Promoting Safe Driving at BGCCM!

Dream, Inc., brings Mississippi Youth Highway Safety Programs to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi in and effort to reduce youth crash injuries and fatalities while promoting safe driving decisions. After about an hour of classroom discussion, the group headed outside to see firsthand what can occur during a crash. With the help of MDOT’s rollover simulator, and a dummy victim, kids got to see what happens to a person a crash when not wearing their seat belt. Then, our own Ms Ebony, unit secretary at the Capitol Unit, volunteered to play the injured party as rescue personnel explained how they would care for her in an emergency situation. We thank the Jackson Police and Fire Departments as well as American Medical Response for participating. Thank you to Dream, Inc. and their partnership with the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety, made possible through funding by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for bringing this program to the BGCCM!

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Fun at Camp John I. Hay!

Big eyes under furrowed brows dart back and forth between Camp Director Charles Jackson, Counselor J.C. Evans and the lake at Camp John I. Hay as each girl gets a life preserver fitted and explained to them, accompanied by a safety lesson before the group heads to the paddle boats. Some girls are excited but others are a bit concerned and maybe even a little frightened. Counselor Veronica Johnson says close to the smallest campers to comfort and encourage them.

It’s late afternoon, pushing evening and the heat has dissipated with a distant afternoon shower. There’s a nice breeze. Each child gets a turn riding with either Mr. Jackson or Mr. Evans and the little voices that had said, “I’m scared,” have turned into smiles and giggles. Some now say with pride, “I was scared,” knowing they are brave after conquering the paddle boats!

Across the camp, Counselor Keenan Daniels has the boys tackle an obstacle course. Split up into three teams, they run through challenges from skipping rope and tossing rings, to sac races. The best part of the race was when, after there was a team winner, a Club member said, “That’s okay, we’re all winners at something!”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi bus is headed home from camp now, away from Hazlehurst toward Jackson to bring them back to the Capitol Unit. Next week our camp will be abuzz with activity again with kids from one of our other Clubs. Check back to see what their doing!

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Make Your Birdies for Charity Pledge!

Make your Birdies for Charity pledge by 5 p.m. today, July 15, for a chance to win this great prize package! Follow this link on the Phoenix Club of Jackson Facebook page. Make your Birdies for Charity pledge and support the children of the BGCCM! @PCoJackson

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Phoenix Club of Jackson Hosts Annual Ice Cream Party!

Thank you Phoenix Club of Jackson for the outstanding ice cream party you hosted for the BGCCM kids at the Capitol Unit. We appreciate every thing you do for our kids!

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Adventures at Camp Hercules – Thursday

Getting from place to place around Mystic, CT, Camp Hercules participants ride on a school bus. “It’s was the first time I rode on a school bus during the summer, said Jamerrick. “I was thinking that people are thinking, ‘What’s this school bus doing rolling through here?!’” After a wonderful morning schooner ride on the Argia, campers headed to Mystic Seaport, a town depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. Campers, once again got to do some dip netting. Jamerrick caught 24 hermit crabs!!! With a little free time, we went back to Mystic Aquarium to see the penguins. “I thought the penguins would be from the north pole or from Alaska, not Africa! I thought they’d be in an air conditioned area to keep cold.” Mystic Aquarium’s penguins are from South Africa and love warm weather. It seems we’re always learning something new!

From Miyanna – First, we went to ride on a boat called the Argia. It was a schooner. We saw people wave at us and we waved back. We saw jellyfish. When I got on the boat it was cool. It was my first time riding on a boat. It was a lot of fun. We were moving fast. Next, we went to Mystic Seaport to tour in small groups. We bought something at the gift shop. Later, we boarded the bus to travel back to the hotel. Finally, we ate pizza and had a lot of fun. We had Camp Hercules Olympics at the end of the day.

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Adventures at Camp Hercules – Wednesday

Miyanna – We went Mystic Aquarium to see the Sponge Bob, the movie, in 4D. It was fun and bubbles where coming out all around us. Next, we went to go see the sea lion show. It was fun watching the sea lions. Then, we ate our lunch we went to the beach at Rocky Neck State Park. We went down to the water. When my shoes touched the water, it was nasty and sand got in my shoes. Finally, we had a cookout. The food was good. We got on the bus and went back to the hotel. I went swimming and it was fun. I was learning how to swim. My favorite part of today was watching the sea lion show. I LOVED IT TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!      From Jamerrick – My favorite part today was catching the shrimp and catching the little crabs. I’ve never seen a crab that little. The hardest part was turning the net over to see what you’ve got and keeping the net tight. The biggest thing that I really liked was the hermit crab that one of the counselors found. She saw it and thought it was empty, but it had a crab in it!

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Notes from Camp Hercules

This is Miyanna – When I first got on the airplane I was scared. It was the first time I flew on an airplane. I as really scared when we got in the air. We waited at the airport for our second plane. After we landed, we got to the airport and got our things. We got on the bus and went to the hotel to begin Camp Hercules! I like flying!

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Camp Hercules Bound!

BGCCM Club members Miyanna, 11, and Jamerrick, 11, fly out today to participate in a Camp Hercules in Mystic, CT. Their participation in the Immersion Mentoring Initiative at their Club, and funding from FirstPic Inc., is allowing them this wonderful opportunity to experience some hands-on science and exploration as they visit Mystic Aquarium, participate in a coastal field study and go on an oceanographic cruise! Immersion is a program to help kids understand the roles that science and technology play in their everyday life. Follow Miyanna and Jamerrick’s adventure on bgccm.org, Facebook and Twitter!

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King Takes Interim Helm at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi

Larry King, V.P. of Operations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MississippiLarry King, who has served for the past five years as Vice President of Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi (BGCCM) is now stepping into the role of Interim Chief Professional Officer (CPO).

This move follows the Board of Directors accepting the resignation of former President/CEO, Billy Redd. Mr. Redd served the organization tirelessly for 16 years, seeing BGCCM through tremendous growth and impact.

During this time of transition, there will be no disruption of service at any of BGCCM’s four club locations, or the camp facility. Summer is a busy time for BGCCM, with youth out of school and even more in need of the resources, support, and positive environment provided by the clubs.

The mission of BGCCM is to provide a safe place for young people to learn and grow through life enhancing programs while building ongoing, healthy relationships with caring adults and peers. Since 1936, BGCCM has been the leading youth organization in the region, serving approximately 2,200 youth annually. The young people who enter their Club’s door are more likely to stay off the streets, stay in school, and grow to become productive, contributing, satisfied citizens. In fact, BGCCM boasts a 92% high school graduation rate, proving that the youth impacted by this organization have brighter futures.

Those brighter futures of youth throughout the metro-Jackson area will continue to be the focus of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, this summer and in the school year ahead, and for many years to come.

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Bikes Donated to BGCCM Children!

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of D. Noblin, Danny Gray, owner of D. Noblin Furniture and D. Noblin Mattress Firm, donated bikes through the Salvation Army to area organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. The D. Noblin Tikes, Trikes and Goodnights event Saturday was wonderful. Thank you Mr. Gray and Salvation Army!

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