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September 22, 2018

A Winter Wonderland At Camp Hollis


OSWEGO TOWN, NY – Nearly 200 youngsters and their families turned Camp Hollis into a Winter Wonderland on Wednesday.

Jim Farfaglia, camp director, points out some interesting nature facts as he leads a group of snowshoers through the woods near camp.

Jim Farfaglia, camp director, points out some interesting nature facts as he leads a group of snowshoers through the woods near camp.

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau conducted the annual event.

Activities were geared toward elementary aged youth and included snow shoeing, hockey, crafts, sledding, coloring snowmen and more.

The arts and crafts were held inside to allow folks a chance to warm up. Youngsters could create decorative snowflakes and their very own replica of the Olympic torch, including “flames.”

Art and crafts were a popular event for those who wanted to stay inside and warm up. Jaidyn Baum concentrates on making her "Olympic Torch."

Art and crafts were a popular event for those who wanted to stay inside and warm up. Jaidyn Baum concentrates on making her "Olympic Torch."

The temperature lingered in the mid 20s and the fluffy lake effect snow flurries reminded everyone winter wasn’t over.

The wind blowing off the lake made it feel even colder.

“We actually have plenty of snow this year,” said Brian Chetney, youth specialist with Youth Bureau. “It makes sledding the best it’s been in years.”

Not that many years ago, it was so warm there was no snow left and kids were playing basketball in their T-shirts.

This year was different.

Many youngsters rode plastic sleds down the hill; some making it all the way down to the hockey goals set up on the basketball court.

Sled rides were fun. With more snow this year, more youngsters took the trip downhill - several times.

Sled rides were fun. With more snow this year, more youngsters took the trip downhill - several times.

Several pads were arranged around the poles to keep the sledders safe.

Others played hockey on the basketball court, trekked through the woods on snow shoes, or built and colored snowmen.

Later, many of the younger children scrambled through the snow in search of ice cubes – with coins frozen inside them.

“When we have kids at Camp Hollis, everyone has a good time,” said Jim Farfaglia, camp director. “This just goes to show, you can visit Camp Hollis any time of year and have a great time.”

Rocky Knutson takes a break from the other activities to roast a marshmallow and make some s'mores.

Rocky Knutson takes a break from the other activities to roast a marshmallow and make some s'mores.

For more information about Camp Hollis and its programs, contact the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451, or e-mail [email protected]

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