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The Greater Kingsport Family YMCA offers a variety of camps each summer. HYPE camp is designed for students in grades 6 through 9.
The HYPE Camp experience offers a safe atmosphere for middle school students to thrive with positive, fun and energetic role models. The Y's goal is to keep them active through summer by involving them in weekly service learning and leadership activities, as well as emphasizing a healthy lifestyle through traditional games, sports and activities. Recently, campers volunteered at the Harvest of Hope (HOH) Community Garden in Kingsport.
The Harvest of Hope (HOH) garden is comprised of 25 raised beds meant to help feed and support the homeless in our community. It was launched by the United Way of Greater Kingsport. Service learning at the Y means helping others and giving back in our community, so the HOH garden was a great place for us to volunteer.
"The teens' service work at HOH garden included: weeding, digging, moving soil, and generally making the garden a welcoming place for all. There certainly was a lot of service, leadership and learning but, most of all, they looked like they just had fun! Thank you Y HYPE Teen Camp for all your efforts and for making the gardens beautiful!" said master gardener Doug Hilton, a Harvest of Hope volunteer.comments powered by Disqus