NO. R-195.† House concurrent resolution congratulating Eckerd Youth Alternatives Inc. and Camp E-WenAkee on their respective 35th and 25th anniversaries.


Offered by:† Representatives Johnson of South Hero, Trombley of Grand Isle and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, in 1968, Jack and Ruth Eckerd established Eckerd Youth Alternatives Inc. as a social service provider dedicated to working with young persons and their families, and

Whereas, in 1978, following the closure of the Weeks School, Eckerd Youth Alternatives Inc. established Camp E-Wen-Akee in Benson to address the special needs of young persons, and

Whereas, for 25 years, Camp E-Wen-Akee has provided to Vermontís troubled youth holistic and comprehensive educational services which are designed to facilitate successful community reentry, and

Whereas, annually, 30 boys and girls are enrolled in Camp E-Wen-Akee which is operated as part of the Eckerd Wilderness Education System, and

Whereas, the campís flexibility and creativity have greatly assisted the department of social and rehabilitation services in serving the needs of children under its custody, and

Whereas, in 2003, Eckerd Alternatives Inc. and Camp E-Wen-Akee are observing 35 and 25 years, respectively, of outstanding service to the troubled youth of Vermont and their families, now therefore be it



Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Jack and Ruth Eckerd for their many accomplishments on behalf of Vermontís troubled young persons and their families and extends congratulations to Eckerd Youth Alternatives Inc. and Camp E-Wen-Akee on their respective 35th and 25th anniversaries, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jack and Ruth Eckerd and to Camp E-Wen-Akee in Benson.