Camp UNITE teaches eastern Kentucky's kids to persevere

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky (WYMT) - Summer camp season is in full swing but not every camp is alike.

For example, at Camp UNITE, participants have fun playing all the usual games. However, maybe more importantly, counselors tell WYMT their kids walk away with a deeper understanding of life.

The lunch time rush looks is filled mostly with middle school aged kids at the University of the Cumberland's cafeteria. The crowd is there for Camp UNITE.

The four day long camp offers kids a chance to let loose and have fun all free of charge. But UNITE Counselor Scotty Bailey said he has a more important goal.

"When you have people and they are around drugs and all that kind of stuff, it just gets you real torn up. You think about how they are right there watching their parents do it and all that stuff. You just wish you could do something about it," said Bailey.

Fellow Counselor Caleb Ealy said he enjoys encouraging kids that no circumstance is too much to overcome.

"Hey, there is a new way out. You can go to college. You can finish high school. You can do this. You can live the life that you want and there is a career out there for you," said Ealy.

Organizers with Camp UNITE tell WYMT this is their biggest event in eight years. They said more than 200 campers showed up from more than 20 counties.

Camper Chase Gilbert said this camp has helped him with character building.

"It is about each individual camper being able to find themselves you could say. They come here and they see that it can be good. Life can have a good outcome and it is just not all bad," said Gilbert.

The camp is free to all attendees and runs through Friday. Organizers tell WYMT that the event is made possible thanks to several generous sponsors.

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