Mayor Joseph J. Solomon visited the Boys & Girls Clubs summer day camp July 13 at the Masonic Youth Center, 116 Long Street, in the Buttonwoods section of Warwick to speak with campers and staff.
The camp is held each summer on 74 acres on Narragansett Bay with swimming pools, fields, shelter and a playground Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each of the 10 weeks of camp has a special theme, such as Capture the Flag, where groups create their own team flag; Color Wars week, with tie-dye team shirts and a course challenge; Sports of All Sorts Week, offering Olympic-style games; and more.
Field trips are also offered to places like Coggshell Farm, Southwick’s Zoo, Mystic Seaport and Adventure Land for a nominal fee.
The city partners with the Boys & Girls Club to help offset the cost of operating the camp, allocating $25,000 annually. In the four years the camp has been operating, a total of 164 children have participated, equating to 970 weeks of summer camp.
“It’s so heartwarming to see these kids being able to enjoy not only a fantastic camp, but a camp along the shores of our beautiful bay,” Solomon said. “I am proud that the city supports such a worthwhile program that benefits so many children who might not otherwise have this opportunity.”
“It means a lot to our kids to see that someone as important as the Mayor cares enough about them to take time to visit camp and ensure their experience is a good one,” said Lara D’Antuono, the Clubs’ executive director. “We truly value Mayor Solomon’s interest and his commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick. His support, and that of the City, goes a long way to ensure our children have safe, fun and healthy experiences they will remember for a lifetime.”