BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore County is seeking donors to help enroll 165 underprivileged youth in a camping program and officials say donations are down because of the economy.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Campership Project relies solely on donations. Last summer the project raised $33,000 to send 117 school-age children to day and overnight camps that provide outdoors experiences such as swimming and horseback riding.

Officials say they will be unable to accomplish a plan to enroll about 50 more campers this summer without more donations. They’ve raised $26,000 so far this year.

Deborah Ward, the director of volunteer services for the county Department of Social Services, says the camping experience can be a bright spot for children who cope with poverty, abuse, the loss of a parent and special needs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Doug says:

    Try having much smaller families.
    You could maybe afford to send one child to camp.
    You have three or more kids.
    Now,be default,you are ALL underprivileged.
    The world will NOT be kind to the poor in the future.
    Us , in the middle are running on fumes.
    Here’s ten bucks,towards condoms for their parents.

  2. Debbie says:

    The way they have raised taxes and “fees” around here people can barely take care of their own let alone someone else’s Thank our wondeful legislators for that. It is all their “handouts” that got us here.

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