Roberta summer camp gives inner city kids hope

ROBERTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A summer camp is giving inner city children memories and lessons to last them a lifetime and it’s in Middle Georgia.

Camp Grace started about 10 years ago after the owner saw a similar camp during a visit to New York.

Counselors said since once in every four children in Georgia live below the poverty line, they wanted to give them a place where they can come and learn just how much potential they have inside them.

A hidden treasure lies in Crawford County.

“Camp Grace is the only camp here in Georgia that is specifically for kids who are growing up in under served communities,” said Lucas Farmer, the Director of Camp Grace.

Each child’s week-long stay is free thanks to many community sponsors.

“We know that there’s lots of camps all over the state for kids who can afford it and we saw a huge need for our inner city kids to be able to have a place to call their own,” explained Farmer.

This is Kristian Clemons-Freeman’s second year at Camp Grace.

“I never expected that I would have as much fun as I did. I had a ton of fun that first year. I met some awesome people. I had some great experiences,” recalled Clemons-Freeman.

Aside from the many camp activities like swimming, rock climbing and zip lining, campers are also learning valuable life lessons.

“A lot of things that they stress a lot, specifically this year, has been respect,” said Clemons-Freeman.

Clemons-Freeman used the parable of the sower to describe himself before he attended Camp Grace.

“A person who is thrown into barren ground and they don’t really grow at all. A person thrown in somewhat good ground and they sprout really easily, but then the sun beats down on them and they die and then you have the person who was thrown in the really good soil and they get planted really well and grow up. I was that middle type of person,” explained Clemons-Freeman.

Because of Camp Grace, Clemons-Freeman knows he has a bright future ahead of him.

“The biggest lesson we take away now is don’t let your life go to waste. God has given you one life to live and one opportunity to make the most of your life. Don’t live it complaining. Don’t live it being lazy and not fulfilling what God has for you. We all have a gift,” said Clemons-Freeman.

Camp Grace serves about 1,000 kids every summer.

For more information about how to get involved or donate, click here.

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