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Summer campers pursue ‘Passport Experience’

Macedonia Community Development Corporation Inc. (MACorp) will offer the 10th Girls’ Empowerment Camp (G.E.C.) and fifth Camp Success While Achieving Godliness (S.W.A.G.) for boys this summer.

Both camps will have a “Passport Experience” theme, with the G.E.C. focusing on “Dream Big!” and Camp S.W.A.G. focusing on “Imagine Me,” reported MACorp executive director Tracey Harding. Although they will share a common theme, the two camps will have separate itineraries.

The G.E.C. is designed to build positive self-images in young women ages of 11-18 by offering workshops that teach life skills through educational and cultural experiences. The camp will be held July 13 to 20. Enrollment, limited to 40 girls, has been filled.

The G.E.C.’s “Passport Experience” is planned as a bus trip to Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. The trip will include college tours at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C.; and Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C., and visits to historic landmarks. Workshops and other educational components will be offered while “on the road.”

The G.E.C. will begin with an orientation day on July 13, then an early departure for Florida on July 14. The camp will be led by Latasha Lee, Program Director, and Keana Walker, Assistant Director.

Camp S.W.A.G. is designed to build positive self-images in young men ages of 11-18 by offering workshops that teach life skills through educational and cultural experiences. Enrollment for Camp S.W.A.G. is still open.

The 2017 Camp S.W.A.G. “Passport Experience” will take place in two segments. The first, July 18-21, will focus on image-building, financial management, STEM and educational opportunities. Most sessions will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville, with some sessions in Lancaster and Richmond counties.

In the second segment, July 24-26, Camp S.W.A.G. will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. There the group will explore Philadelphia in connection with the previous week’s conversations and learnings, visiting historic sites, university campuses and some fun cultural and sporting events.

The camp will be led by the Rev. Linwood T. Blizzard II, program director and the Rev. Willard Felton II, assistant director.

An orientation program for the two camps was held at Macedonia Baptist Church on June 28. Attendees of previous camps Breanna Curry, Tiffany Taylor and Johnathan Williams shared their experiences. A closing event at Macedonia Baptist Church on July 26 will conclude both camps.

For Camp S.W.A.G. enrollment, or to donate to MACorp’s youth development activities, contact Harding at [email protected], or P.O. Box 73, Heathsville, VA, 22473; or visit macorp.org.

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