Summer is coming! For parents looking to make the season one for kids to remember, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) offers many opportunities for children and teens to explore their environment and experience adventure through summer camps. The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) opens summer camp registration on March 8, 2017.
The natural settings of the county parks offer adventurous youth ages 6 and up an ideal venue to learn about themselves and create a personal connection with the Lowcountry environment. Younger campers enjoy hands-on fun in Explorers and Odyssey Camps, while older youth explore diverse activities at Adventure Camp, Discovery Camp, Teen Venture Camp and the Junior Lifeguard Program. Designed to challenge, entertain and inpire, camps allow youth to develop physical, social and decision-making skills while promoting self-confidence, environmental awareness and fun. CCPRC is committed to giving every parent and child a positive and supportive experience. Camp staff is trained to assist in the development of self-confidence, cooperative skills and personal growth, keeping the emotional and physical well-being of each child at a priority. All staff members are certified in First Aid and CPR, with additional certifications and training based on activities.
For a full list of summer camps, fee information and descriptions about what will take place during each camp, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com. Minimum enrollment is required two weeks prior to the first day of camp, but many camps fill up quickly. Waitlists will be available.
Starting March 8, CCPRC is migrating camp registration, pass purchases and gift card purchases to a new registration system. Register for summer camps starting at 8:30 a.m. on March 8, 2017 at CharlestonCountyParks.com/Camps using the new system. Registration for other programs will remain under the current system and will switch to the new system in June. For further details, call 843-795-4386.
The 2017 Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission Summer Camps are:
Explorers Day Camp: Ages 6-9
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. This experience introduces kids to the wonders of being outside, and builds physical, social, and decision-making skills while providing recreational fun. Locations: North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park (PICP), James Island County Park (JICP). Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
June 5-9: PetSMART
June 12-16: PARKemon GO
June 19-23: To Infinity and Beyond!
June 26-30: Dynamite Decades
July 3, 5-7: ‘Trash’formers
July 10-14: Under Construction
July 17-21: Explorers Got Talent
July 24-28: Hawaiian Hullabaloo
July 31-Aug. 4: SC Invaders
August 7-11: Oh, the Places You’ll Go (JICP and PICP only)
Adventure Camp: Ages 10-12
Adventure Camp provides excellent opportunities to experience the rewards of outdoor life. Campers have their choice of a variety of activities including canoeing, kayaking, biking, and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) for their week long adventure. All programs include involvement in core activities to provide a consistent focus on team building, skills, and environmental awareness. Locations: James Island County Park and Palmetto Islands County Park. Mon-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
James Island County Park camps:
June 5-9: Trail Bike and Canoe; Sea Kayak and Earth Ranger
June 12-16: Sea Kayak and High Course; SUP Tour and Rock Climb (ends 4:30 p.m.)
June 19-23: SUP Surf and Skateboard; Mountain Bike and Fishing
June 26-30: Surf Kayak and Beach Life; Rock Climbing and Canoe
July 3, 5-7: Surf Kayak and Fitness; Trail Bike and High Course
July 10-14: Sailing (morning and afternoon camps)
July 17-21: Canoe and Fishing; Archery and SUP
July 24-28: Whitewater Kayak and Disc Golf; SUP Surf and Fitness
July 31-Aug. 4: Fishing and Archery; SUP Tour and Earth Ranger
Palmetto Islands County Park camps:
June 5-9: Rock Climb and SUP; SUP Tour and Fitness
June 12-16: Trail Bike and Canoe; Surf Kayak and Disc Golf
June 19-23: Sailing (morning and afternoon camps)
June 26-30: SUP Surf and Skateboard; Trail Bike and High Course
July 3, 5-7: Canoe and Fishing camp; SUP Tour and Earth Ranger
July 10-14: Whitewater Kayak and Archery camp; Fishing and Canoe
July 17-21: Mountain Bike and Rock Climb; SUP Surf and Beach Life
July 24-28: Sea Kayak and Earth Ranger; Archery and Fishing
July 31-Aug. 4: Sea Kayak and High Course; Surf Kayak and Fitness
Teen Venture (overnight): Ages 13-16
Get into the true spirit of adventure through Teen Venture Camp, where campers will be fully immersed in the great outdoors. A variety of locations in the Carolinas will provide the backdrop for fun and exciting multi-day adventure sessions that will cultivate cooperation, leadership and responsibility. This program provides great opportunities for a unique physical challenge and to explore the limits of outdoor recreation. All necessary equipment and food for activity and overnights will be provided. Drop off: Mon 8 a.m. Pick-up Fri 5:30 p.m. at James Island County Park
June 12-14: Sea Kayak
June 19-21: Whitewater Kayak
July 10-12: Mountain Bike
July 17-19: Rock Climb
July 24-26: Stand Up Paddleboard
Junior Lifeguard Program: Ages 10-16
Participants will become familiar with the aquatic environment, its hazards, and the demands of the job of a lifeguard. They will be actively involved with CCPRC beach and waterpark lifeguards, learning basics of aquatic rescue and first aid. This is a physically demanding program in which students will participate in running, ocean swimming and lifeguarding drills and are required to take part in a swim test. Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Junior I (Ages 10-11)
June 12-14: Folly Beach County Park
June 19-23: Isle of Palms County Park
July 24-28 Folly Beach County Park
July 10-14: Isle of Palms County Park
Junior II (Ages 12-13)
June 26-30: Folly Beach County Park
June 26-30: Isle of Palms County Park
July 31-Aug. 4: Folly Beach County Park
July 24-28: Isle of Palms County Park
July 31-Aug. 4: Isle of Palms County Park
Junior III (Ages 14-15)
June 5-9: Folly Beach County Park
July 17-21: Isle of Palms County Park
June 19-23: Folly Beach County Park
Odyssey Summer Camp: Ages 5-12
Offered in the Baptist Hill, Johns Island and McClellanville communities, Odyssey introduces kids to the summer camp experience, and builds physical, social and decision-making skills while providing recreational fun. Kids participate a wide variety of challenging, age-appropriate activities including swimming, field trips, crafts, sports and games. 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. Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Locations: Schroder Community Center in Baptist Hill; Haut Gap Middle School on Johns Island; Lincoln High School in McClellanville.
Jul 3, 5-7
Johns Island Discovery Camp: Ages 9-14
Discovery Camp promotes an environment where campers can explore, achieve and grow through participation in fun activities, events, field trips and social experiences. Each week will provide new and challenging activities that develop skills, expand horizons, build character and develop friendships and teamwork. Held at Haut Gap Middle School. Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
July 3, 5-7
For a full list of summer camps, fee information and detailed camp descriptions, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.