Elks donate $1,500 to Camp New Dawn
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.
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.