PRINCETON, NJ, May 15, 2018 – The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) cordially invites the Greater Princeton community to attend a panel discussion at the Princeton Public Library on May 22nd at 7 pm. The panel discussion will be moderated by Kitsi Watterson, author of “I Hear My People Singing,” which includes reminiscences of times at Blairstown. Panelists include former campers John Broadway, Romus Broadway, Eric Craig, and Shirley Satterfield, and former Camp Director Everard “Ev” Pinneo.
For 110 years, the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) and its predecessor organizations – the Princeton Summer Camp and the Princeton Education Center at Blairstown – have been providing meaningful outdoor adventure experiences for youth from under-served communities.
In 1908, a group of Princeton University undergraduates and alumni, who were determined to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged inner-city children, founded the Princeton Summer Camp. Today, PBC is an independent nonprofit with a mission to empower young people, primarily from under-resourced communities, to strengthen their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming.
“We welcome everyone who would like to learn about the tremendous impact the Princeton Summer Camp had on the young people from Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood. Some of these young people were part of the first group of African American youth to integrate the camp, precursor to the integration of Princeton University. I also encourage people to stop by the Princeton Room of the Library where they can view an exhibition that highlights the Center’s 110-year history and how our mission has both evolved and remained true to under-served young people,” said President & CEO, Pam Gregory.
About the Princeton-Blairstown Center
The Princeton-Blairstown Center is an independent nonprofit with a mission to empower young people, primarily from under-resourced communities, to strengthen their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) includes five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Our wide variety of year-round, multi-service programs serve nearly 8,000 participants each year.