Camp News

Annual Spring Work Weekend

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

Annual Spring Work Weekend May 6th and May 7th, 2017 9am – ???? **Lunch will be served—to confirm if you will be attending Please contact: Paula Tarantino Maione 201-709-4944 e-mail: pdgpaula@comcast.net *Contact: Michael Pacala 201-933-8550 e-mail: pactool@aol.com * for list of repairs/improvements needed for your cabin/project Not available this weekend….arrangements can be made to accommodate club schedules!! Club doesn’t have an assigned cabin or project……… we can still use your help!!! Do you have a member (two or three) in your club who is a licensed electrician or a licensed plumber, a mason, carpenter, painter or handyman or handywoman who would like to donate their time and expertise to a State Project??? Did you know that “donated time and labor” commonly known as “sweat equity” could be just as valuable as a Cash Donation!!!! Camp Marcella New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Inc. Welcomes All...

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9th Annual Pig Roast/BBQ & Recognition Celebration

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

Fellow Lions and Friends of Camp Marcella: On Sunday, June 4, 2017  the Trustees and Advisors of New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Inc.-“Camp Marcella, Inc.” will be hosting their 9th Annual Pig Roast and BBQ.!  This year we will once again be including the Recognition Celebration – honoring Barbara Murray, Esq. and also the West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson!  The “Recognition Celebration”   will take place at 2pm. Ads may be placed in honor of our recipients in our journal. Previous attendees will attest that this is not “just your backyard barbecue” but an “epicurean experience”  enjoyed annually by our guests!  Our menu includes:  Roast Pig –what would a Pig Roast be without one! , accompanied by hot dogs and hamburgers-the staples of everyone’s BBQ!  In addition the menu includes a variety of “sides”-including a “design your own salad bar” and a number of other favorites!  All this is followed by our “scrumptious dessert table” – featuring a variety of “sweets” to please everyone! Gates open at 11:00am-with food served from 12 noon to 3pm.  This years’ event will be enhanced, once again, by a DJ-providing a variety of music for your listening pleasure! We are also planning activities for both children and adult attendees-including fishing in our own Mitten Lake!! –rods available or bring your own!  Tickets are: $30.00 per person for adults, $10.00 for children ages 6-12, no charge for children under the age of 6!  All tickets must be purchased in advance-either by completing and returning the enclosed Ticket Reservation Form with payment or obtaining them from one of our Trustees or Advisors. This annual event is one of our primary fundraising activities and this year will include an Ad Journal! You can assist in our fundraising endeavor by: purchasing a ticket, an ad in our journal or making a donation- appropriate forms are included with this letter.   Barbara Murray, Esq., Camp Marcella Legal Advisor/ Trustee, will be the recipient of the Nathan Rogoff Award. This award is presented to a New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Inc. Trustee or Advisory Board Member for their continuous and dedicated support  to Camp Marcella! The members of the West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson will also being honored for their ongoing support and dedication to Camp Marcella.  They will be recipients of the Walter Margetts Award presented to volunteers, not Trustees or Advisory Board Members of  New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Inc. NJCFBCI is totally managed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees, with 100% of all proceeds from our activities being used for improvements to and maintenance of the camp. With a rise in the cost of maintaining our facility and grounds and a decrease in donations, any  support given is greatly appreciated not only by our Trustees and Advisors but most-importantly by the blind and visually impaired children who attend Camp Marcella each summer! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday, June 4th!  WE thank you for your support!  For additional information please contact: Paula Tarantino Maione, Pig Roast Chair: 201-709-4944 or email: ptarantino@campmarcella.org. Sincerely, Paula Paula M. Tarantino Maione, PDG- VP-Program Development Chair-“Annual Pig Roast and Recognition Celebration” DOWNLOAD THE ANNUAL PIG ROAST INFO PACKAGE...

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2017 Camping Sessions

Posted on Apr 6, 2017

2017 Camp Session Dates Session 1:   August 6th to August 12th Session 2:   August 13th to August 19th Camping Session Documents to download: 2017 Pre-Registration Form

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Leaf Cleanup and Work Day At Camp Marcella

Posted on Oct 18, 2016

  Save the Date – November 6th, 2016 Leaf Cleanup and Work Day At Camp Marcella Start time: 10:00 am Clubs that sponsor buildings or cabins should attend to clean, make any needed repairs/paint and prepare the building or cabin for the off season shut down. Clubs will be notified in advance of any needed repairs so that members can arrive with the proper materials and tools to make the repairs. There are always positions open to rake or remove twigs and branches. If you do not have a building or cabin you are still welcome to attend. We can always find something for you to do. ** Bringing protective gloves is advisable** **Lunch will be served** Any questions please contact Lion Douglas Schembs at dslion@verizon.net or 908-654-3643 Please let me know how many from your Club/Group will be attending so sufficient food can be ordered.   Name(required) E-mail Phone Number Club Number...

