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Summer Camp in the Delta

Category: May/June 2017 Issue

Parents considering sending a child to summer camp shouldn’t fret; there is probably still time to choose one. 

The benefits of summer camp -- both day camps and overnight camps -- are numerous. 

According to Emilie Hutchison, Director of Outdoor Leadership Experience with Girl Scouts Heart of the South, children not only learn new skills, but also meet new kids they don’t see regularly at school or at extracurricular activities. 

Hutchison said she often hears comments from children such as: “Because of camp, I am more outgoing and able to make new friends.” 

“Camp provides the excellent experience for your child to learn, develop, and grow through physical activity, personal achievement, meaningful participation, playing with a purpose, positive social interactions and creative expression,” Hutchison said, listing the benefits. 

“Consider camp as the perfect partner to family, school, and community youth activities,” Hutchison suggested. 

She said it helps children learn “independence, decision-making, social and emotional skills, character building and values,” and that it all happens “in an atmosphere of creativity and enrichment under the supervision of positive adult role models.” 

“It is exciting and chock-full of amazing activities and opportunities for new adventures,” she added. 

Privately-owned companies and nonprofits often provide outdoor and arts experiences, while community colleges and universities often offer summer camps that delve into topics that go well beyond the outdoors. There are many options for sleepaway camps in the south, since daily driving isn’t required; families may want to consider a wider geographic area when making decisions on a weeklong overnight-type experience. 

Closer to home, however, there are several great options: 

Delta State University in Cleveland offers summer programs through its Continuing Education department, including the DMI Summer Camp for teens aged 15 through 18. It’s a six-day interactive experience for high school students, allowing them to explore three entertainment industry career tracks that are integrated together. The cost is $600. For more information, contact Rhonda Boyd at (662) 846-4579 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DSU also offers baseball camps in June and July, including the overnight Advanced Skills Camp from July 9 through 11 for kids in grades 7 through 12. The price is $240 for a resident camper and $180 for a day camper. For more information, contact Mike Kinnison at (662) 846-4292 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Delta State will also be offering Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute – PLUS Camp for ages 5 through 11, which focuses on learning a choreographed medley of songs. Campers also engage in other courses throughout the day, such as Prop Design, Storytelling and Puppetry. This camp runs July 17 through 22 and costs $200, which includes all supplies. Contact Joannah Taylor at (662) 846-4844 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Girl Scouts Heart of the South offers Camp Tik-A-Witha in Van Vleet, Mississippi. The average cost is $400 for a week. Camp is open to all girls -- both Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts -- in first through 12th grades. Visit www.girlscoutshs.org and click on “Outdoors” for more information.

 

By Rebekah Yearout

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