Salkehatchie Summer Service is a pioneering servant ministry founded by the United Methodist Church in South Carolina. Salkehatchie Camps bring high school and college aged youth and adult community leaders together for the purpose of upgrading the homes and living conditions of those who don’t have the ability or means to improve their homes. Each year, a team of youth and adults from Washington Street join other church volunteers at Penn Center, one of the 44 camps, for a week of service.
When asked why Salkehatchie Summer Service was initially founded, the United Methodist Church responded,
Many of our neighbors in South Carolina live in homes needing repair and Jesus has called us to love our neighbor (Luke 10:29-37). South Carolina United Methodist Youth need to experience Christian servant hood. “And he said to all, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ ” (Luke 9:23)
At Washington Street, all of our youth are strongly encouraged to go out and experience Salkehatchie once they reach the age where they can do so. We now have adults returning each summer that once went as youth. It not only instills hearts for service and serving others, but it also builds a sense of prayerful community in youth and adolescents at an early age.
Not long ago, we asked some of our youth, “Why Salkehatchie?” See what they had to say!