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Summer Camp at the Rec

 

By Christie Slocum                                                                                         047

 

 

Summer Camp at the Rec is in full swing.  This non- profit organization is celebrating this year as it is the tenth year they have been providing the children of Colleton County with the option of a day camp at their recreation department.  The educational camp offers seven weeks of learning and fun with friends.  Don’t worry if you have not signed your child up because Summer Camp at the Rec is always accepting new campers.

Darlene Cummings, Director of Summer Camp at the Rec, is a kindergarten teacher at Hendersonville Elementary.  The Assistant Director is Anita Green, who is a math teacher at Colleton County Middle School.  The pair of teachers had a vision ten years ago and they have made it happen.  “We are here for the children to have fun and still learn along the way.  Our program is geared for children to come together and collaborate.  They are here to make friends and to develop socially.  We just want to encourage children to learn and grow,” said Green.

Children ages 4-12 arrive at camp at 7:30 am, and stay through 5:30 pm.  The children are broken up into three groups, based on age.  A typical morning at camp sends campers through four sessions, each lasting an hour: arts and crafts, structured activity time, creative writing, and physical education.  The afternoon sessions are reading, structured activity time, and math.  During structured activity time campers learn how to play board games the correct way.

Shandi Brown plays a game she made by folding paper  Photo by Christie Slocum

Shandi Brown plays a game she made by folding paper Photo by Christie Slocum

Justin Grant, a third-year camper, says, “I will be here for the rest of my life,”  Grant went on to say, when he is too old to attend as a camper, he would like to return as a helper.  The camp has six employees who assist Cummings and Green.  Three work in the morning and three work in the afternoon.  All of the workers of the camp have an impact on the campers’ lives.  The camp also brings in members of the community to talk to the children.  Some of these programs include: Mrs. Sheila from the Colleton County Library, Colleton County Sheriff’s Office; Walterboro Police Department; Dr. Rhodes’ dental assistant; and Coastal Electric.  These groups talk to the kids about reading, safety, drugs, personal hygiene, and electrical safety.  Friday at camp offers a little something different.  Campers enjoy Fridays the most because they get to go on field trips.  The group has already visited Bee City and Chuck E. Cheese.  They will be going to the IMAX, Splash Zone, Planetarium, and the Aquarium.

The cost of the camp is a one- time registration fee of $60 and $67 a week.  The registration fee includes a camp t-shirt, which is worn of field trip days.  Campers are also provided breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  For more information about Summer Camp at the Rec just go to the Colleton County Recreation Department, Monday through Friday, from 7:30am to 5:30 pm.

Christie Slocum (503 Posts)