Summer Camp HQ

Check out the list we’ve compiled below to find the a summer camp that is right for your children!

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Pascagoula River Audubon Center Camps

5107 Arthur Street, Moss Point MS 39563  
Contact: 228.475.0825 (ext. 2)
Visit Pascagoula River Audubon Center for prices and registration

Watery Worlds & Wetlands

  • Grades 2-5
  • June 4-8, 9am-12pm

River Explorers

  • Grades 2-5
    June 11-15, 9am-12pm

Water Scientists

  • Grades 6-8
  • June 18-22, 9am-12pm

Junior Naturalists Program 

  • Grades 9-12
    June 25-29, 9am-12pm

Wet and Wild

  • Ages 4-6
  • July 10-12, 9am-12pm

Underwater Worlds: 

  • Ages 4-6
  • July 17-19, 9am-12pm
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center Camps

1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Contact: 228.818.2878
Visit Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center Camps for times, prices and registration

Junior Chef

  • Ages 8+
  • Sessions include June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 23-27

Bakeshop Basics

  • Budding bakers will learn to prepare both sweet and savory treats, as well as kitchen safety and sanitation, reading recipes, mise en place, and measuring ingredients.
  • Ages 8-13 will meet June 18-22

Around the World Culinary

  • Kids will learn about different cultures and create tasty, kid-friendly dishes from around the world.
  • Ages 8-13 will meet June 11-15

Food is Science

  • Kids will learn the science of food and do food science experiments
  • Ages 6-14 (younger ages may be considered)
  • July 9-13

Dining from the Rainbow

  • Kids learn about different colored foods, with each day’s menu based off a specific color
  • Ages 8-13 will meet July 16-20

Art Journaling for Kids

  • Kids learn to keep an art journal filled with writing, sketches, ideas and artwork
  • Ages 6-15 will meet July 9-13

Drawing and Painting

  • Kids learn the basics of drawing and painting from life focusing on the fundamentals
  • Ages 7-10 will meet June 25-29
  • Ages 11-15 will meet June 4-8

Art Exploration for Kids

  • Kids will learn drawing, painting and collage
  • Ages 7-11 will meet June 4-8; June 11-15; and July 16-20

Self Portraits

  • Students learn to draw proportions of the face, how to shade and render features
  • Ages 9-13 will meet June 25-29

Painting for Children

  • Children learn about the lives of famous artists and prominent art movements
  • Ages 6-10 will meet June 18-22

Pastel Fun for Kids

  • Kids will learn to explore colors and draw using pastels
  • Ages 5-6 will meet June 4-8 and July 9-13
  • Ages 7-11 will meet June 18-22

Realism Challenge for Teens

  • Students learn to use pencils, colored pencils and paint to render realistic looking artwork
  • Ages 11-15 will meet June 18-22

Pastels for Teens

  • In-depth exploration of colors, perspective, and various drawing methods using pastels
  • Ages 12-13 will meet June 11-15
  • Ages 14-17 will meet June 25-29

Mixed Media Painting

  • Kids learn different mixed media and painting techniques from texture to working images into artwork, layering and creating abstract pieces
  • Ages 7-11 will meet July 23-27

Art and Play

  • Kids learn drafting design, create inventions, use art, poetry, and writing to create projects
  • Ages 6-10 will meet June 11-15

Altered Books

  • Students bring a hardback book to alter by cutting, collaging, and painting to create a work of art out of the book
  • Ages 9-15 will meet July 23-27

Magical World of Puppets and Masks

  • Students are introduced to various types of puppetry and mask work and will create their own for a final showcase
  • Grades 1-4 will meet June 25-29

Paper Dolls

  • Kids design and color their own paper dolls and accessories, assign them careers and hobbies, and develop wardrobes for them
  • Ages 6-9 will meet July 16-20

Play Making

  • Students will create and perform their own plays; led by award-winning playwright Cayson Miles
  • Grades K-4 will meet June 4-8

From Page to Stage

  • Young playwrights will create a short play; led by award-winning playwright Cayson Miles
  • Grades 4-8 will meet June 4-8

Photography and Visual Design for Teens

  • Students explore photography as creative expression and apply basic elements of visual design
  • Ages 11-15 will meet June 11-15 and July 16-20

Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

  • Students learn basic musical theatre techniques including voice and dance
  • Grades 1-6 will meet July 9-13

