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If Not Now, When? The Time to Sign Up for Summer Camps is Now

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ou can bet your children are looking forward to time off this summer, but are you ready? Have you thought of a few fun or educational activities to keep your kids entertained? There are lots of local organizations that offer summer camps ranging from educational to athletic and everything in between. Whether your family chooses culinary lessons, horseback riding or karate camp, the time to sign up your little ones for summer is upon us. The registration period for many camps has already begun, and spots for the most popular camps will fill up soon. But before you sign up — and pay — you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing the camp that’s right for your child. Here are some tips to help.

Other Parents — Your Best Resource Take advantage of your best resource — other parents, especially ones with children the same age or older than yours. Where have they sent their kids? Which camps went well? Which ones didn’t — and why? Glossy brochures are nice, but the proof is in the experience — so get feedback from other parents whenever you can.

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Day vs. Overnight This is one of your biggest decisions: Are you sending your child away for a week or will he or she attend a day camp? You’ll want to take into consideration your child’s age readiness to be away from home — as well as your own comfort level with letting your child out of your sight for several days. Make sure you understand camp policies fully: Some camps will restrict your child’s use of electronic devices; some camps post photos daily on a secure web site so parents can see what their kids are up to. Just make sure the camp’s policies are guidelines are in line with your own values and expectations. Safety and Professionalism First Before fun comes safety. Be sure your camp has performed background checks on all counselors and caregivers. And while it’s probably not realistic to think counselors should have master’s degrees, you might not want a teenager leading your child’s day either. Camp counselors should also be trained in first aid and in some cases, CPR. Take special note of the counselor-to-child ratio. You’ll want to be sure you feel comfortable with the number of eyes that will be on your children.

Activities What does your child enjoy? What does your child need? Are you looking mostly for an educational experience or an athletic one? Think about your child’s social skills and confidence level, too. This is especially important if your children won’t know any other campers on day one. In addition to talking with your child and relying on your own observations, consider turning to their teachers. Teachers knows exactly where your son or daughter should be at each particular age, and if your child needs an extra push in math or science or has shown some natural talent in music or art, there are camps that can help develop those skills and interests. Ask camp organizers for a schedule of a sample day. If you know three hours of backto-back tennis matches in July temperatures won’t suit your child, you’ll want to keep looking. Also, if your child’s attention span is best suited to changing activities every hour, find a camp that provides variety. Scheduling How old is your child — old enough to spend some time at home alone, or do they need to be occupied all day? What about your schedule? If you work full time, you might want to schedule your child for camps throughout the summer. If your schedule is flexible, you can provide your child some structure and a little enrichment in a camp that offers a morning-only or every-other-

day schedule. Think about how you’ll how your camp schedule will interact with daycare, work and other activities. Even when you plan, sometimes schedules fall apart. So, know your camp’s policy on late pickups. If you’re a couple minutes late, will your camp charge a fee? If that’s the case, you might want to make friends with another camp parent and coordinate on a pickup plan.

Cost There is a wide range of prices for summer camps. Do your homework now: If one camp you’re considering costs three times more than another one, what’s the reason? There might be a perfectly legitimate one, such as top-notch instructors or the high cost of materials. On the other hand, maybe it’s just overpriced. So, ask questions — and start saving now. Some summer camps also require that you send brown-bag lunch each day, so make sure you know that in advance. If your child is going to a day camp, both parents work and the child is under the age of 13, you might be eligible for the Child and Dependent Care Credit on your federal taxes, which can be up to 35 percent of qualifying expenses. Visit irs.gov for details. Ready, set, sign up. Time is of the essence. Summer camps offer limited enrollment and book quickly. It’s best to start your research now.

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arts & humanities A Room of Your Own June 11-15. Ages 8-12. Explore interior design while touring The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design and the Museum’s permanent collection. Young designers will learn about floor plans, furniture placement, fabrics and colors as they create unique accent pieces for their bedroom at home. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Adventures in Art June 17-22. For rising sixth through ninth graders. Come explore your creativity and knowledge during this artistic adventure featuring drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media art experiences. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 7779444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Art July 8-13. For rising ninth through twelfth graders. Come explore your creativity and knowledge during this artistic adventure featuring drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media art experiences. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Creative Writing June 24-29. For rising ninth through twelfth graders. Creative writing workshop camp. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/ adventures.

Adventures in Law June 3-8. For rising sixth through ninth graders. Have your day in court — as an attorney. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 7779444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Alchemy of Art June 4-8. Ages 8-12. Young apprentices will discover the history and science of painting as they create their own masterpieces. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Art Express: Art Animals

and crafts techniques through hands-on experience. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

June 4-8. For ages 4-7. Take a safari through the galleries and discover where the animals hide. $135; $108 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Crooked Creek Park Dance Camp July 16-20. Ages 3-8. Camp includes daily dance class, art projects, music and dance history, nutrition, anatomy, creative expression, mime, and dance vocabulary. $70; $83 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Art Express: Art Around the World June 25-29. Ages 4-7. Grab your passports and join us for an exploration across the world! Campers will travel through our galleries discovering art from different cultures and create works based on the places they “visit.”. $135; $108 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Crooked Creek Park Theatre Camp July 9-13. Ages 7-10. Designed for novice actors. $88; $101 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Art Express: FUN-damentals Aug. 6-10. Ages 4-7. Learn the basics of what it takes to create great works of art! During this week campers will focus on shapes, colors, and other elements of art as they get prepared for the school year ahead!. $135; $108 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Art Express: In a People House July 16-20. Ages 4-7. Young campers discover fun furniture on guided tours of The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design and the museum’s permanent collection. During studio time they will paint, stencil and decorate their very own unique pieces of furniture. $135; $108 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Art Express: Royal Highness July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 4-7. Oh, to be a king or queen! Join the revelry as we travel back in time to the Renaissance. Create your own coat of arms, make a treasure box for all your royal gold and jewels and feast your eyes on great works of art!. $135; $108 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Art Express: Wild West June 18-22. Ages 4-7. Head ‘em up, move ‘em out! Campers will blaze trails through the galleries

Crooked Creek Park Theatre Camp July 9-20. Ages 11-17. Designed for experienced actors. $175; $193 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Camp Cherokee teaches horseback riding. Courtesy photo while experiencing the thrills of the Wild West! In the studio, they will create pieces based on the western frontier. $135; $108 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Basic Drawing June 25-28. Ages 6-17. Workshop focus will be on faces, faces, faces and fun creative activities emphasizing right brain thinking using charcoal, pen and paint. $115. 701 Center for Contemporary Art: 701 Whaley St. 7794571, 701cca.org.

