JSU Payton Center launches Camp Tiger Watch


Jackson State University’s Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center recently launched Camp Tiger Watch, a new child watch service for commuter students who have children. The camp consists of books, movies, television, homework zones, safe toys and an outside play area for campers.

“The university realized that we have lots of commuter students who are parents, who would love to be able to leave their children in a safe and secure environment on campus while they attend classes,” said Shedrick Rogers, assistant director for Recreation Programs and Youth Services at the Walter Payton Center.

“Additionally, this program will expose these students to the Payton Center as a resource for other services.”

Camp Tiger Watch, which is also available for Payton Center members, is for children up to 14 years of age. All children must be potty trained. Fees are $20 per month or $5 per day. Each child will be signed in upon arrival by their parent and signed out by the same parent during departure. A photo I.D. must be presented by the parent before any child is released.

“We designed the camp to ensure that campers will spend idle time productively in a safe and secure place,” Rogers said.

Camp Tiger Watch will be available Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will accommodate a maximum of 30 campers at a time. Parents who use the camp must be either using the Payton Center or attending evening classes. Those attending classes will be required to show proof of their class schedule. For more information contact the Walter Payton Center at 601-979-1368.
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by Spencer McClenty
spencer.l.mcclenty@jsums.edu

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5 thoughts on “JSU Payton Center launches Camp Tiger Watch

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  2. I would encourage the Walter Payton Center to consider adding, if it’s current structure doesn’t already have, phsical recreation for youth on a regular basis (whether the parents are students or not). These services could be paid for separately, through fees for enrollment in each specific program. This appears to be a big hit at the YMCA in Flowood. I surmise that this also accounts for the disparity in obesity/fitness between the races, since it appears that phsical fitness is incorporated into some families lives at an earlier age and throughout life than it is in others.

    I’d be really interested in a response as to whether this (youth fitness, senior/life-long fitness) is already being addressed. Thank you.

  3. I would also encourage the Walter Payton Center to consider (if it’s current programs do not already include such) fitness programs for youth (regardless of whether the parent is a student) and seniors. This appears to be a big hit with the YMCA in Flowood. I surmise that incorporating fitness activities at an early age and throughout life accounts for the great disparity in obesity/fitness between the races. The programs would be paid for through enrollment fees for each of the specific programs. For underserved/disadvantaged communities, the Center may even be able to receive external funding to cover their costs associated with addressing the obesity/health issues.

    I’d be curious to know about any such efforts already being undertaken in this area or future plans in the works. Thank you for the kindness of a response.

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