The Elcam Community Center was established in 2003, with an Outdoor Area completed in 2006. This facility was created to give our
individuals non-vocational activity choices. The primary goals are to teach and promote skills in the areas of independent living, communication,
decision making, and respect and concern for others. It is licensed under Pennsylvania 2380 regulations.
The Elcam Community Center follows the recommendations of Everyday Lives: Values in Action adopted by
Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs. Our activities and services support individual choice while promoting long-term
independence, autonomy, sustainable relationships, and community inclusion. We strive to maximize opportunites for individuals to have new experiences, develop new interests,
build social networks, and participate meaningfully in the community.
Community Participation Supports
Community Participation Supports is the major focus of the Elcam Community Center. It provides opportunities and support for community inclusion, which involves participation in
integrated community settings, in activities that also involve persons without disabilities. Community Participation Supports is administered by Program Specialists who are
certified Community Participation Supports Specialists.
The goals of Community Paticipation Supports include:
Developing skills that could lead to integrated employment.
Engaging in community adult learning opportunities.
Developing and sustaining a range of valued social roles and relationships that provide friendship and support.
Participation in activities that provide purpose and responsibility.
Increasing independence and self-reliance.
Some examples of Community Participation Supports activities include:
Educational trips to the St. Marys Public Library
Educational trips to museums and historical parks
Touring local businesses
Paticipating in shopping trips and farmer's markets
Visiting with residents at local nursing homes
Volunteering at the Elk County Humane Society
Attending local fesitvals
Elk Country Viewing Center
Activities within the Elcam Community Center are carefully focused to develop and refine skills required for everyday living. With each individual's interests, preferences,
and abilities in mind, these activities are goal-oriented and intended to help in the areas of communication, fine and gross motor development, mobility, use of community
resources, and relationship development.
Some examples of activities include:
Art and Craft Projects
Music Group Pariticpation
Outdoor Activities and Sports
Seated Exercise Program
Groups and Events
The Elcam Community Center has two groups which individuals can join to further explore their own interests, to develop new skills, and to socialize and build relationships.
The Elcam Club
The Elcam Club meets one Friday night per month. The goal of the club is to provide individuals a fun night out for socialization, dancing, and singing. Each Friday meeting
has a different theme. Some of these themes include Super Bowl, BINGO, Prom Night, Casino Night, Movie Night, and Holiday themed nights. These nights may include an egg hunt,
costume contest or a gift exchange.
The Elcam Gang
The Elcam Gang is a musical group who entertain each year at Wildcat Park, as well as for Elcam Club nights and other events. Using specially-tuned guitars, drums, and
keyboards, individuals can explore their musical and singing talents.
The Elcam Club - Prom Night
For more information, please contact...
Jennifer Weisner Community Participation Supports Specialist