Beginning Ceramics June 18-21, July 23-26. Ages 6-17. Students will learn basic to advanced hand-building techniques and gain an appreciation for the ceramic process. $125. 701 Center for Contemporary Art: 701 Whaley St. 779-4571, 701cca.org.

Beyond the Notes June 3-8. For high school and college students. Intensive string chamber music workshop. Email for more infomation. $675; $50 nonrefundable application fee. cgee@mozart.sc.edu.

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Camp Half-Blood: A Percy Jackson Adventure June 25-29. Ages 8-12. An exploration of Greek myths and legends, in the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians! Students will explore artwork inspired by the mythology of Ancient Greece and Rome and complete mythology-based projects of their very own. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory June 19-25. For grades 9-12. For advanced woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz, piano and vocal students. $725; $450 commuters; $50 application fee. 576-5893.

Ceramic Creations June 4-8. Ages 8-12. Learn one of the oldest forms of making art as you create three-dimensional works in the studio. Be inspired by the wonderful pieces in the museum’s permanent collection. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Ceramics 101 July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 8-12. Ceramics 101 provides an excellent introduction to the medium of clay. While creating ceramic masterpieces campers will explore a variety of techniques such as throwing on the pottery wheel, hand building, and slab building!. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Comics: The Sequential Art June 11-15. Ages 12-16. This challenging and fun class features an in-depth look at the basics of comic book creation. Your focused teen or tween will study specific techniques needed to develop and complete their own storylines and pages! Students will also learn basic concepts of design, perspective and figure drawing, as well as a history of sequential art. $175; $140 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Crooked Creek Park Cool Crafts for Kids Camp Call or visit website for camp dates. Ages 7-12. Learn new arts

Crooked Creek Park Pottery Camp July 11-15, July 16-20, Aug. 6-10. Ages 6-15. Introduction to clay and different methods of hand building. $92; $110 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Furniture Design July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 14-18. Teen participants design and build their very own chair! They begin the process by drafting their idea, then create a scale model and finally build their own chair. This class is not to be missed by your creative, inquisitive and talented teen. Bring a brown bag lunch. All materials included. $350; $280 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Glowing Glassworks June 11-15. Ages 12-16. Explore light, color and the creation of glass! Campers will explore the museum’s glass collection, create their own glassworks and on the final day of camp the class will meet at One Eared Cow Glass to create a blown piece of glass. $190; $152 members.

7 great weeks of fun! For more information, visit www.edventure.org.

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Seven Oaks Park Theater Camp

Heroes and Villains July 23-27. Ages 8-12. This camp introduces students to the basics of comic book creation, as they sketch, develop storylines, and ink their own comics! Students learn basic design concepts, perspective and figure drawing, as well as a smattering of the history of sequential art. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

June 11-15. Ages 7-10. For novice and experienced actors. $88; $101 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

July 16-20, July 23-27. For ages 14-19. intensive oneweek creative video production workshop. Complete a broadcast-quality video project from conception to final delivery with the guidance of two Emmynominated filmmakers. $485. 786-3941.

July 9-13. Ages 12-16. Learn the fundamentals of jewelry making as you create wearable works of art in this week long workshop for your creative and talented teen or tween. $190; $152 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org. July 23-27. Ages 8-12. Create dynamic pieces out of a variety of media and surfaces. In this camp your imagination is the limit as you explore a diverse range of methods and materials. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Narrative Illustration: The Art of Comics and Coloring Books June 11-14, July 16-19. Ages 6-17. Using pen and ink, students will write and illustrate short stories while learning the fundamentals of sequential art and the relationship between literature and art. $115. 701 Center for Contemporary Art: 701 Whaley St. 779-4571, 701cca.org.

Painting 101 June 18-22. Ages 8-12. Your young artist will learn a variety of painting techniques and watch as their own painting style emerges as they create vibrant paintings of still lives, landscapes, and more. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Photography: Picture This Aug. 6-10. Ages 8-12. From portraits, to landscapes, to still-

South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory

The Plex offers an indoor skateboarding ramp. Courtesy photo lives, learn the basics of photography! This camp will focus primarily on digital photography with a bit of classic photography thrown in for good measure! Campers will need to bring their own digital camera. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Printmaking 101 July 16-20. Ages 8-12. Become inspired in the galleries by the beautiful prints in our permanent collection. Then learn and experience the different methods of print making, from monotypes to etchings to linoleum cuts as you make your own museum worthy pieces. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Printmaking Plus June 4-7, July 16-19. Ages 6-17. Silk screen a T-shirt with student’s design; learn several other ways to make prints: found object printing, linocut prints and mono-prints. Focus will be on finding and celebrating each person’s unique creativity. $115. 701 Center for Contemporary

Summer Camp Italia* Monday–Friday, June 25–29, 2012 Hands-on culinary preparation of northern and southern Italian cuisines. You’ll learn recipes and skills of the Italian chef.

Art: 701 Whaley St. 779-4571, 701cca.org.

