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PBL Communes with Nature, Builds Teams


The entire Project Based Learning cohort  trekked to College Settlement Camp (CSC) at the headwaters of the Pennypack Creek in Horsham last week for some team building through group challenges and hands-on environmental lessons. The Avalon Foundation funded the field trip. PBL@CHS is now in its sixth year and is 150 students strong, which is more than one tenth of the students at the high school!  

Most of the group challenges had an environmental theme and all group members had to engage in solving because the challenges called for different skill sets. The challenges all provided an opportunity for students to work together to solve a problem and see each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The environmental education activities included wilderness survival, animal introductions, an interpretive forest ecology hike and pond, wetland and stream study.

Founded in 1889, College Settlement of Philadelphia originally provided social, cultural and educational programs for the immigrants of South Philadelphia, operating a Settlement House in Philadelphia at Fourth and Christian Streets. Anna Freeman Davies founded the College Settlement Camp in 1922 to provide camping services for people from the Greater Philadelphia Area. Today, CSC offers a variety of overnight programs for children between the ages of 7 and 17.