Montgomery Parks Creates Summer Camp Scholarships for Local Kids

February 6, 2018 - summer camp

New module will endowment appropriation to children formed on financial need

Via Montgomery Parks

A new grant module this year will assistance some-more internal children get a event to join in summer fun during camps around a area.

Montgomery County’s parks complement has collected some-more than $5,000 in donations for a fund, that will offer scholarships to children formed on financial need, according to a news release.

“A summer stay allows kids to enhance their universe,” Michael Nardolilli, executive executive of a Montgomery Parks Foundation, pronounced Monday in an interview.

Montgomery Parks offers about 150 summer camps, giving kids a event to learn about archaeology, use their ice skating skills, try a woods and attend in many other sports and outside activities.

Sarah Nove, 16, has been spending summers in a archeology stay for about 8 years.

“The people we got to know during stay are like my family,” Sarah pronounced Monday.

Over a years, she’s amassed a resources of believe operative with Montgomery Parks staff on genuine archeological digs, and this summer, she’ll be prepared to pass on her believe as a stay counselor.

“I’ve been super propitious to have this module here,” she said.

But registration for many of these programs costs hundreds of dollars. For instance, Wildlife Caretakers Camp, that allows immature animal lovers to spend time in several wildlife centers, costs $365 for 5 classes. Nature Film Camp costs $400 for 5 classes.

Sarah’s mother, Carol Nove, pronounced a archeology module was pretty priced, compared to many summer stay offerings. Still, a scholarships are a good idea, she said.

“I’m a singular parent, and while we done it a priority to compensate for camp, a grant would’ve been really helpful,” pronounced Nove of Olney.

She pronounced summer stay has given Sarah a place to learn with people who share common interests.
“It’s given her a protected place to go where she can be herself and during her happiest,” Nove said.

The grant account is named in respect of Marye Wells-Harley, who served as clamp chair of a Montgomery County Planning Board from 2009 to 2017. Nardolilli, whose substructure is administering a program, pronounced Wells-Harley’s friends combined it for her since of her passion for fluctuating summer distraction opportunities to as many children as possible.

The scholarships will be awarded to Montgomery County children from ages 6 to 14 until a appropriation runs out, he said. He pronounced a substructure now has adequate income for about 20 to 25 scholarships.  

“We expect that a direct will surpass a supply of dollars in a grant fund,” Nardolilli said.

The parks complement has posted scholarship applications online. Donations to a account can be done on a Montgomery Parks Foundation website.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached during bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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