Supporters of Catholic camp in Pennsylvania rallying to keep it open

A group of 200 strong wore camp t-shirts late last month to a mass in Scranton to show their support for a popular Catholic summer camp the local Diocese announced would be closing in October.

The rally was organized by a group simply called Keep Camp St. Andrew Open. The rally caught the attention of local media. It was the top story on local news station WNEP 16 the night of the rally.

While the overnight camps that have been hosted by the Diocese on the 387-acre facility for 76 years aren’t currently planned for next summer, a day camp program run by a local nonprofit for low-income and at-risk youth called Project Hope will return next summer.

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Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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