PNC Challenge Camp
PNC Challenge Camp, an extension of ScoutREACH, is one of the premiere camping outreach programs offered in our community. Conducted throughout the year, the purpose of PNC Challenge Camp is to build upon the character and values they have learned about throughout the ScoutREACH program via an interactive camping experience.
The young men who participate in PNC Challenge Camp do so at no cost to themselves or their families. Participants are transported by chartered bus from near their homes to our camp each day. All program materials, equipment and uniforms are provided, as well as a nourishing lunch and snacks. On Thursday evenings, parents can join at camp and share in their son’s experience during family night.
Participants are grouped in patrols of 8, each led by a volunteer mentor. Sign up here.
The diversified group of volunteers include a mix of businessmen, police, firefighters, Eagle Scout Association members and community leaders. In addition to facilitating fun outdoor programming, the volunteers truly mentor their group through team building initiatives and personal interaction (click to learn more about mentoring and impact).
For more information or to register to help, click here.
A Volunteer’s Perspective
The experience can be best summed up by longtime Challenge Camp mentor Al Beasley: “Much has been written about the plight of the inner city youth and the struggles they face with respect to drugs, gangs and poverty. Challenge Camp is an open door to a different world where these young men get an opportunity to see and work with successful men and women from the world of business and government. Many of these young men would often say ‘Do you think I could be like you when I grow up?’ A tear would often start to fall from my eye as I realized that without hope for a better future what do these young men have? Challenge Camp gives them a chance to be around nature and dream/plan for a positive future by developing a positive self-image. Please continue your support of these young men.”