Summer is just within our reach and new activities are beginning all over Bolivar County, including OKRA Kids Camp on the Delta State University campus.
Camp for 6-8 year olds will be from May 28 to June 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.
Camp for 9-11 year olds will be from June 4 to June 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.
The camp provides age and developmentally appropriate, engaging instruction promoting and fostering active participation.
Activities include: kayaking, canoeing, fishing, disc golf, swimming, floor hockey, interactive and team-building games, non-competitive team sports, and numerous other recreational activities.
The camp is fully booked.
Due to the popularity of the camp, staff registered 150 for week one in less than a day.
Camp Director Todd Davis said, "We are exploring to option to take some off the older youth to Dahomey Wildlife Preserve to hike and bird as an option using our new outdoor recreation van. We've purchased new lacrosse equipment and have enjoyed exposing youth to this activity."
While there are many different summer camps out there, Davis is confident no other camps provides the same experience as OKRA Camp.
"There are camps which have replicated the look and type of camp, but I can guarantee there isn't a camp like ours that exposes this many youth to the breadth and depth of activities using facilities and assets on a major Mississippi university campus like OKRA summer day camp," he said.
Davis said those staffing the camp make it a unique place for the campers.
"I think the fact that we have returning staff speaks volumes. This staff loves the concept of OKRA Camp, but also love what this camp does for our area youth and love the kids who come like their own, and that, too, makes this camp special," he said.
OKRA Camp is directed and supervised by recreation professionals.
Each recreation leader is first-aid, CPR, and Red Cross Lifeguard certified.
The camp also has a mentor program for kids that have phased out of the camp but still want ot be involved.
These mentors are between 11 and 14 years of age and must have participated in OKRA camp a minimum of three years.
These individuals assist camp instructors with teaching, logistics, and group dynamic.
Youth mentors are treated as part of the OKRA Camp staff and given instruction, direction, and guidance from their group leader.
They are expected to be at camp everyday on time and be a role model for the age-group participants they are working with.
For more information about OKRA Camp or other activities visit www.deltastate.edu