Covering Kentucky

Jun 23, 2012 3:35 PM

SC Couple Building Christian-Based Camp In Ky.

GRAYSON, Ky. (AP) - A South Carolina couple has begun working to turn a hundred-acre farm in eastern Kentucky into a Christian-based summer camp for children in Appalachia.

Stephen and Millissia Owens told The Independent ( that they envision children attending the camp and learning about farm life including gathering eggs and milking cows. They say lessons will be given in a spiritual context and include services at a nearby Baptist church.

The Goose Creek, S.C., residents are currently camping at the farm site in Carter County where Stephen Owens used to help his grandfather, Lovell Evans, harvest tobacco.

Stephen Owens said campers will stay at rustic sites and will learn how to be more self-reliant. Millissia Owens says the camp will be based on Christian principals, but won't be marketed just to churches.

"Kids need a place where they can just be ... and get away from electronics," said Millissia, who grew up in the nearby Rush community with 10 brothers and sisters and graduated from East Carter High School in 1987.

Stephen Owens said the activities will be fun, but will incorporate lessons.

"We plan to teach them how to plant seeds in the ground and how that is the same thing as it is in your life. What you put into that seed is what you're going to get out of it," he said.

The couple plans to plant a pumpkin patch that will not only provide lessons to the youth, but a cash crop to help support camp operations.

"Here they will carry buckets of water and boil it ... learn how to build a fire, plant a flower, catch a fish or identify a tree. Kids need guidance and direction," Millissia Owens said.

So far, the couple has been mostly working on clearing brush and putting together a vision for the land, which already has a natural stone overhang that resembles an amphitheater and a rock cliff where morning services could be held.

There's still a lot to be done, but Millissia Owens said they are in for the long haul.

"We came to work," she said.


Information from: The Independent,

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