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Children having fun at Summer Camp

This is the eighth year that Summer Camp at the Colleton County Recreation Center has been in operation. The camp is open from 7:30a.m.-5:30 p.m. from now until July 26, and can accommodate children from ages 4-12. Registration is required.

When the camp first opened, there were about 25 enrolled campers. There are now 51 campers enrolled! Six classes are held daily, which include arts and crafts, physical education, and story time in the mornings. During the afternoon hours, the instructors switch out, and music, academics, and structured activities classes are offered. The campers are served breakfast and lunch, as well as two snacks throughout the day. Our “Fabulous Fun Days” are the days that the campers go on field trips, which we incorporate every week. So far, the campers have been to Bee City in Cottageville, the IMAX theatre in Charleston, Chuck E. Cheese in Charleston, and The Children’s Museum in Charleston. For the duration of the camp, we plan to take trips to Splash Zone Water Park, the Charleston Aquarium, and the Planetarium. In the past, we have also included many fun activities, such as making homemade ice cream, conducting a watermelon-eating contest, and having pizza parties. We also have had many of our community leaders come in and speak with the children. Personnel from Dr. Rhodes’ office came in and spoke with the campers about the benefits of good dental hygiene; Nurse Beverly Calloway spoke with them about the importance of hand washing; the Colleton County children’s Librarian read books and gave the campers prizes; and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office brought in K-9 dogs to perform a safety demonstration. Personnel from South Carolina Electric and Gas, Coastal Electric, and Colleton County Emergency Medical Service and Colleton County Fire-Rescue are scheduled to come and speak with the campers.

Left to Right: Joey Moran, Kamora Bryant, and Lauren Lewis.
Photos by Mandy Hathcock

Every year, there is an “End of Camp” celebration, in which the campers perform songs and dances they have learned in camp. Their parents are presented with the summer journals the campers have been working on all summer. There are refreshments served afterward, and the following day is the final trip of the summer. The children really enjoy coming to camp, because camp personnel try to keep them busy with many fun-filled activities. While having fun, the staff also believes that it is important to incorporate a small amount of academics so that the campers will retain what they have learned during the school year.

Some of the camp participants commented on their experiences. ” I’m having fun. This is my second year of camp,” said Abby Murdaugh. McKayla Evans said, “This is awesome, my favorite things were going to Chuck E. Cheese, and having my birthday party at camp. This is my first year at camp. It’s fun. Playing in the gym has been my favorite thing.” Kenetra Washington said she was having fun at camp.

For more information or to donate to the summer program, call (843) 538-3031.

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