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Towns support 'Camp Quest' measure on Town Meeting Day

Camp Quest: Voters will decide on the youth outdoor camp on Town Meeting Day. The measure is supported by the Towns of Ludlow and Mt. Holly and the Ludlow Area Rotary Club.
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Camp Quest: Voters will decide on the youth outdoor camp on Town Meeting Day. The measure is supported by the Towns of Ludlow and Mt. Holly and the Ludlow Area Rotary Club. File photo File photo

— Black River High School students in the 9th and 10th grade can look forward to a unique outdoors program this summer. Camp Quest is a Rotary Club program that wil be open to young people in the Ludlow-Belmont-Mt. Holly area.

Camp Quest, which will appear as an item on the Town Meeting Day agendas in these communities, is being spearheaded by three groups—the Town of Ludlow, the Ludlow Rotary Club, and BRHS.

Howie Paul, Ludlow’s recreation director, said that if the Camp Quest measure is passed by voters in March, local students can look for seven weeks tuition-free educational and recreational activities.

“This will provide new opportunities for youngsters who have graduated existing programs,” according to Paul.

If approved, he said, Camp Quest will feature “a variety of project-based learning and recreational activities that may include kayaking, photography, climbing, reading, sports and other areas of student interest. Rotarians and other qualified adults will help run the programs.”

Working with the local school system and the recreational programs of the Towns of Ludlow and Mt. Holly, the Ludlow Area Rotary Club will sponsor the June 24 to Aug. 9 program for area youngsters entering the 9th and 10th grades.

“The concept for Camp Quest follows a very successful model developed by a New Hampshire Rotary Club,” according to Frank Heald, chairman of the Camp Quest Committee. “This will provide young teens with a summer camp to enjoy a full and rewarding seven week program of physical and intellectual growth at a key moment in their lives.”

Heald noted that the program will provide student participants with services such as breakfast, lunch, snack and a camp shirt, funding permitting.

The camp plans to operate five days a week.

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