Creative Steps Campers Share Their Thoughts on Valley Swim Club
As some of the campers from Creative Steps Day Camp engaged in activities meant to fill their days with fun, their recent experience at the Valley Swim Club was not far from their minds.
On June 29, 2009, after the Creative Steps Day Camp had paid membership fees of $1,950.00 for its campers' participation at the club, upon arrival, the children recounted stories of hearing racial comments at the pool. The members of the day camp are Latino and African American children and number about 65.
Two days after their visit to the pool, the day camp's membership was suspended, the fees returned and at that time, no reason was given.
John Duesler, speaking on behalf of the Valley Swim Club, has offered an apology and has stated all that has transpired regarding the club is the result of a misunderstanding and a poorly worded statement offered by Mr. Duesler, where he cited concerns for a change in the "complexion" and "atmosphere" at the club in relation to the participation of the campers at the facility.
He has stated the reason for the suspension of the day camp's membership was borne out of concerns for overcrowding.
The incident is being investigated by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.
A mother of children who are members of the Creative Steps Day Camp has filed suit against the Valley Swim Club.
To read the thoughts of the Creative Steps Day Camp children, please click here.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States