TORCH Teen Retreat
August 12 - August 14
Our TORCH Teen Retreat will be held from Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14 at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), a short 2 hour drive from NYC in the Delaware Water Gap region.
TORCH (Teen Opportunities and Resources for Community Health) is NYCHC’s teen program for teens ages 13-18 within the Greater NYC bleeding disorders community. The goal of this retreat is to foster independence, self-advocacy, support, and accountability among teens, while also building future leaders in the bleeding disorders community.
- Activities: Hiking, ropes course, orienteering, team building and leadership training, games, canoeing, campfires & s’mores and more!
- Meals: All meals, snacks and beverages will be provided from dinner on Friday evening to lunch on Sunday.
- Sleeping Arrangements: Teens will share cabins based on their gender.
- Packing List: A full packing list will be shared with registered attendees before the event begins.
- Supervision: Adults present include NYCHC staff, a nurse, young adult mentors, and chaperones in addition to PEEC’s onsite staff.
We’ll be providing free round-trip transportation to and from PEEC.
- Bus will depart NYC on Friday, August 12 at 3 PM.
- Arrive between 2:30 and 2:45.
- Location: West 31st Street (between 7th and 8th Ave.), near the corner of 8th Ave.
- On Sunday, the bus will drop teens off at the same location, between 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM (depending on traffic).
- This program is free , however, spaces are limited.
- This event is open only to teenagers with bleeding disorders (ages 13 -18) and their siblings living in their immediate household from the New York City tri state area.
- Registration will end on Friday, July 22.
Health and Safety Guidelines
- Mask wearing is optional for all attendees.
- Please stay home and do not attend the event if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, feel sick or unwell, or if you have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.