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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No 411

Camp R.O.C.K. = Recreation and Outdoors for Coahoma Kids

~On the Day of the Summer Solstice~

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We need help with Camp R.O.C.K.!

Appeal to our readership:

Dear friends, family, river rats: we at the beginning of one of our favorite weeks of the year, Camp R.O.C.K. This week we will guide approximately 125 youth ages 6-11 in our big canoes on the Sunflower River, the younger group in the mornings, the older group in the afternoons. Recent grant applications for this project were either denied or downsized (one major grant was cut in half). And so we are making a popular appeal to you to help support this awesome week! The goal is $2500 for canoeing activities during Camp R.O.C.K. We give a lot and don’t ask for much back. But this is one of those things that we feel strongly about! You can send your tax-deductible donation by check to the Lower Mississippi River Foundation:

Lower Mississippi River Foundation

291 Sunflower Avenue

Clarksdale, MS 38614

Credit Card: Or you can do it online via PayPal on the bottom of the LMRF website:

More About Camp R.O.C.K.

Camp R.O.C.K. is offered to children ages 6, 7, and 8 in the mornings and 9,10, and 11 in the afternoons everyday during the week of June 19th. Camp R.O.C.K. = Recreation and Outdoors for Coahoma Kids and is overseen by Jen Waller of the Coahoma County Higher Education Center. Activities include health, diet, canoeing, archery, basketball and soccer, and is open to all youth in Coahoma County, Mississippi. Camp R.O.C.K. connects kids with healthy habits, and kids with the outdoors and nature!

Camp R.O.C.K. educates and inspires our community to focus on the importance of health and wellness. Camp R.O.C.K. gives each child the opportunity to participate in physical activities, learn team building skills, work with a registered dietitian, and provide the chance to learn new skills that can be used to remain physically active for life. Parents fill out a survey regarding the success of camp for their child.

Youth in Clarksdale and Coahoma County ages 6 to 11 years will benefit from Camp R.O.C.K. programs that educate them about health practices and resources, engage them in fitness and nutrition activities, and require them to make a conscious investment and/or response to these opportunities. Key benefits for participants in the Camp R.O.C.K. program include an increase in nutrition education, physical fitness training, weight management, and team-building skills. Other benefits include an increased affection for active living as well as the development of new friendships with a variety of people from all over the community.

Upcoming Rivergator Events:

Aug 18: Rivergator Celebration Exhibition: On Friday, August 18th we will be celebrating the Rivergator with paintings, photos, writing, film, music, food and drinks! Starts 6pm at Catalpa House in Clarksdale, Miss. 6-9pm. Featuring paintings by John Ruskey, writing by Boyce Upholt, photos & film by Chris Battaglia, and music TBA. Catalpa House is located at the corner of Riverside & Catalpa (110 Catalpa Street — across the Sunflower River from downtown Clarksdale). For more information contact John Ruskey,, Lena Von Machui,, or Mark River

Nov 1-Nov 10: Continuation of the Rivergator Expedition: We will return to Bonne Carre Spillway in early November and resume the expedition to the Gulf of Mexico. More details forthcoming, but dates are approx Wed, Nov 1 to Fri Nov 10th, weather dependent of course.

The Carpenter Art Garden Quapaw Canoe Company Team took 1st and 2nd place at the Outdoors Inc Canoe & Kayak Race! (Disclaimer: we were the only 2 canoes in the "big canoe" category. But this fact does not lessen the pride and joy felt by Memphis youth who participated, some of whom had never paddled a canoe previously. In fact, one 8 y/o girl said it was the "best day of her life," and one 16 y/o boy was inspired to take his first-ever swim after the race!)

Click here for Photos and Story in Commercial Appeal:


(Sorry, we’ve been too busy this week with Camp ROCK to finish the story… to be continued next week!)

Next Week: When Disaster Strikes!

The rest of the story: 4 trees fallen in one week

2 falling trees crushed our tents.

2 trees fell very close to our tents. Too close.

They were all hackberry trees.


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