Summer Camp Guide

Posted On February 22, 2014

Summer will be here before you know it. Let the good times roll.

Ah, camp. What a wonderful way to meet new friends, learn (or perfect) a new skill such as tennis, swimming, or horseback riding, and simply get away from it all. Lucky for us, there are lots of opportunities that will offer your children all kinds of ways to have fun during the Carolina summer.

 Camp Talk Columbia SC

EdVenture Summer Camps

 Be a junior firefighter, experiment in a lab, become the next top chef or have a bubble party! Camp EdVenture is jam-packed with active, hands-on learning activities that are certain to inspire your child to imagine, discover and understand something new every day of the week.

 [Campers 3-4 years old]

Camps include:

Eddie’s World, Giggle Science, Edible Adventures, Junior Firefighter, and Mini maker.

 [Campers 5-7 years old]

Camps include:

Spa Science, Eddie’s Cookbook, Three-alarm Fire Camp, Tinker Toys: Camp MAKE, and The Living World.

 [Campers 8-10 years old]

Camps include:

Global Eats, Robotastic, Make it! and BioLab Detective.

 [Campers 11-12 years old]

Camps include:

Five-Alarm Fire Camp, BioGene-ius, Eddie’s MakeShop and Camp Chef.

 Costs for all EdVenture regular camps:

$125/week/camper (EdVenture Chidlren’s Museum members)

$145/week/camper (non-members)

 Specialty camps:

$145/week/camper (EdVenture Chidlren’s Museum members)

$165/week/camper (non-members)

 211 Gervais Street


 Hammond Summer Programs

Hammond School Summer Programs provide an opportunity for every participant to develop skills and interests in a variety of areas. Enrollment is open to boys and girls, both students and non-students, unless the specific program is specifically suited for one gender group, such as boys basketball. There are more than 150 programs offered in 2014, including topics such as (but not limited to):

Racing Games, Building with Legos, Mystery Madness, World of Robotics, Baseball, Basketball, Family Wealth Education, World Traveler, Cooking and so much more.

Check website for dates, times and prices, as well as a complete list of programs.

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

 Hundreds of young people enjoy the many summer camps produced by ICRC. All ages and interests are covered, as campers enjoy good times and learning new skills, as they develop interests which will carry them through to adulthood. Please check with each center for specifics, pricing and ages.

Crooked Creek Park

 Crooked Creek Park offers a wide variety of recreational, cultural, instructional and social activities, and hosts visitors of all ages throughout the day. The park offers users many fun and recreational outlets

 Camps include: Sailing, Cheer, Fishing, Sports, Gymnastics, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Theatre, Dance, Crafts, Fused Glass, Stained Glass, Cooking, Mad Science, Soccer, Softball, Rugby, Wrestling, Football, and Super Summer Camp.

For more information, contact:


1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin

Seven Oaks Park

 Seven Oaks Park’s special events, recreation programs, and volunteer opportunities are designed for youth, adults, seniors and persons with special needs.

 Camps include:

Princess Ballet, Junior Jazzercise, Karate, Arts, Basic Pottery, Fishing, Gymnastics, KidFit Hip Hop, Create-A-Play, Circus Camp, Sports Galore, Basketball, Football, Baseball, Wrestling, Soccer, George Bryan Golf Camp, Midlands Offensive Line Camp, Softball.

For more information, contact:

200 Leisure Lane in the St. Andrews area


 Saluda Shoals Park

 Located along the banks of the beautiful Saluda River, Saluda Shoals Park is a premier, natural, environmentally sensitive riverfront park that invites visitors to experience the treasures of the Saluda River.

Camps include:

Bugs in Beasties, Adventure, Kayak, Outdoor Skills, Super summer Camp, Safari.

For more information, contact:

5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia


 Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission

Summer Day Camp Guide

Each summer, hundreds of boys and girls enjoy the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission’s Summer Camps. Campers learn new skills, make new friends and build self-esteem in these camps, held in facilities around the county. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, games, field trips and special programs. Each week offers different themed events and activities to keep the campers active and excited for the next day!

These are action-packed camps with weekly theme-based activities and field trips.

Email: Justin@lcrac.com

 Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center Summer Day Camp

Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center

June 9 – start of school Coed, rising 1st-9th Grade

Cost: 1st – 5th $25/day or $80/week; 6th – 9th $20/day or $55/week

 Lexington Leisure Center Summer Day Camp

Lexington Leisure Center

June 9 – August 18

Gender/Age: Coed, rising 1st – 6th Grade

Cost: 1st – 6th $25/day or $85/week

 Spires Gym Summer Day Camp

Spirres Gym, Cayce

June 9 – start of school

Coed, rising 1st-9th Grade

Cost: 1st – 9th $10/day or $40/week

 Tri-City Leisure Center Summer Day Camp

Tri-City Leisure Center, West Columbia,

June 9 – start of school

Coed, rising 1st – 6th

$25/day or $85/week

 Richland County Recreation Commission

 Summer camp programs are great services for parents of children in K5-8th grade. Campers enjoy their days in a safe and fun environment, which helps develop the child mentally and physically. Students are able to receive schoolwork assistance, enjoy physical fitness activities, travel on field trips and be exposed to cultural activities. They also participate in the M.A.D. (Making a Difference) program, which actively involves students in character building, leadership and citizenship programs.

