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A camp of their own

Bethlehem Senior Services program invites residents 60 and older to relive summer camp experience

Bethlehem’s Senior Service Department will be holding a two-day senior summer camp at Brauer Educational Center in South Bethlehem.

Bethlehem’s Senior Service Department will be holding a two-day senior summer camp at Brauer Educational Center in South Bethlehem.

— Camp runs the first day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with lunch provided by the Village Deli. Camp begins later the next day at noon, so campers can take part in a cooking class where they will make their own dinners. Later that night, everyone will sit around a campfire eating s’mores and listening to tales told by local storyteller Joni Goldberg.

Becker said the Senior Services Department is hoping to create a unique experience for the town’s residents. She said the program may help those with feelings of isolation and she hopes to expand the camp overtime to a longer period of time with overnight options.

“Some people might not feel comfortable staying the night and may want to sleep in their own beds. We understand,” she said.

The property for the Brauer Educational Center was gifted to SUNY Cortland by Everton and Elsie Brauer in 1974. Their son, Robert, was a geology major at the school, but was fatally injured after his junior year during a zinc mining accident. The Educational Center now hosts students for 10 weeks each year for field experiment studies. The facility boasts bunk rooms, classrooms, a dining area and bathrooms with showers.

Becker said the Brauer Center is the perfect place to hold their new program because there is room to grow. She called the facility “beautiful.”

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 and noon to dusk on Sept. 8. The cost is $25 per person and is open to Bethlehem residents 60 and older. Those who sign up must also be living independently as some activities may be more strenuous than others.

To register, call Bethlehem Senior Services at 439-4955, ext. 1173.

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