2014 Harambee Camp Theme: “Discovering God’s Purpose for Me”
The Harambee Summer Camp at Asbury United Methodist Church July 7-11, 2014, has been held annually since 1999 and was at capacity with 51 children ages six to 14 representing 13 churches in three counties (Desoto, Marshall and Union). Participants learned about crafts, creative writing and music guided by a staff of 14 volunteers. They also learned about banks, law enforcement, education, character development and etiquette from local presenters. The group went on a field trip to Henning, Tennessee to visit Alex Haley’s home and museum.
The week-long camp featured a Career Exploration Day with police chief, Elijah Wilson of the Holly Springs Police Department discussing law enforcement. Among the list of presenters are Vikki Marion, lead teacher at the primary school who spoke on the importance of education; Michael Scale, loan officer at First State Bank who spoke on credit, savings, bank services and operation; and Shelley Jackson, retention counselor at Rust College who spoke on etiquette and manners. At the Alex Haley Museum campers and volunteers learned how to find records and compile information to create their own family tree.