Sunday February 01, 2015

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Community Service Programs

Outdoor Action takes community service to new heights by offering adventure-based outdoor education and experiential education activities to urban youth in the Mercer County area.We utilize the skills of trained Outdoor Action Leaders and Community Service Facilitators to provide opportunities at the OA Climbing Wall and Adventure course on campus as well as delivering innovative experiential programs to local schools and community organizations. These activities build self-confidence, improve self-esteem, and help kids develop leadership and teamwork skills.


Peak PotentialPeak Potential Community Service Climbing Program for Children with Disabilities

A partnership between Outdoor Action and Peak Potential has created Peak Potential Princeton—a weekly community service program where Princeton students mentor children with disabilities at the OA Climbing Wall.

Peak Potential was started in 2000 by Dr. Jen Fu Cheng ’93 when he was a resident at a pediatric rehabilitation facility. Jen Fu, a former OA Leader and Climbing Wall staff member, was an avid climber and wanted to merge his love of the sport with his vocation of serving children with disabilities. Neurological, muscular, and developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy affect thousands of children each year and the emphasis too often has focused on the limitations caused by these conditions. Because of these misperceptions, many activities, especially outdoor adventure activities have traditionally been inaccessible to these children. Jen Fu singlehandedly started Peak Potential in an effort to expand the variety of experiences available to children with physical challenges. With the use of a harness and a belay system, children are able to use all four extremities to propel themselves up a wall, and those who may have a deficit in one or more extremities are able to participate and excel. The goal is to provide a psychologically beneficial activity for children with physical and developmental disabilities to improve self-esteem, cooperation, and trust and utilizing climbing movements in a scientific manner to address strengthening, motor control, and flexibility.Outdoor Action is looking for students interested in being volunteers for this program next semester. See photos and video at the Peak Potential page. Interested volunteers can sign up at the OA TripStore.


Community Service Leader Training

As well as learning group games and initiatives, facilitation and processing skills, participants develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing urban youth and how to manage difficult behavior. Upon completion of the following training program, you will be better prepared to effectively facilitate experiences with urban youth. You are also encouraged to become a trained Adventure Course Facilitator so that you can also work with groups on the OA Adventure Course.

Experiential learning activitiesOrganizing Activities for Area Youth

  • If you are a Princeton University student or staff member interested in serving as a volunteer please see the information below about training to become a volunteer or contact the OA Office 8-6230.
  • If you are a Princeton University Student Organization or Volunteer Program, please contact the OA Office at 8-6230.
  • If you are a local service agency for area youth interested in having Outdoor Action provide activities for the youth in your program, please call us (609-258-6230).
  • In order for youth to participate, we will need a signed Parent's Permission form (Adobe Acrobat version).
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