A northeastern Pennsylvania summer camp closed by the Diocese of Scranton after last summer will reopen, after all.
Scranton nonprofit United Neighborhood Centers, which has run a day camp program called Project Hope at the camp for more than 40 years, is leasing the 400-acre property for the 2016 summer camping season, according to news reports.
In addition to Project Hope, the UNC will be hosting a girls residential camp and boys and girls basketball camps this summer.
“We are happy to have the opportunity to continue the operation of Camp St Andrew for the summer of 2016,” UNC Executive Director Michael Hanley wrote in a post on the Keep Camp St. Andrew Open Facebook Group. “We are looking forward to working with all of you to make Camp St. Andrew better than ever. As a former camper myself (many, many years ago) I still remember the magic of camp.”
The Diocese announced its decision to close the camp it operated for 76 years in October, sparking a grassroots effort by parents, campers and alumni to keep it open.