Summer is just around the corner and it’s not too early to be thinking about Charleston summer camps for kids. The Charleston area offers a great variety of camps for kids with varying interests: sports, gaming and computers, education, adventure, sailing, magic – you name it!
Rising seventh and eighth graders in Dorchester and Berkeley County schools are invited to apply for a summer camp hosted by the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. The Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Among Middle Schoolers day camp is held in districts statewide with no cost to students. The goal of iTEAMS is to inspire students to pursue careers in entrepreneurship, computer science and technology through hands-on, team-based projects.
Each camp will serve at least 100 students, and district teachers will be hired as counselors. The camp in Berkeley County will be July 8-11 at Berkeley High School, and the one in Dorchester County will be July 15-18 at Oakbrook Middle School.
Applications are due April 22 and are available at www.scgssm.org/iteams.
Explore the wonders of marine science and the South Carolina coast! Camp Sewee provides summer fun and inspires future marine biologists, naturalists, and anyone who loves the great outdoors. Camp Sewee is held at the Sewee Coastal Retreat Center in Awendaw, a short drive from Charleston. Air-conditioned dorm rooms, a full-service dining facility, recreational fields, nature trails, and a fishing dock create an ideal camp environment.
Young techies, gamers and engineers test their creativity and problem-solving skills at Camp Voyager, where technology meets outdoor adventure! Camp Voyager is held at YLI Headquarters & Education Center in Pickens, SC. This 33-acre property with views of Table Rock Mountain features air-conditioned dorms, a full-service dining facility, gymnasium, computer lab, outdoor adventure course, paintball and go-cart track.
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Summer Camps
Explorers Camp (Ages 6-9) is a fantastic first step for children to experience the many joys and infinite beauty of the surrounding natural world. Campers will explore and learn about the Lowcountry environment, create arts and crafts, and play cooperative games within the comfort of one of the Charleston County Parks. Camp introduces kids to the wonders of nature and builds physical, social, and decision-making skills while providing recreational fun. Our programs are designed with the philosophy that physical and emotional safety has to be the base on which all fun and education can be achieved. There is an 8:1 camper-to-staff ratio.
Adventure Camp (Ages 10-12) provides many opportunities for girls and boys to experience the rewards of outdoor life. Core activities include the necessary skills for our adventure, both inside and outside of the park. Our accessory programs provide even more opportunities for our campers to learn and have fun. In an effort to provide a fun and healthy atmosphere for all our campers, their emotional and physical safety is our top priority. There is a 6:1 camper to staff ratio with 12 campers per session.
Teen Venture Camp (Ages 13-16) Get into the true spirit of adventure through our Teen Venture Camp, where teens will be fully immersed in the great outdoors. The beautiful and ancient Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina will provide the backdrop for a variety of fun and exciting 5-day adventure sessions that will also teach cooperation, leadership, and responsibility. In addition to whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, stand up paddleboarding, and rock climbing, all campers will participate in minimum impact camping and Leave No Trace Principles designed to instill positive and lifelong outdoor ethics. This program also provides great opportunities for a unique physical challenge and to explore the limits of outdoor recreation.
Note: Teen Venture camps will take campers away from Charleston for 5-day camping adventures and will not return until the final day. Meals and necessary camping equipment are provided. Participants should be in good physical condition and able to participate in a moderate level of physical activity. A detailed medical form must be completed and turned in prior to attending camp.
Beginner Sailing Camp (Ages 10-12) This one-week course provides participants with knowledge of the basic skills necessary to get started in the lifelong sport of sailing. Charleston Community Sailing Program will provide half-day sailing instruction including, knot-tying, seamanship, sailing techniques and terminology, rigging safety on the Charleston waterways. Campers will split their days between sailing in the harbor and other activities at James Island County Park, including, but not limited to, climbing at the Wall and team building on the Challenge Course. Upon the close of the week, participants will be able to navigate a two-person dinghy safely and with confidence. There is a 4:1 camper to staff ratio while sailing and 6:1 when not sailing.
Goose Creek Recreation is offering the following summer camps. Click on the individual camp for more information:
Summer Time Art
Summer Music Camps
Half Pints Summer Camp
TNT (Teens & Tweens) Adventure Camp
British Soccer Camp
Serve & Splash (Tennis/Swim)
Cheer Tumble Camp
Friday Fun Fitness Camp
Lego Robotics Camps
The above list should help give you an idea of what’s available. And if you have any questions about area real estate, we at Drew Sineath & Associates would be glad to help!