On June 22, Rodef Shalom Congregation will honor Fred Rogers for his life’s work on behalf of the emotional wellbeing of children as part of the synagogue’s biannual tradition of honoring a person who has made a significant commitment to the pursuit of peace. This year, a portion of the donations raised from this event will be contributed to the JF&CS’s Squirrel Hill Psychological Services (SHPS) in the form of scholarships to help families in financial need send their children to SHPS’ Quest Therapeutic Camp.
Quest Camp’s Pittsburgh campus was launched in the summer of 2012 through a partnership between SHPS and the California-based Quest Camp, a unique summer therapeutic program for children ages 6 – 18 who experience mild to moderate emotional and/or social challenges. Campers who attend Quest Camp often have diagnoses including attention deficit disorder, chronic anxiety, chronic depression and high-functioning Autism (previously called Asperger’s Syndrome).
Quest Camp offers a highly-structured and therapeutic curriculum with the look and feel of a typical summer camp. Daytime activities include swimming, field trips, sports, and drama, music and science classes, while following a cognitive-behavioral approach designed to teach skills and reinforce positive changes in behavior. The camp offers an opportunity for children to learn, grow and increase confidence within a day camp setting. Parents have reported significant improvement in areas that include self-esteem, cooperation, family relationships and conversational skills as well as overall improvement in social and emotional functioning.
Funds raised will also equally benefit Circle Camps for Grieving Children, an overnight camping experience for young girls who have lost a parent.
These two camping programs serve emotionally-vulnerable children in environments where they are encouraged to understand Fred Rogers’ commitment to enhancing empathy, mutual respect, love and peace as well as their own feelings and those of others.
Thank you to Rodef Shalom for recognizing the importance of Quest Therapeutic Camp and Circle Camp and raising funds to support families who need our program.
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For more information about Quest Therapeutic Camps, or to register for the Pittsburgh camp, visit Quest Therapeutic Camps online at www.questcamps.com or call 800-313-9733. For additional information related to the Pittsburgh program, please contact April Artz, Director for Quest Therapeutic Camp/Afterschool, at 412-521-3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about financial aid, eligibility requirements and to apply for a Quest scholarship, click here.