Kappa Kamp offers more than just fun and games
Summer Camps are getaways from the normal day to day for a typical kid throughout America. Kids attend camps all over the country. They go with their church and other youth groups.
Summer Camps are meant to take kids out of the norm and expose them to new adventures and opportunities of learning. There are recreational, educational, artistic, religious, sports, technology and many others camps.
One such camp has it ALL and it is located near Jackson at the Piney Woods School. The camp is called Kappa Kamp and it is a part of the Piney Woods Summer Enrichment Program where nearly 400 kids enjoy recreation, academics, art, religion, sports, technology and others over a two-week period in June.
In May, the Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. held it golf outing which supports our Guide Right Program that sends kids to Kappa Kamp.
The golf outing was once again a success thanks to local support from the community. The proceeds helped three local kids – Patrick Edwards, an eighth-grader at North Forrest High School, Chauncey Owens an eighth-grader at North Forrest and Javarious Williams a seventh grader at Dixie.
Myron Rolle, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. at Florida State University, was this year’s Kappa Kamp special guest. The camp has featured doctors, lawyers, celebrities, astronauts, and business executives over its 13-year history but in my opinion none has been more interesting than Rolle.
Rolle was the starting safety for the Seminole football team. He made the All-American, All-ACC, and All-ACC Academic teams, including many other football achievements. Here’s what is also unique about Rolle: he is a Rhodes Scholar (1 out of 32 Americans in the nation to receive the prestigious opportunity to study at Oxford). Rolle has turned down instant millions in the upcoming NFL draft (1st round prediction) and decided to enroll in Oxford and study medical anthropology.
Rolle’s speech to the campers was figure out what you want in your tool belt of life. He stated his tool belt has four things: faith, education, sports and relationships. You can read more about him at www.myronrolle. com
Camp exposure can be a wonderful benefit in the life of our kids. Exposure is the key to unlocking imaginations and dreams. Camp directors, counselors, speakers can leave lasting impressions on our youth. In most cases, they are the true role models that we should look too.