By Jacki Nelson
The week of July 15, 15 Hesston youth got to know their community in a whole new light through the Lovin’ The Real H-Town camp.
Camp coordinator Susan Lamb said the camp is more than a simple day-camp for youth, it is a way to connect Hesston's future leaders with their community.
"I am pretty certain an "alum" from "Lovin' the Real H-Town" will be a Hesston mayor one day, so that is one impact. The kids who participate in the camp really learn to understand and appreciate Hesston.
“I can't predict the future for them individually, but collectively I see this type of student as a leader and someone who will make a difference and a positive impact in many places and in many lives. Look for our camp kids at the Lions Club Pancake Feed, speaking at community events and just doing good things around Hesston. This town is full of wonderful kids. I have just been privileged to spend a week with 15 of them," she said.
Lamb said, despite being faced with the challenge of inclement weather, youth involved in the camp had the opportunity to see Hesston shine.
“One challenge this year was a quick rainstorm that came through on Thursday. We were really unprepared for it, but the good folks at Hesston College delivered umbrellas for the kids to share, and it seemed to solve itself very easily,” she said.
Despite the brief break in the weather, Lamb said the camp went very smoothly.
“I think the real highlight this year was having a group of 15 kids work together and become a cohesive unit in such a short amount of time. I had to bike to a few locations post-ACL repair, but with the capable team work of Megan Klassen and Kaeli Ellison, the kids were wonderfully cooperative,” she said.
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