2018-07-11 / News

Teens pay for six kids to attend Wimberly Camp

From Staff Reports


From left, Paul Billips, Mary Cate Jackson and Anna Horton helped raise money to send children to summer camp at the Wimberly House. From left, Paul Billips, Mary Cate Jackson and Anna Horton helped raise money to send children to summer camp at the Wimberly House. Six children will get to go to Wimberly House’s summer camp, thanks to scholarships funded by three Burke County teens.

Paul Billips, 16, and Mary Cate Jackson and Anna Horton, both 15, raised $120 for Wimberly House Ministries by creating a line of homemade soaps and selling them to members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and customers at the church’s quarterly bake sales.

This is the second summer the trio has raised money for the camp, which they all attended as children and continue to attend as volunteer mentors.

This year’s half-day camp is slated for July 23-27. In addition to indoor fun, including lots of crafts, games and music, there will be visits from Harmony Grove Dairy Farm, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Purification Cellutions and the Boy Scouts of America.

On the final day of camp there will be water slides and bounce houses and other surprises.

Wimberly House summer camp is open to rising first through fifth grade students and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The cost is $20 for the week, and scholarships are available to any child in need. To register or for additional information, contact executive director Nancy Minyard at 706.551.0526.

Minyard said they began having the camp late in the summer last year to give local children one more activity just before the new school year. “I think this works out well, and our campers always have a great time,” she said. “We really appreciate the efforts of these three teenagers to make scholarships available to the younger kids. It just goes to show you that there are still good things happening in this world, especially right here in Waynesboro.”

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