Published in The Coast Star May 11, 2000
The BRAC office cancelled the Landmark Volunteer work visit to Camp Evans at the last minute. Students had plane tickets, they had to find new work sites. This could have be enabled to go forward.
by Desiree A. DiCorcia
“We felt that it was best to postpone the project now and relocate the students. It is disappointing, we are losing a $20,000 grant of labor,” stated Mr. Carl.
“We are still enthusiastic and excited and are looking forward to doing the program next year,” added Mr. Carl.
Landmark Volunteers, a nationally renown non-profit organization, selected the Information Age Learning Center, at Camp Evans in Wall Township, as one of its 59 destination points for the summer of 2000 program.
Entering its ninth year, the program offers high school students the opportunity to spend two weeks working at one of several important historical, cultural, environmental and social service institutions throughout the nation.
Some of the other places the program features are: The Boston Symphony, The Colorado Trail, Colonial Williamsburg, The Fresh Air Fund Camps in New York City, The Golden Gate Recreational Team, Hells Canyon, the Oregon Trail, and the Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Vermont.
Landmark Volunteers provides selected high school students with the opportunity to provide service to worthy organizations throughout the country, explained the program’s overseer and ILC Assistant Director Lawrence Tormey.
“The mission of the Landmark Volunteers is to work for others to expand one’s world through community service and to give something back to society,” added Mr. Tormey.
The program, which was intended to facilitate the transformation of the camp, was set to run from July 16 to July 29. I-Iigh School students from all over the country applied for the positions.
Approximately 14 students would have been assigned to Camp Evans to undertake such tasks as clearing trails, painting, cleaning and maintaining buildings and grounds.
The Info Age project, which was spearheaded by Mr. Carl, is dedicated to converting a portion of the Camp Evans facility to a hands-onscience center, where visitors can experience electronic communication, computer, radio, satellite and telephone science and technology.
In the future, the center is expected to provide high school students in the area with the physical resources, as well as the scientific minds required for hi-tech instruction.
The Army declared Camp Evans as surplus property several years ago, and will convey the property to Wall Township after remediation of the site is concluded. Portions of the 208-acre site may also be conveyed to some non-profit and educational institutions, including approximately 60 acres to Brookdale Community College for a southern campus.
Camp Evans served as a secret communications radar research facility by the Army, from the beginning of the WWII through the Cold War.
Radio genius Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of wireless telegraphy in 1890’s, settled at Camp Evans in 1912 and built a substation of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America’s Belmar Station.
The original Marconi facility was constructed as the New York to London link in the “World Encircling Wireless Girdle:’