Organizers say Camp Promise can get kids on the right track

MACES CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - This week is Camp Promise in Maces Creek, where children between ages 12 and 17, some who have been in trouble, get to spend three days at camp. Camp officials say their goal is to morally and physically strengthen the children, as well as let them have fun!

Some of the campers came on their own, and are enjoying their favorite activities.

"Ziplining and swimming in the pool and playing basketball," said Myles Hurst, a camper.

Others take something back home with them. Like Jason Fields, who says he's gotten into trouble at school before, and plans to change.

"Just start respecting my parents and teachers at school," said Fields.

Camp leaders say the reason is because at Camp Promise, role-models like community leaders and professionals in the area spend time with the kids. They say people from government agencies and members of different churches volunteer and speak with the campers during the week. Camp officials say they also teach kids they can accomplish anything they want in life.

"Some of these kids see these police officers and say 'Wow! this person is impressive! I want to be like him or her.' Maybe they'll choose that path," said Judge Leigh Anne Stephens, the Perry County District Judge and a volunteer

The host of "Kentucky Afield, Tim Farmer, talked to campers about overcoming adversity. He has to overcome adversity regularly, because he has one functional arm and can do many outdoor activities, like archery. Just like camp officials say many of the campers are going to have to do in life.

"Bad things happen. And you got to get up and brush yourself off and get right back in the game. And everything bad that happens to you, you will learn from that," Farmer said.

For the 41 campers..

"We're here to see that they have a good life," Judge Stephens said.

And a fun week.

Camp officials say the first ever camp promise for girls will be July 1st-July 3rd.

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