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Nature Center offers camp scholarships for USCG kids

If you are a parent or guardian of a Coast Guard dependent child, now is the time to apply for one of the Nature Center’s summer nature camp scholarships.

Every year, the Nature Center awards scholarships to Coast Guard dependent children so they can attend a nature camp of their choice, courtesy of the Good Neighbor Fund.

The relationship between the Nature Center of Cape May and Training Center Cape May along with its various commands and vessels has long epitomized the very best in what a neighborhood should be. Sanctuary Director Gretchen Whitman is fond of pointing out that “the Nature Center could not exist without the support of its Coast Guard neighbors.”

The scholarships, which are underwritten by the Good Neighbor Fund, are the center’s way of “giving back.”

But the Nature Center could never pay for this outreach alone. The center derives financial support for the Good Neighbor Fund from many sources, including the Chiefs Association, the Jersey Cape Spouses Association, the Enlisted Association, the Coast Guard Community Festival, Ocean First Bank, Sturdy Bank, the fundraiser Paddle for a Purpose and donations from the larger community. 

If you have a young person who is interested in one of the nature camps this summer, call. Nature Camps are not “one size fits all.” They are varied and designed for specific age groups from toddlers to adults. For more information, call 609-427-3045 or stop by the center and pick up a summer brochure.

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