Camp UNITE teaches kids about the dangers of drugs

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

More than 200 middle schoolers are in Williamsburg this week for Camp UNITE.

Kids from all around eastern Kentucky are getting the opportunity to learn important life lessons while having a good time.

On Thursday, campers played enjoyed "Messy Games." There was a slip and slide, obstacle course and slime.

But, Camp UNITE is about more than fun and games.

"I really want them to take away that you can have fun without being crazy and a partier because you can be cool without doing drugs," said counselor Destini Engle.

Many campers were attentive this week and took that message to heart.

"I've learned not to care about stuff that's not important and to always keep your family and friends close," said camper Brandon Smallwood.

"They've taught us a lot of stuff about not doing drugs and how that can mess up your life," said camper Dakota Parks.

So even if it means sticking your toes in ice or making an ice cream sundae on your face, the counselors say it's all worth it.

"It's really cool watching people grow, and I really like being around people and making a difference," said Engle.

A difference that could make these kids think twice before getting involved in something that could ruin their lives.

Camp wraps up on Friday. Congressman Hal Rogers and motivational speaker Jeff Yalden will be speaking to the campers.

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