Oh, here I am ’neath
the blue, blue sky
Doing as I please.
Singing with my
Humming with the bees.
Camp Bratton-Green is among the most powerful Episcopal ministries to children and youth in Mississippi. More than 800 campers attend every summer for a concentrated opportunity to connect with others and experience the love of God.
TENS OF THOUSANDS of children and young adults have developed their faith in Christ and been formed in their Episcopal identity through the seemingly simple experience of a week at summer camp. Many campers have gone on to become camp counselors, then teachers, leaders in their parishes and chosen fi elds, and ordained clergy in the Episcopal Church.
GENEROUS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS allow economically disadvantaged children, many from inner-city areas, to experience summer camp. Camp Bratton-Green may be their only opportunity to connect with nature, swim in a pool, or paddle a canoe, all while learning that the love of Christ is free to all.
IN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL summer camp programs, Camp Bratton-Green also operates vibrant programs for the physically and mentally challenged.
THE SPIRIT of Camp Bratton-Green is refl ected in the smile of a child conquering the ropes course, a teenage counselor learning what it means to serve, or a camper with special needs basking in the applause on talent night. But Camp Bratton-Green is not about activities. It’s about a Christian atmosphere, acceptance, and becoming part of a loving community. While the experience at Camp Bratton-Green is exceptional, the facilities are lacking.
THE CAMP CABINS AND DINING HALL are not air-conditioned; Mississippi’s summer heat makes getting a good night’s sleep a challenge, and campers have described meals in the dining hall as “like eating in a greenhouse.”
AGING BATHROOMS AND SHOWER FACILITIES in the cabins are outdated and uncomfortable. The swimming pool has been repeatedly patched to address drainage issues. Perhaps most importantly, the camp facilities were constructed prior to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); none of the facilities are ADA-compliant.
NEW FAMILIES CONSIDERING SUMMER CAMPS often choose not to attend Bratton-Green despite the camp’s excellent programming and reputation simply because the facilities cannot compare to those at other camps. Each and every time this happens, a child misses out on a life-changing experience.