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Joint Youth Commission cancels summer program, Northville beach closed

NORTHVILLE – It is with regret that the Northville-Northampton Joint Youth Commission announces that the annual summer program will not be held this year. Additionally, the Northville beach will be closed.

This decision was made for the safety and health of our campers, employees, and the public in general as a result of the pandemic. 

“While it comes as no surprise, it was difficult for us to resort to this action. This is the first time that the program was not available for the kids,” Northampton councilman Bill Gritsavage, Chairman of the Commission, said in a news release. “We are grateful to our Director, Ken Adamczyk, and the employees of the village and town who have been working diligently to try to put together programming for the kids and the public.”

The program traditionally handles about 100 campers a year from not just Northville and Northampton, but also outlying towns. The campers enjoy arts and crafts, games, swimming, hiking and other field trips during a five-week program.

Additionally, it maintains the Northville public beach providing life guards, swimming lessons, cleaning, and buoys and other safety equipment. 

The Commission hires a number of high school and college-age men and women as camp counselors and life guards. They have provided the community a great service over the years. Unfortunately, these summer jobs will not exist this year.

“It brings great sadness for multiple reasons. The older youth missing out on jobs that help support their college and life goals as counselors and lifeguards is a huge loss,” Joint Youth Director Adamczyk said in the release. “Also we all will miss the campers and beach visitors. The smiles it brings daily is such a reward in this position. Plus, we know the campers and visitors have been in a form of lock down and they would love to be able to participate and spend time with their friends.”

“This summer program has been a big part of the Northville and Northampton community since at least the 1940’s,” Gritsavage said in the release. “It will be missed. But it will be back next summer.” 

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