Project Funway July 16-20. Ages 8-12. In this weeklong camp, participants create a simple summer sarong and tote from fabric they design using techniques as varied as batiking, stenciling and bleaching. The final day of camp features a fashion show. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Pulp, Paper, Blender June 25-29. Ages 8-12. From papermaking to collage this camp covers the making and use of paper as an art medium. Campers will even learn to and make their own sketchbooks. $160; $128 members. Columbia Museum of Art: 1515 Main St. 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Reading Discovery Camp June 18-22. Grades 2-6. Allows students to become better readers through fun, exciting and interactive exploration between the pages of their favorite books. $250. Glenforest School: 1041 Harbor Drive 799-2810, columbiamuseum.org.

Seven Oaks Park Crafts for Kids Camp June 4-7. Ages 8-12. Participants will explore different craft projects including finger painting, watercolors, pastels, crayon etching, print making and tie-dye. $80; $93 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Seven Oaks Park Dance Camp June 11-15, Aug. 6-10. Ages 3-8. Designed for early development of technical ball/tap and movement. . $70; $83 nonresident. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Seven Oaks Park Guitar Camp July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 10-18. Intended for beginners and advanced students. $99; $117 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Seven Oaks Park Theater Camp June 11-22. Ages 11-15. For novice and experienced actors. $175; $193 nonresidents. Seven

High school: June 11-29; middle school: June 11-22; upper elementary: June 11-22; early elementary: June 25-29. Summer acting intensive. $200-$600. 777-9353, cas.sc.edu/thea.

YMCA Art Camp

South Carolina Film Academy

Jewelry Making

Mixed Media Mania

University of South Carolina Summer Drama Conservatory

Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

July 9-27. For ages 11-21. Designed for serious ballet, jazz and contemporary dance students. $2,150 residential; $1,150 commuter. University of South Carolina Band and Dance Hall: 324 Sumter St. 777-7264, cas. sc.edu/dance.

South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory Princess Camp June 11-15, June 18-22. For ages 4-6, 7-10. Classes include a variety of dance forms such as classical ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, and musical theatre, as well as special classes in acting, make-up, and dance arts crafts. $200; $180 Conservatory students. University of South Carolina Dance Program Studios: 324 Sumter St. 777-7264, cas. sc.edu/dance.

Southern Pottery Pottery Camps Weekly sessions beginning June 11. Ages 6-15. Wheel throwing and hand-built clay projects. Southern Pottery 3105 Devine S. 251-3001, southern-pottery.com.

University of South Carolina Fashion Camp June 4-8, June 11-15. Ages 10-18. Project Runway-style fashion camp. $450. Carolina Coliseum: 708-2772, hrsm.sc.edu/fashioncamp.

July 30-Aug. 3. Grades 3-9. Campers will learn and experience mosaics, sculting, and much more first hand. $250; $200 members. Jeep Rogers YMCA: 900 Lake Carolina Dr. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Dance Camp June 25-29. Grades 2-9. Campers will learn several different dance techniques: jazz, hip-hop, ballet, Broadway-inspired jazz. At the Northwest location. $250; $200 members. columbiaymca.org.

math & science Adventures in Archaeology and Anthropology July 8-13. For rising sixth through ninth graders. Explore and study ancient cultures through the examination of their material remains such as buildings, graves, tools, and other artifacts dug up from the ground. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Archaeology and Anthropology July 15-20. For rising ninth through twelfth graders. Explore and study ancient cultures through the examination of their material remains such as buildings, graves, tools, and other artifacts dug up from the ground. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu. sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Biology June 3-8. For rising sixth through ninth graders. Develop skills to observe and evaluate hypotheses about the natural world while concentrating on the very specific topic of how fairly small shifts across a series of very

McCutchen House

Summer Camp Francais* Monday–Friday, July 9–13, 2012 Hands-on culinary preparation of classical French cuisine. You’ll learn recipes and skills of the French chef, as well as how to use/ handle the “French Knife.”

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Are you a high school or college student interested in building or advancing your culinary skills? Culinary Camp at Carolina is for you!

*$299.00 per camper by April 15. $350 per camper after April 15. For more information and to register visit www.mccutchenhouse.sc.edu

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different biological phenomena can have a profound effect. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 7779444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Computer Gaming June 3-8. For rising sixth through ninth graders. Hands-on video game camp; learn graphics, modeling, animation, and artificial intelligence. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu. sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Computer Gaming July 15-20. For rising ninth through 12th graders. Handson video game camp; learn graphics, modeling, animation, and artificial intelligence. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 7779444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Computer Science June 24-29. For rising ninth through twelfth graders. Programming using Alice,; involves hands-on programming in in which students learn the basics of algorithmic thinking, data and data structures, algorithms, the principles of computer architecture, problem-solving, programming requirements and graphics and animation. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Forensic Science June 12-17. For rising sixth through ninth graders. Criminal

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investigation camp. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 7779444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

activity. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu. sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Forensic Science

Adventures in Neuroscience

June 24-29. For rising ninth through twelfth graders. Criminal investigation camp. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 7779444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

June 10-15. For rising ninth through 12th graders. Cover the basic concepts in neuroscience with an emphasis on the relationship of brain to behavior. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/ adventures.

Adventures in MedicineAnatomy June 17-22, July 15-20. For rising tenth through twelfth graders. Learn the intricacies of the human body and symptomology. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/ adventures.

Adventures in MedicineCardiology July 8-13. For rising tenth through twelfth graders. Unravel the mysteries of the heart from its development to its disease processes and novel ways to treat these including the use of tissue engineering and stem cells. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu. sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in MedicineYoung Women in Health Medicine June 3-8. For rising tenth through twelfth graders. Girls only. Covers a variety of topics: human anatomy; health disparities; gender similarities and differences; wellness initiatives with focus on health, nutrition and physical

Adventures in Pharmacy July 17-22. For rising ninth through twelfth graders. Help pharmacy professionals ensure continuity of healthcare. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 7779444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Vex Robotics July 8-13. For rising sixth through ninth graders. Learn how robots think and build your own. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 7779444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Adventures in Web Design and Development July 15-20. For rising ninth through twelfth graders. Build your own web site from scratch after learning coding and theory. $975 residential; $575 commuter. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/adventures.

