Mississippi Cultural Crossroads sponsors an 8-week summer camp targeting students in grades 3 through 8. Our goal is to stimulate young minds to continue active learning throughout the summer months, bring artists, crafters, teachers and other professionals in to do hands-on activities and incorporate nutrition and physical fitness into a well-rounded curriculum of engagement for the participants.
Divided into two 4-week sessions, Camp Crossroads serves 20 – 30 children grades 3 – 8. Two or three academic learning objectives are chosen and campers work to master those in addition to the fun camp activities. For example in 2015 one objective was to learn all 50 states and their capitols and be able to place them correctly on a US map.
Alcorn State University and Mississippi State University Extension Service personnel provide engaging and interactive activities that fit extremely well with our program goals. For example, the campers participated in a one-week Cooking School where they prepared and tasted grilled fruit kabobs and grilled turkey burgers. They were also introduced to a Healthy Kids Punch. The plant and soil specialist introduced them to container gardening. Weekly walking tours serve two purposes; they provide a bit of fitness and they build civic awareness and pride. Further, campers go on at least two field trips away from the city of Port Gibson, usually to the Grand Gulf Military State Park and to historic Natchez or Vicksburg.
At the end of the summer the kids and counselors prepare a wonderful closing program for parents and the community and it is always inspiring to witness what they have learned and how they have grown across a summer.