Camp UNITE 2020
The 14th annual Camp UNITE is being conducted as a Virtual Experience on July 21-23, 2020. There were 98 youth registered.
Participants were greeted by Fifth District U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (see below) and received well-wishes from Team Leaders. The afternoon included the traditional Camp Dance, humorous videos, songs, and games. A prevention message on “The Truth About Vaping” was shared, and campers were divided into educational track sessions.
Forest Quillen and Megan Hatton provided their inspirational “Stories of Hope” and overcoming substance abuse. Campers danced to songs, played along with games, and split into their educational track sessions.
A prevention message on “Life With A Record” was shared along with games, songs, and a final afternoon of educational track sessions.
The Virtual Experience
- The Camp UNITE program was held on-line for two hours each day and included both live and pre-recorded content.
- Participants selected 3 activity tracks – one for each day. Nine activity tracks were offered: Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Dance, Drama, Hair & Makeup, Martial Arts, Outdoor Skills, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee.
- We still had a unique Camp Dance (see tutorial video below).
- Fifth District Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers provided greetings from Washington, D.C.
- Inspirational presentations were presented by Megan Hatton and Forest Quillen.
- Participants received a “Camp In A Box” with items related to their track sessions, a special camp T-shirt, and a Camp UNITE face mask.
Videos from Virtual Camp UNITE 2020
Welcome from Congressman Rogers
Ultimate Frisbee Track
Learn to make a paracord bracelet
Outdoor Skills Track
Basketball Skills Track
Arts & Crafts full painting instructions
Hair & Makeup Extended Track
Martial Arts Track
Prevention does not stop
Learn the 2020 Camp Dance
Learn the Camp songs with Carl
Kickin’ it with Keegan-1
Kickin’ it with Keegan-2
Kickin’ it with Keegan-3
at Camp UNITE
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.
Normally, Camp UNITE is FREE four-day, three-night program for youth entering 7th, 8th or 9th grades in August and 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.
Transportation to and from camp is provided free of charge.
Since its inception in 2007, through 2020, Camp UNITE has hosted 2,677 youth from 33 counties.
“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 2020-21 school year will be available about February.
Camp UNITE would not be possible without its sponsors and volunteers. All youth attend FREE of charge.
It costs approximately $300 to send one youth to camp for a week. Will you help make a difference in the life of a child by sponsoring one or more youth or helping provide Camp UNITE programs? We are already looking ahead for an in-person Camp UNITE in 2021