Junior Ranger Camps

Every summer, Vicksburg National Military Park is proud to host Junior Ranger Camps for area students. These week-long programs help to expose children to Vicksburg National Military Park and the National Park Service through educational and fun activities. All camps are free, but interested families must apply in advance. Generally, applications are posted and dates are announced in Spring of every year.

There are two options for Junior Ranger Camps. The traditional Junior Ranger Camps are geared towards 8-12 year olds and aim to spark students' interests in park history and natural resources, while showing them the value of having Vicksburg National Military Park in their backyard. Ranger-in-Training Camp is desigend for 13-16 year olds who have perferrably completed the traditional Junior Ranger Camp. Ranger-in-Training Camp introduces students to career possibilities in the National Park Service, the importance of volunteerism, and to encourage the next generation of park stewards. Rangers-in-Training become leaders for the Junior Ranger Camps, and are prepared to become part of the park's living history program the following summer.
 
Ranger helps a child wear period clothing
Ranger helps a camper with Civil War era clothing

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2017 Summer Camp Schedule:

Ranger-in-Training:

  • 13-16 year olds
  • Immerse campers in the historical and natural resources of the park while also teaching them about volunteerism, park stewardship, and career possibilities with the National Park Service through a variety of fun programs.
  • June 5-9, 8am-2pm

Junior Ranger Summer Camp:

  • 8 to 12 year olds
  • Immerse campers in the historical and natural resources of the park during a week packed full of fun acitvities.
  • June 19-23 and July 17-21, 8am-12pm

Applications are due May 15th, 2017. Campers for Junior Ranger Camp will be selected through a lottery system. Campers for Ranger-in-Training Camp will be chosen based on level of interest expressed in the application. Questions? Contact Molly at 601-629-8133 or email.

Last updated: May 15, 2017

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