Heroes of Hope: Camp UNITE 2017

The 11th annual Camp UNITE will be conducted July 25-28, 2017, at the University of the Cumberlands.

Activities during camp are designed to develop leadership and communication skills, promote teamwork and problem solving, instill confidence and trust, and let youth know they do not have to face difficult situations on their own.
Transportation to and from camp is provided free of charge if needed.
Since its inception in 2007, through 2016, Camp UNITE has hosted 1,932 youth from 32 counties.

The Youth Counselors of Camp UNITE

As part of its continuing coverage of the devastating opioid epidemic in Kentucky, the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) field crew visited Camp UNITE in 2016 to learn about the children who are impacted by the disease of addiction.

Camp UNITE 2016

Camp_2016_ShirtThe 10th annual Camp UNITE – a 4-day, 3-night leadership/adventure program for youth entering grades 7-9 – was held at the University of the Cumberlands July 26-29, 2016.
The 2016 Camp UNITE program was attended by 207 youth from 23 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky. Camp included 11 activity tracks (archery, art, basketball, dance, drama, Eye-Spy, football, karate, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball), an afternoon at the Kentucky Splash Water Park, an impaired driving course, outrageous field games, morning skits and songs, presentation on marijuana by the National Marijuana Initiative, talent show and dance, testimonies from recovering substance abusers, leadership activities, motivational speaker Hannah Gadd (who served all week as a Team Leader) … and much more. The staff of Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance Company (KEMI) from Lexington provided one of the highest rated camp activities — Capture the Flag and Human Foosball.
While at camp the students stayed in the college dorms and were placed in small teams under the guidance of trained youth counselors and supervised by adult staff and volunteers. In 2016 UNITE utilized the leadership of 181 youth and adult volunteers.


“I Am UNITE” Scholarships

“I Am UNITE” scholarships provide high school seniors $1,500 to be used for post-secondary education expenses. Applications for 2017 will be available in the spring..
To learn more, click here.

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2017 Camp Sponsors

camp_sponsorship-2017-iconCamp UNITE would not be possible without its sponsors and volunteers. All youth attend FREE of charge. For more information about sponsoring camp contact Samantha Ratliff at 606-794-9220 or email to
Click here to download a Camp UNITE Sponsorship Form.  pdf_icon_17x17

Primary Camp Sponsor


Program Sponsors

KEMI-camp  Appalachia

Event Sponsors

AmeriCorps-KY-CampWeb  CAP_CampWeb  KyGuard-camp  KY-Splash-cut  UCumberlands_Seal_camp  thevideoguy-campweb  

Activity Sponsors

CORBIN ICE_Rev_1  Cumberland_Gap_CampWeb                PRIDE_Camp2    

Camper Sponsors

It costs $275 to send one youth to camp. Will you help make a difference in the life of a child?

Bissell’s, Inc. – Corbin, KY
Hacker Brothers, Inc. – London, KY
Connie Payne