Westchester Parks Foundation, in partnership with the Westchester Parks Department and the Department of Social Services, operates Camp Morty, a sleep away camp for children that are in foster care, living in a homeless shelter, or receiving public assistance. Camp Morty provides hundreds of Westchester County children per year with a chance to experience a traditional summer camp and make lifelong memories.
Camp Morty is located within the 1,081 acre Sal J Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem. The park boasts five lakes, a ropes challenge course, and spectacular overlook which makes for a breathtaking hiking destination.
Camp is divided into six one-week sessions in July and August. Each week features swimming in Spruce Lake, climbing the ropes challenge course, nature study, arts and crafts, outdoor adventure, boating and much more. Evenings at camp are always exciting with campfire stories, talent shows, a camp-wide game of capture the flag- you never know what each night will bring!
One of Camp Morty’s most important programs is “sibling week”, where brothers and sisters who are separated in the foster care system are reunited for their experience at camp. This is one of the only programs in the country that facilitates this type of reunion for families.
The camp facilities were recently renovated, and include yurts, full dining hall, and multiple bathhouses with showers and a laundry facility. Camp Morty receives fresh and local produce from Muscoot Farm, which allows each and every meal at camp to be healthy and delicious.
Additionally, Westchester Parks Foundation received a grant in 2013 from the St. Faiths Foundation for a “Counselor in Training” program. WPF has since hired former campers as counselors, empowering youth through leadership roles, while providing them with relationships that continue year after year.
Camp Morty is in its ninth year of operation and the staff now includes former campers and CIT’s who know from personal experience the great value of this wonderful program.
For more information, visit the Camp Morty website at www.campmorty.com
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