SoDel Cares, the charitable arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $4,000 to Camp Barnes, a free camp for Delaware youth run by the Delaware State Police.
Located in Frankford on Millers Creek, a tributary of Little Assawoman Bay, the camp is open to residents of Delaware between the ages of 10 and 13. It serves about 60 campers a week for six weeks from early June to August. “An important part of SoDel Cares’ mission is to honor SoDel Concepts founder Matt Haley’s commitment to at-risk youth,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which owns 10 restaurants in coastal Sussex County. “Since 1947, Camp Barnes has given children a chance to experience nature at absolutely no cost to their families,” he said. “We’re more than willing to support their good work.”
Activities at the camp include swimming, kayaking, archery, crabbing and fishing, sports, and arts and crafts. Campers also view demonstrations by Delaware State Police K-9 and Evidence Detection Units, and Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. The Delaware Attorney General’s Office and the Girl Scouts of America also provide demonstrations and classes.
Brenton Lyman, general manager of Matt's Fish Camp, one of SoDel Concepts’ restaurants in Bethany Beach, brought lunch to the campers and did a summer cooking demo. Lyman is also a chef.
SoDel Cares was formed to honor SoDel Concepts’ founder, Matt Haley, a local, national and international philanthropist.