Summer Camp.  The only limitations are, you can only vote once per day until October 31st and you have to have a Facebook account. Thank you for helping us by voting and encouraging your friends and families to vote as well. We appreciate your support.

2015 Spring Social

On April 2, 2015 the TSC events committee, led by Lindsay Blitstein and David Gruber,  hosted a magnificent event at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in celebration of The Summer Camp's upcoming 30th season.  Approximately 250 friends joined in the festivities to raise more than $14,000!  A huge THANK YOU to halley harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld who generously offered their space and services to TSC and to the entire TSC events committee who worked hard to ensure the night was a great success.

2014 Spring Social

In April, more than 100 young professionals joined us at Knoll, Inc. in NYC for a “Night at Camp”. An evening of camp reminiscing and fun helped us raise more than $6,000 toward our 2014 camperships. A generous donor matched each donation!

Summer Campers Meet with the WNBA

New York City Summer Campers and their families were offered a special treat this summer, thanks to one of our generous board members. On August 12th, a group of campers and their families gathered to spend the evening at Madison Square Garden watching the WNBA NY Liberty vs. Phoenix Mercury. For almost all of our families, this was a first trip to Madison Square Garden. They enjoyed watching the warm-ups courtside, eating dinner at the MSG, experiencing the excitement of the game and meeting the players after the game for autographs.

2014 TSC Board Retreat

During our third session, The Summer Camp Board of Directors ventured to camp in Washington, Maine to shadow our campers and gain insight into their camp experiences. While there, they visited with new and returning campers. Counselors-In-Training excitedly shared their favorite TSC memories and the most impactful moments of their camp lives. This retreat was great for board members to personally see the difference their commitment to camp makes as well familiarize them with the every day camp operations to better prepare for the years ahead.

Download our fall 2014 newsletter to read more...

 

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Fall 2014 Greetings From Tracy's Desk!

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Fall 2014 Greetings From Tracy's Desk!

Camp today is a different place than it was just a few months ago. The warm breeze of July is now a chilly wind and the soft grass has been replaced by crinkly leaves. That seasonality is one of the most beautiful things about Maine, and we cherish sharing it with campers experiencing the closeness of nature for the very first time.

On the very last day of our 2014 season, our outgoing campers boarded buses that took them back to their homes in New England and New York City. Home is a very different place for each of our campers and we work hard every year to ensure that camp provides stability, tranquility, and a safe space for everyone, no matter the route their lives take. Part of that universal comfort is fostering an environment of cheerful introductions to things that are entirely new – some geared toward education and others designed to be just fun.

One of those new things was a program we designed internally, led by two counselors with backgrounds in teen nutrition and exercise, called “Food, Fun, and Fitness”. We served 346 campers this summer and each of them passed through that curriculum, receiving tips on how to make healthy after-school snacks and integrate active play and fitness into their lives. We model that philosophy ourselves by using more local produce and fresh fruits in our kitchen, exceeding the guidelines of the Federal Food Program. Through our ongoing collaboration with Hardy Girls Healthy Women, we continue to improve our programming to better target aspects of girls’ lives that often go neglected due to socioeconomic constraints.

As there are seasons to every year, there are themes to every summer. One of our themes this year was visitors – we had special guests every session, including members of our own Board of Directors during session three for an extended retreat. Our other summer visitors included Federal Food Program inspectors, health inspectors and representatives of the American Camping Association for our biannual accreditation inspection – and I am pleased to note that we passed all with flying colors! As much as I believe passionately in what we do and how we do it, it is deeply gratifying to see our methods and the quality of our processes validated by outside bodies. To me, what we teach campers is often intangible and unique to each camper; I am proud that some of the other things we do well has also been confirmed, from records management to kitchen hygiene to waterfront safety.

Speaking of the waterfront, we added our very own pontoon boat this year After full days of archery, dance and canoeing, sunset pontoon cruises and fishing were big hits! The girls relished the chance to relax on the water. We look forward to sunset fishing expeditions on our new boat for many summers to come.

Mentorship and exposure to healthy adult role models will always be a mainstay of The Summer Camp experience. Our counselors continue to inspire and surprise me every year with their passion, patience, idealism and happiness in working with girls. Our Counselor-in-Training program continues to grow, and our sixteen CIT campers this year benefited tremendously from the strength, caring, and work ethic of our counselors.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your incredible support. I see the changes we make in girls’ lives. Our program thrives because of your tireless efforts and together we create a community that changes lives every year. Wherever the next few seasons take you, I hope the lessons and joy of camp accompany you all the way.

Sending my best,

Tracy St. Onge-May
The Summer Camp Director

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Fall 2014 President's Message

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Fall 2014 President's Message

Dear Friends,

It’ll be a year of milestones for The Summer Camp. Next summer will mark our 30th season!!! Although this is a noteworthy achievement, we can’t deny that for both campers and board members, the rewards of camp are truly appreciated each and every year. A lot has changed since the summer of 1986, but the mission of The Summer Camp remains the same — to provide low income and foster girls with an enriching residential summer camp experience.

Another cause for celebration is that next year will be Tracy St. Onge-May’s 20th year as our Director. Each year we marvel at her strength, her vision, her leadership and her compassion. We are ever grateful for her dedication to TSC and recognize how lucky we are to have her as a partner and a role model for our campers and counselors.

As we close the chapter on our 29th season and prepare for our 30th, we are eager to share the changes taking shape. First, as of September 1, Sally Mintz Mann completed her term as board President. I have accepted the honor of attempting to keep up with her outstanding leadership. Sally was an enthusiastic, creative and thoughtful leader for fi ve years and will remain an active and invaluable advisor of TSC programs. On behalf of the entire Summer Camp community, I thank Sally for her commitment to helping our program become the success it is today.

In addition to the change in leadership, The Summer Camp Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of six new board members: Jordan Brenner, Michele Gershwin, Bethel Gottlieb, Zoe Klein Henriquez, Evan LePatner and Ed Metzendorf. All are avid summer camp enthusiasts who bring a wealth of knowledge and varied experience to the board that will enhance The Summer Camp’s mission to serve thousands of girls in the future. We are thrilled to welcome them aboard and are excited to work with them for many years to come.

As we look forward to the summer of 2015 and beyond, I want to thank the hundreds of TSC friends who have remained loyal supporters (many since day one) throughout the years. The success of our programs could not have been achieved without your generosity. On behalf of the 7,900 low-income and foster girls who’ve benefited from your heartfelt support — THANK YOU!

Warmly,

Liz Gruber
President

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