We are always in need of volunteers for events. Join Friends of MTK and help make a difference in the lives of Mississippi's children and adults with special needs.
Camp Kamassa is on the horizon! The military begins the first phase of construction in April. Learn more about our plans in the coming months.
Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation was founded in May, 2008. The Foundation received word in December, 2008, from the IRS that it had been ruled a public non-profit under section 501(c)(3).
From the beginning volunteers and board members have visited out of state special needs camps and attended several American Camping Association conventions. During the summer visits have been made to Mississippi camps holding sessions for children with special needs.
The original founding board consisted of Mr. and Mrs. David Wilkinson (Brandon), Billy Boykin (Madison), Dan Kitchens (Crystal Springs) and Mary Kitchens (Crystal Springs). The first office was a room within the Kitchens Law Firm. When the Firm purchased a large warehouse with front offices MTK moved to its present location at 123 E. Georgetown Street in Crystal Springs.
MTK is making Mississippi history!
MARY KITCHENS, FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
In 1977 Jim and I heard those words no parent ever wishes to hear, “Your child has cancer”. There were surgeries, radiation treatments, and chemo with all its side effects. We didn’t realize it then, but God had a plan and a sick little boy was a necessary part of that plan. Our family founded Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation and the whole family, including that little sick boy who is all grown up now, is very involved and thankful to be a part of bringing Camp Kamassa to Mississippi.
Building a camp facility for children and adults with special needs.
Mr. Jimmy Buchanan, Assistant School Superintendent for Copiah County Schools, Hazlehurst, MS
Dr. Linda Channell, Associate Professor at Jackson State University, retired, author, Crystal Springs, MS
Mrs. Sally Garland, Mayor of Crystal Springs
Mrs. Angela Grogan, RN, mother of a special needs daughter, Crystal Springs, MS
Mr. Dan Kitchens, Attorney, Kitchens Law Firm, co-founder of Mississippi's Toughest Kids Foundation, Crystal Springs, MS
Mrs. Mary Kitchens, teacher, Director and co-founder, Mississippi's Toughest Kids Foundation, Crystal Springs, MS
Mr. Scott Cline Sr. - Senior Buyer at Axiall Corp, LLC, Crystal Springs, MS
Mr. Jeff Knight - Partner at WGK Engineers & Surveyors, Inc, retired, Wesson, MS
Mr. Rowan Torrey – Dynamic Educational Systems, Hazlehurst, MS
Mrs. Carol S. Rigby - Retired after many years as Head Master of Copiah Academy in Gallman, MS
Dr. Rathi Iyer - Pediatric Oncologist and Hematologist, University of Mississippi Medical Center, retired, Jackson, MS
Dr. Angela Gaddis, Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, MS
mission & vision
Each day children and adults with special needs face challenges. To see them enjoy the natural world, explore, learn, and play in a safe and welcoming camp environment is priceless.