Posted: July 13th, 2017
Our Development Team had the opportunity last week to visit Camp Phoenix on the first day of Camp for members from our Porter Goodwill Club. We arrived at Camp, located in Sardis, Mississippi, just after lunch and received the full camp experience getting to tag along on the orientation hike that takes you through all of the grounds.
The counselors led the way as we hiked through the woods seeing the obstacle course that members will partake in during the week (each attempt getting timed to beat the Camp record), the archery area where leaders will teach bow and arrow, the team building exercise where all members will tackle the "giant wall" and climb over the top to the other side, and the best sight during these long hot summer months - the beach on Lake Sardis where members will enjoy swimming, canoeing, and water races.
The hike through the woods on a hot humid Mid-South day was a bit daunting for some of our members. A few were cautious and not too ecstatic about having to give up their phones for a week, dealing with all types of bugs and little AC. Yet, you could see that they all were intrigued by what was to come from the week ahead. Many have never experienced a night away from their home, let alone in a cabin with eleven other beds.
Summer vacation is a time for kids to take a trip out of town or leave for summer camp where they make new friends and memories. Unfortunately, some local kids have never had the opportunity to venture outside their neighborhoods.
I couldn't help but think that Camp Phoenix truly is an incredible gift that we can give to our Club members.
Dave Keigan, who has been the Director at Camp for eight years, and the Camp counselors provide the children with a safe, challenging, educational and rewarding summer camp experience. And because of you and others in our community, it is an experience they are sure to never forget!
Vice President of Development & External Affairs