Students to serve Camp Boggy Creek in Florida

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Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Eustis, Florida, from Wednesday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 14, to serve Camp Boggy Creek, a camp that serves children aged 7 to 16 who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The trip will be co-led by Jennifer Shiring, nurse director of student health services, and Amy Wilson, student health care nurse at Waynesburg University.

The participating students and faculty will serve as cabin counselors for the weeklong service trip. In this capacity, they will take care of the daily needs of the 10 campers in their perspective cabins. They also will have the opportunity to lead by example and provide an exciting and empowering experience for the campers.

“I am looking forward to interacting with the campers,” said Shiring. “Most of my nursing background has been spent caring for children. I love the mind of a child as they grow and develop.”

Since this is the University’s first service trip to Camp Boggy Creek, founded in 1996 by actor Paul Newman and U.S. Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Shiring anticipates that the students will leave with a deeper understanding of the challenges children suffering from illnesses face every day and recognizing they made a positive impact on others.

“I hope they have a wonderful experience, make new friends as well as return knowing they were able to help provide a normal childhood experience to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity,” said Shiring.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Mikayla Amick, junior nursing from Bloomsburg (Home School)
  • Holly Bachman, junior athletic training major from Butler (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Marian Chearney, sophomore nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
  • Gabrielle Coy, freshman public relations major from Clymer (Penns Manor Area High School)
  • Sydney Green, sophomore nursing major from Farmington (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Amanda Lucas, freshman exercise science major from Penn Run (Penns Manor Area High School)
  • Abbie Miller, junior athletic training major from Red Lion (Red Lion Area Senior High School)
  • Kelby Rudash, sophomore nursing major from Maidsville, W.Va. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Grace Sumney, freshman nursing major from Bentlyville (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Natalie Vincent, junior nursing major from Houston (Chartiers-Houston High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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