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St. Vincent de Paul Summer Camp to leave Angola after this summer

This summer will mark the last year that the St. Vincent de Paul Summer Camp will be on the shores of Lake Erie in Angola, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul announced Thursday.

The board of directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul voted to transition its summer youth programming to Buffalo.

“This was a difficult, but carefully thought-out decision,” said Mark S. Zirnheld, executive director and chief executive officer of the society, said in a statement. “For the last several summers, the number of campers has fallen significantly, resulting in an under-utilization of the camp.”

Since 2011, the 15-acre camp at 8462 Lake Shore Road has operated at a deficit. In 2006, 426 children attended the camp. In the summer of 2015, the number had fallen to 256.

More than 50,000 children, mostly from Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lockport, have attended the camp since it began nearly 90 years ago.

The future of the camp property will be determined at a later date, officials with the society said Thursday.

This year’s camp begins July 10, with weekly sessions continuing through the final day of camp on Aug. 13. Applications are available at www.svdpwny.org.