New building donated to camp

LAKE LUZERNE A new science building was celebrated along with the 15th anniversary of the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne last week. The building was donated by Original Lincoln Logs of Chestertown who also helped build it. Many other local contracting companies also made donations to the project. Double H Camp Director Max Yurenda said the new building, dubbed the Discovery Building, replaces a much smaller building that didnt even have a bathroom. The Discovery Program is one of the campers favorites, Yurenda said. They make slime here, they discover leaves and insects. Lots of magic will happen inside here. Double H Camp was founded by Charles Wood and Paul Newman 15 years ago with the mission of improving the quality of life for children living with cancer, serious blood disorders or neuromuscular impairments. The camp offers outdoor adventure to 120 campers each week, with medical staff on hand at all times. Dan Donovan of Queensbury has been coming to Double H Ranch for 14 years. Born in Romania, Donovan suspects that he contracted the HIV virus from a contaminated needle while being vaccinated at five in his native country. Now 19, Donovan graduates from Queensbury High School this year and plans to attend ACC next year to study music. Its hard to describe what this camp does for you, Donovan said. So many kids with illnesses and so much pain come here, and they can be here and be accepted, not judged by their illness. Donovan said that during middle school, he was isolated by his fellow students because they didnt understand AIDS. It was very tough, he said. This camp has given me the strength to address my peers about HIV to help them understand. Instead of a ribbon cutting to open the new building, the camp held a log cutting. This building exemplifies the partnership we have with the community at many levels, Yurenda said. We try to keep the Adirondack theme here, and this building does just that. Lincoln Logs CEO John Shepherd said the camp is very worthy of the donation, which totaled about $74,000. Its a special organization in our own backyard, he said.

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