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--Basketball Clinic: this year, Adventureland sponsored the clinic by donating 150 basketballs, snacks and water. Alfie, their mascot, came and participated in all the drills to the delight of the campers! 92 degree weather on blacktop can get very hot but Alfie was a hero and stayed in role and costume the entire time. Joe Gibbons Jr and Justin Hassenfeld ran the clinic and the pictures on the website says it all! It was cute that the campers wanted Alfie to autograph their basketballs.
--Yoga and Ceramic classes: I was surprised how attentive and focused everyone was with the yoga! The campers really enjoyed it. Thank you Janice.
--The breakfast and lunch provided by Island Harvest was the best food ever, and we thank the organization for all they do for us.
--At the end of each day during camp the homeless, shelter and other less fortunate campers would come to the back and we would very quietly distribute whatever foods we had left. This was a humbling experience for me to see these children trying to figure out how they will eat that night and during the weekends.
--As we drove over the Robert Moses Bridge on the way to both the Captree Boat Basin and Cedar Beach Marina for the day trips I showed the campers how to count in seconds to see long it takes to see the light from the Fire Island Lighthouse ( seven seconds). This became a game and the entire van would joyfully call out one one-thousand, two one-thousand, I explained the lighthouse was built to provide navigational aid to safe harbors to protect the sailors. One young girl said "like the way you protect us"….
Sincere Regards, Joe