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Louisiana Youngsters Spend July 4th Holiday at MC

July 3, 2008

Hundreds of campers from around the South will spend their July 4th holiday at Mississippi College, including a group from a church in Bogalusa, La.

Campers used words like "awesome" and "the coolest thing ever" in describing their five-day stay on the Clinton campus. As America celebrated Independence Day, seven campers from Palestine Baptist Church in the Louisiana city will be among those packing up, saying their goodbyes and heading home.

This is the first year that kids from Palestine Baptist Church, from third graders to sixth graders, attended a Centri-KID camp at Mississippi College. MC is located just a few miles from Mississippi's capital city of Jackson. The 182-year-old Baptist university is welcoming 10,000 summer campers through late July.

"Centri-KID has provided a great atmosphere for our students to come and enjoy being a Christian," said Jeremy Albright, 23, youth pastor at the Bogalusa church. "They are overwhelmingly loved and appreciated for whom they are children of God."

Albright is also a graduate student at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Campers, parents and youth counselors are coming from 14 states, including Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee, this summer.

He said the kids have attended other camps, but none compare to the energy and magnitude of what Centri-Kid offers. They mix quiet time for Bible studies with worship in Swor Auditorium, and fun games on the Quad, the center of the 4,600-student MC campus, the state's largest private university.

About a 1,000 more campers will be arriving at MC for a five-day visit to the Christian university in Central Mississippi.

PHOTO: Campers from Palestine Baptist Church, Bogalusa, LA