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Diakon Adoption and Foster Care: Wilderness Center Matching Event!


  • Saturday, August 6th, 2022 10 a.m. – Saturday, August 6th, 2022 3:30 p.m.


Diakon Wilderness Center

588 Mountain Road
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania 17007

Event Phone

Phone: 717-795-0479



Licensed families and waiting youth are invited to join us for a fun day of interactive activities at Diakon's Wilderness Center in Boiling Springs, PA! This matching event is best for waiting youth age 12 and up and families open to this age group. Please note that we are unable to extend this invitation to any children other than our waiting youth.

We plan to promote connections between youth and families by creating opportunities for natural interaction with guided activities. There will be opportunities to try both the low and high ropes courses. This event will occur rain or shine! We will be focusing on the youth and families present and will not have agency display tables. Due to the nature of the event, we are unable to extend registration to biological or adopted children.

The schedule is as follows:

10:00 am – 10:30 am


Registration (light breakfast)

Please aim to arrive at 10 am. It will take you a bit of time to get up the 2-mile driveway at the Wilderness Center, and we want to make sure you get a snack and drink before we start promptly at 10:30!

10:30 am – 11:00 am


Introductions and Ice Breaker Activity

11:00 am – 12:15 pm


Team Building Activities in Small Groups/Low Ropes Course

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm



1:00 pm


High ropes area is open, other activities also available

3:15 pm


Closing Gathering

3:30 pm


End of Matching Event

Please note that you will be contacted upon registration with a release form that must be signed to participate in the ropes courses and a request to send your child or family flyer.
These will be provided at the end of the event to the families and child workers.

If you are registering a waiting youth, please also register yourself and/or the individual who will be staying with the youth separately as an agency caseworker.

Registration will close on 7/22/22 at 5 pm (EST) for youth and 8/3/22 at 11:30 pm (EST) for families.

Questions? Contact Katie Juliana at 717-795-0479 or julianak@diakon.org.




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