Pathways summer program came to a close last Thursday. It was an amazing five weeks spent with 45 youth from Carteret.
This group of young people became like a family through the team building activities, fun games, wonderful trips and terrific workshops. Fifteen youth also got to experience an arts program; they were taught by a professional artist and then brought their activities into the community.
On the final day, family and friends attended a camp showcase where the campers gave demonstrations of camp activities, as well enjoyed being on stage showing off special talents or sharing meaningful words. Following the showcase, family and friends joined the staff and participants for lunch.
When asked on a follow up survey about her child’s experience, one mom said “she really enjoyed the program. It has encouraged her to go on with high school and life.” Another parent stated, “my child is more confident, especially as an incoming freshman.” When asked about any suggestions, a parent stated “no, it seems to have all the making of success already. I wouldn’t change anything. My child enjoyed the trips, the activities and is already looking forward to attending next year.”
Even more significant, the young people enjoyed the program so much and showed so much growth. One young man stated on his survey, “I loved it all so much, I can’t pick just one moment. The whole time was an awesome adventure for me” and another camper stated, “My favorite part of camp was everything because everyone was making friends and we were doing lots and lots of fun activities.”
Additionally, Pathways was copied on a letter sent to Carteret's Daniel Croson Jr., Director of Carteret's Community Development and Communications by a parent, Theresia Felice-Iannazzo. In her letter, Mrs. Iannazzo noted "The [Pathways] directors made it a fun and learning program and also taught the kids about today's peer pressure and how to deal with it." Copy of letter is depicted to the right.