Angry Birds Live: The High-Flying Physics Camp June 11-15. Grades 6-12. Offers students the unique experience

of seeing the popular Angry Birds game come to life, while at the same time gaining an understanding of the fascinating math and physics phenomena that lie behind the game. $300. Glenforest School: 1041 Harbor Drive 796-7622, glenforest.org.

Bugs and Beasties Jun. 19-Jun. 21 June 19-21. Ages 4-5. Enter the weird and wacky world of small critters. $40; $53 nonresidents. Saluda Shoals Park: 5605 Bush River Rd. 7721228, icrc.net.

Challeneger Center Astronaut Adventure June 26. Grades 6-8. Explore the Solar System in an e-planetarium! Fly a jet in a flight simulator! Build a bottle rocket! Complete a mission in a mission simulator!. $60. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 9293951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Center Astronaut Adventure Junior June 25. Grades 3-5. Explore the Solar System in an e-planetarium! Fly a jet in a flight simulator! Build a bottle rocket! Complete a mission in a mission simulator!. $60. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Center Astronaut Academy June 11-14. Grades 6-8. As an astronaut preparing for your mission, you will explore aviation, robotics, rocketry, and other fun scientific principles. Camp participants will construct a robot and a model rocket with an engine that they can keep after launch. $180. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Center Robotics Camp June 20-21. Grades 4-8. Camp participants will build two robots to keep. $150. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Center Rocket Camp June 18-19. Grades 4-8. Learn about the history of rockets. Build and launch a straw rocket, a bottle rocket, and two model rockets with engines. $150. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

Challenger Learning Center Astronaut Academy Junior June 4-7. Grades 3-5. Learn about robots and rockets and planes as you prepare for your first mission; camp participants will

construct a robot and a model rocket with an engine that they can keep after launch. $180. The Challenger Learning Center of Richland School District One: 2600A Barhamville Rd. 929-3951, thechallengercenter.net.

EdVenture Giggle Science Camp June 18-22, July 23-27. Ages 3-4. Grab your lab coat and get ready for a week of giggles and goggles! Designed to excite and capture the attention of our smallest scientists, Giggle Science campers explore science through mixing, mashing, pouring and experimenting in a real laboratory!. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 7793100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Spa Science Camp June 4-8, July 9-13. Ages 5-7. Bouncing bubbles, foaming monsters, and bath bombs! Learn how to make your very own bath supplies and the science behind them. Campers will make bath crayons, masks, scrubs, bubble bath, soaps, and even perfumes! Spa Science Campers will also learn about makeup and how it is used in theatre (it’s not just for girls!). With daily bubble parties, this camp is sure to be full of smiles and suds!. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 7793100, edventure.org.

FUN FOR A SUMMER... MEMORIES FOR A LIFETIME! Summer Resident Camp for boys and girls ages 6-14 with one and two week sessions.

Activities include sailing, wall climbing, canoeing, zip line, swimming, archery, horse-back riding, kayaking, environmental education, themed dances and much more! Camp Cherokee Kings Mountain State Park Blacksburg, SC 29702 803-329-9622 campcherokee.org

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Camp Chaverim offers indoor swimming. Courtesy photo EdVenture All Bugged Out Camp June 25-29, July 3-Aug. 3. Ages 5-7. Welcome to the world of entomology! Discover how spiders eat, how fireflies talk using their flashing lights, and explore over 20 species of butterflies! You’ll be bugged out before you know it!. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture EDDIE’s Science Academy Camp June 25-29, July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 8-10. Discover what it takes to become a botanist, biologist, veterinarian and architect! Each day, campers will focus on a different exhibit and the science behind it! Learn about the inner workings of the human body, test your construction skills, learn about recycling, and boggle your mind with physics and motion. Campers will be junior experts in nearly every field!. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Journey to the Planet E Camp June 11-15, July 16-20. Ages 8-10. Camp EdVenture’s Journey to Planet E will have campers traveling on missions to the stars in the name of science and imagination. After creating their own space suits, rockets and communication devices, campers will investigate and solve the issues of space travel. Equipped with a vivid imagination, this camp experience is out of this world!. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Let’s Get Inventive Camp June 4-8, July 9-13. Ages 8-10. Join the elite group of the world’s greatest inventors! Each day will focus on a major inventor, their inventions and its impact

on the world. Could your camper be the next Randi Altschul, who invented the first disposable cell phone? Campers will find out if they have what it takes as they design their very own invention!. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Robotics Academy Camp June 18-22, July 23-27. Ages 8-10. This tech savvy camp will focus on the uses and applications of robotics technology in modern life. Designed to engage the next mechanical wizards, campers will learn about the Mars Rover, Honda’s Asimo and industrial robots used in assembly lines. Campers will build Lego Mindstrom robots and pilot their own computer-controlled mission. Robotics Academy will place the modern world of robotics technology at the campers’ fingertips. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

Extreme Safari June 4-Aug. 17. Ages 11-14. Extreme Safari day camp for teens. Includes two field trips per week, arts and crafts, games and two snacks per day. At Crooked Creek Park and Saluda Shoals Park. $98 resident; $116 nonresident. icrc.net.

Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics GoSciTech Summer Camp June 10-16; June 17-23; June 2430. Grades 8-10. Wide variety of hard-hitting science and technology experiences. Led by college, university and GSSM professors. Visit website for more information. scgssm.org/goscitech.

Jump Back In Time: Time Travel Summer Camp June 25-29, July 9-13. Ages 8-12. Take an adventure in time and explore what it was like to live in

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historic time periods. History will come to life through interactive games and time spent exploring the gardens, grounds and houses found in Columbia. . Robert Mills House: 1616 Blanding Street 252-7742, historiccolumbia.org.

