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Looking for ways to keep your kids busy during the lazy days of summer?

Camps offer a way to keep kids active, while also giving them a chance to learn new skills and build friendships.

To help you navigate your summer camp options, Lowcountry Parent has pulled together an extensive list of day camp offerings in the Lowcountry, as well as overnight camps in South Carolina and some neighboring states. Fill in all or any of the available search fields below to narrow down your choices. When you see one that looks interesting, click the "Details" link for more information. Also check out our Featured Camp Listings below.

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Educational, History and Nature Camps

    Ashley Hall offers a comprehensive summer program from June 18th to August 3rd. This all girl camp setting creates a supportive environment where minds and bodies are strengthened and girls have fun! 

      Invent the future today at Camp Invention! Children in K-6th grade will create a vehicle of the future, design a mechanical robot dog, and build futuristic dream homes. Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities. Find us this summer at Beech Hill Elementary, Buist Academy, Stiles Point Elementary, Charleston Collegiate School, and St. Andrews School of Math and Science. Visit campinvention.org to register and find additional locations.   

        Charleston Collegiate School brings to you a camp for EVERY camper. Come join us this summer and take in all that Johns Island has to offer! Summer Under the Oak Tree is sure to feed the hunger of the creative and adventurous mind. We offer a fun-packed schedule of adventure, learning, sports and fitness, featured camps, and exciting daily activities.

          Charleston Library Society staff will creatively use books, crafts, and activities to encourage campers’ educational curiosity and sense of discovery, through hands-on learning in the Library Society’s historical setting. Our maker projects will focus on storytelling through STEM based projects, including building, circuitry, book and paper arts, and more during the weeks of June 11th (for Grades 1-3) and July 23rd (for Grades 4-6). Session 1 | Session 2

            This summer, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry offers a variety of camps for ages 3 -10 that will spark the imagination and stimulate curiosity in all children. Kid Coders introduces little ones to robotics and programming, while, in Padawan and Jedi Training Camp, brave Padawans will build droids and complete challenges that are out of this world to become powerful Jedi.

            Students in K-8th grade are engaged in weekly innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning experiences and athletics. Students work with certified teachers, STEM professionals, artists, and cultural organizations to design and produce projects, experiments, and unique art. Themes change weekly and focus on 21st century skills such as fostering imagination, collaboration, and creativity. Choose 1-6 weeks. 843-277-2016 or 843-789-0450

              Ages (Ages 12-15) July 30-August 3, 2018 at College of Charleston School of Professional Studies in North Charleston. Dale Carnegie Training for Young Adults is designed to prepare young people for the real world, giving them the skills they need to reach their goals and live-up to their full potential – at school, home, and work. This program focuses on five key areas critical for future success; building self-confidence, enhancing communication skills, interpersonal skill development, teamwork and leadership skills and effective attitude management.

                Build, code, engineer, design, create, and have fun during GSSM's STEM day camps in the Lowcountry and week-long residential camp in Hartsville, SC. Designed for rising 6th - 10th graders , our summer programs teach and inspire through hands-on challenges.

                  Our camps are bursting at the seams with crafts, games, and interactive fun! A different theme each week. Register for 2018 Summer Camps and Fall 2018-2019 Classes. Ages 2-5. 1210 Hospital Drive in Mt. Pleasant. Call Today 843.388.1949

                    Calling all budding athletes, sculptors, builders, engineers, coders, and more! Porter-Gaud Summer Camp is your destination for inventive, exciting, and most importantly, fun summer learning. Porter-Gaud Summer Camp 2018 offers camps from June 4 - August 10, open to all students in the Charleston community.

                      Experience the excitement of our Summer Adventure Club where imaginations are free to run wild. Get ready for engineering design challenges, discoveries, outdoor exploration and more. It’s going to be one epic summer. Learn more at PrimroseSummer.com or by calling 843.972.2604.

                        Open to all rising K3 to 8th Graders, while different half-day specialty camps are available for ages K5 through 8th Grade each week. Meant to Educate and Build Up the Whole Child, Mind, Body, and Spirit.

                          Travel back in time to learn about creatures, customs, and cultures throughout history. Explore the collections of the Charleston Museum and learn about ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, pirates, and more.

