NORMAN — A series of summer mission camps for teens gives them hands-on experience in helping others, coordinator Donna Hooper said.
“It shows them how to put faith into action,” Hooper said. “Participants come away with new skills, new friends and a feeling of accomplishment. They learn how good it feels to serve others.”
CAMps, sponsored by Community Action Missions of Norman, will wrap up its 13th year of mission opportunities with a camp that starts Wednesday.
In June, campers worked at Cornerstone Kids Ranch in Ada, getting it ready for day camps for elementary school students by painting, weeding, making minor repairs and cleaning horse stalls. A camp offered in July teamed participants with Mission Norman to lead vacation Bible schools at apartment complexes.
Hooper said campers this week will work with First Baptist Church in Moore to present a summer Christmas celebration for people struggling with serious illness. Teens also will work with an Oklahoma City nonprofit organization that helps clothe the homeless and/or unemployed and gets them ready for job interviews.
Katie Hill said she knew little about community service before signing up.