Hockomock YMCA to open summer camp in memory of Tony Calcia

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The Hockomock Area YMCA announced the creation of a new camp—Camp Calcia—for adults ages 18 to 45 in the local community living with special needs. Camp Calcia is named in memory of the Hockomock Y’s beloved Tony Calcia—the former Vice President of Child Protection and Social Responsibility who passed away last March—and will begin this July.

Camp Calcia will be held at the Y’s North Attleborough Branch on Saturdays and Sundays in July 2021. This half-day camp will provide each camper the opportunity to enjoy a traditional day camp setting and a variety of activities such as swimming, sports, arts & crafts, gardening, ropes course programming and theatre.

Ed Hurley, CEO of the Hockomock Area YMCA, reflected on his friend and colleague Tony Calcia; “As an advocate for community inclusion and acceptance, Tony’s passions included the impact of summer camp and the power of an inclusive Y where everyone is welcome.”

Camp Calcia will run begin on Saturdays and Sundays starting July 10 for four weeks. Necessary staff supports and appropriate staff ratios will be provided to ensure a successful experience for all campers. This camp will also have special guests and programming each weekend for campers to enjoy that may include petting zoos, music and other exciting options.

“Through Tony’s leadership, our YMCA became a model for inclusion and acceptance serving families and youth living with diversabilities. We are thrilled to be offering Camp Calcia for adults living with special needs in our communities this summer which will be a force for good, just like our good friend Tony,” shared Hurley.

For more information and to register for this camp, visit www.hockymca.org/camp. Questions can be answered by Sarah Henesey, the Y’s Senior Director of Inclusion at 774-235-2754 or sarahh@hockymca.org.

Camp Calcia is supported by donations made to the Tony Calcia Endowed Camp Scholarship. To learn more about donating, please call Katie Moore, the Y’s Vice President of Philanthropy at 508-643-5265 or katiem@hockymca.org.