New Pathways Students Enjoy Special Camp Experience
This past summer, students in the New Pathways program recently enjoyed a six-week camp where students took part in a variety of field trips, community service tasks and other various games and activities.
Coordinated by Child and Family Behavioral Health Outpatient Services at Community Hospital, New Pathways is a school-based behavioral health program located in the district’s Village Charter School.
The program is funded by Magellan Behavioral Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. It blends mental health services and academics, providing support for high-risk students with behavioral issues who have been unsuccessful in their former school setting. New Pathways adheres to the principles of Re-education and PEP (Positive Education Program) philosophies. The PEP program, based in Cleveland, Ohio, provides ongoing consultation and visits the New Pathways program often.
The summer camp included a number of activities, such as trips to Dorney Park, the Please Touch Museum and the Camden Aquarium. In addition, the group volunteered at Shady Hollow Farm, where students were given the opportunity to learn about farm life while they helped participate in daily tasks like grooming the horses. They also learned about charity and community benevolence when they donated 100 homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to Delaware County homeless people.
Colleen Cullen Swayze, the program’s clinical coordinator, was pleased to observe that the students responded empathetically to their communities, and in the process they learned a great deal about goodwill and generosity toward others.