Senior Camp At Camp Hollis Invites You To “Live Your Best Life”

Senior Camp volunteers, Joyce Sanderson, and Bonnie Frawley along with Camp Director Zach Grulich are busy dishing up ice cream for the popular “make-your-own-sundae” event.

OSWEGO – April 30, 2024, A fun-filled, one-day retreat is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 at Camp Hollis in Oswego Town. Oswego County is celebrating 32 years of Senior Camp which is geared especially for residents ages, 50 and older. With this year’s theme, “Live Your Best Life,” speakers and activities will focus on enhancing our well-being, including physical and mental health.

Situated along the shores of Lake Ontario, Camp Hollis is located three miles west of Oswego at 40 Health Camp Road. Sign-ups are encouraged by May 31st as space is limited. Registration includes name, address, e-mail and phone number. The fee is $25 with checks made payable to, “Friends of Camp Hollis” and mailed to Sue Brown, 753 Forest Ave., Fulton,  NY 13069.

The morning gets underway with Qui Gong & Tai Chi, a gentle stretching regimen credited with overall wellbeing including better balance, led by Caroline Behr. For those desiring a more  fast-paced workout, Margie Miner will lead “Drums Alive,” a program that helps with balance and  memory using the power of movement, music, and rhythm. Drumming is done with drumsticks on stability balls— previous music experience not required; just a desire to move and have fun!

Also in the morning will be a presentation, “Connect to Nature, Connect to Yourself,” by Cory  Brosch, MS, a licensed mental health and National Board-Certified Counselor. The program will consist of several fun interactive activities related to this topic.

Additional recreational activities include archery and a guided nature walk led by Camp Director Zach Grulich, as well as free time to socialize and explore some of Camp Hollis’ 40  acres and trails. Musical entertainment follows the hot noon meal, featuring Mexico Club favorite, Dave Domicolo. Dave is a singer-songwriter from Minetto with an extensive portfolio of popular tunes, campers can request. While enjoying the music, campers can satisfy their sweet tooth with make-your-own sundaes courtesy of Stewarts’ Shops.

Always a highlight of the Senior Camp experience are afternoon crafts lead by artists from Salmon River Fine Arts Center. Other Camp experiences include an auction, bingo, door prize giveaways and more. Just prior to the evening meal, will be a compelling presentation by Norman Dann, PhD, entitled, “Gerrit Smith and the Abolition Movement.” Norman has dedicated his retirement to communicating the importance of local history regarding abolition. He “Lives his Best Life” with hands-on interests as well— sterling silver crafts, archery, and gardening.

The day winds down with s’mores, popcorn, singing and stories in the lodge.

Senior Camp relies on the generosity of program presenters, donors, and area businesses including Burger King, Byrne Dairy, Dunkin,’ Ontario Orchards, Price Chopper, Walmart, Stewart’s Shops, Tops Friendly Markets. Oswego Big M, Bosco’s Meats, Domino’s Pizza, Oswego Elks Lodge #271, GJP Italian Eatery, Hudson Dairy, Pepsi Corporation, Coca-Cola Corporation, Huhtamaki, and OCO Nutritional Services.

Senior Camping takes place twice a year while students are still in school. After the summer season a second Senior Camp retreat will take place on September 10. Camp Hollis events are managed by the Camp Director as a program of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

“We hope that you can join us at Camp Hollis. You can reconnect with campers and meet new friends as well. We are sure that you will experience an exciting and fun day,” said Therese Watchus, Senior Camp Coordinator. For questions or more information on the event, call Therese at 315-591-8537.

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