Artist’s Reception for the 2018 Mississippi Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Winners.

Audubon Center Welcomes Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit


MOSS POINT, MISS. – The Pascagoula River Audubon Center will be hosting an Artist’s Reception to welcome the student winners of the 2018 Mississippi Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest and showcase their artwork in the Moss Point Fine Art Gallery. The Artist’s Reception is free and open to the public and will take place Thursday, July 12th from 5-7pm. The winning artwork will be on display from July 12th through August 4th.


This art exhibit will be the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp Educational Program that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students expressed their newfound knowledge by drawing or painting a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. Students then submitted their artwork to their state art competition. The winners of Mississippi’s 2018 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest will be on display in this exhibit.


The Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge plays a large role in the Mississippi Junior Duck Stamp Program and coordinates Art contest by sponsoring it, receiving, and judging the artwork, as well as providing prizes. Submitted artwork was grouped into four categories based on the age of the student. Student winners submitted artwork from varied parts of Mississippi, including Natchez, Vidalia, Biloxi, Gulfport, Clinton, Ocean Springs, Jackson, Flowood, Brandon, Ridgeland, and Perkinston.

The Center, located in historic downtown Moss Point, Miss., is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Learn more about the Pascagoula River Audubon Center at


We invite you to join us on Thursday July 12th from 5-7pm for the Artist’s reception to welcome the students and their winning artwork.

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What Jackson County residents are grilling this holiday

PASCAGOULA—If you’re like many Americans, your Fourth of July plans include making the perfect grilled meal.
In fact, Independence Day is the most popular day of the year for grilling, when 63 percent of grill owners plan to plan to fire up their favorite outdoor cooking tool, according to a poll by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.
With that in mind, JaxCoHome recently polled 50 people outside Jerry Lee’s and Wayne Lee’s grocery stores in Pascagoula to ask them what foods were going on their grills this Fourth of July.
Not surprisingly, nearly half of you are going with the no-fail, classic combo of hamburgers and hotdogs to feed a hungry crowd.
The next top answer was ribs, with one out of five of you tossing a slab on the grill this holiday. They’re messy but always delicious.
Another 16 percent of you are going to be grilling the perfect steak…and probably debating with your friends and family about the perfect doneness. (Rare? Medium? Well-done?). Meanwhile, 14 percent of you will be eating chicken and loving every bite of it.
A few of you mentioned other enviable, mouth-watering menus of Conecuh sausage, grilled shrimp, smoked pork and BBQ wings.
We also want to give a shout out to those of you who said your plans involve going to someone else’s house. You can always pick up a tasty side at your favorite local grocery store to bring to the party. We won’t tell anyone that you didn’t spend all day making that delicious potato salad.
However you choose to celebrate, don’t forget to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States and the people who defend those freedoms each and every day.   

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Singing River Health System has again been named #1 on the MS Gulf Coast for Overall Hospital and Surgical Care.


Contact: Georgia Storey, 228-382-7045

July 5, 2018     

Sarah Duffey, 228-326-0824




Singing River Health System Ranked Best on MS Coast for Medical Excellence  

1st in Medical Excellence in Overall Medical Care and Surgical Care

Pascagoula, MS –Singing River Health System has been recognized by an independent quality ratings firm as the Number One Provider on the MS Gulf Coast for Medical Excellence in Overall Medical and Surgical Care for 2018 based on key clinical performance measures.  


This distinction along with dozens of others was announced by CareChex®, an information service of Quantros, Inc.   CareChex is an innovative medical quality rating system designed to assist hospitals and health systems in improving the quality of inpatient care and promoting medical excellence to consumers, payers and employers across the US.   Unlike other publicly available quality ratings, CareChex provides a composite evaluation of all components of medical quality including process of care, clinical outcomes and patient experiences.  


Besides the #1 ranking for Medical Excellence on the Gulf Coast, Singing River also garnered top rankings in the region for an additional 36 categories, including Overall Hospital Care, Surgical Care, Cancer Care, Major Cardiac Surgery, Heart Attack Treatment and others.   The system was also named #1 in Mississippi for Patient Safety in Interventional Coronary and Neurological Careand among the top ten percent nationally for Patient Safety in Overall Medical Care.   A complete list of the system’s awards are available on their website at .


