Summer camp for young men aims to restore manhood
A new summer camp for young men aged 10 to 18 aims to teach them the life skills they need, as well as build friendships and mentors while having fun.
JaMar White of Natchez, who hosts the first of what he hopes will be several such camps a year, said the camp is called Restoring Manhood. White said he decided to start the camp when he saw a real need in the community.
“I want to give back to this community, and what better way to do that than to teach young men the skills they need in life,” White said. “We will teach skills that every young man should have.”
The camp is scheduled for June 6-11 at Bob M. Dearing Natchez State Park. It’s immersive in nature, White said. Campers and volunteers will spend the entire week together, housed in state park cabins.
“We will have different guest speakers every day on different topics, including career planning after high school and college. We are going to ensure that young men know about the opportunities to learn a trade and that they know that they can be as successful as someone who spends 16 years in school and obtains a doctorate”, a- he declared.
Campers will learn financial literacy. They will learn to fish and cook, learn how to change a tire and the basics of changing oil in a vehicle, as well as how to tie a tie.
The camp will also include hikes in the state park with the goal of teaching the young men about the native nature of the area, as well as helping them enjoy the outdoors.
White said a number of Greek Natchez fraternities volunteered to help out at the camp.
“Most of the support we’ve received comes from male fraternities,” he said.
As people learn about the camp, they call White to offer help or to sponsor a young man.
The cost is $100, which will pay for all supplies, food, and lodging for the week.
“We get great responses from people from all walks of life. We even have young men signed up from as far away as Port Gibson and Rolling Fork,” he said. “Each young man will leave camp with his personal fishing rod, tie and t-shirt.”
Those who would like to sponsor a young man or would like to donate or volunteer, please call White at 601-920-7499.
“This is not the last camp. We plan to make it an annual camp and hope they get better as they go,” he said.