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(J.R.H. 166)

Offered by: Representatives Poirier of Barre City and Vincent of Waterbury.

Whereas, for many years the Weeks School in Vergennes served Vermont as the state reformatory for troubled youth, and

Whereas, the Weeks School closed in 1967, creating a shortage of appropriate residential services for troubled youth in Vermont, and

Whereas, Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida, proposed and the State of Vermont accepted, the establishment in 1968 of Camp E-Wen-Akee in Benson, Vermont, to address this shortage, and

Whereas, Camp E-Wen-Akee has offered its wilderness education system to Vermont children in need in cooperation with the State of Vermont, and

Whereas, over the years Camp E-Wen-Akee has responded to the changing needs of the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Education by establishing a unit for girls, and

Whereas, Camp E-Wen-Akee has developed innovative programming to meet the needs of children with sexual behavior problems which is receiving national recognition, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., Camp E-Wen-Akee, the children who have attended the camp, and the men and women who have proudly worked at the camp, on the occasion of Camp E-Wen-Akee's 20th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved: That the General Assembly expresses appreciation to Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. and to the administrators and staff of Camp E-Wen-Akee for their long-term dedication to improving the lives of troubled Vermont youth, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Camp E-Wen-Akee's Director, Nick McCardle, in Benson, Vermont and to Gary Mears, president of Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., in Clearwater, Florida.