The children’s services that includes the Napanee area reports a busy year for its Summer Camp program.
Officials of Family and Childrens Services of Frontenac Lennox and Addington say there were double the number of children sent to camp this year thanks to donations by the public.
This summer more than 140 kids attended the camps across Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington at a cost of $40,000.
Half the children were between the ages of four and eight years, and the oldest was fifteen.
Government funding does not cover the cost of the camps.
In a most recent client survey, 60% of families that participated in the program said that without the family services’ intervention their kids would have stayed home all summer long.
A significant amount of the money for the camp program came from the Tree of Hope – the service’s annual holiday appeal.
The money that was left over after buying toys, clothing, food and other items for more than 800 children helped send some of the same children go to camp.