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Nature camp gets kids outdoors in Pascagoula

It's time for the annual nature camp at the Pascagoula Recreation Center. (Photo source: WLOX) It's time for the annual nature camp at the Pascagoula Recreation Center. (Photo source: WLOX)
"It's an action packed week. We keep the kids on the go," said camp director Kristi Ducote. (Photo source: WLOX) "It's an action packed week. We keep the kids on the go," said camp director Kristi Ducote. (Photo source: WLOX)
From swimming and nature trails to hands-on experiences with wildlife, Ducote planned the week to the brim with activities. (Photo source: WLOX) From swimming and nature trails to hands-on experiences with wildlife, Ducote planned the week to the brim with activities. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Dozens of kids are getting up close and personal with Mother Nature in Pascagoula. It's time for the annual nature camp at the Pascagoula Recreation Center.

The city's nature camp only lasts four days, but those four days are nonstop.

"It's an action packed week. We keep the kids on the go," said camp director Kristi Ducote.

From swimming and nature trails to hands-on experiences with wildlife, Ducote planned the week to the brim with activities. This is her second year in charge. She remembers seeing the kids' faces light up last year during the week.

Ducote said Pascagoula's abundance of nature helps make the camp unique.

"I don't know of many places that you can go from saltwater to brackish water to fresh water, all in one day," she said.

The camp also gives dozens of kids the chance to meet new people. This is Constance Roell's first year to enroll her son, Kaden.

"Think it's a wonderful opportunity for kids to be able to do activities like this outside of mom and dad's home. That way, they can make friends their own age," said Roell.

The kids have a blast. Throughout the week, they will be visiting the Scranton Nature Center, IMMS and the Gulf Islands Waterpark.

There's one activity on the schedule that has everyone talking; kayaking.

"You get to go kayaking and go on all these trails," said Justin Thomas.

There are several dozen kids signed up this year. For Justin, that means the personal and small group feel that he prefers.

"I like it, because there's not that many people here, and it's not crowded. I just get to hang out with my friends and have fun," said Justin.

The camp has grown in the past year. This year, there was a registration cap of 30, but the city extended that to accept 36 campers.

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