10 years after 9/11, camp for victims’ children ends

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    Robert Mathai is headed to a game of “garbage ball’’ - which he describes as “a combination of football, soccer, handball, lacrosse, and a free-for all’’ - with other youths who lost parents in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At 18, he’s moved from camper to counselor at America’s Camp.

    “They’re all good kids,’’ says Mathai, a Tufts University freshman from Arlington. “It’s about them and making sure that they have fun.’’

    Mathai and his sister, Michelle, 21, started coming to this idyllic camp in the Berkshires as bewildered campers in the summer of 2002, joining other children who had lost parents in the attacks. But this is the last time they’ll be here. Today the camp closes for good, having fulfilled its 10-year mission.

    For campers, the 10th anniversary marks the end of an era.

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