Elks do­nate $1,500 to Camp New Dawn

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School - By DOUG BISHOP [email protected]­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Kent Is­land Elks Lodge 2576 Ex­alted Ruler Mike Kelly pre­sented a $1,500 Na­tional Elks Foun­da­tion “150th An­niver­sary Grant” check to Camp New Dawn rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jor­dan Tucker Tues­day, Nov. 20. This year is the 150th an­niver­sary of the Elks as a na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion; the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s motto is “Elks Care, Elks Share.”

Camp New Dawn is a pro­gram pro­vided by Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice at Camp Pe­cometh near Cen­tre­ville, for chil­dren and fam­i­lies who are griev­ing the death of a loved one. The camp is held each Au­gust. Campers learn about and ex­press grief in a safe and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. The heal­ing power of fun and friend­ship helps campers trans­form grief into hope.

The cost has been $30 per child or teen camper, and $75 per adult and per fam­ily. The $1,500 des­ig­nated by the Elks ENF grant cov­ers the costs for ei­ther 50 chil­dren to be able to come to camp or 20 adults/fam­i­lies. No one is ever turned away due to an in­abil­ity to pay. Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice re­lies on dona­tions to cover camp ex­penses so every child and fam­ily that needs to at­tend camp may par­tic­i­pate.

The 2018 camp served 92 chil­dren and eight fam­i­lies. The par­tic­i­pants came from Queen Anne’s, Caro­line and Kent coun­ties. Al­most 120 trained vol­un­teers were on hand to to make the camp run smoothly.

Camp New Dawn Di­rec­tor Rhonda Knotts has been in­volved with the camp for nearly 20 years. Ageap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren 4 to 6, chil­dren 7 to 17, and adults and fam­i­lies are of­fered. Ac­tiv­i­ties may in­clude swim­ming, fish­ing, kayak­ing, arts and crafts, mu­sic, yoga, ther­a­peu­tic work­shops, and age spe­cific sup­port groups to as­sist in the griev­ing process heal­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Camp New Dawn, call Knotts at 443-262-4109.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Kent Is­land Elks Ex­alted Ruler Mike Kelly, left, presentS a $1,500 Elks Na­tional Foun­da­tion “An­niver­sary Grant” check to Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice’s Camp New Dawn pro­gram, Tues­day evening, Nov. 20. Also shown, from the left, Elks mem­bers and Es­tates Trea­sures vol­un­teers Lor­raine Sin­cav­age, Louise Ephraim, Bon­nie Wal­ter, and hos­pice devel­op­ment as­sis­tant Jor­dan Tucker.

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