150 Teenagers Camping at ACHS to Help Others

Crew 14 at Rankin Home: Will Sharp, Wade Hintz, Korey Cochran, Josh Konemann, Jonathon Pinkston, Alan Atwell, Benjamin Pinkston, Kera Bishop, Rachel Holland, Melanie Montgomery, Tessa Gray, Hunter Thomas, John Moore, Aimee Pinkston, Chance JonesPeggy MurphyCamping at ACHSCamping at ACHSTodd and Aimee PinkstonBryan Proctor and Joy Bolton, Director of Kentucky WMU

An incredible group of young men and women from around the state have converged on Anderson County to help others as part of an amazing summer camp experience.  Kentucky Changers is a missionary type summer camp where high school students and adults from around Kentucky join forces to help with home repairs for low income families.

Kentucky Changers, which started in 1994 and is sponsored by the Kentucky Woman’s Missionary Union, chooses six general areas in the state each year with four for students and two for adults.  According to the state coordinator for the Changers, Peggy Murphy, they choose 15-30 homes in each area and do exterior repairs to homes for families in need for free.  Local Baptist churches help out with the effort to provide lunches for the crews.

This year Anderson and Franklin Counties were chosen as part of the four sites for the student groups.  According to the director of missions in Anderson County, Phillip Ritchie, 225 people, which includes 150 teenagers, moved into the Anderson County High School this past Saturday where they set up a week long camp to then go work on various projects around both counties.

One of the many projects the 14 different crews will be tackling this week is helping install a new deck on the Rankin Family House project.  The project was started earlier this year by the LIGHT Center and a group of teachers from Saffell Street Elementary to help repair the home for the Rankin family who couldn’t afford the costs of the renovations.

In need of a project for Crew 14, Phillip called LIGHT Center Director, Bryan Proctor, to see if he knew of a family that needed help.  Bryan suggested the Rankin project, and the crew quickly started work.  According to assistant crew chief, Aimee Pinkston, the students and adults get up at 6am and leave the high school by 7am to start work at the house.

The amazing part is that these students aren’t just volunteering.  All the students have actually paid $200 to be apart of the program, which goes to offset the costs for food and travel.  “These kids are excited about being here. They love doing this,” Phillip said.

Making up the 14 crews are residents and students from far away counties like Campbell County, and there are even some from Tennessee and Ohio.  Many of the students are also on their second or third week, having been at other Changers camps earlier in the month.  There are also a number of Anderson County students working in the crews and getting to camp out at their high school.

For more information about the Kentucky Changers, check out their website.

 

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