Campers create, learn, and play at Columbia’s best summer camps
by Kara Price
803-699-9988 | chesterbrookacademy.com
At Chesterbrook Academy, summer camp programs offer children a great balance of exploring, discovering, making friends, and learning new skills. In their School-Age Camp, students in kindergarten through 5th grade explore science and nature, become involved in creative and performing arts, and participate in sports and games. In their swimming camp, they offer on-site swimming lessons, aquatics safety courses, and create unforgettable memories for students in their outdoor pool ranging from 3-5 feet in depth. Camps are one week in length. Call or visit their website for additional details.
The Columbia Museum of Art
803-799-2810 | Columbiamuseum.org
The Columbia Museum of Art is offering camps for age ranges 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and teen workshops. Camp themes include “Going Global,” for ages 4-6 where kids will create works of art inspired by a trip around the world. Teen workshop themes include, “Metal Explorations,” where teens cut, saw, solder, and form sheet metal into creations as they learn the basics of metalsmithing. The museum is repeating last year’s successful safety protocols as they welcome campers back for 2021. Capacities are limited to allow for physical distancing and face coverings are required. Register online.
803-460-8525 | wildlifecenter.org/camp-woodie
A co-ed sleepaway camp located in Pinewood, Camp Woodie was established by the South Carolina Waterfowl Association in 1995 with a mission to deliver hands-on, fun-filled education to the next generation of outdoorsmen and women. Campers will take part in activities like shotgun sports, rifle shooting, archery, fishing, canoeing, swimming, and more. Camp Woodie hosts week-long sessions for junior campers ages 7-11, and senior campers, ages 12-16. Campers age 10 and older have the opportunity to obtain their SCDNR Hunter’s Safety Certification while at camp at no extra charge. Register online.
Historic Columbia Summer Camp
803-252-7742 | historiccolumbia.org
Historic Columbia’s summer camp returns with a blast from the past, highlighting previous camp favorites, all in a safe setting practicing CDC recommendations and guidelines. Campers will create slime and choreographed dances to rival favorite boy bands from the 90’s, launch their own rocket as they learn about the Apollo 8 mission, read about popular comic book characters from 1968 – like the Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Batman – and even design their own superhero! They’ll play historic games like find-the-thimble and ball-in cup. Most importantly, they’ll take part in epically themed water balloon battles! Register online.
St. Michael’s and All Angels Early Learning Center
803-782-8800 | saintmichaelepiscopal.org
At St. Michael’s, kids will not only experience the summer camp theme of the week but will have various other activities throughout the day. Teachers will engage them in summer reading, games, puzzles, water play, arts, crafts, and a lot of other fun activities. Weekly themes include “Camp Kindness” where campers will discover kind acts with friends, teachers, and in the community around St. Michael’s, “Creative Dramatics,” where kids will discover theater and acting and put on a play at the end of the week, and “Out of this World – Dreaming of Space!” where campers will become astronauts and be out of this world. Call with questions and download the registration packet online.
803-849-8697 | campcole.org
Camp Cole was designed for children, teens, and adults facing serious illnesses and other physical, mental, and emotional health or life challenges. Their inaugural summer will feature organized weekend and week-long camps, facility rental opportunities, and a newly minted Therapeutic Riding Program. The camp property features 40 acres, six cabins, 200 beds, 296 café seats, a zero-entry swimming pool, and a 35-acre pond. Camp Cole also features a state-of-the-art medical care facility and is located just 15 miles from Prism Health’s Children’s Hospital. Call or visit their website for additional information.
Riverbanks Summer Zoo Camp
803-779-8717 | Riverbanks.org
Riverbanks Summer Zoo Camp is back from ages 3-4 (with an adult) and K-6th grade. Zoo Camp offers unique and engaging experiences to connect kids with wildlife. Campers explore little known areas of Riverbanks, meet animals face to face, and leave inspired to care for the natural world. Each camp includes hands-on activities and experiences connected to the day or week’s theme. Register online.