I would like to thank all those who supported the New Buffalo Summer Day Camp this year. It was under difficult circumstances and uncertainties that several of us decided to try to resurrect the day camp after Covid had forced its cancellation for 2020. Because of the following and the support of parents and others, New Buffalo Summer Day Camp was able to safely operate and provide full-time care and enrichment activities to 70 New Buffalo and River Valley children and employ many young adults to run the program:
The Pokagon Fund, who generously funded the entire program and whose Board members supported my staff and me wholeheartedly. This camp would not have been possible without them.
New Buffalo Township Clerk Judith Zabicki, our Day Camp Organizational Representative, the other Township Board members, and the staff at New Buffalo Township who assisted me with all aspects of our state camp licensing requirements, all the purchasing for camp, payroll, and other necessary business functions. Also, to the Township Park staff who helped us with our afternoon trips to Memorial Park and splash pad.
St. John United Church of Christ, New Buffalo, who made their Frohne Hall available for us to use as our site. River Valley Food Service Director, Jenny Jones, who was so willing and provided our campers with lunch and a snack every day of camp. She went above and beyond for our kids and coordinated everything even though we were located outside of her school district.
First Student Bus Company, in particular our drivers Bob Little and Jerry. They were so dependable and provided daily transportation to the park and splash pad and our special Friday field trips.
The City of New Buffalo, especially Chief Rich Killips and his staff, who helped us with any situation as it arose and we felt very secure knowing they were right next door as needed.
The New Buffalo Township Fire Department who set up such a fun demonstration for the kids with their fire equipment and lessons in fire safety. Also, a little bit of fun with the hoses on a hot summer day.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Troup who also did a great demonstration on safety for the campers and brought a car and equipment for all the kids to interact with.
Kristy Good, the New Buffalo Township Library Youth Services Director, who organized a fantastic book club and story time for our camp every week.
Dr. Gene Hwang and Medic One who assisted with our medical policies and state requirements.
And last, but not certainly not least, my terrific, energetic, and superb staff: Elliot Bourne, Olivia Bourne, Ryan Burian, Maegen Fatter, Jennifer Fiero, Erick Gaeta, Taylor Gibson, Keri Haskins, Lillian Haskins, Wade Haskins, Megan Honda, Emily Keller, Lauren Keller, Serenity Livengood, Karen Moreno, Madelyn Oman, Kaitlyn Rainwater, Jetzibeth Rodriguez, Brianna Schrader, Heather Sommers, Andrew Thomas, Dawn Trusha, Annekah Witter, and Jayden Witter. These individuals truly stepped up in a time where employees are hard to find and were dependable and energetic and who truly made this camp a success.
Also, many thanks to all the day campers and their families for entrusting us and our program with your children and we look forward to 2022!
New Buffalo Summer Day Camp Director 2021