 Summer camp sites include these parks:

Caughman Road, Forest Lake, North Springs, Polo Road, Blythewood, Meadowlake, Killian, St. Andrews, Friarsgate, Hopkins, Eastover and Bluff Road.

 Summer Showcase: 6:00pmThursday, April 24, Forest lake Park, 6820 Wedgefield Road, Columbia.

 University of South Carolina Summer Camps

USC offers more than 50 camps for middle and high school students that are full of challenging activities, exciting learning opportunities, and tons of fun. Campers can choose from a variety of subjects they want to explore, from art to pharmacy, from criminology to marching band, from bionanotechnology to visual arts.

Here's a sample of Carolina's summer camps.

The Arts

Summer Drama Conservatory is a series of camps for elementary students and high school students. Taught by talented theatre faculty, campers will learn the fundamentals of acting, with a focus on character, action, physicality, and ensemble.

For the Love of Art: A Camp to Explore the Arts, a camp for kids ages 6-12, is an interdisciplinary arts-based camp hosted at the Columbia Museum of Art featuring poetry, studio art, and dance workshops, as well as tours of the museum’s exhibits. This camp is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s Arts Institute and the South Carolina Poetry Initiative in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art.


Gamecock team coaches and players instruct campers in the following sports camps: basketball, baseball, football, soccer, equestrian, golf, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, cheerleading.

For more Information: http://www.gamecocksonline.com/camps/scar-camps.html


Between 400 and 500 students come from across the Eastern United States to attend [Carolina’s Summer Music Camp]. Open to rising seventh grade through twelfth grade students, the band camp includes Marching Percussion, Symphonic Band, and Symphonic Percussion camps.

Arts, Music and Performance

 Chapin Theatre Jr. Company Summer Production

[The Magical Land Of Oz]

Come get blown away and travel don the yellow brick road with Chapin Theatre Company this summer!

The CTC will be staging the musical [The Magical Land of Oz.]  Auditions will be held for the main roles for teens and adults.  Children are invited to register for a summer camp workshop which will include theatre games, training and fun and everyone involved will get a part in the show.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity for great roles as Munchkins, Winged Monkeys etc. and even Toto.

Show rehearsals will mainly be Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Show dates: August 1-3 and 8-10, 2014

Auditions for main roles: Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 4pm-6pm and Sunday, May 18th 6pm-8pm

Workshop/Camp:  (for children 6 to 14) Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd 3pm-6pm

Everything held at the Old Chapin Firehouse located at 102 Old Lexington Rd., Chapin, SC 29036

The cost for the workshop is $125 and space is LIMITED.  More information and registration can be found at www.chapintheatre.org.

 Columbia Arts Academy/Lexington School of Music

Summer music lessons for ages 5 and up. Guitar, Piano, Voice, Drums, Bass, Mandolin, Banjo and Ukulele. Lessons from 9am to 9pm available. Parents can enjoy music lessons at our Columbia or Lexington location.

3630 Rosewood Drive, Columbia 803.787.0931

711 East Main St. Suite A2, Lexington



 South Carolina State Museum Summer Camps

[Engineering for Kids]

The South Carolina State Museum in Columbia is excited to present another year of entertaining and educational summer camps. In partnership with Engineering for Kids, the museum will present five weeks of day camps that will focus on combining engineering and science with fun for all campers.

 Each week, the camp days will be broken down into morning and afternoon sessions. Campers are able to sign up for weekly full days or weekly half days.

 The weekly full day price is $220 ($200 for members) and the weekly half day price is $130 ($115 members). Not a member? Join today!

June 16 - July 25, 2014


 Sylvan Learning Centers

Day camp provides opportunities for children to learn/improve skills in a fun, supportive environment.


Perfect Print--helping our little one's write beautifully between the lines

Conquering Cursive--your elementary school kids will make you proud with their improved cursive skills

Camp Sum Fun--addition and subtraction has never been so fun!

