DERBY - Coutts Moriarty Camp held an open house Friday to celebrate the opening of the new Education Lodge and Dining Hall.
Two years ago this was just a dream, but through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers and community businesses, organizations, and board members, the vision for the facility took shape and is now complete and ready for the upcoming season.
Among those taking part in the celebration was Mary Griffin of West Charleston. Griffin played a key role with the camp for decades and served as a board member for many years. The day camp building is named in her honor.
In 1931, the camp was born as a 4-H camp, and although it is no longer a 4-H camp, it has expanded since. The camp now hosts more than 400 campers every summer.
A few years ago the camp merged with non-profit Siskin Ecological Adventures and provides 500 education programs to over 10,000 school children each year.
â€śWe have, however, retained much of our initial philosophy and are proud of our continued emphasis on creating an environment that focuses on the whole child. Hearty and healthy meals containing many locally grown ingredients fuel and nourish bodies, a wide range of outdoor adventures keep kids physically active, and projects and crafts develop hands-on skills and inspire creative expression,â€ť stated directors Annie Brueck and Jason Brueck. â€śOur lead staff is drawn from area educators and our counselors from area high schools and colleges. All staff is committed to presenting themselves as outstanding role models and to ensuring each camper has the opportunity to make lifelong friends and build memories to last a lifetime.â€™â€ť
For more information, visit couttscamp.org.