Several members of Elks Lodge 885 headed to Camp Moore on Sunday, July 22. “Tucked away in the hill of the Ramapo Mountains, Elks Camp Moore offers a fun filled vacation away from home for children with special needs.”

Camp Moore is a NJ State Elks Program that is completely funded by the NJ State Elks organization and local Elk lodges. Children under 18 can be nominated to attend during the summer, and adults 18 and over can be nominated for weekends during the rest of the year.

Yesterday was our day to help the NJ Elks Central District put on a barbecue for this week’s campers. Lodge members helped prepare, cook and serve the food.  A DJ played music while the camp director and “Smile Makers” encouraged a festive mood, helping our special children eat and dance.

You’ve not seen fun until you’ve seen a camp with one-to-one counselor to camper ratio dancing in the mess hall. For one week each year, at no expense to their parents, these kids needs are attended to 24×7, building relationships and interpersonal skills and having fun.

Are you interested in having such a profound impact on the lives of special children and their parents?  Consider joining your local Elks lodge. And if you’re near Warren Township, NJ, send us an email at [email protected].

Credit for salad prep goes to: Kim DeVizio, Michelle Waiser and Trustee Betty Volker (also Charities and Special Children’s Committee Chair).

Attending from Lodge 885 were: Lisa Carracino, David Dante, Kim DeVizio, Bryan, Mroz, Kathleen Olesen, John Pizzigoni, Michael Ryder and Betty Volker.

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