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Summer Enrichment Camps for Kids


Millsaps College Summer Enrichment for 2014 is bursting with fun, imagination, and the stuff of genius! Explore the worlds of music, art, puppetry, and dance. There's an adventure for everyone!

Registration begins March 1st!

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Registration deadline for all camps (with the exception of Song and Stage) is one week before the camp is scheduled to begin.

For more information call 601-974-1130.

Camp Director: Chrissy Hvirnak
Cost: $180
Grades:  3 - 6
Monday – Friday, June 2- 6
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Bring a bagged lunch each day)
Registration Deadline: May 19

This camp is designed for rising third through sixth grade children who love singing and performing. Campers will learn songs from musicals, incorporate stage movement, write theatrical narratives, and collaborate on an original project. Each camper will have an opportunity to shine in a musical review for parents and friends on the last day of camp.  Campers will need to bring their own lunches for a thirty minute lunch break.

Director: Anita DeRouen, Ph.D.
Cost: $150
Grades: 11 -12
Monday – Friday, June 2 - 6
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This workshop is designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to strategies for successful reading and writing in college. Participants will practice analytical reading skills in order to ask better, richer and deeper questions; students will also write short pieces to demonstrate their ideas and understanding.

Director: DeAnn Wright
Cost: $99
Grades: 1 - 5
Monday – Friday, June 16 - 20
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Children will enjoy learning how to successfully engage others in this fun and playful week of interactive classes.  Skills including meeting and greeting, telephone etiquette, thank you notes, and dining in both the American and Continental styles will be presented and practiced.

Director: Christianne Pinell-Jansen
Cost: $85
Ages: 6 - 9
Monday – Friday, June 16 - 20
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Children will receive an introduction to Spanish in this class.  Topics will include phonics and the alphabet, Spanish greetings, numbers, colors, days of the week, months of the year, family members, and body parts.  Activities such as playing, cut and paste, coloring and drawing, singing and dancing, or story time will be used to reinforce concepts.

Director: Christianne Pinell-Jansen
Cost: $85
Ages: 9 -12
Monday – Friday, June 16 - 20
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This class will introduce children to simple calculation techniques to rapidly increase his/her ability to perform mental math.  Topics included will be single and two column mental addition and multiplication review including multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers and 2-digit by 2-digit numbers.  These concepts will by reinforced by games and story time.

Director: Chris King
Cost: $110
Scholarships for Birding Camp are available (PDF)
Ages: 8 - 14
Monday – Friday, June 23-27
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Bring a bagged lunch each day.)

Learn to identify birds by sight and sound in this exciting introduction to bird watching (birding) directed by Chris King and bird experts from the Jackson Audubon Society.  Campers will learn about attracting birds to their own yards using bird feeders, bird houses and native plants.  They will also learn about bird migration and bird conservation through fun games and activities.During the weeklong camp, participants will fill a 3 ring binder with field notes, coloring sheets, bird puzzles, brochures and factual information.  On Thursday parents are requested to drop their children off at LeFleur's Bluff State Park.  By the end of the camp, everyone will receive a bird field guide and other goodies to enjoy and keep as a reminder of their summer birding adventure.  Return campers are welcome; we will have advanced topics for returning campers.

Please Note:  This camp will meet at Millsaps College except for Thursday, June 26, when campers will meet at LeFleur's Bluff State Park.  Details for the morning at LeFleur's Bluff will be included with confirmation of enrollment.  Please bring a bag lunch every day.

Director: Rachel Heard
Cost: Tuition $275; Room and Board $250
Grades: 7- 12
Monday - Saturday, June 23-28 (Residents check in on June 22)
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Millsaps College Summer Chamber Music Camp is a weeklong camp for young artists, created to promote and encourage the development of string and piano chamber music performance.  Students who are rising 7th through 12th graders will have the opportunity to work with Millsaps faculty performing artists and members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, in a supportive atmosphere of collaborative music-making. The daily schedule includes ensemble coaching, classes, rehearsals, master classes and evening performances by the artist faculty. Student performers must have at least two years experience in private lessons, or instrumentalists must have at least three years experience in orchestra.  Click here for more information on camp registration and merit scholarships.

Please Note: Registration for this camp cannot be completed online, please download the printable registration form (PDF).

Director: Peter and Jarmila Zapletal and Lawrence and Lesley Rayborn
Cost: $310
Grades: 4 - 9
Monday – Friday, July 14 - 18
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Bring a bagged lunch each day.)

Come play with us as we explore the magical world of puppet-making and puppeteering! Unleash your artistic, dramatic, and technical vision as we journey from creation to animation of your own 3-D, real-time avatar. This week-long, full-day camp concludes with a performance of the timelessly relevant Aesop’s Fables for family and friends. Campers with interests in writing will have opportunities to revise or compose their own scripts, and all campers will take their puppets home at the end of the week. Enrollment is limited to ensure personalized learning for every camper. Students should bring their own bagged lunches. Scholarships are available from the Mississippi Puppetry Guild.

Camp Director: Kenny Richardson
Cost: $105
Grades: 1-4
Monday - Friday, July 14 – 18
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Draw one quick line. Now what? In this delightful camp, children will develop their drawing skills by starting with the basic line. From there, artist and educator Kenny Richardson will guide participants through the concepts of shape, form, shading, and color and oversee playful yet purposeful drawing exercises designed to encourage young artists to take risks and refine existing skills.

Director: Jimmy Turner
Cost: $85 (Students must bring their own acoustic guitars)
Ages: 14 – 17
Monday – Friday, July 14 - 18
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In this workshop students will learn basic note reading, how to strum chords, and other acoustic guitar fundamentals. Participants will learn how to play songs in both solo and group settings. This class is offered for beginners only.

Camp Director: Kenny Richardson
Cost: $105
Grades: 5 - 8
Monday - Friday, July 21 - 25
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Drawing is the foundation for art and one of the keys to unlocking the wonderful world of the imagination and creativity. In this new week long class, practicing young artists will benefit from advanced applications of the five basic principles of drawing. Daily step-by-step exercises will show students how to see correctly to refine their perceptual drawing skills in addition to enhancing their confidence in decision making and problem solving.