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Campers from Clinton, Louisiana Relish MC Summer Camp

July 9, 2008

Movies like "The Dukes of Hazzard," were filmed in Clinton, Louisiana, a small town of about 1,000 friendly folks near Baton Rouge.

As a delegation of 37 campers and counselors from Bluff Creek Baptist Church, these Clintonians from the Bayou State received star treatment during a week's stay in Clinton, Miss. They visited the other Clinton across the border to attend Centri-Kid camp at Mississippi College.

It all began in 2004 when the Clintonians from LSU Tiger country brought three counselors and three campers to the Christian university in Central Mississippi. Over the years, those numbers steadily climbed. And despite $4 per gallon gas prices, there's good reason more are flocking to summer camp at MC.

"Although there are other Centri-Kid camps in the area to choose from, we always come back to Mississippi College," says Nancy Pierce, one of the parent leaders here for the five days of fun, food and Bible study. "We love the college, the friendly staff, the beautiful campus and the quiet atmosphere."

The staff at Baptist-affiliated MC and with the camp, Pierce said, work well as a team to "create a safe and positive atmosphere for our young children to learn about God. It doesn't matter if it's art or sports, they always incorporate how awesome God is and how much He loves us."

The group from Clinton, Louisiana, from third graders through sixth graders, is part of a record 10,000 campers at MC this summer. They are traveling from 14 states, including Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas and Alabama. Slightly under 10,000 campers visited MC last summer.

Expect the Clinton, La. bunch that celebrated the Independence Day holiday at MC to return to the Centri-Kid camp in Clinton, Miss. in the summer of 2009.

There are personal ties that make the campers' journey from Clinton, La. to Clinton, Miss something special. The pastor at the Bluff Creek Baptist Church, Jay Avance, is an MC alumnus.

Just before hitting the road to Louisiana, Nancy Pierce said she wants to give everybody associated with the June 30-July 4 summer camp at Mississippi College a big "thumbs up."

PHOTO: Centri-Kid Campers from the Bluff Creed Baptist Church, Clinton, La.

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