SKCTC to partner with UNITE for youth camp

Special to Civitas Media

June 18, 2014

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College will roll out the red carpet this summer as it will host a camp for area youth. The event, sponsored by the college and Operation UNITE, will be held at the Cumberland campus July 8, 9 and 10 and is for children fifth- through eighth-grades.

The camp will be under the leadership of Southeast faculty and staff and those associated with UNITE, a drug intervention and education organization that serves the 5th U.S. Congressional District of Kentucky.

The free camp will begin each day at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast and continue until 2:30 p.m. as participants take part in a variety of fun exercises designed to enhance “mind, body and soul.” Enrollment will be limited to the first 50 applicants.

Campers can look forward to going on scavenger hunts across the campus, enjoy up close and personal studies of insects and other creatures, enjoy lectures and view films shown by members of the Kentucky State Police that deal with drug awareness and prevention. Additionally, participants will receive eye screenings provided by members of the Lions Club and take part in a reality store exercise where they will learn beneficial ways of managing money and personal time.

Also, the camp will include time for playing various fun and exciting games. On the final day of the camp, July 10, the afternoon session will include admission to the annual UNITE Basketball Camp at Harlan County High School and under the direction of Kentucky Wildcats great Jeff Sheppard. He was the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1998.

SKCTC chief academic officer and vice president Dr. Wheeler Conover, who serves as the camp’s director, is excited the college is hosting the event. “We wanted to have summertime activities on the campus and wanted to partner with Operation UNITE to develop a meaningful, fun-filled and educational experience for the kids,” he said. “We will work very hard to make the camp a great experience for all who participate, and remember, the camp is free of charge but we can accept only 50 campers, enroll soon!”

Conover will be assisted by Cathie Day, Henry Hughes and Tom Vicini.

Transportation will not be provided. However, children from across Harlan County and the region are invited to participate.

To enroll or for further information contact Cathie Day, SKCTC Cumberland campus or Henry Hughes, by phoning 606/589-3027, 589-3193 or 589-3038 or cathie.day@kctcs.edu.