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             Tucked away in the hill of the Ramapo Mountains,Elks Camp Moore offers a fun filled vacation away from home for children with special needs. A week at Elks Camp Moore is a remarkable experience not soon to be fogotten. The primary goal of the camp is to further develop the recreational and social skills of each child. In a relaxed and accepting atmosphere , each camper experiences new adventures, lasting friendships, and opportunities that promote independence and greater self-confidence.

 For more information e-mail our State Headquarters, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Our Camp in the News

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STATE HEADQUARTERS
Pia Grant
P.O. Box 1596
Woodbridge,NJ 07095
Officer 732-326-1300
Fax 732-326-1319
E-Mail
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CAMP DIRECTOR
Todd Thompson
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ELKS CAMP MOORE
Emergency Contact Phone Numbers
Summer: 973-835-1542
Winter: 609-651-6209

 

  

CAMP MOORE TRUSTEE

Bill Applegate - Ridgefield Park #1506
Richard P. Vreeland - Livingston #1855
Peggy Berry -Howell #2515

Ron Kempe - Elmwood Park/Paterson #60

Joe Massimi - Piscataway #2414

 ADVISORS
Francis J. Decibus, PSDGER
Robert F. Binetti, PSP

 FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Stephen J. Terrible, PSP

  DIRECTIONS TO CAMP MOORE
Click here for Directions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just Kids Having Moore Fun At Elks Camp

 

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Be A Star - Pledge $100

Pledge $20 a year for 5 years and receive a “Miracle Star Pin” and a Elks Camp Moore “Miracle On The Mountain Pin” upon completion of your pledge. Donate $100 and receive both pins immediately.

Be A Miracle Maker - Pledge $1,000

Pledge $200 a year for 5 years and receive a “Miracle Star Pin” and a Elks Camp Moore “Miracle On The Mountain Pin” immediately and
a “Miracle Maker Pin” upon completion of your pledge.

To learn more about the Miracle On The Mountain Fund click here.

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Our Camps History
In 1971, while the New Jersey State Elkswere looking for a site for a camp, the trustees of Camp Moore, a camp for underprivileged children that closed in the 1930’s, were lookingfor someone to carry on their work. The camp was donated with the stipulation that the name of A. Harry Moore, former governor of NJ, is carried on in perpetuity.  More than forty-five years later, due to the hard work and dedication of many thousand NJ State Elks, Elks Camp Moore is the major charity project of the NJ State Elks and has grown to great proportions. The camp is composed of over 18 modern buildings, which are air conditioned and fully accessible.  Among the buildings stand 3 modern camper dormitories, a two story dining hall, kitchen, arts and crafts room, game room, and a fully equipped health center. The camp also contains a large heated pool that is completely wheelchair accessible.

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Our Camps Mission

Tucked away in the hills of the Ramapo Mountains, Elks Camp Moore offers a fun filled vacation away from home for children with special needs.  A week at Elks Camp Moore is a remarkable experience not soon to be forgotten.  The primary goal of the camp is to further the deleop the recreational and social skills of each child.  In a relaxed and accepting atomsphere, each camper experiences new adventures, lasting friendships and opportunities that promote independence and greater self-confidence.

About the Campers & Staff

Our talented and creative program staff offers a wide variety of activities, with special care given to include every child. A day at Elks Camp Moore might include hiking up the nature trail, cooling off in the spray park, tye-dying, playing basketball, relaxing in the multisensory room, painting in
arts and crafts, relay races in the pool, or rehearsing for Saturday’s big finale concert. After dinner, the entire camp gathers together for special programs including talent contests, scavenger hunts, carnivals, and dances – the possibilities are endless.

Elks Camp Moore accepts children with disabilities who are between the ages of 7 and 18, as well as young adult week (ages 19-21) and spring/fall respite weekends. There are 600-700 camperships provided each summer. Each child must be sponsored by their local Elks Lodge with the full cost of attendance paid by the lodge. The children attend at no cost to their families. An application for Elks Camp Moore can be obtained through a local Elks Lodge’s Special Children’s Committee Chairperson. The committee’s state office can also be contacted for help in finding the nearest lodge.

The director of the camp is selected based on experience and certifications associated with special education and special needs camps. The counseling and support staff are hired by the director from the United States and other countries around the world. Over 27 countries have been represented at Elks Camp Moore over the years. The staff is fully trained before camp with ongoing training throughout the season. A large majority of the staff returns from previous years and are therefore very familiar with the campers and camp life in general. The ratio of campers to counselors is usually 2:1 or 1:1. Medications and emergency treatments are handled by a qualified nursing staff. Local doctor and hospital services are available when needed. Please note that any medication brought from home must be in prescription bottles with labels. Be sure to bring enough for the full stay, with a few extra as accidents do occasionally happen. All food is prepared by an experienced cook and kitchen staff. Special diets can be accommodated when necessary.

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How you can help Camp Moore

As with any volunteer organization, help is required to make the program a success. A few things interested parties can do are: Give a little of your time to directly assist in the up-keep of the camp through the spring preparations and fall closing. Provide entertainment at various times throughout the summer. Provide contacts with various businesses that would help the camp with supplies for the season, materials for the general maintenance, or items, which could be used by the campers to enhance their
camping experiences.

