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Fun with Food
CAMP GOAL: To provide an opportunity for children to be involved with food from the farm to the table.CAMP OBJECTIVES: Children will: Become acquainted with food and food production; Be exposed to new foods and flavors; Utilize math skills through measuring;Utilize reading skills to follow recipes; Utilize time management and planning skills in meal preparation; Understand importance of food safety; Participate in games to promote learning and physical activity.CAMP INSTRUCTORS: Sylvia Byrd and local Chefs along with nutrition graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion will lead the camp.
Date:June 20-24, 2016
Time:8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Who is eligible: Children entering 3rd - 6th grade
Special Restrictions:
Camp Type:Day Camp
Sponsoring Unit: Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion
Other Information: Mississippi State University as a land grant institution has a rich history in teaching, research, and service related to agriculture. As a society we have been removed from agricultural production. Research has shown the importance of hands on experiences with foods and consumption by children, especially fruit and vegetables. The Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion Department is very excited to offer for the tenth year a summer camp for children. The camp provides an opportunity for children to experience food production, processing, and preparation. We look forward to seeing you in June for Fun with Food summer camp.
Cost: Camp costs $250 per child and includes tee shirt, meals, snacks, and field trips. Enrollment is limited to 20 children with a June 10th deadline for registration.
Contact: Sylvia Byrd
Box 9805
Mississippi State, MS 39762
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Bug and Plant Camp
MSU's Bug and Plant Camp is the oldest "bug camp" in the world. We start early every morning and collect into the night at this very active academic camp. Our lab and classroom are in the Clay Lyle Entomology Complex and we will be collecting on the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and at other locales. Activities and topics may include: collecting and pinning insects and night collecting; using a scanning electron microscope; a tour of a bee hive, a taste of honey and honey judging; edible insects (entomophagy); forensic entomology and lab; forest entomology; insect and plant interactions including carnivorous plants and edible wild plants; medical entomology and insect diseases such West Nile Virus; insect parasites; veterinary entomology; aquatic insects and water quality monitoring; plant ecology and plant diseases; Integrated Pest Management, and more. There is always something new! Sessions are led by departmental faculty members, associates, campers, and students. Campers are invited to join us for BugFest at the Crosby Arboretum in September to teach others what they have learned. We will add campers and others with an interest in entomology to our newsletter, The Gloworm, mailing list. Please provide an email address.
Date:June 12 - 16, 2016
Time:7:00 am to 11:00 pm
Who is eligible: Age 10 and up. Extension agents, teachers, parents, environmental educators, and museum curators are welcome. We provide teachers with Continuing Education Units
Special Restrictions: Interest in insects! Space is limited so register early. We do maintain a waiting list. Contact Dr. John Guyton at 662-325-3482 to be added to it.
Camp Type:Overnight Camp
Sponsoring Unit: The Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology Department, MSU Extension Service/College of Life Sciences
Other Information: Contact Lois Connington at for a registration form or other information. On-line registration is not available at this time. Drs. John Guyton, Lelia Kelly, Jeff Harris and Mike Williams (emeritus) are co-directors.
Cost: $425 includes dorm, meals, onsite transportation, a camp t-shirt and all the insects you can catch! Campers will need 3 or 4 packs of insect pins that are $6 per pack and you may want to purchase an insect collection box for $35.
Contact: Dr. John Guyton
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762
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Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Summer Camp
This camp is for high school students who are potentially interested in the green industry as a future profession. The 3 day program provides the participants hands-on learning experiences in plant identification, interiorscaping, soils, home gardening, turf management, floral design, landscape architecture, vegetable and fruit production, and other horticultural subjects. The students partake in classroom and hands-on experiences, have the opportunity to meet students from across the state, experience the MSU Campus, and explore different aspects of horticulture.
Date:June 12-15, 2016 on the Mississippi State University Campus.Arrive 3:00pm SundayDepart 1:30pm Wednesday
Who is eligible: Young adults between the ages of 15 and 17 with a potential interest in the green industry.
Special Restrictions: Ages 15 to 17
Camp Type:Overnight Camp
Sponsoring Unit: Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Other Information:
Cost: $175.00, which covers room, meals and course materials
Contact: Richard Harkess
117 Dorman, Box 9555
Mississippi State, MS 39762
For More Information: call Richard Harkess or Kathy Johnson 662-325-2311
Beekeeping Camp
This residential academic camp will cover all the topics a new beekeeper needs to know to start keeping bees, and a lot more! We accept campers age 10 and up for this 5-day intergenerational camp. Extension agents, teachers, parents and others are welcome. We start off slow with an introduction to the equipment, jargon, and personal protective equipment, followed by how to use a smoker (an important piece of equipment that will keep you safe) because next you will be headed into a hive! Topics include: getting started with bees; finding, marking and clipping the queen; seasonal management; stings and colony defense; diseases, pests, and parasites; harvesting honey; honey and pollen in human nutrition (myths and truths); basic bee biology; queen rearing (quality, grafting, and requeening); specialty honey; protecting combs; bee communication (you will do the waggle dance); swarm management; gustation of honey in bees and humans; processing honey and wax; making products from wax and honey; how to buy bees; income and the slippery slope into business; and a trip to a commercial apiary or bee yard. After camp we will continue to assist you as you set up your own hives.
Date:June 5 - 9, 2016
Time:8:00am - 10:00 pm
Who is eligible: Age 10 and up. Extension agents, teachers, parents, environmental educators, and museum curators are welcome. We provide teachers with Continuing Education Units.
Special Restrictions: Interest in beekeeping. Those who are very allergic to bees may not want to participate, but we keep EpiPens on hand.
Camp Type:Overnight Camp
Sponsoring Unit: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology Department MSU Extension Service / College of Life Science
Other Information: Drs. John Guyton and Jeff Harris, MSU Extension Entomologists, are co-directors
Cost: $425 per person includes dorm, meals, onsite transportation, and a camp t-shirt. There will be a slightly reduced price for locals who wish to sleep at home.
Contact: Dr. John Guyton
Box 9775
Miss. State, MS 39762
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Accelerating Students into the Accounting Profession (ASAP)
Accelerating Students into the Accounting Profession is a fun-filled and interactive three-day camp designed for rising high school seniors to create an interest in accounting and provide an overview of the various career opportunities within the accounting profession. Participants will be housed in a campus residence hall and get a glimpse of what college is like as a “bulldog” at Mississippi State University. The participants will attend instructional seminars focused on enhancing professional development and success, developing team-building/leadership skills, and gaining a new perspective of the accounting profession. In addition, participants will hear from accounting professional and take a tour of local firms or industries to give a first-hand look in audit, tax, corporate accounting or advisory services.
Date:July 10-13, 2016
Who is eligible: Rising seniors (juniors becoming seniors next academic year) that have taken their ACT and have an interest in Accounting.
Special Restrictions:
Camp Type:Day And Evening
Sponsoring Unit: Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy
Other Information:
Cost: If selected, there will be a nominal registration fee of $75.
Contact: Krystle Dixon
P.O. Box EF
Mississippi State, MS 39762
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Architecture, Art & Design

