Campaign For Camp Simcha Moves Ahead


camp-simchaA master plan to expand campus of the legendary Camp Simcha for summer and year-round use has leapt forward with the installation of a new septic system at the Glen Spey campus.

The new system enables Chai Lifeline to continue to replace aging bunks with new cottages designed to meet the medical and social needs of Camp Simcha’s and Camp Simcha Special’s campers. Cottages are decorated with age-appropriate, hand-painted murals and contain two cabins linked by a common room. Each cabin houses six children and their counselors; the individual pods that sleep and counselor and camper duo offer privacy for changing and medical procedures. Lavatories and bathing facilities are fully accessible and can be accessed by children in wheelchairs.

The first residential campus of three cottages was completed in 2013, spearheaded by a lead gift by Miriam and Alan Goldberg and family . The new campus augments two other residential facilities, Matt’s Place, a gift of the Arbess Family, and the model cottage completed in 2012 as part of Solomon’s Children’s Initiative.

When the master plan is completed, camp capacity will grow from 460 to 600 campers every summer. Additionally, each residential building will be fully climate-controlled, significantly expanding the number of people who can be accommodated at major retreats and events held at Camp Simcha throughout the year.

Dedications for complete cottages, cabins, social rooms and campuses are available. Contact the Development office, 212 699-6608 for details.

See the new campus and take a tour of the cabins here.

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