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Camp UNITE Comes to Cumberlands


Members of Camp UNITE participate in activities such as soccer during their recent camp at University of the Cumberlands.

Williamsburg, Ky.- Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education) a regional drug prevention and awareness program, recently held its 5th annual Camp UNITE on the campus of University of the Cumberlands during the week of July 25-29, 2011.

The camp, which was expanded an extra day this year, was attended by 199 campers from 22 southern and eastern Kentucky counties, who stayed on campus in the University dorms. 100 counselors and two dozen community volunteers spent the time describing the dangers of illegal drug usage.

Over the duration of the four day-five night camp, the camper’s activities were not limited to simple lectures, but included real-life testimonies from former drug addicts. Volunteers from the community came into the camp to talk about legal consequences and even an Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter demonstration was witnessed. In addition to the drug prevention activities, campers were introduced to new interests and activities such as archery, art, dance, soccer, volleyball, and others.

This camp was created through the efforts of Kentucky fifth district Congressman Hal Rogers, who worked to create Operation UNITE after reading a number of articles in the Lexington Herald-Leader regarding the spreading drug problem in eastern Kentucky. Operation UNITE not only works with children and teenagers, but also with citizen groups and community leaders in 29 eastern Kentucky counties to stop the flow of drugs into the region and to educate citizens of all ages on the dangers and consequences of illegal drug use.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.