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Madge Manfred Camp Scholarship FundWith his generous gift to the Trust, John Manfred and The Madge Manfred Camp Scholarship will help bring children to the outdoors at Camp CONNRI. Pictured left to right:  Jamie Sydoriak, Michael Hveem, and John Manfred.

Childhood experiences in the outdoors can encourage a lifetime of commitment to environmental causes. Jamie Sydoriak, past Conservation and Communications Coordinator at Joshua’s Trust, knows this first-hand, having spent a summer as a camper at the Salvation Army’s Camp CONNRI when she was young.

Jamie said of her time, “Camp CONNRI and the nature activities they provided helped foster in me a love for woods and wildlife, and are a reason why I chose to follow environmental sciences as my career focus.” She helped Joshua’s Trust reach a multi-year sponsorship for Camp CONNRI whereby the Trust will support enrollments each summer for children residing in the fourteen towns served by the Trust.

John Manfred of Mansfield Center has made this gift in honor of his late wife Madge, a long-time Trust member, past president, and chairperson of fundraising and development, who passed away in 2014. John stated: “Madge was a life-long educator and an ambitious recruiter for Trust members and supporters. I know there is no initiative she would support more enthusiastically.”

Camp CONNRI is located on 272 acres of rolling hills overlooking a pristine 50-acre lake in Ashford, Connecticut. The camp offers overnight, week-long stays for children each summer, and campers enjoy a variety of activities, including nature programming, hiking, geocaching, fishing, swimming, arts and crafts, and more. Joshua’s Trust will partner with the towns it serves and the Salvation Army to identify and select children who will benefit from a camper experience. In addition the Madge Manfred Camp Scholarship, each child’s family will receive a paid membership with the Trust.

Joshua’s Trust is the largest land trust in Northeastern Connecticut, protecting over 4,000 acres across fourteen towns. Founded in 1966, its nearly 700 members support the efforts of dedicated volunteers who maintain the Trust’s 65 preserves and provide educational programming for the public. The Trust’s offices are open on Tuesdays and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., located at 624 Wormwood Hill Road in Mansfield.

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