BECKWITH - For 33 years underprivileged kids in Fayette County have been able to enjoy a week of summer camp for free, thanks to volunteers.
Camp Kismet is a week long summer camp run by the Fayette County volunteers and their goal is to give kids a summer experience they might never have otherwise. Camp Director Mike Bone said kids range from 5 - 12 and come from all over the county to engage in fun activities at the 4 - H Club in Beckwith. Throughout the week these children will get to swim, hike, fish, do crafts, go on nature walks, sit around the bonfire and even have an end of the week dance. Bone said at the end of camp each child receives a backpack , all of which are filled with donated necessity items,100 percent of which are given to local children.
Bone said, “I had the opportunity last year to be a camp counselor for the 9/10 year old boys and I went down with the thought that I was going to bless than, but found out really quickly that it's the other way around. They blessed me. A lot of them will be coming back and have been since they were 5 years old."
Bone said Camp Kismet still needs volunteers to work the day shifts next week. If you can’t volunteer your time, donations are greatly appreciated as well. Call (304) 222-0629 for details.