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Harbor Camp Sails Again

harbor camp nycAlmost 2,000 students experienced Harbor Camp this past summer, a waterfront-themed summer program of educational, recreational and cultural activities. Organized by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, activities included sailing, visits to historic boats, waterfront parks and museums during July and August. “The goal of Harbor Camp is to forge stronger links between urban day camp programs and the rich variety of waterfront attractions in the New York and New Jersey harbor estuary,” MWA Director Carter Craft said. “Now in its third year, Harbor Camp has become a summer tradition.” Among the twelve waterfront partners were the Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy, the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Liberty Landing Marina and the Schooner Adirondack. The sixteen youth partners included the Police Athletic League, the city’s Housing Authority and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Harbor Camp was ably coordinated this year by Annie Chen, a native of Bayside and a recent graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles who started working at the MWA in June. Made possible through generous funding provided by the Heckscher Foundation for Children, Harbor Camp offers students boat voyages, fishing adventures, aquarium visits, coastal camping trips and other events, many focusing on the environment, water safety and hands-on activities. The MWA is a project of the MAS.