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Arts and Music

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Mississippi Summer Transportation Institute 2016
This is a two-week residence camp funded by the FHWA and MDOT. Participants will experience all of the transportation modes (air, water, road, rail, and transmission) through classroom, laboratory and field trip experiences. Field trips include visits to CAFB, PACCAR, MS Ag Museum, Paragon Technical Services Lab, MMC, and the Tenn-Tom Waterway. An opportunity to fly in a GA aircraft, fly an AF simulator, build projects, experiment with boat design and materials design is provided. There is no registration fee.
Date:19 June - 02 July, 2016
Who is eligible: Rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders who have good grades in algebra and at least one HS science class.
Special Restrictions: Participants must be MS Residence.
Camp Type:Day And Evening
Sponsoring Unit: Civil and Environmental Engineering Bagley College of Engineering
Other Information:
Cost: None.
Contact: Vemitra White
Box 9544
Mississippi State, MS 39762
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Personal Enrichment

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Bulldog Bike Camp
The Bulldog Bike Camp teaches children and adults with special needs how to ride a two-wheel bike independently.
Date:May 23-27th
Time:There are five sessions throug
Who is eligible: The following requirement need to be met to be eligible for the camp: - Minimum of 8 years old. - With a disability. - Ambulatory without an assistive device. - Able to side step quickly to both sides. - Able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet. - Minimum inseam measurement of 20” (Minimum height is 40”). - Maximum weight is 220 lbs.
Special Restrictions: see eligibility
Camp Type:Day Camp
Sponsoring Unit: Kinesiology
Other Information: More information can be found at
Cost: $100.00;scholarships available for those in need.
Contact: Gregg Twietmeyer
McCarthy 233 B
Mississippi State, Mi 39762
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Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture

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