“This is a testament to the compassion, skill and commitment that our team of caregivers delivers” said Lee Bond, Chief Executive Officer for Singing River Health System.  “CareChex provides the most statistically accurate quality ratings available in the industry, using publicly reported data to look at all aspects of care.   It is an important quality of life measure for all who live and work here on the coast.”  


Andy Weissberg, SVP Marketing Communications at Quantros noted, “Singing River Health System has demonstrated its ability to provide high quality care to the community it serves.  To receive this many awards for medical excellence and patient safety is an outstanding accomplishment for both the physicians and hospital staff.  We congratulate them on their commitment to delivering high quality, patient‐centered care.”


Additional information about the ratings and those of other providers across the nation can be found online at

Singing River Health System is pleased to announce some of its latest clinical achievements.  Recently, SRHS was awarded the American Stroke Association’s “Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award,” and now it has received another set of quality awards for outstanding healthcare.

The full list of awards received may be found below.


#1 on the MS Gulf Coast for:

Overall Hospital Care

Overall Surgical Care

Cancer Care

Major Cardiac Surgery

General Surgery

Heart Attack Treatment

Spinal Surgery and Hip Fracture Repair


# 1 in Mississippi for:

Interventional Coronary Care Patient Safety

Neurological Patient Safety

Vascular Surgery Patient Safety

Top 10% in the US for:

Overall Medical Care Patient Safety

Cancer Care Patient Safety

Interventional Coronary Care Patient Safety

COPD Medical Excellence



Singing River Health System strives to provide the community with top-notch healthcare and are here to serve you. For more information on these achievements, call 228-382-7045.







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Stay Safe on the Water this Summer

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As we prepare for the Fourth of July holiday, those who will be boating are encouraged to exercise extra special caution to protect those in their boats and in others.

According to Kell Robbins, manager at Furlan’s Marine in Gautier, Fourth of July is one of the holidays where they see the most damaged boats come into their shop for repair. He said, this time of year, people can get hurt, or worse, in boating related accidents – people fall out of boats or the driver hits something that then throws passengers from the boat.

When it comes to enjoying the boating holiday in a safe manner, Robbins gave a few safety tips that are important to keep in mind for new and experienced boaters alike.

The main tip is to make sure you have safety gear on your boat in case an emergency does arise. This includes proper life jackets, fire extinguishers, flares, and a good cell phone battery. It can be a good idea to inspect these from time to time and make sure everything works properly and is in good condition.

Robbins also encourages boaters to run their boats before the holiday weekend to make sure there is nothing wrong and that they are up to proper boating standards. One simple way to prevent damage is to make sure the drain plug on the boat is plugged in before it is launched.

Furlan’s Marine can also check your boat and safety gear if you’re unsure.

Robbins also said that it’s important to check the radar and keep an eye on storms because they can – and do – pop up quickly. He said that if you see a storm while on the island, it can be a good idea to wait it out and let the storm pass rather than trying to beat it back to shore in the boat.

Many boating accidents are alcohol related, and Robbins said each boat should have a sober driver to ensure that everyone gets home safely. There will be a lot of marine patrols about during the holiday checking boaters and enforcing the laws. Also, Mississippi requires that boaters born after June 30, 1980, must have a Boater Education Card.

To get your boat checked for any boating holiday or for repairs, contact Furlan’s Marine at 228-497-7444 or visit their website.

For more information on boating safety, visit the official website of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division.

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Jackson County Head Start Now Accepting Applications

Head-Start-Logo Jackson County Head Start Now Accepting Applications

Head Start is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a federally funded educational opportunity which is free to parents. Your family must simply meet federal guidelines to be approved. Our teachers are consistently trained in the latest curriculum to help your child become ready for public school. Does your child have an IEP? We now have on staff behavioral specialists to help your child grow and learn. Your child will likely qualify! Hurry and apply online at before the mandatory spaces for each classroom are full. We have centers in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier, and Ocean Springs. School begins August 7th, 2018. Don’t wait!


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3rd Annual SNO Days Camp

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The 3rd Annual SNO Days Camp at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs will take place on June 19-21, 2018. On the evening of June 21, there will be a fundraising family picnic for the benefit of South Mississippi Special Needs Organization from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. At 7:00 pm inside the theater of the Mary C. the Songs & Stories Show will begin, with musicians Double Dee (Darwin & Dana) and the SNO Camp Participants.