Math, Laughs & Video Games June 25-29. Grades 6-12. Explores the world of math through an electrifying assortment of popular video games and consoles. $250. Glenforest School: 1041 Harbor Drive 796-7622, glenforest.org.

Riverbanks Zoo Kindercamp: Dino-Mite! June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10. Week-long preschool camp. $190; $120 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

Riverbanks Zoo Kindercamp: Fur, Feathers, Shells Scales June 4-8, June 18-22, July 2-6, July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 4-5. Week-long preschool camp. $190; $120 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

Riverbanks Zoo Wild Weeks Riverbanks Rangers: Animal Aviators June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10. Ages 8-9. Week-long camp. $255; $185 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

Riverbanks Zoo Wild Weeks Riverbanks Rangers: Island Fever June 4-8, June 18-22, July 2-6, July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 8-9. Week-long camp. $255; $185 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

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Riverbanks Zoo Wild Weeks Zooper Heroes: Fight or Flight June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10. Ages 6-7. Week-long camp. $255; $185 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

Riverbanks Zoo Wild Weeks Zooper Heroes: Web of Life June 4-8, June 18-22, July 2-6, July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 6-7. Week-long camp. $255; $185 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

Riverbanks Zoo Wild Weeks ZSI: Beastly Bling June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10. Ages 10-12. Week-long camp. $255; $185 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

Riverbanks Zoo Wild Weeks ZSI: Yuckology June 4-8, June 18-22, July 2-6, July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 10-12. Week-long camp. $255; $185 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

University Test Prep SAT/ ACT Institute June 25-28, July 23-26, July 30Aug. 2. For high school students. Comprehensive SAT and ACT test preparation. $499. 777-9444, saeu.sc.edu/testing.

YMCA Sci-Venture Camp June 18-22, July 16-20, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10. Rising third-ninth graders. Science and outdoor skills camp. At Lexington, Northwest, Jeep Rogers locations. $250; $200 members. columbiaymca.org.

sports & recreation Adventure Carolina Adventure Camp June 11-15, July 9-13. For ages 9-15. Canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, tubing and wilderness survival skills. $250. Adventure Carolina: 1107 State St. 7964505, adventurecarolina.com.

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Chapin Football Camp July 16-19. Ages 9-15. $70; $83 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Chapin Girls Basketball Camp Call or visit website for camp dates. Ages 8-15. Emphasizes fundamentals of offensive and defensive skills using drills to improve both. $70; $83 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Chapin Softball Camp June 25-28. Ages 8-13. Learn the fundamentals of softball, including throwing, hitting, and fielding and develop an understanding of all aspects of the game of softball. $70; $83 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc. net.

Chapin Wrestling Camp Call or visit website for camp dates. For ages 6-12. Teaches basic and advanced wrestling skills. $70; $83 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

City of Columbia Sports Camp Call or visit website for camp dates, age restrictions, cost, more. Martin Luther King Park: 2300 Greene St. 733-8452, columbiasc.net.

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$70; $83 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Crooked Creek Park Cheerleading Camp June 4-7. Ages 5-15. Learn partner and group stunts, tumbling, team routine and develop flexibility set to music and using pom-poms. . $65; $78 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Crooked Creek Park Circus Camp July 9-12. For ages 4-13. Circusthemed camp. $65; $78 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Crooked Creek Park Fishing Camp June 11-15, June 25-29, July 1620, July 23-27. Ages 6-12. Basic fishing skills and techniques for bass and striper fishing. . $75; $88 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Crooked Creek Park Gymnastics Camp July 16-19, July 30-Aug. 2. Ages 3-12. Learn tumbling, bars, balance beam, vaulting and parallel bars. Participants sorted by age and ability. $65; $78 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Crooked Creek Park Kids Basketball Camp

Crooked Creek Park Sports Galore Camp July 16-19, July 30-Aug. 2. Ages 3-12. Participants will learn the basics of many traditional and nontraditional sports. $65; $78 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Dawn Staley Basketball Academy 2012 Summer Camps June 18-21. Grades 6-12. Intense basketball instruction, development and competition designed to develop and improve campers’ individual basketball skills. $225. 777-0371, dawnstaleybasketballcamp.com.

Dawn Staley Basketball Academy Little Gamecock Day Camp June 25-26. Grades 1-5. Two-day camp designed to provide the necessary skills foundation in a positive and fun environment. $50. 777-0371, dawnstaleybasketballcamp.com.

Gamecock Baseball 2012 Skills Camp July 13-15. Ages 13-18. Pro-style baseball skills camp. $300. gamecocksonline.com/camps/ scar-camps.html.

George Bryan Golf Camp June 18-21, July 16-19. Ages 7-14. Designed for beginner to intermediate golfers. At Crooked Creek Park and Seven Oaks Park. $85; $98 nonresidents. icrc.net.

Harbison Recreation Basketball Camp

June 4-14, June 18-28, July 9-19, July 23-Aug. 2. For infants/ toddlers, preschool, levels 1-6. $70. Columbia College: 1301 Columbia College Dr. 786-3802, gokoalas.com.

Aug. 6-9. Ages 5-8. Emphasizes sportsmanship and the fundamentals of offensive and defensive skills through practice drills. $65; $78 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Crooked Creek Itty Bitty Gymnastics Camp

Crooked Creek Park Sailing Camp

Harbison Recreation T-Ball for Tots Camp

June 18-21. Ages 2-4. A taste of gymnastics through tumbling, beam, bars the trampoline and more. $40; $53 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 6. Ages 6-17. A week of sailing instruction on the shores of Lake Murray taught by a US Sailing Association Certified Instructor. Basic swimming skills are required. $130; $148 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Harbison Recreation Tennis Camp

Crooked Creek Park Basketball Camp Aug. 6-9. Ages 5-8. Emphasizes the fundamentals of offensive and defensive skills and use drills to improve both.

