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Moriches Paquatuck Squaws to Present First Annual Spring Fling Joy Prom

The Moriches Paquatuck Squaws will help Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck kick off the spring season with its first annual Spring Fling Joy Prom on March 28, at the camp’s newly renovated dining hall from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Read More


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Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Welcomes Pygmy Goats to Its Petting Zoo

On February 22, two tiny pygmy goats—one male and one female—were born on the grounds of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. They are expected to be a highlight throughout many of the camp’s sessions this summer, due to their irresistible cuteness. | Read More


Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Offers Winter and Spring Respite Weekends

Once again, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck will be offering its winter and spring respite weekends for children and young adults with special needs. Registration is still ongoing for these sessions. | Read More

The respite weekends are being offered on the below dates:

• April 11 to April 13
• April 25 to April 27
• May 9 to May 11
• May 23 to May 25


Summer Session Dates for 2014 Are Set

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck has released the dates for its annual summer sessions that run from June to August. The camp is offering nine separate five-day sessions that offer
activities for special-needs children and young adults. | Read More

• June 22-June 27 — Alumni Week, 18 year-olds and older
• June 29-July 4 — 6-14 year-olds
• July 6-July 11 — 15-21 year-olds plus alumni
• July 13-July 18 — 6-14 year-olds
• July 27-August 1 — 15-21 year-olds plus 18 and older
• August 3-August 8 — 6-14 year-olds
• August 10-August 15 — 15-21 year-olds plus alumni
• August 17-August 22 — 6-14 year-olds
• August 24-August 29 — 15-21 year-olds

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Executive Director's Report

The term “volunteer” is defined as one who does charitable or helpful work without pay or one who performs a service of one’s own free will.

Here at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, the volunteer worker is equivalent to GOLD! In the three years that I have been at the helm, I have met and worked with many people, some young and others more mature, who have left me speechless (a difficult enough task!) because I marvel at their commitment to the human race. Please allow me to showcase several folks who have impressed me personally with their commitment to the greater good.

Matt O’Mara, a young man and a talented musician, hiked the Appalachian Trail in a fundraiser for Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck in the summer of 2013. Quietly, he wanted to make a difference. Matt is a gentle, talented individual who was so positively impacted by the work done here that he wanted to help. While he hiked the trail, he sought “sponsors,” not for his gain but to donate the proceeds to the camp. You can follow some of his adventures at:

Liz Holzknecht, a young woman and a dedicated sister and daughter, will be running a half-marathon in Boston, on June 8th, 2014, to celebrate the life of her sister, Katie. Katie spent many summers and respite weekends at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck during her short, beautiful life. Sadly, Katie passed away last September. You can see Liz’ efforts in Katie’s name and in a fundraising effort for the camp at:

Then, there are the unsung heroes who'd rather have no fanfare be made of their efforts. Lillian Lennon, a retired special education teacher with the William Floyd School District, and a former Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck staff member in the 1970s, approached me one day in January 2012, asking what she could do with “some extra money.” Well, thanks to Lillian, we now have a beautiful, serene, accessible Memorial Garden to celebrate the lives of campers who have left the world too early. It is a selfless tribute to the “angels” who “shaped her career.”

Members of the Boy Scouts, Biodex, and other deceased campers’ families gathered together after Hurricane Sandy to create and dedicate this happy place on camp. Lillian speaks with the family and learns about the camper, has a memorial stone heart personalized in memory of the camper and sets it in the garden. We have integrated caring for this garden into our summer outdoor education component and, now, we have new campers planting, watering and enjoying the sanctity of the garden.

The list could go on and on! The list encompasses groups and organizations that exist to help others. I am so amazed to see this component of the human heart! So often, we only hear about the most horrific and the most degrading, as these stories grab attention in the news.

Volunteerism is like aging, I have learned. It has a very equalizing effect on people. Roles and judgments disappear. The CEO works alongside the newest hire for a large company; the attorney and doctor share a moment and a cold water and sweat with local high school students as they spread mulch in our gardens. The mechanic and school superintendent paint a room together. There are no elite positions in volunteerism, just pure heart. And here at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, we love hearts! We salute the backbone of our past, present, and future volunteers! From the bottom of our hearts … thank you!

Happy Spring!

Bridget Costello
Executive Director

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