Summer Camps

Posted On March 1, 2016

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

By Cecile S. Holmes

Hiking, Fishing, Crafts. Funky Food, New friends. Nothing beats the summer camp experience. Whether you’re elementary school-aged, a tween or a full-fledged teenager, camps are the places to perfect your archery, tennis and horseback riding skills. It’s the place to make new friends, find and treasure new experiences. Summer soon will be upon us. Lucky for Midlands residents, there are loads of choices in camps. Check out the many ways children and youth can enjoy camp, have fun and learn new things during the upcoming “famously hot” Carolina summer.

EdVenture Summer Camps

Do something new and creative in the lab. Find your way up the ladder of becoming a leading chef.  Camp EdVenture features active, hands-on learning activities sure to inspire your child to think, imagine, discover and learn something new every day of the week.

Camp EdVenture — Summer
Every week, June 6–July 1 and July 11–August 5
Weekly (9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.) $195 per child/per day
Extended Day (3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.) $50 per child/per day

EdVenture Specialty Camp
June 13-17, June 20-24 and July 18-22
Every week, June 6–July 1 and July 11–August 5
Weekly (9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.) $195 per child/per day
Extended Day (3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.) $50 per child/per day


211 Gervais Street


Hammond Summer Programs

Hammond School Summer Programs offer a chance for each participant to develop skills and interests in a cross section of areas.  Programs are open to boys and girls, both students and non-students, unless the program is specifically suited for one gender group, such as boys’ basketball.  There are more than 150 programs offered in 2016. 

Hammond is committed to offering enjoyable and enriching summer programs in a physically safe, emotionally supportive, and fun-filled environment. Its highly individualized programs provide something of interest for every age and grade -- from three years-old through adult.

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

776.0295, ext. 2002

hammondschool.org under Campus Life/Summer Program


Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

Young people of all ages enjoy the assortment of summer camps produced by ICRC.  All interests are covered, as participants have good times, learn new skills, and develop interests which will carry them through to adulthood.  Don’t forget to check with each center for specifics, pricing and ages.  



Crooked Creek Park

Crooked Creek Park offers lots of recreational, cultural, instructional and social activities, hosting visitors of all ages throughout the day. Campers will find entertaining and recreational outlets 

Camps include: cooking, sailing, football, science, dance, crafts, and other activities.

For more information, contact:



1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin


Seven Oaks Park

Recreational activities, volunteering and special events attract youngsters, adults, seniors and people with special needs to Seven Oaks Park.

Camps include:

 Karate, Arts, Tap, Ballet, Basic Pottery, KidFit, Fishing, Gymnastics, Create-A-Play, Circus Camp, Sports Galore, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Football, 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 on the banks of the picturesque Saluda River, you’ll find a first-rate, natural, environmentally sensitive riverfront park in Saluda Shoals Park. This park is one 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.


Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission

A great solution for the summer doldrums, the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission’s Summer Camps draw all sorts of people annually. Campers acquire new skills, meet new friends and build confidence and self-esteem in these camps, held in facilities around the county. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, games, field trips and special programs. Different themed events and activities are offered each week to ensure campers stay active and excited for the next day!

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



Batesburg-Leesville Leisure Center Camps


Lexington Leisure Center Summer Camps


Spires Gym Summer Camps, Cayce


Tri-City Leisure Center Summer Camp, West Columbia


 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


Richland County Recreation Commission

Here’s the place to find great summer camp programs for parents children. Camp days take place in a safe and fun environment, helping children develop mentally and physically with experienced and trained DSS certified staff, fun recreational games, arts & crafts and health and fitness. Healthy snacks and healthy bag lunches served at all site Summer camp sites include Blythewood Park, Caughman Road Park, Forest Lake Park, North Springs Park and Polo Road Park.

Full Day Camp Sites operate June 13-Aug. 12, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Price, $90 a week with $25 registration fee.
 Summer Afternoon Camps run June 13-Aug. 12, noon-6 p.m., $55 a week with $25 registration fee. Afternoon sites are Friarsgate Park, Killian Park, Meadowlake Park and St. Andrews Park. Other programs include a Summer of Adventures playground.

For information, call Derrek Pugh, programming supervisor, 741-7272, ext. 107

RV Sea Lab 

RV Sea Lab is an exciting adventure and marine science summer camp in Charleston offering one-day and three-day overnight summer camps on a 38-foot vessel. Camps are coed. Participants, age 8 to 17.  During camps, ship cruises South Carolina’s intracoastal waterways fro Charleston south to the Ace basin while learning marine science, seamanship, boater safety and other skills.





University of South Carolina Summer Camps

USC provides more than 50 camps for middle and high school students. Each treats participants to challenging activities, exciting learning opportunities, and loads of fun. Campers select a cross section of topics can choose to explore, from art to pharmacy, from criminology to marching band, from bio nanotechnology 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 aged 6-12, is an interdisciplinary arts-based experience 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:  gamecocksonline.com/camps/scar-camps.html 


Carolina’s Summer Music Camp

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.

Carolina Opera Experience

Kids learn the art of props, make-up, costumes, scenery and musical preparation in this week-long experience for 5th through 10th graders. 

Children work with professional-level opera singers, directors and designers as they explore the basics of creating characters with and through music; participate in voice, music reading and rhythm exercises; and learn about set lighting and costume design. Basic knowledge of music and singing is required. 

Other summer camps include: 

Beyond the Notes String Chamber Music Workshop

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory, Conductors Institute, Drum Major Clinic, Southeastern Piano Festival, String Project Summer Camp, Summer Chorus, The Savvy Musician in ACTION.

For more information: sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/music/community/summer_programs/

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

711 East Main St. Suite A2, Lexington




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.




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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

carolina-aquatics.com, under the swim lessons tab