A community advocate is seeking help to make his annual summer camp become a reality.
Bishop Marcus Campbell told News 2 he hopes to raise up to $9,000 by June 3. The money would be used to fund meals, field trips and counselor stipends for his camp, United For Our Youth summer enrichment camp.
The two-month, free camp has been held for the past 10 years at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in North Nashville. From Monday through Friday, kids are tutored, served hot meals and go on field trips across Nashville.
“The parents don’t have to worry about the finances but they can also rest assured that their kids are in a safe place for the summer; and not at home, roaming the neighborhoods where they can get in trouble.”
Members of Metro Juvenile Court have said that while juvenile crime has actually decreased, car thefts continue to trend upward. During Metro Government budget hearings earlier this month, Judge Sheila Calloway said decreasing idle time is the solution to the problem.
“If you give children positive things, they’re going to grow out of this behavior. We just have to give them the right mentorship.”
Campbell has been striving to fulfill that role.
“That’s what the church is for…to be there to love, to take in, to be able to direct.”
19-year-old Jamil Lynn has attended the camp as a child and now serves as a camp counselor. He said, “I like helping them. I like to be somebody that you can be a mentor…sort of like Marcus has been for me.”
Campbell added, “From 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, they here at the Church of Mt. Carmel and they are safe. And that’s my biggest thing for the summer, making sure these kids are safe.”
To donate to the camp you can call 615-636-0012 or email, email@example.com.