At George Junior Republic, we recognize the role of recreation in facilitating good health and positive social interaction. Through daily involvement in numerous scheduled activities, youth learn to exercise self-reliance, build self-esteem, and place trust in others. The primary of emphasis of our recreational program is to afford each youth the opportunity to improve their health, attitude, character, and behavior though the participation in recreational activities, including athletics, intramural sports, club activities, general daily recreation. 

Youth at George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania have the opportunity to participate in varsity sports. Participation teaches youth discipline, cooperation, teamwork, and responsibility, while requiring that they adhere to their treatment program and maintain good academic standing.

Our youth have the opportunity to participate in varsity level basketball, as well as track and field. The youth in these programs compete in Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District 10. Youth are reminded that being a part of these teams is a privilege that is earned through progress in our program and that good character is more important than whether one wins or loses.

After school clubs are an extension of treatment for youth at George Junior Republic. Recreational and vocational clubs offer opportunities for youth to learn more about their own interest, build positive relationships with others, gain a better understanding of participation and teamwork, and expand real life experiences. All of these aspects of club involvement help youth grow into responsible adults ready to make a positive contribution to the community.

Clubs include, but are not limited to:

  • Art
  • Badminton
  • Bodybuilding
  • Book
  • Golf
  • Floor hockey
  • Flag football
  • Recreational Exercise and Cardio Health (REACH)
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Weight lifting (beginners and advanced)
  • Tiger Times (writing for the campus newsletter)

Intramural sports help reinforce the lessons of our treatment programs. Youth learn to exercise self-discipline, build self-esteem and place trust in others. The competitive environment encourages students not only to participate, but also to positively engage with others, take pride in their efforts and learn to respect rules and their opponents.

Intramural sports include:

  • Billiards
  • March Madness (basketball tournament)
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Ping pong
  • Softball
  • Summer carnival for youth, staff and families of our staff
  • Swimming

Recreation Center Amenities:

  • Arcade
  • Art studio
  • Barber shop
  • Baseball field
  • Billiards hall
  • Campus commissary
  • Indoor gymnasiums
  • Outdoor pool
  • Movie theaters
  • Running track
  • Student unions
  • Weight room

Activity Center/Turf Building:

A 13,000 square-feet indoor turf field and activity center that provides indoor activities regardless of weather conditions or seasonal constraints. Activities that take place within this building are:

  • Disc golf
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Strength conditioning for varsity athletics
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffle ball

While we are not a faith based organization, we recognize the importance of faith among many of the youth on our campus. We believe in a holistic approach of support and treatment regardless of religious affiliation. Chaplain services provide non-denominational spiritual support and education to our youth, ranging from Sunday youth services and prayer to individual spiritual guidance upon request. Our campus chapel is open to all who wish to worship.

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