Camping program for health-impaired children: 2012-2013

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 Foundation grant will continue support for a Middlesex County Recreation Council program that offers: (1) a healthy away-from-home camping experience for children ages 6 through 13 who have health and behavioral problems and are from low-income families; (2) a separate away-from-home camp program for homebound older adults (ages 62+) living alone; and (3) counselor-in-training job experience for area teenagers 14 through 17. The focus of this project is good health, wellness and daily living in a fun, recreational setting. As deliverables, the grant will support enrollment of 324 children under the John E. Toolan Kiddie Keep Well Camp's Gateway Program and 100 senior citizens under the camp's Seniors' Healthy Living Program in summer 2012; of those, 20 children and 20 adults will continue at weekend sessions in the off-season (into 2013). Each child will receive a physical examination, dental screening and workshops on water safety, personal and dental hygiene, fitness, nutrition and career opportunities. The camp will offer workshops for seniors on high-risk situations, emotional eating, conflict resolution, Medicare, osteoporosis, grieving and living wills.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $490,000.00

Awarded on: 5/25/2012

Time frame: 6/1/2012 - 5/31/2013

Grant Number: 69950


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

35 Roosevelt Drive
Edison, 08837-2333


Cindy L. Robertson
Project Director