Handicapped Children Are the New Jersey State Elks Association Major Project
Our Lodge is a proud participant in the New Jersey State Elks Major Project to assist children with Special Needs. We fund and participate in several local programs for special needs children and we also support the operations at Camp Moore. Local programs include the annual picnic at Turtle Back Zoo and the Fishing Derby which has been held at Echo Lake Park. We also make donations directly to special children programs to include those run by TryCan.
For many many years we have sent special needs children to Camp Moore at no cost to the parents. Camp Moore is owned and operated by the New Jersey State Elks. The Camp is tucked away in the hills of the Ramapo Mountains and offers a fun filled vacation away from home for children with special needs. A week at Elks Camp Moore is a remarkable experience not soon to be forgotten.
Elks Camp Moore is an Elks accredited summer overnight camp for children with special needs. The camp was founded in 1971 and includes many activities for the children such as a swimming pool, three playgrounds, a small playing field, a recreation hall, and other rooms that house other fun activities. The campers stay for one week from Sunday until Saturday.
Each week, 60 campers attend the camp and are assigned to their own counselor. The camp is wheelchair accessible since handicapped children also attend the camp. People consider Camp Moore, the "Miracle on the Mountain". The camp is located high on top of a mountain overlooking Route 287, bordering both Haskell and Wanaque. Admission is free for the campers.
The primary goal of the camp is to further develop the recreational and social skills of each child. In a relaxed and accepting atmosphere, each camper experiences new adventures, lasting friendships, and opportunities that promote independence and greater self-confidence.
The Camp hosts around 550 children ages 7-21 each summer in weekly camp sessions. There also is a weekend respite program for special needs adults over age 19. Summit Lodge sends anywhere from 12 to 15 campers each year. The applications for camp for the 2018 season can be downloaded at these links:
- Youth Camp Sessions, Multiple Sessions for Campers Ages 7-12 or 13-18
- Adult Camp Session, One Session for Campers Ages 19-21
- Adult Weekend Respite, Multiple Weekends for Campers over Age 19
For a link to Camp More and photo tour of the Camp please go to this link.
Our Lodge actively raises funds year around to send kids to Camp Moore and support other local programs for special needs children.
Donations can be made by mailing a check to Summit Lodge 1246, Attention Special Needs Committee, 40 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901 or on-line at this page. All donations to the Summit Lodge 1246 Special Needs Committee are directed to Camp Moore or other community charitable organizations supporting special needs children. We recommend you consult your tax advisor with respect to deducting this contribution on your tax return.