The Trustees of Reservations & Ipswich YMCA's SummerQuest Camp Celebrates First Season

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JoAnn Beck
978.921.1944 x4020
jbeck@ttor.org

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Kristi Perry
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617.359.3633
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IPSWICH, MA – Thanks to generous donations totaling $255,000 from Crane Co., New England Biolabs and other donors, The Trustees and Ipswich YMCA have been offering their first-ever SummerQuest camp on the beautiful 2,100-acre Crane Estate this summer. Serving almost 150 area children between the ages of 9 and 12, SummerQuest has been able to provide full tuition scholarships to 30% of its campers this season. With only a few days left to go, SummerQuest will be back by popular demand next summer, hoping to offer even more scholarships than this year.

Held at of the most idyllic natural environments in all of New England, the main theme of SummerQuest camp has been around questing activities, which are growing in popularity nationwide. Quests are outdoor, nature-based treasure hunts, and can be around a special theme, such as SummerQuest’s Seacoast Safari, Shipwreck Sleuths, Junior Naturalists, Dune Detective, Castle Kids and more. Throughout the summer campers have been using their creativity and inquisitive minds to search for life in tide pools, fields, forests, and dunes for all things natural, using magnifying glasses, nets and binoculars. In addition, they have enjoyed swimming and kayaking in the ocean, drawing and journaling throughout the expansive estate and creating and illustrating a special treasure map packed with clever clues. Photos are available upon request.

SummerQuest is operated by the YMCA in partnership with The Trustees, who own the Crane Estate and who employ the camp’s Educator, Crane Estate Program Educator Sarah Bursky. Together, the YMCA?s Director and The Trustees Program Educator have been running SummerQuest throughout the summer season for seven, one-week sessions, Mondays through Fridays, 9AM – 4PM. The camp started on July 7th and will wrap up on August 22nd.

SummerQuest has been open to all qualified children, regardless of income. For those who are interested in the camp and how to can take advantage of the scholarship program for next year, contact Christine McGrath of the YMCA at 978.356.9622 x112, mcgrath@northshoreymca.org. More information on the content of SummerQuest may also be found of the Trustees of Reservations website at www.craneestate.org or www.thetrustees.org.

Background Information
The Crane Estate is owned and operated by the nation’s oldest statewide land trust and nonprofit conservation organization, The Trustees of Reservations. The Crane Estate is comprised of three properties: Crane Beach, Castle Hill, a National Historic Landmark, and the Crane Wildlife Refuge. For hours of operation and more information about upcoming programs at the Crane Estate or other Trustees properties on the North Shore or across the state, please visit The Trustees of Reservations website www.thetrustees.org. For more information on how to register a child for the Camp, contact the Ipswich YMCA at www.northshoreymca.org or mcgrath@northshoreymca.org.

About the Trustees’ Mission: Past & Present
Since its founding in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and protégé of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees’ mission has been to preserve, protect and care for properties of exceptional scenic, historic, recreational and ecological value in Massachusetts. As land is being developed and open space is being fragmented at a rapid pace of an estimated 40 acres per day around the state, The Trustees are working to mobilize and inspire a critical mass of people and partners who care about quality of life in their communities and will work to protect and enjoy them.

About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values: a love of the land, of the outdoors and of the distinctive charms of New England, as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting them for everyone, forever.

With 99 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – all of which are open to the public – The Trustees of Reservations’ properties are tremendously diverse and include: mountains and hilltops; forests and woodlands; river valleys and waterfalls; islands, 70 miles of coastline, barrier beaches; marshes, bogs, swamps; open fields and meadows; farms, historic homesteads and now recently, through our permanent affiliation with Boston Natural Areas Network, community gardens and urban wilds throughout the city of Boston.

The Trustees employ 180 full-time and 350-400 seasonal staff with expertise in many areas, including ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how you can interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, volunteer or become a member, please call The Trustees of Reservations at 781.784.0567, visit at www.thetrustees.org, or email membership@ttor.org.