“It's really fun, even though it's really tiring,” Tyson added.
Hammering off to the side was crew member Jacob Sanders, 15, who said this was his first year to participate in U.M. ARMY.
“Some of my family and friends have been coming here, and they've had such great times,” Sanders said. “And I wanted to come see how it is and try it myself, and I've had a good time so far.”
Similarly, Tyson said she grew up watching other people take part in the camp, “and they always grew spiritually.”
For Cailyn Taylor, 17 (who will be 18 in a week) the U.M. ARMY experience is familiar.
“This is actually my fourth year,” Taylor said. “I've come every year that I can, because I love it. I love helping people and I love seeing how God has worked. I love seeing how God works differently through different individuals and seeing how happy you can make the client, because some of them aren't as fortunate as I am.”
Taylor said “being able to help somebody else” is definitely a day-maker for her.
“I don't know, it just puts me in a good mood knowing that I can make somebody else's life easier,” she said. “Last year, a client... couldn't leave her house because she needed a wheelchair ramp.”
To make it possible for the lady to do so was worth all the week's toil, Taylor said.
Cordin Rudis, 15, said her favorite part of the week is in fact, the work.
“I like to come out here and just kind of forget everything else that I have going on at home, and just come here and focus on somebody else for a week.”
The camp kicked off Sunday evening, with students staying in rooms at the First United Methodist Church in Palestine, and will be returning to their respective communities this morning.