MERIDIAN — Camp Eagle Ridge
Established in 2010 in Collinsville, Camp Eagle Ridge is a non-profit camp for able and special needs children in grades K-eighth.
"Our mission is to teach children of all ages that with vision, determination, persistence, and courage they can achieve the goal of obtaining a college education," said Dan Fritz, founder and owner.
Two camps are scheduled for June: June 3-7, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., open to the general public and special needs children; and June 10-13, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., for Meridian Youth Programs (such as Weems, Make A Change, Infusion).
A variety of activities are offered including: arts and crafts – creative projects ranging from making T-shirt and nature projects to decorating flower pots as well as working with wood; zip-line – a challenging ride on a 180-foot zip line; horseback riding; an obstacle course featuring 18 activities; rock wall climbing; target shoot/archery; water activities; and a petting zoo. Campers also hear inspirational stories from area people who have overcome challenges and become successful individuals.
Cost is $25 per day; no charge to special needs children. Transportation is not provided. The deadline to register is May 31.
For more information, call (601) 626-8885 or visit www.campeagleridge.org
Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi,
Camp Meridale may be resting, but not local Girl Scouts.
"Summer is a great time for Girl Scouts. We're more than about cookies, we're also about great adventures and fun," said Sonja Hopkins, membership community development specialist of the Meridian office of Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi.
A series of day events are scheduled – for scouts and non-scouts (registration to GSUSA required):
• June 1 – Girl Scout Day at Geyser Falls in Philadelphia, from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration is $23 and the deadline is May 17.
• June 4 – "P" is for Purple. Open to Daisies, Brownies and Juniors, the event will take place from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Meridian Girl Scout Office, 307 24th Ave. S. Participants will enjoy a "purplicious" day of eating purple food, having fun purple activities, wearing their favorite shades of purple and more. Girls will need to bring a sack lunch; morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Registration is $15 (includes patch) and the deadline is May 21.
• June 13-14 – Skate the Night Away. An all night skating adventure at Skate Odyssey, from 9 a.m. p.m.to 6 a.m. Participants will skate, play games and watch a movie. Registration is $20 (includes skates, snacks and a patch) and the deadline is May 30.
• July 16 – All "American Girl" Day Camp, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., South Side Community Center, Waynesboro. Open to Daisies, Brownies and Juniors, scouts will "sail" along on adventures with Caroline, the "American Girl," and learn about her story of bravery, ambition and independence. Participants will receive a copy of Caroline's book and participate in activities such as making a message in a bottle, watching the movie “Nim’s Island,” make and decorate their own cane fishing pole and more, all while learning about life in the early 1800s. Girls will need to bring a sack lunch; morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Registration is $20 and the deadline is July 2.
• Beginning July 22 – Stretch for the Stars Day Camp for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors, from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Pine Lake Camp in Meridian. Participants will explore fitness, science, reading, rocket building and more. Two sessions are scheduled: a 3-day mini-session, July 22-24, and a five-day session, July 22-26. Girls need to bring a sack lunch; morning and afternoon snacks provided. Registration is $50, mini session, $80, full session, and the deadline is July 8.
And for those who would like to attend summer resident camp (three-day or two-week), Camp Iti Kana (located on 339 beautiful wooded acres 8 miles north of Wiggins) and Camp Wahi (situated on 156 acres of beautiful hardwood forest in Brandon) are open.
For more information about summer camps for Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, visit the website www.gsgms.org