Space Pirates: A New Children’s Musical Two Week Theatre Camp

  • Students learn to put on a theatrical production
  • Ages 7-16 will meet June 11-15 and June 18-22

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Two Week Theatre Camp

  • Kids will produce a rollicking musical version of “Alice in Wonderland”
  • Open to all grades
  • July 16-20 and July 23-27, with two final performances happening on July 27-28
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Camps

2300 US-90, Gautier, MS 39553
Contact: 228.497.7735
Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for times, prices and registration

Learn To Swim

  • Ages 3-12
  • Sessions include June 4-14, June 18-28, July 9-19
  • Classes meet for 50 minutes each day for nine days over two weeks

Chemistry Camp

  • Ages 11-14
  • Sessions include July 9-13, July 16-20
  • Make polyurethane foam, slime, plexi-glass crystals, fingerprints and more

Explorers Environmental Camp

  • Ages 12-16
  • Sessions include June 18-22, July 16-20
  • A fun and challenging week of outdoor activities

Robotics Technology Camps

  • Basic: June 18-22 (ages 10-12)
  • Intermediate: June 25-29 (ages 12-17)
  • An interactive camp building robots and stomp rockets
University of Southern Mississippi Camps

703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Contact: 228.818.8095
Visit USM Camps for times, prices and registration

Sea Camp

  • Grades 1-6
  • Sessions include June 4-8, June 18-22, June 25-29, and July 9-13
  • Marine educators provide students with a rich educational experience wrapped up in lots of fun, games and hands-on activities

Sharkheads Shark Fest

  • Grades 7-12
  • Sessions include June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20
  • Participate in shark research with our USM scientists by catching, tagging and releasing sharks

Shaggy’s Angler Camp

  • Grades 7-12
  • Sessions include June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22
  • During the week, anglers will learn how to throw a net to catch bait, how to tag and release fish, and how to target speckled trout, redfish and flounder. 
FABLAB Jackson County Camps

12004 MS 57, Vancleave, MS 39565
Contact:  228.826.0181
Visit FabLab Jackson County for times, prices and registration

Digital Design Camp

  • May 29-June 1
  • Open to all ages
  • Laser engraving and vinyl cutting

3-D Printing Camp

  • June 4-8
  • Open to all ages
  • Laser engraving

CNC Router Camp

  • June 11-15
  • Open to middle and high school ages

STEM Exploration

  • June 18-22
  • Open to all ages

Maze Charting Robot

  • June 18-22
  • Open to middle and high school ages
  • Programming and building

Girls in STEM (STEM Exploration)

  • June 25-29
  • Open to all ages
InTheZone Camps

3614 Bienville Blvd. Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Contact: 228.818.2830
In The Zone Summer Camp starts Tuesday after Memorial Day and runs until the Friday before the children return to school. Includes daily field trips and activities
Visit InTheZone for times, prices and registration

Servants

  • Ages 5 & 6

Disciples

  • Ages 7, 8 & 9

Shepherds

  • Ages 10,11 & 12
Pascagoula Youth Soccer Club

6001 Tillman St. Pascagoula, MS
The program emphasizes the fundamentals of soccer in a fun, supportive atmosphere
Ages 5-14
Date: July 9-11
Time: 9am-12pm
Contact: 228.762.1020
Visit Pascagoula Youth Soccer Club for prices and registration

City of Pascagoula Summer Camp

2935 Pascagoula St. Pascagoula, MS
Includes indoor and outdoor activities, weekly field trips, special guests, sports and more!
Ages 6-12
Date: May 29-July 27
Contact: 228.938.2356
Visit City of Pascagoula for prices and registration

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Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA Gearing Up for the Best Summer Ever

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YMCA Summer Day Camp keeps kids moving, exploring and learning all summer long

At the end of the summer, families want to hear their child had “the best summer ever.” To help make that happen, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is offering Summer Day Camp, keeping kids adventurous, active, engaged and healthy all summer long. YMCA camp programs offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But for some kids, summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. Attending the YMCA Summer Camp is a wonderful opportunity for kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

“It’s imperative that kids stay engaged socially, physically and academically throughout the summer. Summer Camp is a wonderful way to ensure that,” says Theresa Haynes, Youth Services Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA.  “In our Summer Day Camp, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, they’re building relationships, developing character and discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp to keep them active and engaged all summer long.”

