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Tacony PAL Camp: A Look Back at Summer

Each summer, Tacony PAL Director Police Officer Bill Schneider does his best to create special memories for the youth at his center. For the last several years, with the support of Adopt-a-Center partner Lockheed Martin, Officer Schneider has helped youngsters experience a variety of exciting activities. This past summer, children were able to participate in a handful of extra special experiences.

In July, Officer Schneider and 13 youth from Tacony took a trip down I-95, eventually arriving in Laurel, Maryland. Former Philadelphia Police Officer and current Secret Service Agent, Mike Dutch, invited Tacony PAL to take a private tour of the Secret Service training facility. Children had access to the entire training compound, and were able to take a firsthand look at the limousines that the Secret Services uses, as well as their vast gun collection, which contained weapons from around the world.

In August, more than 60 children got to experience an action packed week, which included arts and crafts, a tour of the Pennypack Environmental Center, a Halloween party contest. They also took trips to Smith playground and Liberty Bike Store, which included lessons on repairing bikes and bike tires. Additionally, children participated in various sports and games and heard from an NFL scout who touched on health and safety topics.  All in all, the children had a great summer!

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