Multiply Divide--increase fluency in multiplication tables and division

Solve This--problem solving using deductive reasoning

Fraction Action--add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions with ease

Write on!--students practice writing creative essays through brainstorming, rough drafts and utilizing the writing process

Read Ahead--improving fluency and comprehension to make the starting classes in the Fall easier

 [Middle and High School:]              

Algebra Jumpstart--get your student prepared this summer for pre-algebra and algebra I

Study Skills--test taking, note taking, goal setting and organizational skills

Getting into College--students leave this program with their college entrance essays complete

Advanced Reading--increase speed and comprehension making study time faster

ACT and SAT programs--helps students to score higher on those important exams

 Camps will be held at both centers:


1270 Bower Parkway

Northeast Columbia

130 Forum Dr., Suite 9


 Medical/Special Needs

 Camp T.A.L.K.

Camp T.A.L.K. is an inclusive social skills day camp focused on children who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s, Autism or PDD-NOS. Campers work on practicing social skills and building friendships in a highly supervised, safe setting that includes field trips, team building games, guest speakers, music and movement.

Ages: 10 and up

Held at Willow ridge Church, 104 Sycamore Tree Road, Lexington,

Session I: June 17,19,24 and 26. (Application deadline is June 7.)

Session 2: July 8,10,15 and 17 (Application deadline is June 28.)

End of camp party: July 17.



 Summer PAALS

Ever wonder how PAALS teaches dogs to turn on lights for people who use wheelchairs? Learn the basics of service dog training, how to help people in the community, and work side by side with other youth and youth with disabilities, all while pairing up to train a service dog candidate.

Ages 11-14 (ages 11-19 youth with disabilities).

Summer PAALS 2014 will be held during the following weeks:

June 20 – 24, June 23 – 27, July 14 – 18

Summer PAALS 2014 registration fees will be the same as 2013:

Early Bird Registration (register by May 17, 2014) – $225

Regular Registration (after May 17, 2014) – $275

A down payment of $150 is required to reserve a space at Summer PAALS camp.

Location: Lonnie B. Nelson Elementary 225 N. Brickyard Rd, Columbia


 Carolina Aquatics Swim School

 Carolina Aquatics Swim School offers lessons to swimmers of all ages and levels including adults. Participants are taught the proper skills to be good swimmers as well as safe swimmers. Lessons are offered throughout the calendar year in a series of four-week sessions with swimmers attending class twice a week. We also offer Saturday morning classes. For dates, times and registration, please visit our website.

Kitty Konkle, Swim School Manager, kitkonklessm@gmail.com

Pool Location: Greer Natatorium on the campus of Columbia College

4804 Burke Avenue, Columbia, SC

carolina-aquatics.com under the swim lessons tab

 Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission

Tennis Camps

For beginner, advanced beginner and Intermediate players, using age appropriate tennis format for younger players, slip ‘n slide, snack provided. For boys and girls, ages 6-14.

Held at both locations:

Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center

1120 Fort Congaree trail, Cayce

Lexington County Tennis Complex

425 Oak Drive, Lexington

Earthshine Discovery Center

Make your personal connection to nature

If you haven’t heard about Earthshine Discovery Center, you soon will.  The property offers a wonderful opportunity for families (as well as school classes, scouts and businesses) to connect and learn something about themselves as well as the remarkable natural world of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Families of all ages will enjoy the perfect combination of recreation, outdoor activities and learning. 

On Pioneer Mornings, all ages will learn to press apple cider, make hand-dipped candles, spin wool and take a turn at blacksmithing.  Cherokee Morning offers opportunities to grind corn, make clay beads and throw tomahawks.  Critter Hunts open up more than 80 acres of mountain land to inquisitive eyes. 

The High Adventure activities offer quite the challenge for those ages 10 and up.  Try out the seven-stage zip line course, including a 400-foot tandem run – not for the faint of heart.  Equally non-wimpy is the high ropes course – an obstacle course that ends with the Leap of Faith. 

Families build team spirit (and precious memories) with a multi-challenge low-ropes course designed for all ages. How does the Puzzle Platform of Doom sound?  We thought so.  There's also the climbing wall, creek hikes, and in the midst of it all, killer views and up-close encounters with the creatures who live on the property year-round.  (Goats are actually very nice, once you get to know them.) 

Nature hikes, archery, treasure hunts, nighttime campfires (with s’mores, of course), and scavenger hunts round out the activities the whole family will enjoy.

Mealtimes offer hearty, tasty fare and the chefs know how to grill some perfect ribs, or fry a mountain trout to perfection.   

Sounds like it’s a lot of fun – and it is!  Just as important, there’s time to unwind and be with the family on an entirely different level from your everyday school and work routines. It’s the best of summer camp with the whole family.

Hint: Bring outdoor shoes, bathing suits and layers of clothes.  Earthshine is quite comfortable and the staff feels like visiting old friends. You will leave with great photos and long-lasting memories.  As one family said, “Why would we ever go anywhere else?”

Lake Toxaway, NC