June 18-22, July 16-20. Grades K-9. Teaches fundamentals of basketball. $60. Harbison Recreation Center: 106 Hillpine Rd. 781-2281, harbisonhoa.com.

June 4-27. Ages 3-5. Bi-weekly T-ball camp. $55. Harbison Recreation Center: 106 Hillpine Rd. 781-2281, harbisonhoa.com.

June 11-14, July 9-13. Ages 8-14. Camps cover basic fundamentals of tennis to match play. $60. Harbison Recreation Center: 106 Hillpine Rd. 781-2281, harbisonhoa.com.

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Seven Oaks Park Cheer Camp

June 18-21. Ages 6-15. Camp includes instruction on hitting, fielding, base running, game situations, drills, and daily scrimmages. $70; $83 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

June 11-15. For ages 5-16. Learn cheerleading basics from local cheer coaches and squad members. $65; $78 nonresident. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Irmo Boys Basketball Camp

Seven Oaks Park Fishing Camp

June 11-14. For ages 9-18. Teaches the fundamentals of offensive and defensive skills with drills to improve both. $70; $83 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

June 4-8, July 9-13, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10. Ages 6-16. Learn basic fishing skills techniques for bass and striper fishing from a professional. $75; $88 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Irmo Football Camp

Seven Oaks Park Girls Softball Camp

June 25-28. Ages 8-14. $70; $83 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc. net.

June 25-28. Ages 8-18. Learn the fundamentals of softball, including throwing, hitting and fielding. $70; $83 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 7723336, icrc.net.

Irmo Wrestling Camp July 9-13. Ages 7-12. Learn beginner and advanced skills related to the sport of wrestling. $70; $83 nonresidents. Irmo High School: 6671 St. Andrews Rd. 772-3336, icrc.net.

Jack Legrand Speed and Agility Camp June 11-14. For ages 8-17. Includes techniques to improve speed, agility, and coordination for all sports. . $70; $83 nonresidents. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Josh Goffi’s Carolina Tennis Camps June 4-8, June 11-15, June 1822. Residential and day tennis camps. $625; $375 day camp. goffitenniscamps.com.

Mark Berson Carolina Soccer Camp Various soccer skill camps. Visit web site for complete schedule. markbersoncarolinasoccercamp.com.

Phil Savitz Soccer Camp June 11-14, July 9-13. For ages 4-5, 6-17. Teaches game fundamentals, individual skills, tactics and more. Wear tennis shoes; bring a soccer ball and water bottle daily. At Crooked Creek Park and Seven Oaks Park. $45-$70; $58-$83 nonresidents. icrc.net.

Seven Oaks Park Gymnastics Camp

YMCA campers at a water park. Courtesy photo

June 11-15. Ages 3-12. Tumbling, balance beam, vaulting, parallel bars and more. $65; $78 nonresident. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Saluda Shoals Park Horse Camps

Saluda Shoals Park Paddleboard Camp

Seven Oaks Park Itty Bitty Gymnastics Camp

June 25-29. Ages 6-16. Learn the basics of horse care, enjoy a daily ride, and make a craft. Height and weight restrictions apply. At Longcreek Equestrian Centre in Blythewood. $200; $240 nonresidents. Saluda Shoals Park: 5605 Bush River Rd. 772-1228, icrc.net.

June 11-14, June 18-21, June 25-28. Ages 8-14. Learn the new outdoor water sport of paddleboarding. $100; $118 nonresidents. Saluda Shoals Park: 5605 Bush River Rd. 772-1228, icrc.net.

July 16-19. Ages 2-4. Gymnastics exploration camp. $40; $53 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Scott McLeod Baseball Camp

July 16-20. Fun, easy to follow dance moves to popular music, fitness games and light strength training. $99. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Saluda Shoals Park Kayak Camp June 12-14. Ages 8-12. Learn the fundamentals of kayaking on the Saluda River. $105; $123 nonresidents. Saluda Shoals Park: 5605 Bush River Rd. 772-1228, icrc.net.

Saluda Shoals Park Outdoor Skills Camp June 26-29. Ages 8-12. Designed for young adventurers that want to camp but need to learn basic skills to successfully enjoy the outdoors. $35; $48 nonresidents. Saluda Shoals Park: 5605 Bush River Rd. 772-1228, icrc.net.

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June 18-22. Ages 6-12. Includes instruction on hitting, fielding, base running, game situations, drills, and daily scrimmages. Campers should bring bat, glove, cleats, and a water bottle. $70; $83 nonresident. Crooked Creek Park: 1098 Old Lexington Hwy. 345-6181, icrc.net.

Seven Oaks Park Basketball Camp June 25-28. Ages 5-8. Basketball fundamentals camp. $65; $78 nonresident. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Seven Oaks Park Junior Jazzercise Camp

Seven Oaks Park Karate Camp June 11-14, Aug. 6-9. All ages. Karate games and lessons. $70; $83 nonresident. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

Seven Oaks Park Sports Galore Camp June 18-21, July 23-26. Ages 3-12. Introduction to non-traditional sports: Frisbee, hockey, volleyball, bowling, kickball, more. $65; $78 nonresident. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 7723336, icrc.net.

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South Carolina United Soccer Camp June 11-15, July 9-13, July 16-20. For grades K-9. Half-day soccer camp. High-quality instruction; focus on individual soccer skills. Participants must register at southcarolinaunitedfc.com. At Jeep Rogers, Northwest, Downtown locations. $85. columbiaymca.org.

South Carolina Volleyball Summer Camp Series Various volleyball skills camps. For various ages. Visit website for offerings. scvolleyballcamps. com.

YMCA Camp All-Star

June 11-15, July 9-13, Aug. 6-10. For grades K-9. High-intensity cheerleading camp. $175; $130 members. Jeep Rogers YMCA: 900 Lake Carolina Dr. columbiaymca.org.

