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Students attend camp at USC’s Salkehatchie campus



Campers draw pictures.


About 30 students participated in Day Camp at the University of South Carolina’s Salkehatchie Campus on Hampton Street during the past two weeks.

In its thirteenth year, The Summer Scholars Camp, sponsored by the Colleton Museum and held at the Salkehatchie campus, is funded by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Coastal Community Foundation/Beaufort Fund.

  Under the direction of Elaine Inabinett, Colleton Museum’s Program Coordinator, the camp welcomes a diverse group of middle school students to the camp who were recommended by local teachers and guidance counselors.  The camp focuses on the development of life-long appreciation of and stewardship of the natural world.


Students get instruction on exercise.

Since its origin, the Colleton Museum, along with support from our local college campus, has strived to make a lasting impact on the campers and uses the ACE Basin as a focus and location for field work.  The camp involves hands-on experiences, field trips, and activities not available in traditional school programs.  Heavy emphasis is placed on environmental concerns along with appreciation of Colleton County’s vast natural resources. 

Educational projects included printouts that included questions and statements such as:

— What is the Angel Oak Tree and where is it located?

— What region does the Lowcountry represent?

–Name five Native American tribes, and explain what they were known for.

–What river is known as the longest black-water river in the United States?

–Name three animals on the endangered species list that live in the ACE Basin area.

–Who is Beulah Glover and what is she famous for?

–Who is Booker T. Washington and what is he famous for?

–What were three main crops during the time when slavery existed?

–This method of transportation that’s easy to track began in Charleston.

Campers also learned about unusual wildlife across the globe, including the fish that has been aptly named the Pufferfish, Blowfish, Fugu, and Globefish.

A printout obtained from the website EnchantedLearning.com explained that the fish were named, it was “because when it is threatened, it puffs up to about twice its normal size by gulping water,” It continued that most of these fish are found in tropical and sub-tropical waters in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, but noted that some of them live in brackish and fresh water. Some of these fish are very poisonous. “This poison is about a thousand times deadlier than cyanide. There is no known antidote for this poison (tetrodoxin),” the printout stated.