FLORENCE, S.C. – The second annual WinShape Camp for Communities will be held Monday through Friday, hosted by Helping Florence Flourish, along with Chick-fil-A.

The camp will be held on the campus of First Presbyterian Church at 700 Park Ave. in Florence.

"WinShape Camp is one of our flagship efforts to create relationships between the races in Florence,” said Chris Handley, the team leader for Helping Florence Flourish. “Last year, we had 150 students participate in the camp, and about a third of the campers were African American and two-thirds were Caucasian. This year, we’ll have more than 170 participants, and we hope to have half African-American and half Caucasian campers. The goal is to build significant relationships across the races at an early age, with the hoped-for result being healthy friendships in the coming years."

Handley said the camp is an incredible adventure where sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship are combined into one amazing week with professional staff.

The camp is open to all children in the community who have completed kindergarten through eighth grades.

Helping Florence Flourish also has provided scholarships to help make the camp available to all children interested in it.

Hours are 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Part of having WinShape in Florence is to emphasize Helping Florence Flourish’s mission in bridging the racial division,” Handley said. “Florence’s children are welcome to take part in a weeklong day camp that seeks to bring youth together while having fun with a focus on faith.”

Donations to HFF can be made at helpingflorenceflourish.org.

Helping Florence Flourish is a Christian organization that seeks to improve Florence in critical areas such as is education, homelessness, deterioration of the family and racial division. The areas of focus were determined after surveying nearly 70 community leaders over an eight-month period. All respondents expressed a great deal of passion for the community and cover the gamut of all seven areas of cultural influence: commerce, education, arts and entertainment, media, government, church and family.

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