Nov. 4, 2005
Camp Hollis Receives Grant from John Ben Snow Foundation
The John Ben Snow Foundation has awarded the Friends of Camp Hollis, Inc. a $5,000 grant to help cover costs of improvements to the low elements "challenge course" located at Camp Hollis.
The upgrades to the course will provide a series of 14 challenges that can be used for a variety of group facilitations. The course will be used to work with the children who attend the residential camp to develop team building and communication skills, accept diversity in others, and in building self-confidence.
"This course may also be used by other organizations for events such as business retreats, staff trainings, group orientations, and special events programs," said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. "Team-building exercises are a great way to increase productivity in organizations as people begin to learn how to interact with one another."
The course is appropriate for people who are reasonably fit from ages 8 through 80.
"Camp Hollis's Challenge Course is based on the philosophy of experimental education, and a hands-on approach to team building. The course provides challenges that encourage participants to work together, support each other to reach preset goals, and explore how the insights they learned can be taken back to their schools, business, or community," Jim Farfaglia, senior youth services specialist.
Indian Mountain Adventures Company from Connecticut designed and built the new elements and trained facilitators to work with groups as they tackle the course.
Camp Hollis is owned by Oswego County and operated by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. Friends of Camp Hollis, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1999 to help develop and promote Camp Hollis through accepting cash or in-kind donations and applicable grants.
"The camp has served thousands of Oswego County children since it first opened in 1946. Through the generosity of the John Ben Snow Foundation, the challenge course will become a more effective program that Camp Hollis offers to Oswego County residents," said Fenlon.
For more information, call the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.
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