It’s that time of year again when young children from Somers are finalizing their plans for the summer and many are planning to attend Somers Day Camp, held at Reis Park, and Tusker Trax, a program for Somers residents entering grades 7-9 who will travel to various sites throughout the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut metropolitan areas each day.  But, did you know that there are many Somers children who want to go to camp with their friends but simply cannot afford to? Most of the need comes from families where both parents are working, trying to make ends meet, and the camp serves as a daycare for their children while school is out. Additional reasons for this include: the increase in single parents or grandparents raising  children, illness of family member, loss of employment, the increase of low-income apartments in the area, and the increase of English as a second language. Whatever the reason, these children should be afforded the opportunity to attend camp with their friends. The Somers Women’s Club, Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund and Democratic Club combined 15 scholarships, with the Somers Lions picking up the remainder.  In the past, the Lions Club has budgeted for 8 scholarships with that number exploding to 20 ($625 per camper) campers paid for last year.

This year, the list is staggering, with 44 seeking assistance for Day Camp and 2 for Tusker Trax. Currently the Lions have 20 paid for. The Somers Lions asks residents to join the organizations lending a hand to those Somers children in need.  The Somers Lions are accepting donations for these requests at somerslionsclub.org. There is a donations tab on the left hand side of the web page and in the comments section add “Summer Camp.” Thank you for making a difference for a Somers child!