Pittsburgh Health Corps members experienced some valuable member bonding time a few weeks ago at a member retreat/volunteer weekend at Deer Valley YMCA Camp. The camp, owned by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, is located in the mountainous Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania.
Deer Valley is a family camp that was founded by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh in 1952. Since then, it has welcomed families each summer to camp and spend time together. Activities offered at the camp include hiking, climbing, horseback riding, swimming and boating on the lake, among others.
Deer Valley is open for families from June to August, but each spring, volunteers converge on the camp during a weekend in April to help clean up from the winter months and get everything ready for the summer. Pittsburgh Health Corps members joined this horde of volunteers this year for some member bonding and a lot of leaf raking.
We spent the weekend raking leaves and cleaning up debris that had accumulated over the winter months. The camp provided us with three delicious square meals per day, and the weekend offered a great opportunity for member bonding time! We hiked to the top of a mountain near the camp, and after a long day of work, on Saturday we were rewarded with ice cream and some time spent around a campfire.
On our way home, we stopped to climb the lookout at Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.
It was a great experience that allowed us to learn more about our fellow members and enjoy the natural beauty of Pennsylvania. Thanks to Deer Valley Camp for having us!