Summer camp is a place for kids to be kids and enjoy lots of fun-filled adventures, but not all families can afford to send their children to a camp. The Robertson Avenue Baptist Church in Copperas Cove wanted to change that, so it held its first youth bazaar on Saturday to raise money for summer camp.

“The kids get to see that people in the church really support them by making the camp experience happen,” said Chris Nicholas, youth leader.

Jamie Nicholas developed the idea with church member Andrea Lewis, who volunteered as event coordinator. She used social media to help spread the word.

“I posted on a vendors’ event page on Facebook and the response was great with 19 vendors participating,” Lewis said.

The church’s activity room resembled a one-stop craft store with tables filled with German linens, western wear, canned jams and jewelry and cosmetics items. The bazaar raised $220 alone from table fees paid by the vendors. They even donated items for the silent auction, which will remain open for another week so more church members can bid.

“It’s fantastic the church is doing this because kids need activities during the summer, so they can grow physically and spiritually,” said Nicole Pearshall, owner of Perfectly Posh Spa products.

Thanks to the bazaar, 15 kids, ages 12 to 18, and five chaperones will spend one week at the Highland Lakes Camp in Spicewood.

Colton Tuiasosopo, 16, loves to attend camp so he can play his favorite sport — paint ball.

“It’s a really good time, and we grow as a youth group,” he said.

Alexis Nicholas, 17, enjoys the fun and fellowship but gets something much more out of summer camp.

“It gets us fired up for the Lord,” she said.

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