Collins' youth leadership camp accepting applications

By Adam Ganucheau/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Applications are being accepted for a Tupelo-area leadership camp sponsored by state Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo.
“I think part of my job is to teach young leaders about public service and how they can be effective in their leadership,” Collins said. “We have to model good citizenship and good leadership in order to create good young leaders. That’s what the camp is really for.”
The District Six Leadership Camp will accept the first 40 applicants of rising sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, and will be held July 15-19 at First United Methodist Church of Tupelo. The application deadline is June 30.
Collins started the leadership camp last summer, and it is the first of its kind in Mississippi.
Camp attendees will get leadership advice from Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, 2012 Miss Mississippi Marie Wicks, Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson and local author and creator of the Integrity Time curriculum Sara Berry, among others.
“This is the second year I will be teaching courageous leadership at the camp,” Berry said. “It’s such a wonderful program and experience for these young people.”
Students also will raise funds throughout the week and work closely with the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, Goodwill Bookstore, Blooms of Grace, Snuggle Buddies and Helping Hands.
“Throughout the week, we give the children the foundation they need to serve the public, and give them hands-on experience working with nonprofits,” Collins said. “It’s such a great experience for them.”
Applications and additional information can be found at

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