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Camp Superstarrs begins 32nd year

July 18, 2011
The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Nathan Littauer Hospital's Camp SuperStarrs is celebrating its 32nd year of bringing summer activities to children with health problems.

The dates for this year's camp is this week, today through Friday, and a second session July 25 through 29. The camp is at Woodworth Lake's Boy Scout Camp.

The program, available to children ages of 5 to 14, was created by Wayne McNeil and Dr. David V. Clough.

Campers, whose health problems include asthma, diabetes, eating disorders and other conditions, participate in typical summer-camp activities such as fishing, arts and crafts, swimming and field sports.

Laurence E. Kelly, president and CEO of the hospital, said in a news release, "This program opens doors and provides lasting friendships for children around this region. If you do not know about Camp SuperStarrs, you should. I could not be prouder of this program and the commitment we have demonstrated to our region's youth."

Founded in 1979, the camp provides medical support and education to children in an Adirondack camp. In addition to the typical camp activities, children are educated about their health conditions, helping them gain awareness about the causes and controls of their situation, the news release said.

The camp is staffed with trained medical staff, including a nurse and respiratory therapist from the hospital, the news release said.

The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the staff who volunteer their time, the hospital provides the food for the campers' lunch and overnight stay, the new release said.

The one-week camping experience concludes with an overnight stay in tents that were donated by the Ronald McDonald House.

For more information about Camp SuperStarrs, call Susan McNeil at 773-5408.



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