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Camp Helping Hand in Aspinwall seeks teens to bake, cut grass, visit veterans

Tawnya Panizzi
Meredith Troyan, director of the St. Scholastica young adult ministry, will lead teens in community service camp July 16-18, 2019. Troyan is shown here with her dog, Zeus, and the Rev. Scott Hill, pastor at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church.

Meredith Troyan is appealing to teens to spend a week with her getting their hands dirty, doing odd jobs and visiting patients at the Veterans Administration hospital in O’Hara.

She admits it’s not a day at the beach.

But Troyan said teens who participate in Camp Helping Hand, run by the Lower Allegheny grouping of parishes, typically walk away happy that they put in the time.

“The camp is intended to break middle school students away from their normal day,” said Troyan, director of the young adult ministry at St. Scholastica Church in Aspinwall.

“Kids like it because they are able to do things that they not only enjoy but it breaks them out of their comfort zone.”

This year’s camp is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16-18. Cost is $25.

It is open to students in grades five through eight.

Participants will likely bake treats for people at Family House, escort therapy dogs to visit with veterans and perform minor tasks like yard work for senior citizens who need help.

The schedule aligns with the mission of the young adult ministry, which is to engage teens in their Catholic faith through volunteerism.

Troyan said she is hoping to surpass the dozen or so participants that usually turn out, and climb that number to more than 20.

“I would love to see everyone taking a hand in helping their community,” she said.

Register by July 8 at [email protected] or 412-781-0186, ext. 20.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121 x1512, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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