Ferrwood Camp will host Youth Health Awareness Day on Saturday, June 30 beginning at 10 a.m. for children ages 6-18.
Ferrwood Music Camp is located on Middle Road in Drums just off Old Turnpike Road near the Drums Elementary/Middle School. The GPS address is: 257 Middle Road, Drums, PA 18224.
The event is free and open to the public but registration is required at ferrwoodcamp.org. The first 25 registrants will receive a free step counter and the first 50 families to arrive will receive a free Farm Fresh voucher for $5 to be used at local farm stands. Those who attend the information sessions will also be eligible to win several prizes.
Youth Health Awareness Day will feature a variety of activities and information sessions around topics that are relevant to today’s youth and healthy lifestyle options. Registration opens at 10 a.m. and information sessions will be held from 10:25 a.m. to Noon and 12:30-2 p.m. Lunch will be served from Noon to 12:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. Week One campers will have the opportunity to “tag their bunks” before camp check-in.
The schedule of events includes a Zumba class from the Hazleton YWCA, yoga courtesy of Mystic Power Yoga and a cooking demonstration from Chef Louie Ferdinand. Dr. DeBello and the staff from Hazleton Eye Care Specialists will talk about proper eye care and examinations and how diet affects your vision. Ed Pane, who has 40 years of counseling experience and is a leading authority on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, clinical depression, anxiety and addiction, will discuss recognizing the symptoms of anxiety and depression and offer tips on ways to cope and help loved ones. Whole Life Center for Health will show children how to find their healthy weight balance and be the healthiest they can be. The Pediatric Outreach Group for Students from the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will share important information on preventing high blood pressure and diabetes in youth. Pathway to Recovery will have information on how to resist the temptation to smoke. Licensed nutritionists at the CEO Nutrition and Food Education table will have samples of foods that children may not have tried before. Representatives from AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast will be on hand to talk about dealing with bullying. Staff from the Hazleton Area Public Library will be there with information on how to obtain a library card you can use for books, CDs, audiobooks and online language courses, as well as information on the library’s free programs.
Major event sponsors are Lehigh Valley Health Network, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast, Bayada Pediatrics and Geisinger.
For more information or to register, visit https://www.ferrwoodcamp.org/health-awareness-day.
Ferrwood Camp is the site of an annual summer music camp for children as well as other nonprofit events. The camp was founded in the 1920s as a fresh air camp for children predisposed to tuberculosis. In 2004, under the leadership of the Foundation, the Ferrwood Camp site was nominated to and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The CAN DO Community Foundation has secured donations for several restoration projects throughout the years. Most recently, Burczy Painting completed an extensive painting project that included building exteriors, window frames and kitchen walls.
Past restoration projects at Ferrwood included stabilization of the facility with new foundation and structure support, refurbishing the dormitories, reconstructing a pump house, repairing the roof and providing new furnishings for the great room. The Foundation also arranged for students at the Keystone Job Corps to complete additional work, including adding a new campfire site.
The restoration of Ferrwood has received more than half a million dollars in the form of county, state and federal grants; contributions from individuals, foundations, organizations and unions, and donated labor and materials from businesses and foundations. The Foundation's objective is to have the facility used to the greatest extent possible, and so it continues to support activities at the camp.