Given Camp Huntington’s focus on individuals with developmental disabilities, owner Daniel Falk knows how important it is to families that he open this summer. So he’s doing it right. After New York State rules prevented Huntington from opening in 2020, this year’s camp will have limited registration.
It will have an additional on-site registered nurse, plus an infectious-disease specialist and virologist on board as consultants. There will be pre-, post- and weekly virus testing along with dedicated cabin space set aside for social distancing and isolation. “We really learned from communicating with all of our families how important camp is to them and their child, and the role that this type of residential, sleepaway program really plays in their lives,” Falk says. “That was very intense for us to learn.” And it’s why camp will be open this summer.
Camp Huntington serves campers with disabilities, regardless of age or the severity of behavioral issues. It opened in 1961 and was redesigned for wider therapeutic inclusion by Dr. Bruria Bodek-Falik, Falk’s mother and mentor.
The grounds boast dining halls, a swimming pool, a multi-element ropes course and a waterfall on the Roundout Creek. The program features curriculum designed to cultivate talents for the developmentally disabled in a safe, fun and therapeutic environment. The camp’s three primary programs are Independence, Participation and Recreation.
“We can deliver a program that’s meaningful and playful and is engaging, and that campers and parents are not distracted by the difficulties or the challenges that COVID presents,” Falk says. “We’re looking forward to grappling with those challenges and delivering the ‘Huntington Spirit.’”
56 Bruceville Rd., High Falls, NY