By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development
An issue that many people in the United States face today is homelessness. There are more people who are homeless today than at any other time since the Great Depression. Since the 1980’s there has been a tremendous increase in the homeless population.
The definition of homeless is: A condition in which individuals and families have no nighttime residence, owned, leased or shared in which they can meet their social and basic needs in privacy. Or a person living in a shelter, institution or place not designed normally for sleeping accommodations for human beings.
The homeless are a diverse population of women, children, single mothers, families, runaways and “throwaway” teens, the elderly, the chronically mentally ill, and substance abusers. Families with children constitute approximately 40% of people who become homeless (Shinn and Weitzman 1996).
Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways is offering a Great Cardboard Campout program to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless. The program is open to girls in grades 4-12 and adults and is being held June 14-15 in Tully, NY.
The Great Cardboard Campout is a program developed by the Rescue Mission. It is an overnight experience in which participants are allowed to bring a sleeping bag or blanket, duct tape, a cardboard box, and a small pillow. Staff from the Rescue Mission will provide games, sandwiches, and a presentation. Girls can compete in contests for “most decorated box” and “most creative box”. Girls are asked to bring personal hygiene items or non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Rescue Mission.
For more information on the Great Cardboard Campout program, and information on how to register, visit the council website at www.gsnypenn.org