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BHN’s Kamp for Kids in Westfield to Hold Kamp Welcome Day on July 12

WESTFIELD — Kamp for Kids, a summer day camp for children and young adults with and without disabilities, will hold an open-house event, Kamp Welcome Day, on Friday, July 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Camp Togowauk, 754 Russell Road, Westfield.

State Sen. John Velis will be in attendance, along with other public officials, representatives of Behavioral Health Network (BHN), and parents and friends of Kamp for Kids. A brief program will be held with remarks by elected officials and BHN staff, and ‘kampers’ will give demonstrations of their creative work, including skits, songs, and artwork.

Kamp for Kids, located at Camp Togowauk in Westfield, is for children and young adults ages 5-19, both with and without disabilities, and offers an opportunity to experience growth, inclusion, and fun in a summer-camp setting that includes a spray park, expressive arts, outdoor education, arts and crafts, and non-competitive sports.

Kamp for Kids operates every summer during July and August with about 150 kampers over three sessions. This year, sessions run July 8 through Aug. 16, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.bhninc.org/kamp-kids.

Kamp for Kids was founded by Judy Hoyt, whose son Rick was the inspiration behind the camp. Rick passed away in May 2023 at the age of 61. He became well-known through his participation in several Boston Marathons with his father, Dick.