It was another successful summer for Camp Felix. The summer camp run by the Felix Organization welcomes children in the foster care system who do not have a permanent place to call home.This year, more 166 children experienced the benefits of Camp Felix, which is located one hour north of New York City.
The camp is held for four weeks in the summer and gives foster children, ages 8 through 15, the opportunity to leave their worries in the big city and enjoy the jubilations of being a kid in the beautiful outdoors.
“When Darryl and I first started thinking about Felix, we wanted to start a city where all the foster children could go and be loved and supported. We spoke to our accountant and luckily he convinced us to start a little bit smaller! So we decided instead of a city, we’d start a summer camp,” explained Sheila Jaffe, co-founder of Camp Felix with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.
The Good Celebrity pair founded The Felix Organization in 2006 and the nonprofit organization’s mission is to “provide inspiring opportunities and new experiences to enrich the lives of children who are growing in the foster care system,” Jaffe continued in an exclusive interview with Good Celebrity.
Both Jaffe and McDaniels were adopted and their goal to show foster kids that they can find success.
In addition, Camp Felix presented the Bryan Jacobson Award to camper Capri “who demonstrated kindness and caring, and shined in the area of music.”
Other highlights from the summer camp included a visit from inspirational Pastor Steven Carter. He talked about his experiences finding out he was adopted and took the time to answer questions from the campers.
Plus, a young girl named Sydney participated in the organization’s Kids 4 Kids program by donating her Bat Mitzvah money to send eight children to Camp Felix. Sydney also volunteered at the camp over the summer.
Photo Credit: The Felix Organization