By Alexandra Hedrick, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
The United Sportsman for Christ’s youth camp taking place at the Pearl River Baptist Association retreat center ends today. This is the third year that the organization has hosted the camp that includes activities about hunting, gun safety and outdoor survival.
On Friday, about 40 children between the 6-14 years old participated in lessons on hunting and gun safety, flint knapping, fishing and archery. Today the kids will be enjoy giant inflatable water slides, survival classes and making their own survival bracelets and learning how to use them in different situations, said Bo Recatto, one of the founders of United Sportsman for Christ.
The last two years the camp took place at Buddy Moody’s deer hunting camp, but this year they outgrew the camp and relocated to Pearl River Baptist Association retreat center at 1386 McNeill Steephollow Rd.
Recatto said the first year, there were 25 children and last year there were 50 children. He expected to have between 60 and 70 children participate by the end of the camp today.
He said the original goal of the organization was to provide outreach to people of all denominations in the community.
Camper Maci Reid, 10, said this was her second year attending the camp. She said she was looking forward to creating arts and crafts and learning how to make and use her survival bracelet.
The United Sportsman for Christ will hold its fourth South Mississippi Archery Expo on Aug. 9 and 10 at the Lamar County Arena. The proceeds from the expo help fund the camp and deer hunts the organization does for handicapped and special needs children.
“Anyone interested in participating is more than welcome,” said Jonathan Brewer, another of the founders of United Sportsman for Christ.
The expo will have a free kids corner, vendor booths and a pop-up 3D bow shoot, Brewer said. Anyone interested in participating in the expo, should call Brewer at 601-795-7633.