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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This Popular Ministry App With 30k Downloads Was Made Right Here in Jackson County

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OCEAN SPRINGS–When Greg Arnold moved his online Christian men’s ministry from blog to mobile app in 2016, he had modest hopes for its success.

“It took a year to get the first 5,000 registered users, which is what I was shooting for,” Arnold said. “I thought I had hit the moon when I got to 5,000.”

Fast forward a year and a half later, and the Live Bold application has been downloaded more than 30,000 times from the iOS and Android app stores by users in 163 countries. Of those downloads, about half are registered users. In both app stores, it has climbed its way to the number one spot in the search results for Christian Men’s apps, and it consistently remains in the top five apps in the search results for Christian apps in general.

The Live Bold app offers daily devotions with the option to add comments and interact with other users, articles for Christian men categorized by topic, forums for sharing prayer requests, and options to search for local Bible studies. Paid subscribers receive access to more study tools and other enhanced features.

The Ocean Springs resident started Live Bold Ministries a decade ago as a blog where he spoke to Christian men about their unique struggles and called on them to deepen their faith in God.  

“Over time, that developed more into a relationship with the readers, and I started listening to what the readers were asking for,” Arnold said.

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Arnold continually adjusted the website format, the writing style and the ministry offerings to suit his readership. About two years ago, he noticed the website statistics showed a major shift from desktop to mobile, so he spent the next six months developing an application to transfer the ministry primarily to a mobile platform.

“I launched it quietly, and the traction became immediate,” Arnold said.

For Arnold, the numbers are fun to crunch, but they aren’t the measure of his success. Sure, he admits he hopes to see the app reach the coveted 100,000 downloads, but it’s much more gratifying for him to see men connecting with one another and growing in their faith.

 

“My lane, my call, has been to help a man get out of the ditch, stay on the track and make some positive gains in his life—through God and through Christ,” Arnold said.

iOS: https://loom.ly/xaHMeUo 
Android: https://loom.ly/etq4d_Y

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Premier Rodeo Productions to host 17th Annual Jackson County Sheriff’s Rodeo

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The Jackson County Sheriff’s Rodeo brings in Premier Rodeo Productions along with National Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association (N.C.P.R.A.), and Premier Bulls Tour. Cowboys and cowgirls from across the southeast will compete for over $10,000 in prize money. All event proceeds will go to benefit Auxiliary Division of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

On May 18 & 19 at 7:30 pm, the National Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association returns to the Conrad Mallette Arena for the, “17th Annual Jackson County Sheriff’s Rodeo”. Events include Bareback, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Cowgirls Breakaway Roping, Cowgirls Barrel Racing, and Bull Riding.

When the action gets too intense, legendary entertainer; Rudy Burns, will be providing the laughter, and kids activities. “We are excited to come back for Southeast Mississippi’s Greatest Rodeo. We have added the Rawhide & Dusty Show to this year’s lineup and the fans in attendance also have a free chance to win a $70,000 sweepstakes to a Dodge Ram of their choice. “Last year’s rodeo was great, but the 17th Annual Jackson County Sheriff’s Rodeo will be even better”, says Premier Rodeo Productions president, Steven Campbell.

Jackson County native; Dylan Emerson, looks forward to competing at what is considered to be a hometown event. Emerson had a stellar year riding bulls in 2017. The 24-year-old from Hurley, MS reigning bull riding champion of the N.C.P.R.A. “It’s not every day that you get to do what you love in front of the ones that love. I am looking forward to competing both nights, and hopefully winning this rodeo with my hometown advantage.

This will be the seventeenth year for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to host the Rodeo that we all have come to love and enjoy. Over the past year the money raised from the Rodeo assisted the Auxiliary Division in training, equipment, uniforms, bereavement purposes and other special needs that have risen in the county. The Auxiliary Division has chronicled more than 20,000 hours of service to the citizens of Jackson County as well as augmenting the Patrol Division, increasing our Law Enforcement presence and expanding coverage across Jackson County.

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Vote for Ocean Springs as US Today’s 10 Best Coastal Small Town

Ocean Springs, MS – Ocean Springs is up for another award, USA Today’s Best Coastal Small Town. As the only town in Mississippi up for the award, the community is encouraged to vote for Ocean Springs now through May 14.

With a population of fewer than 25,000 people, these towns nominated offer uncrowded, unpretentious and affordable seaside fun in small packages. Move over Miami, Honolulu and Los Angeles, Ocean Springs is in the running.

“With its quaint, eclectic charm, we are delighted to have Ocean Springs nominated once again for this award,” says Executive Director Cynthia Sutton of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau. “Ocean Springs is a tourist favorite and, we encourage our entire coastal community and those throughout the state to promote Ocean Springs for this award.”

Vote for Ocean Springs once per day as Best Coastal Small Town until polls close on May 14 at noon, ET. Visit https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-coastalsmall-town/ to vote.

For more information, contact us at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424 or visit us at www.oceanspringschamber.com.

Mission: To promote tourism, provide progressive leadership for economic and community vitality for the greater Ocean Springs, Jackson County area and gulf coast and to enhance local culture and preserve quality of life through planned growth, diversification and beautification.