Steve Spurrier Junior Football Camp

YMCA Equestrian Resident Camp

Steve Spurrier Senior One Day Football Camp June 14, June 15, July 19. Call for more information. 777-1763, http://www.gamecocksonline. com/camps/football-camp-inf.

University of South Carolina Bev Smith Softball Camps Various softball skills. For various ages. Visit website for offerings. bevsmithsoftball.com.

University of South Carolina Women’s Soccer Camps

June 11-15, July 9-13, July 30Aug. 3. For grades 2-10. Campers will be divided into groups by ability and knowledge. Campers must weigh under 200 lbs. Drop-off and pickup at Lexington location. $385; $335 members. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Flag Football Camp June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10. For grades K-9. Half- and full-day football fundamentals camp. At Northwest, Lexington, Jeep Rogers, Downtown locations. $175 full-day, $85 half-day; $130/$60 members. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Kids Triathlon Camp

Various soccer skill camps. Visit website for complete offerings. gamecocksonline.com/camps/ w-soccer-camp-info.html.

June 11-15. Grades 2-9. Campers will improve their swim stroke and learn to bike, run and take care of their bodies. $175; $130 members. Jeep Rogers YMCA: 900 Lake Carolina Dr. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Basketball Camp

YMCA Lacrosse Camp

June 4-8, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10. For grades K-9. Half- and full-day basketball camp. At Jeep Rogers, Downtown locations. $175 full-day, $85 half-day; $130/$60 members. columbiaymca.org.

June 24-29. For grades 2-8. Half-day lacrosse fundamentals camp. $85; $60 members. YMCA Downtown: 1420 Sumter Street columbiaymca.org.

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EdVenture Senior Firefighter Camp

YMCA Equestrian Day Camp

June 4-Aug. 17. Grades 2-9. Weekly day camps. Activities, camps, field trips, more. $8 per day; $35 per week. Spires Gym: 1500 Dunbar Rd. 791-1361, lcrac. com.

June 8-10. $235; $375 overnight. 777-1763, gamecocksonline. cstv.com/camps/football-campinformati.

June 4-8, July 9-13. For ages 3-4. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime with the world’s largest child as your traveling buddy! EDDIE’s World takes campers on a journey through, up, and around EDDIE’s house. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

YMCA Cheertastic Camp

June 4-8, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10. For grades 2-10. Campers will be divided into groups by ability and knowledge. Campers must weigh under 200 lbs. Drop-off and pickup at Lexington location. $275; $225 members. columbiaymca.org.

Spires Gym Summer Day Camp

EdVenture EDDIE’s World Camp

June 4-8, June 11-5. For grades 4-9. Multi-sport camp. At Lexington, Jeep Rogers, Northwest locations. $175; $130 members. columbiaymca.org.

June 18-22. Ages 5-7. Slide down the pole and hop onto our 24-foot fire truck! Campers attending this sizzling week of camp will learn from real firefighters and spend a day at a real fire station! Children will learn about different types of fire trucks, discuss the dangers of playing with fire, reenact a bucket brigade, discover ways to treat burns and develop a fire escape plan for their homes. . $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

YMCA Tennis Camp June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27, Aug. 6-10. For grades K-9. Tennis fundamentals camp. $175; $130 members. Jeep Rogers YMCA: 900 Lake Carolina Dr. columbiaymca.org.

traditional & multidisciplinary Camp Burnt Gin June 7-12, June 16-21, June 25-30, July 6-11, July 14-17, July 21-26, July 30-Aug. 4. Ages 7-15, 16-20, 21-25. Residential camp for children with physical disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Adaptive traditional camp activities. Located in Sumter County. 898-0784, scdhec.gov/ campburntgin.

Camp Cherokee June 10-16, June 17-23, June 2430, July 1-7, July 8-11, July 15-21, July 22-28, July 29-Aug. 4. For ages 6-14. Sailing, wall climbing,

canoeing, zip lining, archery, more. $250-$685; $250-$625 members. Kings Mountain State Park: Blacksburg, S.C. campcherokee.org.

Camp Skillz June 11-28. Ages 5-16. Teaching social skills and life skills; ideal for kids with autism spectrum disorders or other unique learning needs. $300. Glenforest School: 1041 Harbor Drive 796-7622, glenforest.org.

City of Columbia Summer Camps Ages 6-12. At City of Columbia parks. Visit website for camp dates and more information. 545-3100, columbiasc.net.

City of Columbia Teen Camp Ages 13-16. Call or visit website for camp dates and more information. Hyatt Park: 950 Jackson Ave. 545-3100, columbiasc.net.

Columbia College Emerging Leaders June 24-28. For rising 9th grade girls. Residential international interactive leadership institute. Limited need-based scholarships available. $500. Columbia College: 1301 Columbia College Dr. 786-3729, columbiasc.edu/ leadership_inst.

Columbia College LEAD2012 July 22-27. For rising 10th and 11th grade girls. Residential inertnational interactive leadership institute. Limited needbased scholarships available. $600. Columbia College: 1301 Columbia College Dr. 786-3729, columbiasc.edu/_leadership.

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YMCA Downtown campers on a trip to Riverbanks Zoo. Courtesy photo

July 8-12. For rising 11th and 12th grade girls. Residential international interactive leadership institute. Limited need-based scholarships available. $500. Co-

lumbia College: 1301 Columbia College Dr. 786-3729, columbiasc.edu/_leadership.

EdVenture Edible EdVentures Camp June 25-29, July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 3-4. Ignite your child’s culinary curiosities with a week of Edible EdVentures! Campers will enjoy a unique week of using food to discover architecture, math and science. Campers will create delectable insects, devour their way through the layers of the earth and plant their own gardens. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

EdVenture Junior Firefighter Camp June 11-15. Ages 3-4. Take your seat behind the wheel of a real 24-foot fire truck during this blazing week of firefighting fun! Children will race to see who can dress in firefighter gear the fastest, get fire facts from Dusty the Dragon, learn how to crawl on their tummies when smoke is near, visit a real fire station and discuss how to use 911. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

June 4-Aug. 10. Ages 6-12. Weeklong summer day camp. Daily swimming; weekly field trips, cookouts; more. $105. Harbison Recreation Center: 106 Hillpine Rd. 781-2281, harbisoncommunity.com.

