Summer Camps 2015

Posted On March 16, 2015

Hot, humid, sweltering. Not the best kind of weather for parents of energetic, but bored kids. Survive our famously hot Columbia summers with the help of a cross section of Midlands area summer camps. Take a little pressure off yourself, and give the younger set a safe, fun place to grow, learn and play. Whether it’s horseback riding, tennis, arts and crafts or classes for youngsters with special needs, Columbia has it.


 Summer Camps Columbia SC

SC State Museum

The S.C. State Museum is offering a new line of summer camps in 2015. Campers may participate in four different camps while exploring the museum, experiencing 4-D and planetarium shows and taking part in educational activities throughout the day.

The camps will include such activities as exploring space in the planetarium and Boeing Observatory, creating art based on the museum’s collections and artifacts, working with curators to investigate the museum’s natural history fossils or learning all about science and engineering in STEAM camps.

301 Gervais Street

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EdVenture Summer Camps

From bright red fire trucks to learning to cook to learning Latin American arts such as weaving, EdVenture offers youngsters a full array of summer camps.

Little ones can laugh and learn in a week of scientific discovery designed to be entertaining. Five to seven year-olds will travel through Central and Latin America as they delve into the many ways to make things in this region with creations ranging from masks to woven items. Youngsters aged 8 to 10 can learn about the biology, anatomy and history of their furry friends in a special pet care certification class.

Some examples of all EdVenture has to offer:

For campers aged 3 to 4, choices include:

Tasty Tinkers (June 8-12, July 20-24)

Ignite your culinary curiosities.

Giggle Science (June 15-19)

Activities in EdVenture’s BioInvestigations Lab are designed to excite and amaze our smallest scientists as they measure, mix, and mash their way through camp!

Niños Artesanos (Artisan Kids) (June 22-26)

Our youngest campers will explore the world of traditional Latin American artesanía.

Storybook Smashup (June 29-July 3)

Discover the science, technology, engineering, and math hidden in the pages of your favorite children’s books.

Up in Smoke (July 6-10)

With the Dalmatian Station as the backdrop and a 24-foot fire truck as the stage, campers will learn what to do in case of a fire and other skills.

For campers aged 5 to 7, classes include:

Hecho en Latinoamérica (Made in Latin America) (June 8-12)

Campers will take a trip through Central and South America as they explore many methods of making in these global regions.

Edible EdVentures (June 15-19, July 6-10)

Earn your cooking stripes in this introductory cooking camp.

The Living World (June 22-26, Aug 3-7)

Bacteria, cells, and fungi. Young investigators will take a closer look at the microbes around them.

Community Helpers (June 29-Jul 3)

Campers will learn about their role in our community and the special services that Community Helpers provide this area. Campers will enjoy fun and games throughout the museum’s World of Work exhibits.

For the 8 to 10 year-old set, offerings include:

Explore the vivid world of Mayan and Aztec art and architecture at EdVenture.  Build a Mayan pyramid, construct a jaguar mask, and discover the ancient worldviews of the Maya and Aztec peoples.

The Challenge of Outer Space (June 22-26)

Students will explore many of the questions that are stumping scientists who want to continue exploration of outer space.  Campers will experiment with gravity, buoyancy, solar radiation, aircraft landing, and keeping objects in orbit! 

MakeShop BreakShop! (July 13-17)

Get your creative gears spinning! If you ever have the inkling to take things apart just so you can put them back together, then MakeShop BreakShop is made for you.

Molecular Munchables (Jul 20-24)

If you are what you eat, then what exactly is sitting on your plate?  Campers will use real lab equipment as they examine science in the kitchen and their own diets.

Robotastic MMXV (July 27-31)

Using laptops, aspiring engineers will learn how to build and program their very own robot.

For campers aged 11 and 12, courses include:

BioGene-ius! (June 8-12, July 27-31)

Become a true BioGene-ius in EdVenture’s Bio Investigations Lab and gear up for advanced DNA discoveries.

Earth Rocks! Digging for Answers (June 15-19) Campers will learn how much there is to discover underground, exploring the science beneath Earth’s crust as they experiment and classify different rocks common to the planet. 

For more information:

211 Gervais St.



Earthshine Discovery Center

Vacations could not get any better than a family trip that includes Earthshine Discovery Center at Lake Toxaway, N.C. It’s a combinational of recreation, outdoor activities and learning.

On “Pioneer Mornings,” the adventurous of all ages will learn to press apple cider, create hand-dipped candles, spin wool and other opportunities. “Cherokee Morning” offers a chance to grind corn, make clay beads and throw tomahawks. “Critter Hunts” spotlight 803 acres of mountain land for the inquisitive.

“High Adventure” challenges people from age 10 and up. You can try out the seven-stage zip line course, including a 400-foot tandem run, and test the high ropes course. There are also nature hikes, archery and treasure hunts.

For information:



University of South Carolina Summer Camps

USC offers camps for middle and high school students, providing experiences full of fun learning experiences and interesting activities. Campers can choose from all sorts of areas ranging from art to biotechnology.

A sampling of the university’s camps is below.

Carolina Master Scholars

June 7-12 Adventures in Forensic Science- rising 6th-9th graders. Television’s criminal investigation shows will whet the appetites of students for this class where youngsters follow a real-life crime scene investigation with experts in law enforcement.

June 14-19 Adventures in Pharmacy: rising 9th-12th graders. Discover how one becomes a pharmacist. Learn how pharmacists work in educational institutions, community drug stores and hospitals and what it takes to do such jobs.

Other programs in computer gaming, physics and aviation.



Learn basketball, soccer, football, softball and equestrian skills from some of USC’s finest coaches.



Beyond the Notes String Chamber Music Workshop

High school and college students get an intensive five-day workshop on developing musicianship skills. Beyond the Notes is part of the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory.

Carolina Opera Experience

Child stage a production from start to finish, enjoying the pleasure of performing arts first-hand

Community Music School

This provides private lessons in piano, brass, strings, woodwinds, guitar, percussion and voice for all ages. Courses of study stretch form beginner to advanced.

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

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

Young people of all ages have a blast at ICRC programs with hundreds attending each summer. Campers have a good time, developing interests in new subjects, activities and skills. 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: fishing, sports, dance, crafts, cooking and other activities.

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.

Upcoming camps include: karate, soccer, football, wrestling and more.

200 Leisure Lane in the St. Andrews area

For more information, contact:



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.

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.

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



Richland County Recreation Commission

The Recreation Commission proffers delightful summer programs providing children and young teens with unusual and affordable opportunities. Participants are able to take part in fun summer activities in a safe environment with trained staff. This summer the commission is adding an educational enrichment component in order to address academic needs of campers. It will still offer fun recreational activities such as swimming, field trips, and creative art and crafts projects.

Summer Camp Office: 6429 Bishop Avenue

For information, contact: richlandcountyrecreation.com/programs/summer-camps/ 

Derrek Pugh, 754-6720, ext. 218

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 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. available. Parents can enjoy music lessons at our Columbia or Lexington location.


3630 Rosewood Drive, Columbia


711 East Main St. Suite A2, Lexington


Sylvan Learning Centers

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


Multiply Divide--increase fluency in multiplication tables and division

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

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

Math Edge – grades 1-5, Become a math whiz and master problem solver through a variety of fun and challenging activities

Elementary and Middle School:

Robotics –grades 2-5. Children will discover how to build and program robots.

Coding – Grades 3-6. Children learn computer programming by designing video games that can be shared and played with friends.

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