Kamp Kiwanis, an Upstate Summer Oasis

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At Kamp Kiwanis, campers can have fun against the backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. It is a place where people of all ages and abilities can be at one with nature.

During late August, campers from Lifestyles for the Disabled enjoyed campfires, arts and crafts, salsa dancing, swimming, fishing, games and more at the camp near Rome, New York.  The Kiwanians keep a full program for their guests with special themed days, which this year included a Welcome Luau, Fiesta, Harry Potter Day and Medieval Day.  

“I never fished in my life,” said camper Anthony Pabon. “It was a good experience, but at first I thought, ‘ I really don’t want to do this.’ The sun was beating down on you, and I didn’t think fishing was really my thing.

“It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be off a boat. But we were on land, fishing off a pier.  We used worms for bait. I didn’t catch a fish, but I enjoyed it even though it was hot and sticky.” he added.

The counselors come from all across the world, from England to Jamaica. They were energetic, fun, and they helped with the team aspect of activities.

“I liked their singing,” said camper Joseph Jones.

-This article was written by the Life-Wire News Service staff, with specific contributions by Meredith Arout, Anthony DiFato, Joseph Jones, Anthony Kefalinos, Dolores Palermo, Anthony Pabon, Joseph Padalino, and Samuel Stone with Kathryn Carse and Edward Gregory.

Photos by Meredith Arout, Anthony Pabon, Brian Best, Gregory Perosi, and William Bush for Life-Wire News Service.

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