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Contact: Scott Babinowich, (601)636-0583
May 7, 2018
Contact: Rebecca Hoffman (601) 636-0583 / Rebecca_hoffman@nps.gov
Scott Babinowich (601) 619- 2905 / email@example.com
Vicksburg National Military Park to Host Summer Camps, and Expanded Summer Opportunities through YMCA Partnership
Vicksburg, MS: Vicksburg National Military Park will host three weeks of Junior Ranger camp this summer, and will launch a new summer camp partnership with the local YMCA. This year, Vicksburg NMP will offer a week of Ranger-in-Training Camp for 13-16 year olds, and will offer 2 weeks of the traditional Junior Ranger Summer Camp for 8-12 year olds.
Camps are free but a limited number of spaces are available. Applications for camp are available at the park Visitor Center at 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg. All applications will be due by 5pm on Friday, May 18th. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by Monday, May 21st.
The Ranger-In-Training Camp is an extension of Junior Ranger Summer Camp for campers that have outgrown that program. Ranger-In-Training Camp will immerse campers in the historical and natural resources of the park while also introducing campers to the National Park Service, careers with the Park Service, and the importance of volunteerism. After completing Ranger-In-Training Camp, students will come back and use what they’ve learned to help run either week of Junior Ranger Summer Camp. Ranger-In-Training Camp will be held from 8 am to 2 pm from Monday June 4th through Friday June 8th. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Campers for Ranger-In-Training Camp will be selected based on their level of interest expressed in their application letters.
Junior Ranger Summer Camp will teach campers about the campaign and siege of Vicksburg, the lives of soldiers and civilians, health during the Civil War and today, African American history in Vicksburg, wildlife of Mississippi, and art in the park. Junior Ranger Summer Camp will run from 8 am to 12 pm from Monday June 25th through Friday June 29th and Monday July 16th through Friday July 20th. Junior Ranger Summer Camp applicants will be selected using a lottery system.
New this year, Vicksburg National Military Park is partnering with the YMCA’s of Vicksburg to offer a variety of learning and immersion experiences for the existing YMCA summer camp program. Vicksburg NMP is one of only 9 parks that were added to this nationwide initiative for the 2018 year. Under this new partnership, rangers will visit each YMCA summer camp in the Vicksburg area this summer, and will facilitate in-park field-trips for the majority of YMCA summer campers.
“We are incredibly excited to be included in this nationwide partnership between the YMCA and the National Park Service,” said Vicksburg Chief of Interpretation Scott Babinowich. “In addition to our already successful Jr. Ranger Camp programs, this new opportunity with the YMCA will help us continue to connect to our local youth and help create the next generation of park stewards and engaged community members.”
For questions related to Jr Ranger Camp sign up, please contact Rebecca Hoffman at (601) 636-0583 or firstname.lastname@example.org.