Schenectady Boys and Girls Club summer camp coming back

Angelica Persaud paints a picture at Camp Lovejoy in 2019.

Angelica Persaud paints a picture at Camp Lovejoy in 2019.

With help from the Schalmont Central School District, Schenectady Boys and Girls Club will be back this summer with Camp Lovejoy.

Around 200 kids participate in the camp on 50 acres in the Helderberg Mountains in the town of Knox. For the last two summers the pandemic prevent kids from attending the camp, though other summer activities did take place instead, said Shane Bargy, the executive director of the club. 

“We never closed our doors,” Bargy said. 

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But having the camp back this year is important. 

“We’re honing in on the youth that need us most,” Bargy said. 

Children ages six to 14 will attend the camp for seven weeks, 

During those weeks students will get to participate in a multitude of activities, said Kristen DiPoffi, the camp director.

In the morning the campers get to choose an activity to focus on such as pottery or swimming and in the afternoon they rotate through activities. Lunch and a snack are provided, Bargy said. 

The camp wouldn’t happen this year without the help of the Schalmont School District, Bargy said. 

For decades, Bargy said the organization has been thankful to have the Mohonasen Central School District provide busing to the camp. Unfortunately Mohonasen wasn’t able to accommodate the request this year, Bargy said.

“This is specifically due to our driver shortage,” said Mohonasen Superintendent Shannon Shine. “If I committed drivers for this purpose we would not have enough drivers for our own summer programming. So we’d love to continue to transport for Camp Lovejoy, but we need enough bus drivers to be able to do so.”

Shine said in the past they had charged the organization $20,000 for six buses. 

“We use a formula with an hourly rate for the drivers and a per mile cost as well,” he said. “We don’t profit off of the arrangement.”

Schalmont will provide the buses, receiving $37,500 from the club to do so. Bargy said it was a fair price for everyone. 

The agreement is a three-way win because bus drivers would also benefit from it “which is a nice perk for our drivers because it’s more income,” said Superintendent Thomas Reardon. 

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“We are so glad to form a partnership with such a student centered community group that will ensure many students have the summer camp experience they deserve,” Reardon said. 

The district will provide five buses. Of the five buses four of them will each have four stops to pick up students and bring them to and from the camp. The fifth bus will pick up kids at noon at Schenectady High School who are participating in the Schenectady County Connects–an employment program. 

DiPoffi said she’s looking forward to seeing all the new faces at camp and watching friendships blossom. 

“This is going to be a true sign of getting back to normal,” Bargy said. 

Registration for the camp opened this past week and there have already been 20-25 applicants, DiPoffi said. 

The cost to have one child in the program is $75 a week, Bargy said. Two kids is $60 per child a week and three or more kids is $40 per child a week. 

People can register for the camp by visiting

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on twitter at SB_DailyGazette. 

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