There is no Santa Claus. (Sorry, kids!)
But — in a Christmas gift of sorts for Westport children — there will definitely be a Camp Mahackeno this summer.
The 32-acre Saugatuck River site — where the camp has operated every year since the 1940s — will be unavailable, due to construction of the new Westport Family Y facility.
For a while, it seemed Camp Mahackeno would not be held in 2013. But the Y and Earthplace announced today that they’ll conduct a joint camp at the 62-acre wildlife sanctuary on Woodside Lane. The property includes an interactive natural history museum, trails, a live animal hall and a preschool facility.
Earthplace camp director Becky Newman is pleased that her organization’s campers will have access to the Y’s pools for free swims during the summer.
“Combining the 2 camp programs will require considerable teamwork among the 2 staffs, as well as some enhancements to Earthplace’s current camp facilities,” today’s joint announcement said.
Earthplace camp capacity will increase to 175 children, in grades 1 to 11. Earthplace’s preschool program will continue to be served by that staff.
Registration information will be available soon, on both organizations’ websites.