The Acadia Hospital, the largest addictive medicine treatment center in Maine, is launching a new program to help make a difference in the lives of our children.
Lynda Rohman, director of development for The Acadia Hospital Healthcare Charities, has told me that, for the first time, the hospital is opening a Therapeutic Adventure Day Camp to be located at its Stillwater Avenue campus in Bangor.
The summer-camp program will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for two weeks in July: July 12-16 for youngsters 12 to 14 and July 19-23 for those 15 and 16, and the program is seeking scholarship sponsors.
According to its brochure, the new program will use “the current adventure program equipment generously made available through the Ronald McDonald House Children’s Charities, and high ropes poles provided by Bangor Hydro-Electric.”
These donations have enabled The Acadia Hospital to develop a therapeutic adventure-based park for its clients that includes equipment such as an indoor climbing wall, an outdoor low ropes course and an outdoor high ropes course.
There are several scholarship, sponsorship options available to organizations and individuals on a variety of financial levels but, Rohman explained, “what we are really looking for is sponsors for one adventurer at $500 each.”
Hospital officials are hopeful that individuals and organizations will help support this program that has been designed for young people who may have received services at The Acadia Hospital, which provides both hospital-based and community based mental health and substance abuse treatment services, Rohman said.
She added that one of the reasons there is a need for a camp such as this is that“[these] young people could not otherwise experience the joy of attending a camp because of emotional stress and behavioral challenges forcing their exclusion from other options.”
Acadia Hospital President and CEO David S. Profitt said the hospital is “proud to offer a summer camp experience for kids who might find it difficult to attend a traditional summer camp.”
“We believe our camp will build transformational skills for these youth, but our concern is that everyone who has registered has requested financial assistance, and we need help to fund their participation.”
In seeking scholarships for this program, The Acadia Hospital reminds us suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people 10-24; depression affects nearly 7 percent of the population; Maine is facing near epidemic rates of opiate addiction, especially among youth and young adults; and that one in five Maine children 6-12 have taken prescription drugs not prescribed for them.
We all know, and understand, the need for children and teens to be physically active in a safe and nurturing environment.
For children who may be at risk or behaviorally challenged, the need for such a program is even greater.
The goal of this program is “to teach life skills, team building and leadership skills in a peer-supportive environment using a hands-on, adventure-based approach.”
If you or your organization can help just one child have a happier and healthier summer by attending an Adventure Day Camp, call Rohman at 973-5169 or e-mail email@example.com.
Information is also available by visiting acadiahospital.org and clicking on Adventure Day Camp.
My sincerest condolences are extended to the family and friends of Miriam “Mim” Morrell, a longtime Bangor resident who was 80 when she died of cancer June 25 at her son’s home in Brunswick.
I have known Mim more than four decades and always appreciated her grace, kindness and devotion to her late husband, Mal, their family and friends, as well as her commitment to community and the education of our youth.
One of my most enduring memories of Mim will be riding up the Spillway East chair at Sugarloaf, looking just to the right and seeing this tall, slender woman in a one-piece, lilac ski suit, carving perfect turns as she glided down what she once told me was her favorite trail.
A strong swimmer and sailor, she was as comfortable in the water as on it, and took unbridled joy in sharing those experiences, and many others, with family and friends.
A woman of great faith and a strong determination to make life better for those she cared for, Mim will be missed by everyone who was privileged to know her.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; firstname.lastname@example.org; 990-8288.