12 Jul Council President Herb Wesson Joined by Hundreds of Local Students for Tenth Annual “Camp Wesson” Summer Outing
Student campers will experience traditional summer camp adventures including horseback riding, archery, canoeing and campfire s’mores
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks treat local elementary school students residing in largely underserved communities to a camping adventure. The annual camping trip also made possible by support from Project SAVE, a non-profit organization mentoring local youth and providing gang intervention services, seeks to teach and expose young members of the surrounding community wilderness skills and expose them to new outdoor activities not readily experienced in the city’s urban neighborhoods. This year marks the 10th anniversary for Wesson’s summer tradition.
Dubbed, Camp Wesson, the camp is a 3-day, 2-night sleepover excursion at Hansen Dam offering urban students the opportunity to experience the outdoors and participate in a wide range of camp activities including horseback riding, archery, wall-climbing and paddle boarding all free of charge to families. Wesson provides student campers with a set of camping gear including new clothing and swimsuits and a sleeping bag. Clothing is provided to each student camper in an effort to promote equality, teamwork and pride rather than competition based on clothing labels.
“As a youngster I was fortunate enough to enjoy the summer outdoors,” said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson. “Camp Wesson allows students from around my council district to enjoy the simple pleasures of traditional summer camp while making new friends and giving their parents a break at home.”
The adventure kicks off today, with camper drop off beginning at 7AM and a welcome and brief orientation shortly following. Campers receive complimentary breakfast before loading the for Hansen Dam, located in the San Fernando Valley. Upon arriving to the campsite student campers will pitch their own tents, learn about fire safety, swim and rotate among Camp Wesson activities- horseback riding, kayaking and canoeing. On the second day of Camp Wesson student campers will be indulged to a swim in movie following an activity packed day. After a full third day of frolicking student campers will return home in the evening on Thursday, July 14.
For camp updates throughout the week find the Council President on Facebook, follow him on Twitter & Instagram @herbjwesson and check out #CampWesson #TentAnniversary #CD10.
NOTE: City Council President Wesson and campers will be available for interviews throughout the week. He welcomes media outlets to visit Camp Wesson at Hansen Dam. To schedule an interview or for a full schedule of activities, please contact Vanessa Rodriguez at: Vanessa.Rodriguez@lacity.org.