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Campers putting together birdhouses and other projects using Lamello’s connectors at Camp Good Days and Happy Times in upstate New York.

Campers putting together birdhouses and other projects using Lamello’s connectors at Camp Good Days and Happy Times in upstate New York.

Colonial Saw and its industry partners are helping campers at Camp Good Days and Happy Times in Rochester, N.Y. have the good old-fashioned summer fun they deserve.

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The camp offers free programs for children, adults and families affected by cancer or sickle cell anemia. Since not everyone is up for swimming, canoeing and dodgeball, woodshop is offered.

According to camp woodshop volunteer Jim Oliver, Colonial Saw began to help the program in 2017 when another volunteer, Jerry Romanowski, discussed some of the children’s challenges with Colonial Saw’s Chris Hoffmann. Next, Marco Ress, Lamello’s international sales manager and a cancer survivor, committed to supply the camp with the company’s connectors and accessories.

The connectors, particularly the Clamex P-14, provide a quick and easy way to assemble projects. The campers are making birdhouses, totes and tool caddies.

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“Some of the children are in therapy or just finished up their chemo treatments so they’re kind of weak. There’s a big playground but some of the kids are not strong enough to run around and play on it. Woodworking and arts and crafts are things they can do inside a building and not be running around,” says Oliver.

“By using connectors that Lamello is providing they’re not using as much force to fasten the pieces. With just a small turn they latch together versus using drills and screwdriver. The kids are just elated. There’s so much joy on their faces when they put these together on their own. They’re so proud when they get done.”

Camp Good Days and Happy Times was founded in 1979 by Gary Mervis. It’s held on a 13-acre property lining the shores of Keuka Lake in Branchport, N.Y.

For more, visit www.campgooddays.org

This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue.

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