MC Hosts 2009 Super Summer Camps
July 13, 2009
Sponsored by the Mississippi Baptist Convention, the five-day camp provides direction to young people and equips them with leadership skills. Whether they come from as far away as Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo or as nearby as a congregation in Central Mississippi, they hit the pool, play frisbee on the Quad and shoot hoops. Along the way, they also learn to have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Super Summer camp that's been a fixture at MC for more than two decades is part of the invasion of nearly 10,000 campers to the Christian university from late May until late July. Typically, the MC campers come from more than 400 churches in 14 Southern states.
Last year's Super Summer camp proved to be a blessing to a trio of Tupelo High grads. They were among dozens on the Purple team. Their purple color noted they've been coming to the MC camp since they were 9th graders. 'We learn to serve others," said Tupelo High alum Sarah Servanti, 19, before boarding a bus to return to their Lee County home in North Mississippi.
"Ignite" is one of the key themes at the 2009 Super Summer camp. It's is intended to spark friendships and fellowship, while promoting faith for hundreds of visitors to Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College.
Super Summer campers should begin arriving by 1 p.m. Monday. The camp comes to an end around 10:45 a.m. Friday July 17. It figures to be hot. Campers are encouraged to take frequent water breaks and find time to rest between activities.
Last week, a similar camp run by Nashville-based Lifeway attracted groups including Immanuel Baptist Church led by adult counselors Joe King, Lori Plumlee and Liz Taormina. They visited the pool, posed for a picture by the MC fountain and dined at the cafeteria. Their job was to keep tabs on six children - Christopher Barron, Rhyan Plumlee, Cameron Stewart, Erica Vega, Kennedy Moore and Madison Dowling. Worship services led by a Christian rock band kept things lively for the campers at Swor Auditorium.
Adult counselor Butch Roberts of Trussville, Alabama enjoyed his stay at MC amid an unusual summer sight on July 6 - heavy rainfall. He came armed with a giant red umbrella to stay dry. A member of Northpark Baptist Church in Alabama, Roberts found MC's summer camp scene today to be far better than what he experienced as a camper decades ago.
For more information on the Super Summer camp at MC, contact the Mississippi Baptist Convention at 601.968.3800 or reach MC continuing education director Ken Gilliam at 601.925.3264.
Contact Andy Kanengiser, University News Coordinator, at 601.925.7760 or at email@example.com.