Ms. Haynes says there are five reasons why children should attend summer camp:   

  1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of new experiences and exploring the outdoors. YMCA camps have a new adventure for every child and teen. Visit ymca.net or mgcymca.org for details.
  2. HEALTHY FUN: Day camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.
  3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While in the welcoming environment of camp, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.
  4. FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The bonds formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth.
  5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA offers Summer Day Camp at the following locations: The Taconi Elementary building in Ocean Springs, East Hancock Elementary in Kiln, and the Vancleave YMCA Day Camp building located in Vancleave behind the United Methodist Church. And, to ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA offers financial assistance to those in need.

A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for over 131 years. The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.

For more information, visit mgcymca.org or contact Theresa Haynes at thaynes@mgcymca.org or 228-875-5050.

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Bishop Kihneman Presents RCS with $500,000 for Debt Retirement

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Since first opening their doors in 1882, Resurrection Catholic School’s (RCS) mission has been to provide the youth of Jackson County with a nurturing and motivational atmosphere. One in which each student receives the opportunity to reach his full potential as a well-educated, caring, responsible Christian; one equipped to meet and overcome adversity in a challenging society.

Throughout its more than one hundred years, community service has been one of the basic building blocks RCS has utilized in helping to maintain and reach their primary goal. Today, the community decided to give back.

During an assembly at RCS, Bishop Louis Kihneman took center stage to make an announcement and present the school with a gift from members of the community. With all stakeholders, students, faculty and foundation members in attendance, the Bishop presented the school with a $500,000 check to assist in paying off some of the debt the school has accumulated since rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The money was donated by anonymous contributors in Jackson County.

“The bishop categorized debt as an anchor… we’re trying to help the school grow in all aspects, but then we’ve got this debt holding on to us, like an anchor pulling us down,” said RCS principal Noah Hamilton. Hamilton says once the debt is retired, it will free up cash flow to go back into the general fund and be used directly for educational purposes. “I say it’s time to cut this anchor. Let’s get it out of the way so we can get back to what are mission really is – preparing our students academically, spiritually and socially to take the next step of their lives.”

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Celebrate Earth Day at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center

Earth Day, celebrated in the United States since April 22, 1970 , is this weekend. With spring temperatures in the 70s  along the Coast, it’s the perfect time to get outside and learn about the natural world.

The Pascagoula River Audubon Center will be hosting an Earth Day Family Celebration from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st. Admission is only $1 for members and $2 for non-members, so this is a great opportunity to visit the Center.

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Earth Day activities include: crafts, kayaking, a scavenger hunt, planting activities, a “sidewalk sale” in the gift shop, live animals, food vendors, and more. There will be tie dyeing, so bring a shirt to dye or purchase one in the store. Visiting groups include Wild at Heart Rescue with some of their education animals and the Jackson County Master Gardeners will be conducting Green House tours and talking about native plants.

Earth Day at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center is great for kids of all ages, from toddler activities in the Children’s Nature Discovery Garden to kayaking for older students. Come on out and celebrate!

 

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Donate Stuffed Animals Friday in Ocean Springs

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA has partnered with Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Inc. to collect toys for children who have been adopted from the local foster care system. CASA will be collecting large stuffed animals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blossman Family Branch YMCA on Friday, April 20.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and YMCAs across the country are participating in Five Days of Action from April 16 to 20 to raise awareness about how to prevent child sexual abuse. The local five-day awareness event concludes Friday with the toy drive.

“April is a perfect time to share with our community what everyday citizens can do to help,” said Frances L. Allsup, executive director of CASA, an agency of United Way for Jackson & George Counties. “The number of children in Jackson County coming into care continues to grow and we aim to meet that need. Every child deserves the support of a caring, consistent, trained adult to help them find a safe, loving home where they can heal and thrive.”

 

 

Allsup continued that they collect stuffed animals as a way to help these children simply be children and to provide them comfort with something familiar, such as a teddy bear. The stuffed animals and toys collected will go to the children that CASA serves.

Theresa Haynes, youth services director for the Blossman Family YMCA, said that they have a goal in mind for the number of stuffed animals they hope to collect during Friday’s event. “We would be very happy if we could get 100,” she said.

The Youth Services Department has displayed child abuse prevention boards at the Blossman Family YMCA this week during the Five Days of Action. Throughout the month of April, CASA is calling on members of the community to help their program serve more of Jackson County’s most vulnerable children.

