Petal student is helping with summer camps at Miss. College


Madison Brown of Petal, a May 2019 Mississippi College graduate, is one of several students helping with camps this summer on the Clinton campus. She will attend graduate school at the Baptist-affiliated university this fall.

Brown sees her role as impacting the lives of teens who may become future MC Choctaws.

“We get to be their first look at what MC is about,” she said.

For many campers, the summer experience has prompted them to attend the college and become a MC Choctaw.

Following a week of training, the students quickly went to work. With nearly 600 young people attending the second week of Fuge camps, the mission is making sure all guests enjoy their stay. Sports activities combine with incredible worship services, Bible study and life-changing moments on the Clinton campus.

The MC students handled overnight checks of campers at residence halls, supplied bottles of water, and sold snacks during warm afternoons at the Coke trailer. Their goal is to make sure visitors’ needs are met daily.

Working with staff at the Christian university’s Office of Continuing Education, MC students will remain busy through the end of Super Summer camps on July 19. More than 1,000 teens from Baptist churches statewide come here for Super Summer to develop their leadership skills and build their faith. By the end of the camp season, more than 5,000 young people will visit Mississippi College.

The MC students “are very instrumental to see that the camps run smoothly,” said Cheli Vance, continuing education program coordinator. “They work hard, but have a lot of fun.”