The first time Jaden Jeswald won a scholarship to attend Rushford Environmental Education Camp, she was in sixth grade.
Fast forward six years, and she will be going to the camp again this summer on a scholarship.
When she was in sixth grade, the only thing the Blasdell girl knew about the camp run through the state Department of Environmental Conservation was that it was for environmental enthusiasts. She told her teacher how much she wanted to go, and wrote an essay expressing her love for the environment, and won. She returned to the camp many times in Caneadea in Allegany County.
Jaden's enthusiasm and love for camp resulted in counselors nominating her last summer for the Timbrook Award, created in memory of Emily Timbrook , a former Rushford camper and volunteer from Allegany County who died in 2009. Jaden was recognized for demonstrating interest in building on her outdoor recreation experiences and sharing knowledge of the state's natural resources with other campers.
“Each and every camper who submitted an essay in this year’s scholarship contest was enthusiastic about what they learned and achieved at Rushford Environmental Education Camp—and the friendships they made,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.
DEC’s four residential camps offer seven week-long summer programs in conservation education and environmental stewardship for children ages 11 to 17.