By Ty Snowden | The end of the school year is creeping up on Beaufort as quick as the summer humidity sticking to our cheeks and critters nibbling our ankles. While there are dozens of options for the kids to have organized fun after school lets out, we took a look at a few throughout the area that offer a variety of fun opportunities for kids including academics, swimming, sports and nature.
The YMCA of Beaufort County is offering summer day camp to give kids and youth in northern Beaufort County an adventurous, active and healthy summer.
Kiddie Camp for campers age 3-4. Includes daily swim time, arts and crafts, story time, playtime, nature walks, preschool activities, etc.
Traditional Camp for kids age 5-12, segmented into age appropriate groups. Youth participate in educational enrichment activities with an emphasis on reading and mathematics. Plenty of fun time too! Daily swimming, nature activities, crafts, music, gym activities, team activities, etc.
Specialty Camps offer unique opportunities for learning and creativity offered by camp staff trained in specific activities. Camps include travel camp, basketball, soccer, tennis, Camp diva, and the Maritime center.
The YMCA will also be teaching swim lessons throughout the summer as well as the Counselor In Training Program (Rising 8th through 10th graders): Space Is Limited.
To ensure that all youth have the chance to experience camp, the YMCA of Beaufort County offers financial assistance to those in need. For more information, including dates and registration forms visit: ymcabeaufortcounty.com or call (843) 522-9622.
The Stillness Gym of Beaufort is offering stillness camp for ages 6-13 to provide campers with a positive and inspiring experience daily. Camp runs in a variety of sessions, and will encompass numerous wellness activities including: martial arts, self-defense training, yoga, character development, arts and crafts, health and healing practices, meditation, fitness training, games and water play, and more.
Stillness Camp offers four sessions, with half-day options available.
Sessions run on June 11-15, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 16-20.
The Port Royal Sound Foundation is partnering with the Lowcountry Maritime Society to host a youth summer camp at the Maritime Center for children ages 9 and up. The one-week camp will be held twice over the summer and includes a unique combination of exploring nearby islands, kayaking, and many other junior naturalist activities.
Not only will campers learn about our local maritime history, they’ll also build awareness and appreciation for our environment, gain a sense of accomplishment, attain a unique set of skills, and build new friendships.
Campers will also enjoy junior naturalist activities including ecology, arts, history, conservation and boater safety and will take part in activities throughout the Maritime Center that will expand their knowledge of and encourage their interaction with the Port Royal Sound environment.
Camp dates are June 11th through June 15th , and July 18th through July 22nd. Visit the Port Royal Sound Foundation at www.portroyalsoundfoundation.org/ for registration and more information.
The USCB Center of the Arts encourages our youth to “Get at the Center of it All” by attending the Beaufort Children’s Theatre’s camps. Theatrix Writing and Acting summer camp: This is for ages 12 through 15 and will incorporate tons of fun from the. Activities will include exploring the principles of acting and writing using their imaginations to create not only characters, bit scripts, as well. The final product will be the campers performing a very own scripted and produced product for family and friends.
Dates are from July 16 through July 26.
Community Nutcracker Summer Exploration Camp: Local ballet instructor, Melissa Derrick, is working to make The Nutcracker an annual winter event, with auditions in the fall of 2018, this year. The summer exploration will be for ages 6-adult, with times ranging dependent on the age group.
Dates beginning July 30 through August 9.
Broadway Bound: In search of aspiring actors, ages 7-11 to engage in aspects of musical theatre, expression of self through basic acting skills, vocal instruction, and choreography with the creation of their own Broadway revue.
Camp will be held June 18-29 from 9AM to 2:30PM.
To register for any of the three, call (843) 521-4145 or check them out on the web at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com/special-events-1.
Beaufort Academy has a variety of camps for all ages to enjoy. All of these camps run a week long and are open to all members of the community. Ages will range from 2-18 and camps are located at Beaufort Academy. You can use their website here to print the registration form (all paper forms, this year except for their British Soccer Camp).
PreSchool and lower school are ages 2-5 (broken into two groups, 2-3 and 4-5).
-Olympic Camp: June 4-8 from 9AM to 12PM
-Super Science Camp: June 11-15 from 9AM to 12PM
-First Kicks Soccer Camp: June 25-29 from 9AM to 10AM (only 3-4 year olds)
-Mini Soccer Camp: June 25-29 from 10:15AM to 11:45AM (only 4-6 year olds)
Lower, Middle, and High School Sports Camps
-Challenger Sports Half Day British Soccer Camp: June 25-29 from 9AM to 12PM or 9AM to 3PM for ages 6-16
-Soccer Camp with head coach Steve Aldred: July 23-27 or July 30 to August 3 from 9AM to 11:30AM
-Football Camp with Head Coach Mark Clifford from July 16-20 from 9AM to 12PM
Visit Beaufort Academy at www.beaufortacademy.org for registration info.
E=MC² Here, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Curriculum will be brought to campers that will incorporate a love and appreciation for science. Enrichment beyond the classroom will be provided for children in grades 1-6.
Dates will be run from June 4th through the 29th. Visit them online at www.emc2camp.com/summer-camps or call (843) 970-2622.
The Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club will be available for children entering 3rd grade up to age 13. Here, kids will enjoy introduction to sailing, swimming, kayaking, sandbar adventures, paddle boarding, tubing, trips to The Sands Beach, games, and more.
Camp will be available on a weekly basis for 6 weeks, from June 4 to July 20. Visit them on the web at www.byscnet.com/camps/summer-camp or call (843) 522-8216.
Beaufort County School District is hosting various camps, housed across the county in the school’s facilities.
These include camps such as: Sea Island School for Arts and Academics, Boys and Girls Club Summer Day Camps, Camp Treasure Chest Beaufort, Kids Can CODE, Eco Camp, and more. Costs, dates, and ages vary. Information can be found at www.beaufortschools.net/parents/summer_camps
Historic Beaufort Foundation is planning a summer camp for children 8-11. One is being scheduled for the last week of July and the second is being scheduled for the first week of August. The camps will be focused on Beaufort’s architecture with children learning and building architectural features along with visits to sites within walking distance of the Verdier House.
For more information, please visit http://www.historicbeaufort.org/
Celadon Club on Lady’s Island is hosting two fun summer camps that has attendees exploring the world, enjoying water aerobics and even creating masterpieces.
Camp Explore: June 11-15, Travel the world in 5 days! Ages 5-11 Come explore the continents at Celadon. Campers will explore a different continent each day. They will get a passport at the beginning of the week and get it stamped each day as they travel from continent to continent exploring the art, music, dance and food of the continent. Special Activities from Chefs, Guest speakers, and more!
Camp Play: July 23-27, Sports and Fitness Camp Ages 5-11 Sports, fitness and Dance oh my! This camp is chock full of opportunities to play as well as learn sports and fitness techniques. From Yoga to tennis from Zumba to water aerobics there is something to keep every child active and happy.
Camp Create: August 6-10, Works of Art Camp Ages 7-11 Children will tap into their creativity and have the chance to let their inner artist shine. Kids will create a new masterpiece each day based on the works of famous artists. Children will also be part of a special project to be displayed at Celadon.