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Above: The University of Pennsylvania's Christian Association's Dana How Scholars Program matches college students at the University of Pennsylvania with high school students in the West Philadelphia community. Each Penn mentor is matched with a fellow mentee in order to achieve academic, professional, and personal growth. Each fall and spring, the mentors and mentees participate in a retreat which furthers the program's mission. This is a slideshow showing some of the great memories created within the program. Click the triangle above to play the slideshow.

 

What's New: The lastest news and recollections.

Video: Unami Creek. A 2011 YouTube video of a creek for which many of us have fond memories.

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Welcome to the shared home of University Camps and the
Dana How Social Services Fund.

The purpose of this site is to preserve the history and great memories of the University Camps (Unami and Deep Creek) and serve as a meeting place for those who wish to continue supporting the goals of the Christian Association and the Camps.

The Dana How Fund was established to provide financial support to the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania and to the University Camp for Boys and the University Camp for Girls. Although the camps are now closed, the Dana How fund continues to support the mission of the Christian Association and the camps by funding student mentoring programs and residential camping opportunities to inner city children.

What We Fund

In 2011, The Dana How Social Services Fund supported four projects:

  1. College student leadership development and involvement in community service. We funded the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania to recruit undergraduate students interested in serving their West Philadelphia community. An important part of their involvement is the community building education and leadership training provided by the Christian Association. View the video from the first training session here.
  2. Mentoring Program for West Philadelphia High School Students. We funded the Dana How Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania.
  3. Penn students as camp Counselors. In an effort to rebuild the University camps tradition of Penn students serving as camp counselors, we provided funding to the College Settlement camps to hire two Penn students. Based on the success of this initial effort, we hope to increase the number in 2012. Read more at right.
  4. Scholarships for city kids to attend residential camp. We provided funding for 25 west Philadelphia kids to attend the College Settlement Camp in the summer of 2011. Click here to read some of the wonderful thank you letters we received.
 

Penn Students a Big Hit at Camp!

With support from the Dana How Fund, two Penn students served as counselors at the College Settlement Camps in 2011. Elizabeth Argall served as a counselor in the Girl's Village and Brittany Harris served in a new position as Camper Advocate. Karyn McGee, Program Director, reported that both served with distinction and were a big hit with campers.

Elizabeth Argall was a counselor in the Girl's Village where she was supervised by the Girl's Village Unit Leader.  Some of her responsibilities as a residential camp counselor included supervising bunk clean up, organizing and leading activities, participating in free swim and hard top group games as well as making sure each camper took a nightly shower. The counselors at College Settlement work very hard, have long days and accept a great amount of responsibility for the campers.  "The commitment Elizabeth demonstrated was tremendous".

Brittany Harris received special praise for the work she did as College Settlement Camps' first Camper Advocate. "Brittany Harris was incredible, and was an absolute treasure.  I am so glad that we met her through you.  She was the perfect person to be our first ever Camper Advocate."

Program Director Karyn McGee summed up her feeling about last summer this way: "Summer camp was amazing, the best summer we have had in years.  We are looking forward to having even more Penn students as counselors next summer."

Share Your Memories, Photos, Videos

To add your favorite memories to this website, click here to email them to Aaron "Bo" Bocage and they will be added. Photos and videos can be added directly to our Facebook page, or use the above email link to send them to us and we will post them.