A Taste of Childhood

Children in residential treatment have been through the trauma of abuse, abandonment or neglect. Although they are treated by staff who are compassionate and patient, they long to feel “normal.” For these reasons, the Residential Treatment Center in Farmington established a Boy Scouts of America troop about a year ago.

Case manager Jonathan Thomasson assists Scoutmaster Gene Bannister in leading the troop. Their first camp-out included pitching tents, building a campfire and making s’mores. Fishing and a nature walk rounded out the expedition. Over the summer the troop had a cook-out, learned to tie a square lashing and made a start at their own Pinewood Derby (a competition with model cars). Recently some of the boys received merit badges in their first court of honor.

PCHAS staff help these children triumph over their fear, grief, and anger; and opportunities afforded by activities like scouting help them regain their childhood. For more information about our Residential Treatment Center in Farmington, call (toll-free) 800-747-1855.