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Exciting summer ahead: Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department launches Summer Camps Program Registration

Columbia, South Carolina – The Parks and Recreation Department in Columbia is excited to announce that registration is now open for its much-anticipated Summer Camps Program. Kids ages 5 and up will be able to choose from a wide range of fun activities. The department is ready to welcome campers to a summer full of fun, learning, and excitement from Monday, June 10, 2024, to Friday, August 2, 2024.

The Summer Camps Program is designed so that all kids can find something fun to look forward to, no matter what their hobbies are. The program offers a full summer experience with a variety of activities, including sports camps, social events, arts and crafts, and weekly themed camps with a mix of learning activities. Notably, the camps will also have swimming lessons, field trips, and different sports activities to keep the campers busy and active throughout the summer.

Camps are also opened to people who don’t live in the city of Columbia

One of the best things about the program is that it’s open to everyone, including people who don’t live in the city. The goal of this project is to give the kids a sense of community and friendship by giving them a chance to meet new people and learn new things in a safe environment.

The camps will be held every week from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are for kids ages 5 to 12 (as of June 13). Greenview Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (which will have a Sports Camp), Woodland Park, Hyatt Park, Heathwood Park, and Sims Park are some of the city’s parks where the camps will be held. Parents should sign up their kids for all the weeks they are interested in attending because spots are limited and kids will be taken in the order they are registered.

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Weekly camps cost $85 each plus a $55 sign-up fee

The camps run every week for $85 each, and there is a one-time $55 exercise fee that needs to be paid when you sign up. This fee covers all of the campers’ events and programs, making sure that they have a great summer full of learning opportunities.

The city also has a variety of one-time camps, such as art, tennis, kayaking, and golf camps. With the help of experienced teachers, these camps are great places for kids to try new things or get better at things they already know how to do.

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Tennis Camp

The Columbia Tennis Center, located at 1635 Whaley Street, is hosting a summer Tennis Camp for children ages 5-14. The camp will focus on stroke production and techniques, drills, match competition and more.

The camp will be held on the following dates from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

  • June 10-14
  • June 24-28
  • July 8-12
  • July 22-26

The cost of the camp is $60.00 per week.

For more information, contact the Columbia Tennis Center at 803-733-8440.

Golf Camp

The James E. Clyburn Golf Center is hosting a summer golf camp for children ages 8-16 who are interested in improving their golf skills or learning the fundamentals of the game, etiquette and course management. The camp is open to new, intermediate and experienced golfers.

No equipment is needed.

The fee to participate is $60.00 per week.

The camp will be held at the golf center, located at 2901 Slighs Avenue, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (drop-off starts at 8 a.m.) from June 24-27.

For more information about the summer golf program, contact the Clyburn Golf Center at 803-255-8920.

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Art Camp

Let your child explore their creative side through painting, drawing, pottery and more at the Art Center’s summer Art Camp. The camp will be held from June 3rd through August 2nd for ages 5-16. Sessions will be held at the Art Center, located at 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C.

Camp is held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. $95.00 per session

Registration is limited to 10 participants per session.

Sessions for ages 5-11

  • Session 2:June 10-14: Farm Fun
  • Session 3:June 24-28: Magical Creature Fun
  • Session 4:July 8-12: Imagination Station
  • Session 7:July 22- August 2: Medieval Times

Session for ages 9-15

  • Session 5:July 15-19: Swimming In Your Brain

Session for ages 10-16

  • Session 1:June 3-7: Pottery Explorations
  • Session 6:July 22-26: Pottery Explorations

For more information, contact the Art Center at 803-545-3093.

Kayak Camp

Looking for an adventurous summer activity? Join the Kayak Camp and dive into excitement on the water. The camp offers expert instruction for ages 8-16 years; a safe and fun environment; and friendship and memories to last a lifetime! $125.00 per session

Camp Dates:

Ages: 8-11

  • June 3-7
  • June 17-21
  • July 8-12
  • July 29-August 2

Ages: 12-16

  • June 10-14
  • June 24-28
  • July 15-19
  • August 5-9

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Register online for all camps at https://parksandrec.columbiasc.gov/online-registration/

For more information about the Parks and Recreation Department’s summer programs, call 803-545-3100 or visit https://parksandrec.columbiasc.gov/online-registration/ to register online.

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