February 2017: Presidents’ Day Leadership Camp
Explore what it means to be a great leader. We will play team-building games, engage in decision-making activities, and explore topics of ethics and courage with a focus on how we can inspire and aspire to bring about social change which respects and values the dignity all people. Plus we’ll simply have a lot of fun!
February 15, 2016: Camp Cool Creates – Wrap and Roll
This year we are creating two items to wrap around ourselves. Children will learn to knit a scarf and to design and make an original piece of jewelry (or keychain if preferred). Children will also prepare their own delicious snacks that wrap and roll. Free time will include games, puzzles, pool and ping pong.
February 16, 2015: Camp Cool Creates – Woodworking and Sewing
Children will sew a decorative pillow and build a wooden box.
Explore U.S. history by cooking your way through the recipes, gardens, and state dinners during the many eras of the White House, Presidents, and First Ladies.
2012 Ready, Set, Cook Carnival: A fun day filled with educational games centered on nutrition and the prevention of childhood obesity.
August 2009: WIMNI’s Teen Leadership Camp
We participated in a fair trade initiative of the human rights organization Global Exchange. In its campaign to end child labor and slavery on plantations in cocoa-producing countries, Global Exchange set a goal of making 1500 s’mores with fairly traded chocolate at campfires across the USA this summer. Teen Leadership Camp obliged by making (and eating!) 15 s’mores at their cookout in Cheesequake State Park on July 24. Results were good — to the last gooey drop. Our teen leaders recommend: Try This At Home! Said one participant, “If it will make the world a better place, I’ll have a s’more.” Earlier the teens had learned how increasing our demand for fairly traded food spreads a better way of life for the poorest agricultural workers in the producing countries.
August 2009: Summer Jobs for Youth
This summer Who Is My Neighbor? Inc. benefited from a county program that used federal funds from the economic stimulus package to hire disadvantaged youth and put them to work at nonprofits. Middlesex County’s Summer Youth Employment Program provided our agency with seven enthusiastic young people, age 16 to 20, for an eight week stint. The youth hailed from Highland Park and from Woodbridge, Perth Amboy, Avenel, and Monroe Township. They assisted at Camp Cool and accomplished a myriad of other tasks indoors and out. In the community garden they staked tomatoes, mulched, bundled twigs, and sawed logs. In the multi-purpose rooms of the Reformed Church they polished floors and shampooed carpets. They packed lunches to be distributed at Elijah’s Promise, made donation jars for the Highland Park Food Pantry, took an overflow of goods from the Thrift Shop to FISH (a program in Piscataway that distributes clothing to needy families) and assisted Main Street Highland Park with hospitality and parking at the Farmers’ Market. At Camp Cool they read stories to campers, helped them with art projects and science experiments, and kept the Cave in top shape. From clerical work to community service to befriending our summer day campers, the work that these young people did here in July and August, at no charge to our agency, will have lasting effects.