Stormin’ Norman and Newman Plan Children’s Camp
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf said his memories of summer camp convinced him every child should have a chance to go to camp, even if seriously ill.
Schwarzkopf announced Saturday he has joined Paul Newman in founding a 125- acre bivouac for boys and girls in Cassia.
″This is very special to me because it involves children,″ Schwarzkopf said.
Modeled after the Hole in the Wall Gang camp that Newman founded in Ashford, Conn., the Lake County facility will be called the Boggy Creek Gang.
It will be designed for seriously ill children whose medical needs usually force them to stay at home. Attendance will be free.
Newman has pledged $1 million to the Boggy Creek Gang. The camp will cost $15 million and have 40 buildings, including 16 camper cabins, a theater, a farm, a nature center, a dining hall and recreational buildings.
The land was donated by the Walt Disney Cancer Institute at Florida Hospital. Groundbreaking is set for February, and the first campers should arrive in 1995.
The camp will have a medical center providing chemotherapy, blood transfusions and other services. On-site doctors and equipment will enable ill children to attend, Schwarzkopf said.
″These children come in there, and they’re not different,″ Schwarzkopf said. ″If they were to go to a normal camp, they’d probably stand out like a sore thumb.″