Campers enjoying roasting s’mores around the campfire.

Local charity Camp Jamison invites the community to join in early St. Patrick’s Day festivities on March 16th at Maggie’s Waterfront Café. The event will raise funds for this year’s camp experience.

The “Raising of the Green Beef & Beer” will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy live music, St. Patrick’s Day themed games, and plenty of good food and drink. Covert Pop will be performing with a special guest percussionist. Purchase tickets in advance for $32, or buy at the door for $42.

Your ticket includes dinner and beer. All proceeds go to Camp Jamison to sponsor kids who attend camp. This year, the camp hopes to bring 90 children from the Philadelphia area to a week of learning, exploring, and connecting with others in the Pocono Mountains regardless of their abilities, background, or family income.

Camp Jamison founder Jacqueline McDonough grew up in Philadelphia. She saw summer camp as a safe space and a place to connect both with nature and other people. After losing the summer camp she had, she wanted to create and preserve that experience for future generations. She published an editorial on the value of the summer camp experience for youth, and the community response and support to start the camp was overwhelming. Camp Jamison has been providing invaluable opportunities to the youth of the Philadelphia area ever since.

Camp Jamison gives kids the chance to experience the social and emotional benefits of summer camp and s’mores. Campers participate in a fun-filled week while also taking part in activities that strengthen their interpersonal and peace-building skills. This allows them to both learn as individuals and give back  to their community when they return home. Campers in high school become Counselors In Training, and many go on to become counselors themselves when they turn 18. Because they believe in the power of camp, they are motivated to help mentor the younger attendees.

“Camp Jamison is my home away from home,” says camper Tayanna, age 9. “I love making new friends and the different activities they have for us to do.” For Gia, age 12, it was her third time attending Camp Jamison. She shared, “I love that I can run, have fun, and play with my friends. I learn new things about nature, and I like that there’s no TV or phones.” Samar, another local youth, had never been to camp before and was eager to be the first of his friends to have the chance.

The Raising of the Green event will help to fund this year’s camp, allowing it to continue to provide these life-changing experiences to local youth. If you cannot attend the event but would like to donate, click here or send a check to Camp Jamison, 3131 Fairfield St., Philadelphia, PA 19136.


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