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Take a Boat Ride During Gautier’s Earth Day Event Saturday

The City of Gautier will host its annual Earth Day Celebration this Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at George Martin City Park.

Eco-Tours of South Mississippi will be providing free boat rides on the Pascagoula River during the City of Gautier Earth Day event at George Martin City Park on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the event, Captain Kathy Wilkinson, owner of Eco-Tours of South Mississippi, will offer free 30-minute rides up the Mary Walker Bayou. They have been part of the event since opening Eco-Tours in 2006. The boat rides are popular during the Earth Day event and give families that may not have the opportunity to get out on the water a chance to do so.

“We do not charge for the event as it is our way of giving a little something back to our community,” Wilkinson said. “We enjoy the opportunity to take locals out, as most of our guests on our tours are from out-of-town.”

The tours during the event are shortened versions of the tours Wilkinson regularly gives. According to Wilkinson, they tell guests about the flora and fauna they see, the ecosystems, local history and culture, wetlands and conservation, and stewardship and volunteerism while enjoying the views along the way.

“While it is educational, it is also fun, and we see some pretty cool things out on the river,” she said. “We started the business because we are passionate about the river and thought people might be interested in learning about the Pascagoula River. We have taken out visitors from all over the world, in addition to locals.”

For more information, you can visit www.ecotoursofsouthmississippi.com or visit the Eco-Tours of South Mississippi Facebook page.

 

 

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FABLAB Summer Camp Dates Are Set!

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A FABLAB consists of a suite of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping machines, including a large computer numerical control (CNC) router (the ShopBot), a vinyl cutter, a laser engraver, an electronics work bench, a 3D printer, and the accompanying computers and software for design, programming, and machine communications. This equipment allows students to use computer-aided design to make almost anything they can imagine.

The FABLAB Jackson County in Vancleave will be putting on events throughout the summer for kids of all ages. Please check out the flyer to see what they’ve got coming up.

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day to be held on April 28th

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is holding a free community event, in conjunction with the Junior Auxillary of Biloxi/Ocean Springs, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active all summer long. Healthy Kids Day® is the YMCA’s national initiative to improve families health and well-being.  Games and activities will demonstrate, motivate, and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8:00 -11:00 a.m.

Ft. Maurepas Park, Front Beach, Ocean Springs, MS

Joey Conwill, Wellness Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA–Blossman Family Branch, 228-875-5050

 

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Spring Arts Festival: Herb, Garden & Art

The annual Spring Arts Festival in downtown Ocean Springs celebrated its 25th year last weekend. Over 150 vendors participated and, while the numbers are still being calculated, it is estimated to have had around 15,000 visitors. The event is looked forward to each year by festival-goers from near and far as well as the local gardening and art communities.

“We are so proud of the amazing turnout of 150 vendors and Nearly 15,000 visitors this year.  The turnout numbers are still being calculated. The weather was amazing and our community and visitors alike were able to get out and find unique arts, crafts and get their green thumb ready for Spring! -We were excited to introduce new vendors and a variety of demonstrations.” ~ Cynthia Dobbs Sutton, Ocean Springs Chamber – Mainstreet – Tourism Bureau

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First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi Reads to Moss Point Preschoolers

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First Lady Deborah Bryant of Mississippi visited the Moss Point School District Family Education Center this morning to read with a group of preschoolers. After Mayor Mario King made the invitation, MPSD superintendent Dr. Shannon Vincent worked with her staff to organize the event. Deborah Bryant is passionate about early childhood education in Mississippi and travels throughout the state to encourage it.

Preschoolers from Little People Learning Center and Mary’s Little Lambs arrived and waited excitedly. Excel by 5 Chairman Debby Renfroe entertained the children before Carolyn Moore, School Board President and chief professional officer at United Way for Jackson and George Counties, welcomed Mrs. Bryant.

The children listened intently to an interactive story about ice cream, dogs and dinosaurs that taught the importance of sharing, and even sang along with some of the words.

“Excel by 5 in Moss Point was honored to be included in this event with our State’s First Lady,” said Debby Renfroe, Chairman of Excel by 5, Inc. “Many thanks to Mrs. Bryant and the Moss Point School District for recognizing the importance of reading to the preschoolers from some of the wonderful child care centers in our city.”

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