Please help Camp Wilkes celebrate our 75th Anniversary by joining us August 13, 2017
Camp Wilkes Inc
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Woods and Water is Camp Wilkes, Inc. annual fundraiser. It is held the 2nd Saturday in August on Camp Wilkes. There is an approximate 2 mile kayak race and approximate 3 mile trail race.
We offer: overnight camping in our heated/air conditioned cabins, swimming in our 164,000 gallon pool, a beautiful waterfront on the back bay of Biloxi, 2+ miles of trails, meeting room, and dining hall.
Camp Wilkes was established in 1938 to provide the Boy and Girl Scout Organizations of the Biloxi Bay Area a place to go for an outdoor experience under local leadership. Land was acquired on the South side of the Bay of Biloxi. Buildings were constructed to house and feed groups up to 250 campers. A wooded area that could accommodate the needs of the local scouts was now available near town for leaders to take their youngsters camping. Prior to the development of Camp Wilkes, local organizations had to travel to New Orleans, LA to camp.
In 1942, due to the opening of Keesler Field (now Keesler Air Force Base), Camp Wilkes was relocated to its current location: an 89 acre site on the North shore of the Bay of Biloxi. Kornman's house movers floated the original buildings across the bay on barges. The Scout groups did not use the camp facilities all year so shortly after moving in 1942, the camp managers opened the use of camp to any organized youth or church group to conduct outdoor activities under adult leadership.