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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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Fundraiser to benefit MGCCC Jackson County Campus food pantry

On Saturday, April 28, the Largest Pulled Pork Serving will offer dinner plates to raise funds for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s #DOMORE Pantry, a food pantry for students and employees at the college’s Jackson County Campus.  Dinner plates can be purchased for $10.

The event, part of a Guinness World Book of Records competition, will be held from noon until 7 p.m. at Wilde’s Tavern in Ocean Springs.  There will also be a pork-eating contest, live music, raffles and an auction.  Portions of the proceeds from the meals will fund the food pantry, along with other nonprofit organizations.

Sponsors include Pleasant’s BBQ, Overtime Sports, Wilde’s Tavern, Southern Event and Party, Shepherds of the Gulf, #DOMORE Pantry, and Smithfield Foods.

For more information about purchasing dinner plates, contact Carin Platt, 228-497-7820, carin.platt@mgccc.edu.

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East Central Men’s Club Works to Give Back to Community

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The East Central Men’s Club was formed in 2012 by a group of approximately 15 men in the East Central area of Jackson County as a way to bring local men together to improve the community through service and financial contributions. Since its inception, the ECMC has given back more than $50,000 to the community.

According to Eddie Anderson, current president of the club, one of the charter members, Lamar Gordon, had received help from the community during a time of need, and he wanted to use the club to return the favor.

 

“Our main purpose in this club is to give back all of the funds that we raise to those in need and the children of our community,” Anderson said.

The club’s primary fundraising events include a drawdown in March and a golf tournament in September.

“These have become popular events in our community that help to raise much-needed funds and to provide a great time for all the participants,” Anderson said. “Our fundraising goes far and wide in our community.”

Through this fundraising, the club is able to provide four scholarships to graduates from East Central High School each year as well as adopt up to five families during the holidays to shop and buy gifts for. Anderson said they also provide financial assistance on a monthly and emergency basis to those who may have a loss in the family or an illness.

Club members also provide service at a variety of annual events including cooking for the Sheriff’s Rodeo in Vancleave in May, cooking for the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, and hosting a Veteran’s Day recognition dinner in November, which Anderson said has grown into a “great tribute to our local veterans.” The group also provides physical labor for those in need.

“We are constantly in touch with the needs of the community,” he said.

The East Central Men’s Club currently has 20 active members and meets once a month to discuss opportunities. They occasionally have speakers as well.

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JaxCoHome Turns One: Celebrating Birthdays Across Jackson County

To celebrate JaxCoHome’s first birthday, we decided to honor the people who make birthdays happen in Jackson County. We visited both Singing River Hospital in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula with birthday cake for the labor and delivery staff, as well as baby-friendly gifts for expecting mothers. JaxCoHome team members Tessa and Lina, along with helper and Lina’s stepdaughter, Brielle, met with the SRHS Marketing Team and Chief Nursing Officer to pull off the surprise. The birthday cakes came from Rouses Market in Ocean Springs and the gifts from Marina Cottage Soap Co.
“We are honored JaxCoHome chose to celebrate its first birthday with us! It’s amazing what they have accomplished in one year, giving a voice to the positive things happening in our area. Recently, we have shared the publication with recruits and new staff members from other regions. It has become such a great resource to everyone on the coast and we’re excited to partner with them more in the future,” said Sarah Duffey, Singing River Health System Marketing Manager.
 
Singing River Health System is vital to our community. We cannot thank the staff members enough for the wonderful work they do each and every day, and can’t imagine a better way to have celebrated JaxCoHome’s first birthday. We are proud that the men and women of SRHS call Jackson County Home!
 
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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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Walk MS: Uniting Communities to Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

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Andy Bell, President of National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi and Lt. Doug Adams of the Pascagoula Police Dept. at the Walk Kick-Off Luncheon at Aunt Jenny’s Restaurant in Ocean Springs.

Hundreds of local walkers raised money at Walk MS: Mississippi Gulf Coast last Saturday at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs. Walk MS is an opportunity for people to come together with friends, loved ones and co-workers to fundraise, connect and advocate for people affected by MS. Each dollar raised is one step closer to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s goal – a world free of MS. Since its inception in 1988, Walk MS has cumulatively raised more than $1 billion. Saturday’s walk was expected to raise more than $25,000.

“Walk MS is all about community – people coming together to raise money and show support for loved ones, colleagues and friends,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “Funds raised have a direct impact in this community, for example – our MS Navigator program. MS Navigators are highly-skilled, compassionate professionals available to connect each person affected by MS to the resources and information they need to live their best lives.”

Multiple sclerosis attacks the brain and spinal cord, and it is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults. The National MS Society is a gathering place for people with MS, their family and loved ones, healthcare providers, volunteers, donors, fundraisers, advocates, community leaders and all those that seek a world free of MS.

Sanofi Genzyme is the premier national sponsor of Walk MS. Biogen, Genentech and Novartis are also national sponsors of Walk MS.

Walk MS helps fuel groundbreaking MS research and provide life-changing services to those affected by MS through creating a supportive community of friends, families, and loved ones who fundraise and connect. To get involved you can visit walkMS.org, call (855) 372-1331, or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org. For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society, visit nationalMSsociety.org or call (800) 344-4867.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

 

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