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College Settlement Partners with Temple University Police for Summer Bike Program During 100th Anniversary Camp Season

College Settlement celebrates the 100th anniversary of its summer camp programs in 2022.

he College Settlement of Philadelphia’s summer biking program has been recognized by the American Camp Association with the Eleanor Eelis Award for Program Excellence.

Members of Temple University Police visited College Settlement Camp in Horsham on April 21, 2022 ahead of this summer partnership as part of the summer cycling program.

The College Settlement Summer Camps Cycling Program is an essential part of all of our campers’ physical activities.

—Terry Dougherty, Executive Director, College Settlement

HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA, USA, April 28, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The College Settlement of Philadelphia, currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of its summer camp programs, today announced a new partnership with police from Temple University which will enhance the camp’s Horsham summer cycling programme.

Temple University Police, part of the Temple University Department of Public Safety, donated 25 new bicycles to College Settlement and will send officers to each session of day camps and overnight camps in this summer on the Camp Horsham grounds to ensure the safety and maintenance of the bicycles. lessons for the children who attend the camp every week this summer.

“By forming this collaboration with the Temple University Police for our summer biking program, we hope to reach even more at-risk children in the North Philadelphia community,” said Terry Dougherty, College Executive Director. settlement. “That includes their agents who train our staff and talk to our campers. Temple Police officers will teach bike safety and maintenance, enhancing our long-running summer bike program with their experiences and expertise.

The 25 new bikes donated by Temple University Police to College Settlement bring the total number of bikes available for campers to 80. Dougherty noted that College Settlement will have new bike storage ready for the start of programs this summer, in which they plan to show older campers how to fix bikes.

“We are thrilled to be working with College Settlement on their summer biking program,” said Monica Hankins-Padilla, director of external relations for Temple’s Department of Public Safety. “We recently launched the new Urban Bike Team program in Temple, working with local children to learn about bike safety and training, and they will go to Horsham this summer to train for a 30 mile bike race in the part of the annual “Ben to the Shore Promenade”. College Settlement’s summer biking program is a wonderful opportunity for campers to develop bicycling skills that can be an integral part of their lives in the future.

The goal of College Settlement’s summer biking program is to ensure that every camper has access to a bike and safety equipment so they can confidently learn to ride a bike in a variety of conditions.

“The biking program at College Settlement summer camps is an essential part of our campers’ overall physical activities,” noted Dougherty. “The bike program provides our campers with opportunities to grow, but it also provides a lot of fun. Cycling is a lifelong activity and an important ingredient in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle that begins at camp and continues at home. It is a part of our outdoor recreational activities for children who generally do not have easy access to such experiences other than through our programs. We combine these physical activities with our nutrition program providing children with healthy food and personal development. It all falls into place when a camper feels the satisfaction of achieving a new goal, like completing a course they didn’t think they could complete.

Dougherty also noted that the American Camp Association previously awarded College Settlement’s summer biking program the Eleanor Eelis Award for Program Excellence.

“We place great importance on providing young people with experiences that foster self-esteem – in order for them to respect others and the world, young people must first respect themselves,” Dougherty said. “We believe the camp environment at College Settlement creates an atmosphere where young people can learn to live, play and work together in harmony.”

Founded in 1922 to serve the children of Philadelphia and their families by providing a healthy outdoor and country experience in the wake of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the mission of College Settlement of Philadelphia and College Settlement Camps is more vital as ever as Philadelphia. the region is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration for this summer’s Day Camps and Night Camps, as well as the Teen Adventure Program, is now open on the College Settlement Camp website at http://www.collegesettlement. org. Camp programs begin June 20.

About College Settlement:
The mission of College Settlement Day and Overnight Camps and the Outdoor School in Horsham is to provide environmental education and camping programs to young people in the greater Philadelphia area – especially those who are economically disadvantaged – in order to foster personal growth and prepare them to make a positive impact on the world. College Settlement now manages 235 acres in Horsham (and over 75 acres in the Poconos north of Bloomsburg) which includes over 35 structures, a lake, two swimming pools, an environmental center, a community farm and our adventure challenge course – a activity designed to encourage leadership, communication skills and social development within a group. Additional information is available at http://www.CollegeSettlement.org.

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Terry Dougherty, Executive Director of College Settlement, interviewed February 7, 2022.