Camp For Mentally Retarded Children Turns 40 Years Old - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Camp For Mentally Retarded Children Turns 40 Years Old

The sound of laughter at a summer camp in Forrest County is the result of years of one woman's dedication and hard work. Abbie Rogers says when she decided to open a camp for mentally retarded children 40 years ago, the community wasn't very supportive. Now attitudes have changed.

"The doors have been opened for them to be apart of the community," Rogers said. "They're seeing them enough that they're not seeing the differences in the child or seeing an adult that has a problem. We should look at it that way."

Since 1961 countless numbers of mentally retarded children have gotten the chance to enjoy camp activities like sports, swimming and arts and crafts. The youngest child this year is 18 months old. The camp became so popular, that Rogers didn't have the heart to turn away campers once they turned 21 years old. So she started a second camp for adults. The counselors say they teach campers to take pride in themselves.

"They're just as special and unique as everybody else, and nothing really holds them back because they're still as smart as everybody else," camp counselor Katie Dedeaux said.

Rogers admits she was a reluctant pioneer when she started the camp, but looking back she says it was a calling. The 81-year-old she says as long as she has the energy and the good health, she intends to do her part in keeping the Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp a success.

"I just don't believe in sitting and doing nothing, and I've got the energy so why don't I do it," Rogers said.

Rogers also runs a program at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hattiesburg called "Mother's Day Out." She and other volunteers take care of disabled children for a few hours once a week to give their parents a break

by Danielle Thomas

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Sinkhole forces Biloxi to close a portion of Keller Avenue

    Sinkhole forces Biloxi to close a portion of Keller Avenue

    Monday, July 24 2017 2:03 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:03:07 GMT
    This sinkhole forced Biloxi to close a section of Keller Avenue from Highway 90 to Howard Avenue (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)This sinkhole forced Biloxi to close a section of Keller Avenue from Highway 90 to Howard Avenue (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)
    The south end of Keller Avenue in Biloxi is temporarily closed. A sinkhole formed near Highway 90, forcing the city to close Keller from the highway up to Howard Avenue. And it will remain closed much of Monday while Biloxi public works crews patch the crumbling section of roadway. Keller Avenue is east of the downtown area. Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. More >>
    The south end of Keller Avenue in Biloxi is temporarily closed. A sinkhole formed near Highway 90, forcing the city to close Keller from the highway up to Howard Avenue. And it will remain closed much of Monday while Biloxi public works crews patch the crumbling section of roadway. Keller Avenue is east of the downtown area. Copyright 2017 WLOX. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Numerous travel issues due to heavy rain and flooding

    Numerous travel issues due to heavy rain and flooding

    Monday, July 24 2017 1:42 PM EDT2017-07-24 17:42:57 GMT
    Street flooding occurred on Monday morning for parts of Hwy 90 in Biloxi.Street flooding occurred on Monday morning for parts of Hwy 90 in Biloxi.

    Heavy rain across South Mississippi has kicked off the new week, leading to a significant flooding threat. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for South Mississippi until Tuesday evening.

    More >>

    Heavy rain across South Mississippi has kicked off the new week, leading to a significant flooding threat. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for South Mississippi until Tuesday evening.

    More >>
  • Woman leaves Harrison County jail then disappears

    Woman leaves Harrison County jail then disappears

    Monday, July 24 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-07-24 16:58:22 GMT
    Gulfport police are looking for this woman. She disappered after walking out of the Harrison County jail (Photo Source: Gulfport Police)Gulfport police are looking for this woman. She disappered after walking out of the Harrison County jail (Photo Source: Gulfport Police)

    Natalya Dlugolecki got booked into the Harrison County jail on March 25. The jail docket says she was linked to a receiving stolen property case. On June 19, she went to court. A day later, the docket says she got released from the Harrison County jail. Gulfport police say Dlugolecki hasn't been seen since. Police now call Dlugolecki a missing person. They've asked for assistance trying to find the 28-year-old woman.

    More >>

    Natalya Dlugolecki got booked into the Harrison County jail on March 25. The jail docket says she was linked to a receiving stolen property case. On June 19, she went to court. A day later, the docket says she got released from the Harrison County jail. Gulfport police say Dlugolecki hasn't been seen since. Police now call Dlugolecki a missing person. They've asked for assistance trying to find the 28-year-old woman.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly