Thursday, January 18, 2018

Spring Has Sprung, and the Coast Celebrates St. Pat’s and Easter!

Ah … springtime! Can you feel the first wisps of spring wafting their way through the air? As the daffodils consider popping up their spritely heads, all creatures stir … including the human kind! There’s so much spring holiday activity, it’s enough to make your jonquils bloom early!

Here are a few things you won’t want to miss:

Read more: Spring Has Sprung, and the Coast Celebrates St. Pat’s and Easter!

Overnight Camps

2016 Overnight Camps

Camp Bratton-Green

1530 Way Rd

Canton, MS 39046

(601) 8591556

Ages: 7-15

Summer Camping since 1947!

Mission: To foster and nurture the spiritual growth of children and young people through a Christian camp experience.

Our camp sessions are grouped by grade for the school year just completed as summer begins. Each session is directed by a priest in the Episcopal Church. Camp sessions start on Mondays with registration beginning at 2:00 pm. Check-out occurs on Saturdays at 10:00 am. Bratton-Green is a place set apart that provides individuals, families, and organizations a setting and programs to renew lives and deepen our walk with Christ which enables service in the world.

Special Needs Session- We hold 2 camp sessions for individuals that are diversely abled. We strive to uphold the dignity of every human being while living and playing in a Christian community. Session 1 serves those ages 40 and up while the Session 2 serves those 8-39.


Camp Invention

Multiple locations throughout Mississippi

(800) 968 4332

Camp Ages: 1st-6th grade

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities created especially for 1st-6th graders. Boys and girls will spend their time constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat and taking apart electronics to assemble something new. Lessons explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Early registration discounts are available. Visit or call 800.968.4332 for information.


Camp of the Rising Son

444 Lake Road

French Camp, MS 39745


Camper Ages: 6-17

Experience life-changing fun at Camp of the Rising Son! With 35 years of experience as a Christ-centered, summer camp providing adventure and friendships, a week at CRS is a great opportunity for your child to learn and grow while experiencing the great outdoors!


Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Rd

Chatanooga, TN 37405

(423) 267-8505

Camper Ages 11-14

Camp Walkabout is a no-experience-necessary avenue to all things outdoors! Campers will find themselves climbing the world renowned Tennessee Wall sandstone one day, exploring local caves the next and paddle boarding the mighty Tennessee River Gorge the next. Camp Walkabout truly is the most fun a camper can have in the summer!


Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi


Open to all girls ages 6-17

Camp Iti Kana in Wiggins, MS and Camp Wahi in Brandon, MS. Both overnight camps offer swimming, canoeing, kayaking, archery, nature, arts and crafts, science and leadership programs.


Twin Lakes Summer Camp

155 Milner Road

Florence, MS 39073


Camper Ages: 5-15

Twin Lakes Summer Camp is focused on providing an environment that is both safe and fun, while being intentionally grounded in Biblical teaching. For the past 40 years, Twin Lakes has shown the love of Christ to campers from a variety of backgrounds. During their session, each camper participates in each of our exciting activities - Horseback riding, Wild Wilderness Adventure, Games, Challenge Course, Riflery/Archery, Rock Climbing, Waterfront, Leather crafts and Kayaking. Biblical narratives serve as the theme each week, and come to life during assembly times as the whole camp experiences the story on Friday’s Bible adventure. The loving, highly qualified staff are carefully selected and genuinely enjoy developing relationships with each child and seeking to help him/her make the most of their week at camp. A medical doctor and healthcare staff oversee the health and safety of the camp program.

Letter From The Editor: March 2016


This is a time for rebirth. From the grass that springs up greener and the new attitudes formed by coming out of our wintertime cocoons, most parents are ready to tackle new projects and enjoy a little outdoor fun.

Also, this is about that time of year when some moms and dads begin planning for summer. They begin researching day camp and sleepaway camp options. In anticipation of this, we provide you with listings of South Mississippi providers you might want to consider.

All along the coast, events -- everything from the St. Patrick’s Parade in Biloxi to egg hunts in communities across the three coastal counties -- will place families out and about to enjoy each other and expose children to the magic of springtime. Writer Elizabeth Phelps will fill you in on some of these cool events for families, many of which are completely free. The calendar in the back of this issue will also provide more listings of local activities.

Now go out there and take it all in … together!


Kara Bachman

Managing Editor

An Outdoor Summer Camp for Unique South Mississippi Kids

Kay Boone has been involved with the Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp since 1979.

“I was in college and majoring in Special Education and didn’t have a clue why,” Boone said. “After I worked at the camp, I knew immediately what I was supposed to be doing.”

Now one of the three Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp directors, Boone’s primary role is coordinating the volunteer staff and the adult campers. There are three camp events, she explained. For two weeks in July, at Camp Iti Kani, located north of Wiggins, the first week of camp is dedicated to children with significant disabilities (ages 2 to 21) and the second week is for adults with disabilities (ages 22 to 65).

Read more: An Outdoor Summer Camp for Unique South Mississippi Kids

Kid Craft: Potato Print Easter Cards

Easter! It’s a great time for children’s crafts, for unleashing creativity, and for sharing well-wishes during this season of renewal. This “Kid Craft” project is an opportunity for you and your children to make very personal Easter cards. Each child can easily make a unique design, or together you can make a design that represents the entire family.

Read more: Kid Craft: Potato Print Easter Cards

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