During the last week, more than 50 sites in Tipton County were part of a mission experience for campers from 14 states. The 427 participants, comprised of 407 youth and adults and a staff of 20, formed 68 crews to work on residences in the county; painting houses, building ramps, mowing fields and eliminating safety hazards, such as shaky stairs.
The camp, part of groupmissiontrips.com, took two years to develop and was sponsored by the Tipton County government.
The campers- senior high school students from Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, New York, South Carolina and Vermont- enjoyed the week, but were surprised by the environmental differences from their homes. One Wisconsin native, said this was the best experience of her life, with exception of the Southern heat. A second camper agreed and said he was surprised at the size of the wasps.
This spring, residences across Tipton County were visited and selected and a job description was written. Brighton Middle School was rented for the week for lodging, as well as custodial services.
A set-up crew came in a week beforehand and then campers arrived on Sunday, receiving their assignments, meeting their crews and getting settled before the work began.
The crews worked Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on their assignment, even staying on site for lunch.
This is not the first time Tipton County has had mission campers from groupmissiontrips.com. The camp chose Tipton County because they had been here before and liked that it was rural, yet there were residential homes to be served.
For more information about the camp, visit groupmissiontrips.com.