BIG HEARTS: Connecting Caring Communities camp encourages leadership

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - There are lots of summer camps to choose from in Abilene. But, there's something unique about the Connecting Caring Communities camp at the Grace Fellowship Church on the 900 block of Cypress Street.

The counselors are children, part of the Young Leaders of Abilene group.

Cooper Spruill, helps the CCC with the program in the summer, "It's a group of about 20 kids and young adults who come together every other week to bolster neighborhood engagement."

"It helps us become leaders and not followers," says one of the young counselors.

Middle and high school students are trained to help younger children.

"We've designed this program to be sort of a pre-employment," says Janet Mendenhall, the community coordinator for Connecting Caring Communities in Abilene.

She says the counselors have a lot of responsibility which pays off down the road, "We've had some get full time jobs and that's what we hope they all end up doing."

Many of the counselors volunteer to come back each summer, "It helps me personally to have more respect for younger kids and be an example."

The activities are free for campers to enjoy thanks to a grant from the Future Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene.

This is the third year for this CCC camp.

The young counselors can earn up to $250 in Walmart gift cards if they participate in all 5 weeks of camp.

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