Camp Columbus gets boost from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students

When the Arc of Seneca Cayuga opens its much-loved Camp Columbus this July, campers, staff and volunteers will notice a lot of updates in and around the campgrounds, thanks to electrical students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. Under the guidance of Ray Ludemann, Electrical Instructor for Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, a team of electrical students has been hard at work installing new receptacles, overhead lighting and ceiling fans in various buildings on the site. Camp Columbus is a fully-accessible summer day camp for children, teens and adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.According to Ludemann, he was delighted when contacted by Ed Sayles, Community Relations Consultant for Arc, about BOCES taking on this project. After receiving approval, Ludemann arranged both his senior and junior electrical classes so that, during the winter and spring months, sixteen students will be able to complete the necessary work.BOCES students from left are Dominic Smith, Brandon Whitman, Alex Herring, Dominic Morrissette, Brandon Larkin, Ray Ludemann (Instructor) and Shawn Simpson“On behalf of my students and myself, we are always thankful for the opportunity to apply the skills we have learned in the shop to real life conditions. Likewise, we are always looking for hands-on work experiences in the community. Working at Camp Columbus is a terrific opportunity by providing us with a number of different electrical installations. It’s a real confidence builder for these young people”, says Ludemann.Kevin Smith, Executive Director of Arc, is delighted as well, “This is a win-win situation for all. Camp gets some needed improvements with no labor charge and the students benefit from a unique hands-on experience.” Anyone interested in information about Camp Columbus should contact Jodi Holland, Director of Community Services, at 315-856-8160.Arc of Seneca Cayuga is a not-for-profit agency comprised of people dedicated to assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community. The mission of Seneca Cayuga ARC is to provide opportunities and choices for treatment, employment, education, recreation, and community living to assist individuals with disabilities to realize a productive and fulfilling life.

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