UK, Fish and Wildlife team up to show Kentucky Guard Youth a good time

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Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky Guard Public Affairs Office

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Campers of the 4H Kentucky Guard Youth Camp show off their platoon flag at Lake Cumberland in Nancy, Ky.

NANCY, Ky. – The children of Kentucky Guard Soldiers and Airmen had a little old-fashioned summer fun recently at the 4H Kentucky Guard Youth Camp at Cumberland Lake in Nancy, Ky.

The Kentucky Guard Youth Program partnered with state Fish and Wildlife Department and University of Kentucky Agriculture  4H program officials for their ninth annual youth camp.

Camp activities included swimming, hiking, rock wall climbing and riding a zip line.  Campers also had a chance to learn in the National Guard Mobile Energy Lab Center.

Brig. Gen. Joseph M. Richie, deputy adjutant general, was on hand to see the 200 campers in action.

“It’s essential to do this for our Guard Family because we ask a lot from our Soldiers,” said Richie. “A lot of stress is on these kids and this is one way to pay them back and say thank you.”

Katlyn Johnson, great niece of Brig. Gen. Joseph L. Culver, shoots clay targets at 4H Kentucky Guard Youth Camp in Lake Cumberland, Ky. Supervising are George Mountjoy and Burner Alsip of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. (photo by Staff Sgt. Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky Public Affairs Office)

“It’s great to see the smiles on their faces,” said Capt. Bryan Combs, Family Program director. “The kids reactions are positive and they are highly motivated with this year’s camp.

Attendees at a Kentucky National Guard Youth Camp must be nine years and older and belong to a Guard family.  For more information and and to get an application, contact your unit family readiness group leader.

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