Mississippi College summer camps help generate income for Clinton

CLINTON, Miss. (WLBT) — With schools and colleges closed for the summer, some college towns are struggling without students. However, that is not the case with Clinton.

“Definitely having, you know, five-minute road rides, having modest summer camps over the summer. It definitely helps our local businesses retain additional business during these slower months,” said Josh Lee, General Manager of The Bank by Pizza Shack.

Local businesses in Olde Towne Clinton say Mississippi College students are economically boosting the downtown area.

“We get a lot of MC students who come in regularly with local Clintonians who just come in regularly,” said Brick Street Pops co-owner Emily Hendon.

“I would say we probably average between 100 and 150 tickets a day,” Lee said.

But what happens when school is out? Mississippi College summer camps seem like the right fit.

“When summer camps are in place, there’s a lot of traffic,” Hendon said. “There are a lot of people walking the streets which kind of creates a fair energy and vibe to this downtown area.”

At The Bank by Pizza Shack during the summer, they have Clinton residents as their primary clientele, but they say that when happy campers come to town, their order numbers increase by 100 a week.

“It’s been interesting for the past two years as well,” Lee said. “We’re going to start seeing the same thing out of town, people who keep coming to the same camp, you know. They’ll say, ‘Oh, we were here last year and had a great time. I wanted to come back and see you all again.

They say that without the MC campers, the three months without students would be difficult for them. With move-in day fast approaching, businesses say they are ready for students to return.

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