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Empowering the Future: The First Annual Summer Youth Camp in Oglethorpe County

In a heartwarming collaboration, PEAK Life Coaching, The PEAK Fund Inc., Lexington Community Center, DDA Downtown Development Authority, Oglethorpe Gives Back, Visit Oglethorpe, B&T's Food Fresh, and numerous local supporters came together to host the First Annual Summer Youth Camp in Oglethorpe County. This event, held from July 8th to 11th, marked the beginning of a transformative journey for the youth in our community, aged 12 to 18. The camp was more than just a summer retreat; it was a testament to our commitment to empowering the rising generation.

"If I can't build my community better, I have no business being here!" - Williamson Sintyl

The Vision Behind the Camp

The driving force behind this camp is the unwavering belief that empowering our youth today ensures a brighter future for their families, our community, and generations to come. Williamson Sintyl, the founder of PEAK Life Coaching and a professional certified life coach with over a decade of experience in mentoring and coaching young individuals, envisioned this camp as a beacon of hope and growth. His extensive experience has shown him the profound impact that coaching and mentorship can have on young lives, particularly during the critical ages of 12 to 18, when individuals are most vulnerable and impressionable.

Why We Host This Camp

Our community's youth are our most valuable asset. In today’s fast-paced and often challenging world, it is crucial to provide them with the tools, support, and guidance they need to navigate life’s hurdles. The camp aims to:

  1. Build Resilience: Equip young individuals with the skills to overcome challenges and bounce back stronger.

  2. Foster Connections: Create a safe space for youth to share experiences, build meaningful relationships, and learn from one another.

  3. Encourage Personal Growth: Provide opportunities for self-discovery and personal development.

  4. Promote Leadership: Inspire young people to take on leadership roles and make positive contributions to their communities.

The Impact of Coaching

Coaching is a powerful tool that helps individuals realize their potential, set goals, and achieve them. For the youth, coaching can be life-changing. It offers:

  • Guidance: Helps them navigate the complexities of adolescence.

  • Support: Provides a supportive environment to discuss challenges and fears.

  • Motivation: Encourages them to pursue their passions and dreams.

  • Skills Development: Teaches essential life skills, including communication, problem-solving, and leadership.

Statistics highlight the importance of coaching in teens' lives:

  • Increased Academic Performance: Studies show that students who receive coaching are 13% more likely to achieve higher grades and academic success.

  • Enhanced Mental Health: Coaching can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression by 30%, providing teens with coping strategies and emotional support.

  • Improved Social Skills: 70% of teens who participate in coaching programs report better relationships with peers and family members.

  • Higher Career Aspirations: Coaching helps 50% of teens set and achieve career goals, increasing their chances of long-term success.

Williamson Sintyl’s philosophy is simple yet profound: by empowering our youth, we are investing in a brighter future. His dedication to this cause is reflected in every aspect of the camp.

Among the many inspiring stories, one that stood out was that of Drew, a 12-year-old boy who, like many of us, has faced his own set of challenges in life.

Drew's courage to join our camp this year speaks volumes about his strength and determination. We had the privilege of listening to his story and providing the proper support he needed.

Drew's light, determination, and courage have left a lasting impression on all of us, reminding us of the importance of resilience and the power of community.

A Memorable Experience

From July 8th to 11th, the camp was abuzz with energy, excitement, and a spirit of camaraderie. Teens from different backgrounds came together, each bringing their unique perspectives and experiences. What we witnessed was nothing short of incredible: vulnerability, shared experiences, and an eagerness to grow and learn.

Key Moments

  • Workshops and Activities: A series of engaging workshops and activities were designed to challenge and inspire the participants. These included team-building exercises, leadership training, and creative arts sessions.

  • Inspirational Speakers: We were honored to have keynote speakers Lia Johnson, Sharla Kjar Sintyl, Abby Horton, and Kendall Strickland. Their stories and insights left a lasting impact on our youth, motivating them to strive for excellence.

  • Community Support: The success of the camp was made possible by our dedicated team and the overwhelming support from the community. Every effort, big or small, contributed to creating a nurturing and empowering environment for our youth.

Looking Ahead

As we reflect on the success of our first camp, we are filled with gratitude and hope. The connections and growth we’ve seen are truly unique, and we wouldn’t have had this experience any other way. We extend a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated team for their hard work in setting up and running the camp. Your presence and participation mean the world to us and to the future of our community.

We are already looking forward to next year’s camp, scheduled for the second week of July. Each year, we aim to build on our successes, learn from our experiences, and continue to make a positive impact on the lives of our youth. By hosting this camp annually, we hope to extend our reach to youth all over the county and surrounding areas, creating a ripple effect of empowerment and growth.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Let’s come together to share our gratitude and our hopes for what our youth will gain from this camp. Your support and involvement are crucial to the success of this initiative. By investing in our youth, we are investing in a brighter, more prosperous future for all.

Together, we can empower the leaders of tomorrow. Together, we can make a difference.


For more information on how you can support or participate in next year's camp, please visit our website or contact us at Let's work together to create a lasting impact on our community.

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