The Charles B. Wolkon Memorial Day Camp, located in Frankfort and run by the Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter NYSARC, provides meaningful social and recreational experiences for children with developmental disabilities. It also offers their siblings a chance to interact with other children who have a brother or sister with special needs.
Campers engage in arts and crafts, music, pool, karaoke, ping pong, foosball, basketball, softball, frog-catching, volleyball, fishing, baking, and hiking through the woods on an accessible nature trail. This summer, campers journeyed out to visit the Children’s Museum and the Utica Zoo and they took a bus trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse.
The Arc is grateful to Operation Sunshine for again making it possible for children with developmental disabilities and their siblings to enjoy the many activities and positive social connections we offer at camp. Funding from Operation Sunshine provided a week at camp for fourteen children between the ages of 5 and 16 in 2009. For a decade now, Operation Sunshine has partnered with The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter NYSARC to ensure that local children, regardless of their ability to pay, are granted the opportunity to create memorable summer-time experiences with campers of all abilities.