Kids practice the Golden Rule during spring break

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BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) – Everyone knows the golden rule – treat others as you want to be treated.

Well, this week, adults could learn a thing or two from youth on how to help others. A bus carried about 40 kids to a youth camp in Brazil.

“We’re going around making sure cabins are looking nice and helping them out,” said Ryan Head, youth volunteer.

But not for fun and games. For work.

“We’re going to clean the cabins, make sure they look nice for the campers who come for summer camps and stuff. And just kind of pick up sticks and stuff so the camp ground looks nice,” said Teyler Siples, youth volunteer.

These youth could have been lounging around this week on their spring break.

“All these kids volunteered. Nobody was made to come here. They felt it on their hearts to come out and be good kids,” said Amy Reynolds, organizer.

Instead, they made it their mission to help others.

“We kind of all volunteered for it, just to come out and help out our community,” said Ryan.

The group concentrated on local businesses and organizations that can’t afford the extra hands.

“Humane shelter, food pantries, soup kitchens. We cleaned up downtown, community theater,” said Reynolds.

Teyler and Ryan have helped every day this week.

“I went to the humane shelter two days, help them out. They needed a lot of help there. I went to forest park my first day and helped pick up sticks,” said Ryan.

Both citing their reason – coming out to help their own community, especially those in need.

“Since they don’t really charge very much, they can’t afford to pay people to work. So it’s nice for people to volunteer so it can look nice,” said Teyler. “Not everyone can afford to have people help them because they can’t pay them and stuff. So whenever you go out and help, you know you’re doing a good thing for people who need it.”

Teaching the next generation to put others before themselves.

“It’s good for the kids to see that. I think they’ve been blessed as much as they’ve blessed the community this week,” said Reynolds.

This is the first year these 17 churches came together to do spring break local mission.

Organizers say they are already planning for next year’s alternative spring break. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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