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Having a positive self-image & self-respect is so important

Self esteem and healthy thought patterns are integral to feeling good and taking care of yourself. Camp Pocono Trails will help bring out your best and give you a complete lifestyle change.

Each week, campers will learn a different strategy to enable them to return to their daily life better prepared to tackle the obstacles in school and home. We often let our doubts, fears, and insecurities build and fester for so long that the person we were destined to become is trapped and buried beneath it all. The external transformations of our campers are truly remarkable, but the internal change – the joy, the confidence, the glow, the belief that you can go, do, see, and be whoever you want to be – is truly the greatest gift.

Creative Expression as a Confidence Builder. Our performing and visual arts programs are specifically designed to inspire creativity, stretch imaginations, expand artistic potential and build self-esteem. Our arts programs are very important to Camp Pocono Trails.

Campers have fun in a supportive environment as they learn to speak and perform confidently for their peers. Our campers have the opportunity to participate in drama classes, talent shows, full scale musicals and dramatic presentations. In recent years, our campers have performed Aladdin, High School Musical, and The Lion King… all to great applause. As campers gain confidence, enthusiasm grows for these activities, and these activities further grow that confidence.

Our Visual Arts Program includes arts & crafts, painting and drawing, t-shirt art, woodworking, costume design and theater staging, all taught by talented qualified instructors. Campers create for individual expression and also have the opportunity to collaborate as a team on exciting projects. We strive to spark campers’ imaginations while they think, create, discover, problem solve and build confidence.

We also have an optional program: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Campers learn how to be “Masters of Our Thoughts”, gain “Cope Ahead Skills” and get an After Care Plan and learn Relapse Prevention.

CBT is an evidence-based treatment method in which campers will actively work to understand and uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. In addressing these patterns, constructive ways of thinking are developed that will produce healthier behaviors and beliefs. The core principles of CBT are identifying negative or false beliefs and testing or restructuring them.

The CBT program at Camp Pocono Trails is designed for campers aged 13 and up who are looking to add behavioral and planning skills to their toolbox in order to increase their chance of success after camp. Campers can enroll in the program regardless of how long their length of stay at camp, but must enroll for their full length of stay. Molly and The Beacon Program will also be providing all campers and their parents an aftercare informational packet to help make the post-camp transition as successful as possible.

Molly Carmel, LCSW designed and supervises our optional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program at Camp Pocono Trails. Molly is the founder and director of The Beacon Program in New York City. She is among the leading behaviorists in the field of obesity. Having been a camper at Tony’s very first camp in 1992, she is incredibly excited to come full circle and join the Camp Pocono Trails team.

Lindsay Roth is a licensed school social worker who received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Emory University. She is currently employed in the New Jersey public school system, working with students from kindergarten to high school, with a variety of needs in both the general and special education environments. Lindsay has worked at Camp Pocono Trails for fifteen years in a variety of positions. Growing up at CPT has given her a love for camp that she works to instill in the campers by promoting an environment that encourages positive self-esteem, social development, and a safe place for learning and growing.

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