Beloved Monroe summer camp closes after 70 years in businessPosted: Updated:
A beloved summer camp in Orange County will close its doors after 70 years, just weeks before camp was set to begin.
Third-generation Rosemarin's Day Camp owner Scott Rosemarin says he was forced to make the decision just ahead of the day more than 100 kids were set to arrive in Monroe.
"We didn't have enough staff to run a camp and I said, 'Who am I kidding? There's no way I'll be able to run a camp this summer,'" says Rosemarin.
Rosemarin says dwindling interest in summer work and lower enrollment forced the closure of the camp his grandfather started in 1949. He says the decision was gut-wrenching, but felt he had to give parents time to make alternate arrangements.
"Rosemarin's had great camp spirit. We had special day events, masquerades, banner day, camp Olympics and crazy counselor days," says Rosemarin. "I think that's what will stick in the minds of all the campers and counselors here over the years."
Rosemarin still hopes to connect with people and families, except in a different way. He plans to instead rent out the grounds for events.
VIDEO: Owner of Monroe day camp discusses its closure