Camp Appalachia is a summer program of not only intervention and treatment but allows for the opportunity to be preventative in the improvement of the lives and academic success of children. The program is an inter-organizational collaboration between Pollen8, Inc., the City of South Charleston, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Rock Lake Presbyterian Church, the South Charleston Housing Authority, Bridgeview and Richmond Elementary Schools, and Kanawha Communities that Care. The collaboration identified academically at-risk children with behavioral characteristics (anger, ADHD, low-self esteem). Camp Appalachia offers tutoring, play therapy, and mentoring to develop coping skills and promote better behavioral outcomes at school. Camp Appalachia is an opportunity for children to interact and share experiences in a safe and nurturing environment, while cultivating self-efficacy and learning valuable preventative behaviors.
Camp Appalachia is not only intervention and treatment but allows for the opportunity to be preventative in the improvement of the lives and academic success of children of low-income families. The expansion will allow the organization to work with area schools to identify academically at-risk children and allow these children to attend Camp Appalachia with the children that Pollen8 Family Services support. Our program will implement “Too Good for Drugs”, a curriculum created by Kanawha Communities that Care. We have also partnered with a local therapist, Shawnna Bowles-Rice to incorporate play therapy into our curriculum to allow the children the opportunity to receive treatment for adverse childhood experiences.
Summer camp attendance will be Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm. Camp operates for 8-weeks in the summer. Camp activities will include homework and tutoring, group play therapy in which campers utilize art, music, and theatre to express emotions and find their voice, and free time on the outdoor classroom/natural playground (weather permitting).