The purpose of the this minicamp is to provide a two hour, three day class for those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities whose ages vary between 6 and 60. The show is free. The picnic will consist of hamburger or hot dog plates being sold for $6.00 each. All proceeds of the picnic goes to help SNO continue to offer their quarterly events for the benefit of the special needs community and their families here in the coastal counties area of South Mississippi.

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is a Registered Host Site for Global World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event

The YMCA is proud to be a host site for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson 2018! 

On June 21, 2018, the lesson will begin promptly at 11:00am at the Blossman Family Branch YMCA on Government St.  Registration begins June 11 through 10:00am on June 21, the day of the lesson.  The lesson will be limited to the first 30 registrants, so register soon!  Ideal age for participants is from 7 to 16 years old.  

The cost?  $1!! 

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The purpose of the lesson? To provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Program organizers are working to connect the dots between the real risk of childhood drowning and the need for basic water competency skills and crucial parental supervision to keep kids safe in and around the water. Research shows:

  • The problem is life threatening for children: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for people aged 1-14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
  • Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.
  • Parents don’t recognize supervision is key: According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.

More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017. Each location and tens of thousands of participants help spread the Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ message each year.

For more information, please contact Michele Cateson, Aquatics Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, at or 228-875-5050.

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Children and Families Find Hope in Jackson County Through Pilot Program

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Judge Sharon Sigalas

Foster Children in Jackson County are finding hope in being reunited with their parents and families through a pilot Re-Unification Program hosted by the Jackson County Youth Court  (JCYC). For the first time Wednesday, May 9th 2018, children, parents, and foster parents came together to celebrate children being reunited with their parents at a banquet hosted by Judge Sharon Sigalas and the Jackson County Youth Court.  Other leaders were also present including local D.A., Tony Lawrence and State Senator Brice Wiggins.

There are many reasons why this program is important as fostered children numbers continue to rise.  Senator Brice Wiggins and other coastal legislators worked to see legislation passed in 2016 that would stimulate this process.  The Senator reports that in the state of Mississippi, 2/3 of all foster children reside in the lower 3 counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson.  Although the legislation passed, funding such a program is always an issue.

sigalas Children and Families Find Hope in Jackson County Through Pilot Program

Senator Brice Wiggins

While much of the details surrounding these cases are confidential, a judicial study group worked to find a way to enhance the law to encourage reunification and celebrate the success stories of reunification.  Consequently, the idea of a Reunification Banquet was born and Judge Sigalas stepped up to make it happen.

Thanks to funding from the Annie E. Casey foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and an additional 100 million from the Mississippi State Legislature 2017 budget, the reunification program is gaining strength.  The first inaugural Reunification Banquet by JCYC highlights an intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation approach to helping children in foster care reunite with their parents toward permanency. Through the aid of a trained, credentialed, Parent Representative appointee, parents are coached through court dates, rehabilitation, counseling, legal help, and more while the children receive the care and attention they need through foster care.

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Commissioner, Jess Dickinson

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Jurist in Residence, John Hudson

According to Judge Sigalas, “since this is a pilot program, there is a lot of data that needs to be collected and compared across the state in order to determine the strengths and weakness in the program”.  She credits Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services (MDCPS) commissioner, Jess Dickinson, and John Hudson, Jurist in Residence (Youth Courts) Mississippi Supreme Court with making the reunification program a  priority within the Mississippi Youth Court system. Both were in attendance at the banquet and Commissioner Dickinson was the keynote speaker at the banquet. He emphasized the importance of why this program is vital to the lives of children and families.  Judge Sigalas said, “The fact that the (MDCPS) Commissioner would drive here to be a part of this event speaks to the importance of it”. Senator Wiggins added, “the new law encourages reunification… no one wants a child to remain in the system. This event highlights the success stories and they need to be told.  JCYC and CASA of Jackson County are on the forefront to making this program successful”.

As the first Reunification Banquet is now in the books for Judge Sigalas and the JCYC staff, she and her colleagues look forward to the program expanding across the state and here in Jackson County, thus putting children and parents back together in healthy, productive, caring homes.  The success stories do need to be told and celebrated because the reunification program is important to the success of many children and families in our community and across our state.

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Summer Camp HQ

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

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


  • Ages 5 & 6


  • Ages 7, 8 & 9


  • 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
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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 or 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 or contact Theresa Haynes at or 228-875-5050.

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