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Annual Fall 2016 Open House

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Inc. – “Camp Marcella” “Annual Fall Open House” Sunday, October 23, 2016, 11:00AM – 3:00PM 27 Durham Road    Rockaway, New Jersey ____________________________________________    Activities Include:  Camp Tour “Meet and Greet” with our Camp Directors to learn about the exciting programs offered at our Summer Camping Program Fun activities for the children that includes: Pumpkin Picking,  Pumpkin Painting, Scavenger Hunt, Face Painting, Bounce House and “a whole lot more….” Pre-Registration for 2017 Camping Session _________________________________________________ Lunch will be served Please RSVP on or before October 16, 2016, with Names and Number of People Attending   Please contact: Paula Tarantino Maione , VP Program Development, Phone: 201-709-4944    or   E-Mail:...

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Another fine summer for Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund

Posted on Sep 1, 2015

Lisa Ramirez was nervous about letting her daughter go off to sleepaway camp. After all, Gabrielle Salazar, was just 8 eight years old – and blind. “That was the hardest thing I had to do,” Ramirez says. But it was the best thing, too. Since then, Gabrielle, now 17 and a senior at Bloomfield High School, has not missed a summer in the woods with the New Jersey Camp for the Blind at Camp Marcella in Rockaway. “Going to summer camp is like my safe haven,” Gabrielle says. “I know kids are not going to judge me.” Camp Marcella is one of eight camps affiliated with the Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund, which recently wrapped up another successful season of sending kids to camp. “Everybody came back safe and sound,” says Donna Johnson Thompson, executive director of the Newark Day Center, which runs the fund. She jokingly adds, “And we didn’t lose anybody.” Johnson Thompson says the campaign to offer an outdoor experience to city kids was made possible through public donations, including its biggest fundraiser – the Battle of the Barristers softball tournament, played by members of area law firms. The tournament, held this year at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield, raised $69,000 and included $3,429 in sales of T-shirts with the words “Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund” written on them. That’s a lot of shirts, but it was for a good cause. The nonprofit organization has been sending kids to camp since 1882, relying on the public for support to make it happen. Camp Marcella has been working with the Greater Fresh Air Fund for years to make the camping experience exciting and rewarding for children who are visually impaired and have other disabilities. Paula Tarantino, vice president of the camp’s program development, says the kids had a good time, even though the number of campers was down. The camp normally has 35 to 40 campers, but Tarantino says about 16 attended this year because many children were in summer school to make up days missed because of snow during the school year. “Our other plight is that its very difficult to find visually impaired kids in New Jersey,” she says. “We know they’re out there, but that they’re all mainstreamed in the schools, and its getting more and more difficult to locate them.” Tarantino says the children have a great time participating in many activities: They ride tandem bikes, swim in saltwater pools, go on canoe rides and nature walks. Soccer, basketball and baseball are not a problem, either. The balls used have beepers inside of them and counselors clap their hands, with kids following the direction of the sound. “Kids don’t want to go home,” she says. Any reluctance that parents have is gone once they see the structure that’s in place, Tarantino says. The camp not only offers fun activities, she says, it also has a life skills component that helps the children to grow, develop and become independent. Lisa Ramirez says her daughter, Gabrielle, has evolved into someone who is an inspiration for other campers. “She really, truly is a person who other children get good energy from,” Ramirez says. And Gabrielle can see how that she’s developed, too. The teen says the shy little kid she was long ago is now a social, engaging young...

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Camp Updates

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

Yes-there is a program for visually impaired children at Camp Marcella the summer of 2015! Our 2014 season was a great success. We had a total of 200 children at the camp this season. We are already gearing up for next year’s sessions and hopefully we will have another great session next year. Are you new to the Camp Marcella summer sessions for the blind and visually impaired? Here is some information about the sessions. The cost of each session is $1,100.00. It is a residential camp and the camper fee, includes lodging, 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks per day-with fresh fruit and beverages available throughout the day, nurse on duty 24-7 as well as all the amenities provided in the camper activity program.  The camper activity program includes: sports, water activities-including pool, boating on our lake, swim instruction (if needed), nature study, arts and crafts, sports accommodated for the visually impaired, music, etc. For information contact Paula Tarantino, VP Program Development at 201-709-4944.   Fund Raising Ideas Do you have a Boiling Springs Savings Bank in your area? How would you like to support Camp Marcella at no cost to you. <CLICK HERE> for full information and <CLICK HERE> for an application form. There is a great way to honor a fellow Lion, Family Member or Friend. Have a plaque mounted on our Wall of Honor at the Camp. <Click Here> for an...

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