TORCH Teen Retreat

 In NYCHC Events, Teens / Young Adults

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.

Retreat Details

  • 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. 

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