Safe Berks staff enjoy sharing information about our free services by staffing tables at community events. To request Safe Berks staff to attend an event, please contact Cathy Ganter, Primary Prevention Specialist at Safe Berks, at CathyG@SafeBerks.org or 610-373-1206 x 130.
Camp Safe Berks 2022!
Who: Youth in Berks County, ages 13-18, including rising seniors in high school.
What: Camp Safe Berks, a project of Safe Berks, is a fun and interactive summer day camp for Berks County youth who are interested in issues of social justice and change. Participants in the camp will explore the existence of inequality and violence in our society, and how they can participate in significant social change. They will also meet new friends and positive adult role models!
Dates: August 1-5, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Albright College
Cost: Free! Including Meals & Transportation!
Applications are required and due by July 22, 2022. Campers who attended Camp Safe Berks in 2021 can also apply to serve as a Peer Educator, those applications are due by June 21, 2022. To print out the Application, click on the link above. For any questions or to obtain a paper copy of the Application, contact Delio Santana, Manager of Education & Outreach Programs, at 610-370-7811 or email DelioS@SafeBerks.org.
Completed Applications can be mailed or delivered to: Safe Berks, 255 Chestnut St., Reading, PA 19602. Attn: Camp Safe Berks
Camp Safe Berks – A Teen Alliance to End Violence
Camp Safe Berks is a free week-long summer day camp which brings together Berks County youth and adults to form alliances of support that promote peace and justice in our schools and communities.
Camp Safe Berks begins the process of developing youth as leaders in oppression-work and is built on the principle that violence is anything that hinders, limits, or damages us as human beings, including not only direct hurt but the long-term internalized effects of that hurt.
Throughout the week we will focus on several Oppressions including Adultism, Racism, Sexism, Heterosexism, and Classism. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role Oppression plays in being a “root cause” of violence in our society. Participants will engage in honest discussions and group activities that will build over the week. These activities are designed to further cultivate their ability to build empathy and acceptance of differences in others.
In addition, participants will learn and develop the skills to see, understand, address social injustice, and build strategies to be promoters of peace and justice in their schools and communities. Camp Safe Berks is designed to ignite a passion within youth participants to not only spur their own personal growth, development and improved well-being, but also to become champions for social justice change throughout their community.