Camp UNITE 2019
The 13th annual Camp UNITE was conducted July 23-26, 2019, at the University of the Cumberlands with 195 campers from 29 counties. They were supported by 216 team leaders and adult volunteers – including Melynda L. Benjamin, Executive Officer, Department of Specialty Courts, Administrative Office of the Courts, and Ali Parham, Angel Initiative Coordinator, Kentucky State Police.
The theme for Camp UNITE 2019 was “UNITE Strong: Stronger Together.” Each person has their own unique strengths and abilities. This theme reflects that working together can help identify and develop not only your strengths, but those of your peers. By combining these strengths we become more successful and have a source of support when facing life’s challenges.
Throughout the week, this message was conveyed through fun, interactive activities that expose participants to new options and opportunities. In addition, time was set aside for introspective discussions and special presentations about the consequences of poor decision-making and ways to avoid making the wrong choices. Transportation to and from camp is provided free of charge.
Special guests visiting Camp UNITE 2019 included Anne Hazlett, Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; Dr. Jeffrey D. Howard, Jr., then-Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Hilda Legg, State Director of Kentucky, United States Department of Agriculture; Brittany Jones, Health Analyst, Division of Business and Workforce Investment, Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C., office; and Pat White, Jr., Whitley County Judge-Executive.
Relive the Experience
- View 631 photos from Camp UNITE 2019
- Tuesday recap video
- Wednesday recap video
- Thursday recap video
- Friday recap video
- Message from Congressman Hal Rogers
- “Meet the Team Leaders” video
- “It isn’t just the campers, volunteers love Camp UNITE too” – The News Journal, August 5, 2019
- “Senior White House official thinks Camp UNITE could be duplicated” – The News Journal, August 5, 2019
- “Outrageous ‘Messy’ Field Games take over Camp UNITE” – Corbin Times-Tribune, July 27, 2019
- “Public Health Commissioner visits Camp UNITE, inspired by kids’ commitment to be drug-free” – WYMT TV, July 26, 2019
- “White House Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs visits Camp UNITE” – Corbin Times-Tribune, July 25, 2019
- “Camp UNITE underway at University of the Cumberlands” – Corbin Times-Tribune, July 24, 2019
- “Over 240 youth taking part in Camp UNITE at University of the Cumberlands” – The News Journal, July 24, 2019
- “Camp UNITE kicks off 13th year of camp” – WYMT TV, July 23, 2019
Since its inception in 2007, through 2019, Camp UNITE has hosted 2,579 youth from 33 counties.
Camp UNITE is comprised of many fun, action-packed activities designed to develop leadership and communication skills, promote teamwork and problem solving, instill confidence and trust, and – perhaps most important – let youth know they do not have to face difficult situations alone.
This FREE four-day, three-night program – for youth entering 7th, 8th or 9th grades in August – includes motivational speakers, special interest activity tracks, an afternoon at a waterpark, community service projects, talent show, outrageous messy field games, and more.
Camp participants are placed in small groups under the guidance of more than 50 volunteer Team Leaders – high school seniors and college students – supervised by UNITE adult staff. Each camp utilizes the services of an additional 100+ community 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 the 2018-19 school year will be available around February 1, 2020.
2019 Camp Sponsors
Camp UNITE would not be possible without its sponsors and volunteers. All youth attend FREE of charge.
It costs $275 to send one youth to camp. Will you help make a difference in the life of a child by sponsoring one or more youth or helping provide Camp UNITE programs?
For more information about sponsoring Camp UNITE 2020 you may download the Sponsor Form (available early 2020) or contact Lynnell Fields at 606-330-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Main Sponsor
2019 Program Sponsor
2019 Event Sponsors
2019 Activity Sponsors
2019 Camper Sponsors
2019 General Sponsors
Bissell’s Inc., of Corbin
Blackwater Baptist Church, London
East Salem United Baptist Church, London
Floyd County Communities Against Drug Addiction (CADA) of Prestonsburg
Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) – Floyd/Pike Council
Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) – Johnson/Martin Council
Prestonsburg Elementary School Family Resource Center (Floyd County)
Mike Vance & Associates, Inc., Prestonsburg
Creech & Gibbs Pharmacy, Corbin
David’s Steakhouse, Corbin
JBK, Inc., Roofing Division, Corbin
London Tire Center, London
Lynch United Fund, Inc., Lynch
Mud Creek Elementary School Family Resource Center, Grethel (Floyd County)