If your company has a United Way donation program, specify your funds to go directly to Elks Camp More. The United Way identification number is 008866.

To make a donation:

New Jersey State Elks
Special Children's Committee
665 Rahway Ave
PO Box 1596
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

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General Directions to Camp Moore
From the Garden State Parkway

GSP North take Exit 153 B (A left turn exit). You will be on Rt. 3 West. Take Rte3 West to Rt 46 West. Continue on Rt 46 for 4 miles and get onto Rt23 North. Follow Rt 23 for 7 miles (on your right you will pass McDonald’s, Bradlees and the Pompton Queen Diner) At an Amoco Gas Station, make a right turn onto Newark Pompton Turnpike. (WARNING: DO NOT TAKE any earlier exits for Newark Pompton Turnpike or you will get lost). You will now be headed toward Riverdale, Bloomingdale and Pompton Lakes. Go to the end of the road (1 mile) and turn right onto Hamburg Turnpike. At the first traffic light make a left onto Ringwood Ave. At the third traffic light, make a left onto Union Ave. (at the underpass for Rt 287) 1/4 mi. mile down Union turn left onto Susquehanna Avenue. Bear right UP THE HILL TO ELKS CAMP MOORE.

FROM ROUTE 287 North
Take Rt 287 North to Exit 55. Make a right turn onto Ringwood Ave off the exit. Immediately get over to the left lane. At the first traffic light make a left onto Union Ave. (at the underpass for Rt 287). At the second traffic light , make a left onto Union Ave. 1/4 of a mile down Union turn left onto Susquehanna Ave. Bear right UP THE HILL TO ELKS CAMP MOORE.

FROM ROUTE 287 South
Take Rt 287 South to Exit 55. Make a left turn off the Exit onto Union Ave. 100 feet on Union make a left onto Susquehanna Ave. Bear right UP THE HILL TO ELKS CAMP MOORE.

FROM YAHOO MAPS
Since Camp Moore doesn’t have a street address and the Burger King next to the Camp Moore entrance does, you can map the Directions with this link. Click here to map it

 

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What is the Miracle on the Mountain Mural?
The Miracle on the Mountain Mural brings momentum to our fund raising efforts. Each building block and balloon is a commitment to ensure the future of Elks Camp Moore. $1,000.00 earns a building block and balloons start at $5000.00. Please read on to see how you can become part of this important project.

Our new Miracle on the Mountain Mural is a public thank you to all the Districts, Lodges and individuals who support Elks Camp Moore. The acrylic and bronze sculpture is engraved with the names of individuals, groups, Lodges, Districts or Corporations contributing funds to Elks Camp Moore.

 


 

How you can become part of the Miracle on the Mountain. Becoming a part of the Miracle on the Mountain Mural is simple. The acrylic building blocks and balloons may be purchased and engraved as a tribute to any individual, Lodge, District or Corporation. Donation Categories Are:

 

 


 

 

 

  $ 25,000.00 1 Teddy Bear
$ 10,000.00 1 Large Balloon
$ 7,500.00 1 Medium Balloon
$ 5,000.00 1 Small Balloon
$ 1,000.00
1 Building Block
 

Your donation may honor a relative, friend, family, group or corporation or in memory of a loved one. Each dedication will be prominently displayed on the Mural, an attractive addition to the dinning hall at Elks Camp Moore.

Gifts may be in the form of cash, securities, and bequests by will. All pledges are tax deductible for those who itemize their deductions. If you work for a company that has a matching gift program, please suggest that your employer support your donation with matching funds.

While one time donations are preferred cumulative pledges over a five year period are also encouraged.

Donors may pledge a gift by completing the pledge form
and enclosing it with either a total or initial payment check.

ADOBE ACROBAT REQUIRED

 

 

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Reflections from Campers, Parents and Staff

"I just wanted to thank everyone who helped me. I had a great time at camp. I want to come back already, but mommy said I had to wait until next year." Camper: Jennifer Murphy

"You cannot imagine how appreciative we all are to be able to enjoy a week or two of respite known Eric is in such good hands. You always match him up with a terrific counselor." Parents of camper Eric Weber.

"It really means a lot that he can go to camp just like the rest of the kids. Our kids don't always get to do what 'normal' kids do, but this helps to change that." Parents of camper Danny Ambroziak

"The kids are really great, and everyone works very hard together to give them the best summer of their lives." Staff Member: Lori Shumway - USA

"This is the ideal place to lose all self pity and put your life into perspective" Staff member: Andrew Wood - Australia

"An extrodinary place which is alive from sunrise to sunset. There is no place like it!" Staff member: Paul Morgan - Wales

"Heaven on Earth" Staff Member: Jenny Scrupps - England

"'You don't know what you've got until you lose it.' This saying applies to Elks Camp Moore. It's easy to drift blissfully through the first few weeks thinking that it's going to last forever without really appreciating what this place really is. It's about 80 people from all over the world coming together and working in perfect harmony together with total trust in one another. It's not until you arrive back in the world that your realize what a paradise comp was in many ways. It's the highest standard of humanity I've ever experienced." Staff Member: Gary Knox - Belfast, Northern Ireland