Alvin P. Flannes Summer Camp Narrative:
The Alvin P. Flannes Summer Camp was a huge success this year. The summer camp was held at Camp Wesley Pines during May 27-31, 2014. We hosted campers between the ages of 8-16. This year’s camp put an emphasis on living a healthier lifestyle through nutritious eating and physical fitness. During the week of camp there was only one seizure which we deemed a great success in the fight against Epilepsy. Although we experienced rain throughout the week, we did not let that stop us from participating in all the fun activities camp has to offer. To kick-off camp, we had a pizza party for the parents and campers followed by a “Color Me Rad” Walk of Champions.
The camp consisted of many outdoor activities. There was a 65’ obstacle course and a day of high-ropes/zip lines. Each day the campers had the opportunity to go canoeing, paddle boating, water aerobics, and swimming. Many competed in the cannon ball contest off the diving board. The campers also partook in arts and crafts painting flower pots to plant “Forget Me Not” seeds in representation of the 60,000 Mississippians diagnosed with epilepsy and seizure disorder.
We received a $5,000 grant from Dizzy Feet Foundation this year that allowed us to provide dancing lessons to the campers that emphasized physical fitness and artistic expression of each individual. Everyday the campers learned choreography by Krissy Maynard who has over 40 years of dance experience. Throughout the week the campers learned ballet, break dance, hip-hop, lyra-pop, country, and Broadway dance routines. A national title holder for dance also came to perform for the kids and talk to them about the importance of confidence and self-esteem in any of their life’s passions. Krissy was able to bring out the most in these campers through this amazing opportunity.
Each night an event was held at the tabernacle. Themes were designated for each event with costumes that the campers could wear. Mississippi’s Gator Guy visited the campers and brought along three friends. The campers loved seeing alligators up close. Hawaiian night included photo booth pictures, dancing and karaoke. On movie night the campers dressed up as their favorite Duck Dynasty character and answered trivia from the show for a chance to win prizes donated by Walmart. The nightly events gave the campers to socialize and bond with each other.
The main event was held Friday night of camp. Each camper participated in the annual talent show. This year’s judges were Tony Pasko, Angela Mangum, and Ben Mangum. The talent show had singers, musicians, comedians, martial artists, and many more exciting talents on display. The heart and soul put into each performance was truly extraordinary!
After the talent show all the campers proceeded to the waterfront for the closing ceremony of camp. Each camper placed a candlelit wishboat into the lake while counselors played music and song. As the wishboats were lowered into the water each child made a wish. Many of the children wished to be seizure free. The campers gathered around each other discussing their hopes for the year such as remaining life long friends, committing to be there to support each other, and coming to camp next year.
Camp Video and Pictures to come!
Thank you sponsors for making this another camp to remember!