Currently serving as CEO of the law firm Chris M. Salamone & Associates, Chris Salamone has also authored several works on law and leadership, such as the Law School Success lecture series and, most recently, Rescue America. His past experience includes service on the boards of several organizations including the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC). With two locations in Boca Raton, Florida, FFCDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing child care programs for children from low-income households. One such program is the FFCDC Sumer Camp.
The FFDC Sumer Camp operates from June through August at both the Team East and Team West locations. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 can participate in the Summer Camp program for up to 10 hours per day from Monday through Friday. Enrollment in the camp requires payment of an initial $30 registration fee, as well as a weekly sliding scale fee of $70 to $120 to be assessed according to family size and income. Any families lacking the means to make the minimum weekly payment are considered for potential subsidies and a waiver of the registration fee.
Children attending the FFCDC Summer Camp engage in a diverse range of activities, including physical recreation, social skill development, and academic instruction. The Bullying and Second Step course is provided through the Palm Beach County Literacy Program (PBLC) and teaches children techniques for conflict resolution. The PBLC-developed Kidz Math and Kidz Lit reading programs constitute the primary academic curricula taught at the camp. Additionally, through the East/West Campus Pen Pal exchange, campers read stories and share letters about these stories with a correspondent at the opposite campus. Outside of the classroom, children play outdoor sports, swim, and take field trips to sites such as the Palm Beach Zoo, Miami Seaquarium, and Coconut Cove Water Park.
A diverse, mulitlingual staff of FFCDC counselors supervises and instructs the children. Moreover, the camper-to-counselor ratio never exceeds 15 to 1. In compliance with safety standards, all counselors are trained in CPR and AED.