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Volunteering At Church Camp

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10:39am

Most of you probably don’t know Kimberly. She works behind the scenes over the Internet at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Happy Valley. She is the youngest child of owner Dale. She and her family reside in Kentucky near Ft. Campbell. In mid June 2015, she had a calling to volunteer at Wesley Forest, a United Methodist-Susquehanna Conference Church camp in Weikert, PA. Kim and her family had only two weeks to prepare for a long trek from Kentucky to Pennsylvania.

In the afternoon of July 5, six counselors and two deans welcomed 23 junior and senior high campers. It was the beginning of a wonderful week. In that week, they played numerous outdoor games like shaving cream wiffleball and H2O kickball, relaxed at the lake, hiked to Chimney Rock, challenged at the Challenge Course, worshipped and sang songs. There were many campfires. Even though it has been a very wet summer, it did not rain much that week.

Kids came from all over Pennsylvania and even a kid who recently moved to Maryland. There were teens in our Happy Valley area that attended Wesley Forest that week. Every year kids look forward to seeing old friends from camp and meeting new friends. These friends last a lifetime. They are excited to walk away from the busyness of life to the quietness of the forest.

Volunteering is important to our community. It is exciting to make a positive impact in children’s lives. They are our future. Kim and her family invested a week and long travel to make a difference in our children’s lives. We would like to say thank you to her and her family for selflessly giving to our community.

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