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We strive to empower, educate, and enliven homeless children through wilderness adventure. We welcome homeless children from the shelters and streets and immerse them in the natural world. Our programs emphasizing wilderness adventure, pioneer living and community service teach these children life skills, foster teamwork, increase their awareness of the environment, and raise their self-esteem.
Scottie's Place, located atop Powell Mountain in Peterstown, West Virginia, was founded in 1999. The camp serves boys and girls of ages 8 to 16 who live in homeless shelters. Children are referred by shelter directors in conjunction with counselors, teachers and clergy. Camp sessions last two weeks. A session is limited to ten campers in order to maintain a high ratio of counselors to campers. This is necessary because the children require very close supervision in many camp activities that have some element of risk, such as swimming in the New River or being around large animals like oxen and llamas. Equally important, beneficial life changes from a child's camping experience are vitally dependent upon intensive individual counseling and small-group interactions that modify behavior and forge strong bonds to counselors and peers.
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