A Bus for Camp Soul Grow

Working inside at Uihlein’s Marina, London Rosiere, in front right, worked with campers and two graffiti artists to transform the used bus Camp SoulGrow took home to Montauk this week.

As Camp SoulGrow prepares for its second annual Mardi Gras fund-raiser in Montauk on Tuesday, it has a lot to celebrate. For starters, the camp has a new used bus, which is in the midst of a major makeover, and, second, it is planning to again pitch its proverbial tent at Gurney’s Resort and Spa during the February school break.

 The 23-seat bus has already had a peppy exterior paint job with help from some professionals, and London Rosiere, the camp’s founder, is continuing its transformation. The inside ceiling will be painted to look like the sky, the floor like the grass.

 “It looks so pretty already,” Ms. Rosiere said Tuesday. “It’s vivacious and happy. We’re taking something and making it even better by putting love into it. That’s what I want to show the kids.”

The nonprofit camp offers workshops, adventures, and community activities for kids 7 and older in partnership with local businesses and organizations, tapping into their expertise to teach kids about their town and their place in it. The camp has a base at Third House in Montauk County Park, but has plans to take more programs to kids in East Hampton and Sag Harbor, something the bus will help facilitate.

Tuesday’s fund-raiser will be at the East by Northeast restaurant in Montauk and will include all-you-can-eat Cajun food, like jambalaya and boiled crawfish, and open taps of beer from the Montauk Brewing Company, as well as silent and paper auctions. Hopefully Forgiven will lay down the dance music, and Ms. Rosiere, who is from New Orleans, said “everybody will feel like they’re actually in Mardi Gras.” Tickets will be $25 at the door. People will also be able to check out the bus, which will be parked outside.

Looking ahead to the February school break, Camp SoulGrow will offer workshops from Feb. 15 through 19 from noon to 4 p.m. The afternoons will begin with movement classes from noon to 1:30. Lunch, with food provided by Gurney’s, will be each day from 1:30 to 2:30, and late afternoons, from 2:30 to 4, will be given over to creative endeavors like painting and cooking.

Workshops are free, but a suggested donation of $10 per program will support the nonprofit’s work. Advance sign-up online at campsoulgrow.org is required for each hour-and-a-half offering each day and can be done seven days in advance.