Lexington Leisure Center Summer Day Camp June 4-Aug. 17. Grades 1-6. Weekly day camp. Activities, crafts, field trips, more. $25 per day; $80 per week; $10 sibling discount. Lexington Leisure Center: 108 Park Rd. 957-7828, lcrac.com.

Plex Summer Camps June 4-Aug. 31. Activities include ice skating, skateboarding, archery, swimming, water park trips, bowling, golf, zoo trips, rock climbing, public library trips, daily arts craft projects, movies, miniature golf, canoeing, horseback riding, disk golf, tumbling, Zumba, line dancing and trips to the park. Sports camps include soccer, ice hockey, inline hockey, basketball, football, skateboarding, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, broomball, archery, golf, gymnastics, cheerleading, karate, tae kwondo and karate. Visit website for full listings. $125 per week. plexindoorsports.com.

Riverbanks Zoo Sprout Camp

EdVenture EDDIE’s Cookbook Camp June 11-15, July 16-20. Ages 5-7. Explore your creativity in the kitchen! All you need is an apron and a healthy appetite for cooking delicious dishes! EDDIE’s Cookbook invites young chefs to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts. Held in our new cooking lab, this camp will be cooking up an interactive learning experience everyday! Campers will learn about nutrition, healthy eating habits, and receive their very own cookbook. Your taste buds will thank you!. $145; $115 members. EdVenture Children’s Museum: 211 Gervais St. 779-3100, edventure.org.

June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3. Ages 3-4 with an adult. Week-long hands-on nature camp. $114; $84 members. Riverbanks Zoo & Garden: I-126 and Greystone Blvd. 779-8717, riverbanks.org.

Seven Oaks Park Little Princess Jewelry Camp June 25-28. Ages 4-12. Learn how to make custom jewelry and end the week with a Little Princess Party and Fashion Show. $80; $93 nonresidents. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

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Kids make tie-dyed t-shirts at Camp Chaverim. Courtesy photo Summer Safari

YMCA Diva Camp

June 4-Aug. 17. Ages 5-10. Weekly day camp; includes two field trips per week, arts and crafts, games and two snacks per day. At Crooked Creek Park and Saluda Shoals Park. $98 resident; $116 nonresident. icrc.net.

June 18-22, June 25-29, July 30-Aug. 3. For grades 2-9. Girls only. Just girls. Doing girl stuff. At the Jeep Rogers, Lexington and Northwest locations. $250; $200 members. columbiaymca.org.

Super Summer Camp

June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17. For kindergartners. At the Jeep Rogers, Lexington and Northwest locations. $150; $100 members. columbiaymca.org.

June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 16-20. Ages 8-21. Camp for children with special needs. Offers indoor and outdoor activities including crafts, games and much more. Camp includes two field trip per week and a picnic at a local park every Friday. $125; $143 nonresident. Seven Oaks Park: 200 Leisure Lane 772-3336, icrc.net.

YMCA Explorers Camp

YMCA Leaders-in-Training Camp

June 4-Aug. 17. Grades 1-6. Weekly day camp. Activities, crafts, field trips, more. $25 per day; $80 per week. TriCity Leisure Center: 485 Brooks Ave. 939-9309, lcrac.com.

June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17. Grades 9-10. Two-week session that exposes young adults to the various facets of being a leader. All locations. $300 for first two weeks; $75 per week thereafter. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Culinary Camp

YMCA Lego Camp

June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3. Grades 3-9. Ready, set, bake! Campers will work with culinary faculty at USC to help build their culinary skills. Classes will focus on healthy foods that are fun and taste great! Campers prepare a meal each day, which they will get to eat. Jeep Rogers, Lexington and Northwest locations. $250; $200 members. columbiaymca.org.

June 11-15, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 23-27. For rising first-third, fourth-ninth graders. Campers will use their creativity to build houses, automobiles, cities, and much more. Swimming and group games are also included in scheduling. At the Northwest and Jeep Rogers locations. $250; $200 members. columbiaymca.org.

Tri-City Leisure Center Summer Day Camp

YMCA Discoverers Camp June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17. For grades 2-3. At the Jeep Rogers, Lexington and Northwest locations. $150; $100 members. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Navigators Camp June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17. For grades 4-5. At the Jeep Rogers, Lexington and Northwest locations. $150; $100 members. columbiaymca.org.

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YMCA Overnight Adventure Camp June 18-22, July 23-27. For grades 6-9. June 18-22: Whitewater Adventure camp in West Virginia. July 23-27: Beach Adventure camp. Drop-off and pickup at all branches. $500; $450 members. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Pioneers Camp June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17. For ages 3-5. $95; $80 members. Jeep Rogers YMCA: 900 Lake Carolina Dr. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Splash Dash Camp June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20. Rising second-third, fourth-ninth graders. Campers will spend the week traveling to different pools and water features. At the Jeep Rogers, Lexington and Northwest locations. $250; $200 members. columbiaymca.org.

YMCA Teen Adventurers Camp June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17. For grades 6-9. At the Jeep Rogers, Lexington and Northwest locations. $175; $130 members. columbiaymca.org.

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YMCA Voyagers Camp June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30Aug. 3, Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17. For rising first graders . At the Jeep Rogers, Lexington and Northwest locations. $150; $100 members. columbiaymca.org.

Workshops include: Printmaking Comic Books Ceramics Basic Drawing Recycled Materials 701 Center for Contemporary Art | 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor | Columbia, SC | 29201 | 803.779.4571 | www.701cca.org

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Summer Camps Guide  

Guide to Columbia-Lexington-Irmo, SC summer camps for kids.

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