Students Volunteer at the Center for Courageous Kids


Students from Bethel’s School of Education spent a weekend volunteering at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY. The Center for Courageous Kids is a world class medical camping facility that provides a cost-free, safe, and fun camping experience for seriously ill and disabled children and their families. Their mission is to uplift children who have life-threatening illnesses by creating experiences year-round that are memorable, exciting, fun, build self-esteem, are physically safe, and medically sound.

Bethel volunteers assisted families and campers with osteogenesis imperfecta during the camp activities. Osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, is a condition that causes extremely fragile bones. In spite of this, the campers and their families enjoyed activities such as boating, fishing, horseback riding, archery, swimming, playing games, and learning camp cheers.

Bethel participants included: Erika Coomer, Kathryn Potts, Kayla Tharp, and Candace Salcido.


Senior Kayla Tharp said, “My first weekend at CCK was absolutely amazing. I met so many inspiring children and their families. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to become a counselor for a camp that does such amazing things for children who have a variety of medical challenges. Working with those kids was such a humbling experience for me, and I cannot wait to go back every chance I get.”

The Center for Courageous Kids hosts Family Weekends during the fall and spring and several week-long camp sessions during the summer months. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help the camp fulfill their mission of providing memorable and safe camping experiences.

For additional information about the Center for Courageous Kids please email or call 270-618-2900.