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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has a wide variety of summer camps to satisfy kids from ages 6 to 19. With camps ranging from robotics to disc golf, chemistry to performing arts, parents can choose from many interesting and rewarding programs that will engage their children’s inquisitive minds and active bodies.

Dr. Terri Sasser, assistant dean of Teaching and Learning at the Jackson County Campus, said all MGCCC camps have multiple opportunities for participants to learn skills. “When deciding what camps to offer and design, we want to make sure that it is a value-added experience for participants,” she said.  “As a college, we feel that our mission is to offer opportunities for individuals to broaden their horizons and learn new things.  These camps offer that and, of course, tons of fun as well.”

Vic Gauthreaux, the Bulldogs eSports adviser and Information Technology instructor at the Harrison County Campus, will be leading an eSports Summer Camp for ages 9-12.

“The great thing about the camps we offer at the college is that we focus on fun and learning,” he said. “We have everything planned so that campers can have the best experience possible.  We want our camps to be something they remember fondly forever.”

Gauthreaux said the eSports camps offered at all three campuses are not only about video games.  “We discuss and address the importance of physical activities, and we also stress the importance of professionalism and civil skills.”

Britney Patten, the Perkette Dance Team choreographer and dance coordinator, is leading the Perkette Princess Summer Dance Camp at the Perkinston Campus in June. “The camp is a princess-themed camp for children ages 4-9, that focuses on dancing and having fun,” she said. “Our Perkettes will be leading the campers in dance movements that will empower them and give them confidence.  We want each child to find the princess within and acknowledge the sense of royalty they already possess.”

Patten said movement is a vital part of how each person relates to the world. “It is the most natural and real way we communicate,” she said. “We want to develop participants’ skills and knowledge as movers, dancers and artists and help them find a connection with others and the world around them.”

For more information on MGCCC Summer Camps and to register, visit MGCCC.EDU/SUMMERCAMPS.

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