Camping program for health-impaired children: 2009-2010

Although the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became a national philanthropy in 1972 and has operated on a national scale since then, it also has continued funding a limited number of local institutions and projects in the New Brunswick area and throughout New Jersey. It does so in part to honor the legacy of its founder, and in part to recognize the special responsibilities to the communities and the state in which it is located.This grant will continue support for a Middlesex County Recreation Council program that: (1) provides a residential camping experience for children ages 6 through 13 who have health problems such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, mild cerebral palsy and kidney disease; (2) offers counselor-in-training job experience for area teenagers 14 through 17; and (3) provides a residential camp program for homebound older adults (ages 62+) living alone. Children from low-income families and homebound senior citizens have limited access to health care, proper nutrition, counseling and recreational activities that support healthy living. The focus of this grant is on good health, wellness and daily living in a fun, recreational setting. As deliverables, the grant will support enrollment of 325 children and 120 senior citizens in summer 2009; of those, 20 children and 20 adults will continue at weekend sessions in the off-season. Each child will receive a physical, dental screening and workshops on water safety, personal and dental hygiene, fitness, nutrition and career opportunities. The camp will offer seniors workshops on high-risk situations, emotional eating, conflict resolution, Medicare, osteoporosis, grieving and living wills.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $486,000.00

Awarded on: 5/9/2009

Time frame: 6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010

Grant Number: 53360


Middlesex County Recreation Council (John E. Toolan Kiddie Keep Well Camp)

35 Roosevelt Drive
Edison, 08837-2333


Cindy L. Robertson
Project Director