PATERSON, NJ - National water-safety organization The ZAC Foundarion has selected the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic to host its ZAC Camp for a second year through its grant program.

Since it began, ZAC Camps have taught more than 10,000 children and families the importance of water safety.

The Paterson ZAC Camp – named in memory of 6-year-old Zachary Archer Cohn, who drowned as a result of being entrapped in the suction of a swimming pool drain – is part of a national partnership initiative undertaken by The ZAC Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to bring lifesaving water-safety skills to thousands of Club members (ages 5-9) across the country. The Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic was selected through a rigorous application process and chosen based on its commitment to advancing water safety locally.

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“Each year we are overjoyed to see Zachary’s legacy live on in each and every Boys & Girls Club member who attends ZAC Camp,” said Karen Cohn, co-founder of The ZAC Foundation.  “It is incredibly special to be back in Paterson at Boys & Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic to equip a new batch of campers and their families with the tools to live safer lives around water.”

The 2017 Paterson ZAC Camp will host campers from July 31 through Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.