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April 8, 2005

AmeriCorps Member Speaks to Groups about Camp Hollis

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is working with an AmeriCorps member to raise public awareness about Camp Hollis. The summer camp for children ages 8 to 13 is owned and operated by Oswego County and has been serving young people since 1946.

Adam DeMott, an Oswego County AmeriCorps member, attends community events and civic group meetings to inform the community about Camp Hollis and camper scholarships.

"AmeriCorps works with caring Oswego County citizens to help promote child welfare and family values," DeMott said. "Camp Hollis provides fun and adventure as well as team building skills while children participate in archery, canoeing, crafts, nature education, and theater."

The camp serves nearly 800 children each summer and employs about 30 seasonal staff. The camp is open for seven 1-week sessions from early July through late August.

"Due to recent budget cuts, Camp Hollis has had to start charging a small fee for campers to attend," said DeMott. "Fortunately the fee is low cost or no-cost to families."

The fee is based on a sliding scale. Partial or full scholarships are available through the Friends of Camp Hollis and other donors.

Schools and community groups who would like to schedule a presentation about Camp Hollis may phone DeMott at 729-9537 or the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451.

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