                            "Bees and Honey and Chickens and Farming, oh my!" Campers will spend a week (9-3 pm, June 25-29) at Sweetgrass Garden learning the anatomy of bees, honey production on an immersive farm experience. Skits, a daily journal, hands-on farm work, community engagement, super fun crafts, and so much more will be led by trusted, experienced career children’s leaders of the community who live for and love bees and farming. Share their joy with your extraordinary child (children) 7-16 only with a small enrollment of maximum 18 campers at this unique camp designed to 'bee’' fun and exceptional.  808-277-8868 happyhippiesummerbeecamp@gmail.com

                              This summer, Trident Academy is excited to expand its summer enrichment program to children in the community that are struggling with their reading and math skills.Designed for kids in grades 1-6, Trident Academy teachers will reignite your child's love of learning.Classes are based on the Orton-Gillingham approach and are interactive, multi-sensory and fun! Summer Enrichment will run from June 11-July 6.  Sign up now at https://tridentacademy.com/summer/summer-enrichment/

                                Kids' College (Ages 7-11) and Teen University (Ages 12-17) - Let Trident Technical College keep your child engaged and learning throughout the summer with fun, educational summer camps that run from June 11-Aug. 3, 2018. Choose from computer technology, creative arts, film and media, culinary arts, nature and outdoors, young professionals, math and science, leadership skills and so much more!

                                  Curious, high-achieving students will experience USL's signature "learning by doing" educational philosophy through daily field trips, leadership & life skills activities, games, and insights into subjects such as arts, languages, and science. Priority given to Fall 2018 prospective students. Programs run June 4-8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

                                    A day camp that provides a professionally trained staff to create the most fun and meaningful camp for completed 1st-9th graders. Whether your kids like soccer or science there are 21 different camp activities to choose from. $50.00 dollars off to the first 50 kids registered, 1-6th grades only and a sibling discount. Registration opens March 12.

                                    Sports Camps

                                    Acro Arts Company is proud to announce Charleston’s first and only acro dance studio offering year-round training in acrobatic gymnastic elements and dance. Get high-quality training through weekly classes, summer camps, or through our competition team program. Join Acro Arts Company and experience real training! 

                                    Ballet Academy of Charleston, est. 1993, provides high-quality classical ballet for children and adults. We offer fun summer camps for all ages/levels, and ballet intensives for intermediate and advanced students.

                                    Charleston Soccer Academy is committed to developing youth soccer players in a fun, challenging environment. We have many different camp offerings that are suited for every ability level from the player just starting out to the youth national team star!  Day Camp & Petite Feet Camp, Coed ages 3-12, June 4-8 & July 9-13. Elite Girls Residential Camp, Girls only 13-18, July 16 -19. 

                                    Come Join the Best Karate studio in Goose Creek with fun physical games, special activities, and field trips. Included in our program are our basic martial arts lessons, life skills, and character development programs. Come play in the inflatable Jump Castle!

                                    This is JoAnn's 27 year of providing quality tennis, sports, and activity camps in the Charleston/Mt Pleasant area.  The weekly summer tennis camps run June 4 to Aug 17 for kids ages 4 to 16.  Full day tennis and activity camps include Fishing, kayaking, skyzone and more! To register: please call (843)388-5988 or go to www.joannlee.tennis

                                    The indoor camps run Mon-Fri 9am-3pm each week all summer for boys and girls ages 7-14. We will cover all aspects of the game and campers will love our HitTrax simulator which allows them to hit on various MLB stadiums. 

                                    GAC offers full day camps from 8:00-5:30 M-F JUNE 4-AUGUST 17, $185 for members and $210.00 for non-members ages 6-12. Each day is full of instructional gymnastics, games and crafts.

                                    Summer 2018 is bound to be a fun one at James Island Yacht Club! With a full slate of sailing classes, a rockstar team of instructors, and a revamped curriculum, your child is bound for the best summer yet on Charleston Harbor! June 4th – August 3rd.

                                    The fun never stops at Mount Pleasant Recreation! Registration is open for youth summer camps this June/July/August. Youth summer camps include sports camps, trip camps, outdoor adventure, creative arts and music, theatre and dance, language and culture, science and technology, fitness and movement. 

                                    GET BETTER THIS SUMMER AT NIKE TENNIS CAMPS! Come join the fun and get better this summer at the Charleston Nike Junior Tennis Camp. Led by Coach Phil Whitesell and Coaching Great, Chuck Kriese, these overnight and day camps for boys and girls ages 9-18 are sure to take your game to the next level. Who says camp is just for kids? New this summer, the Family Circle Center is hosting adult weekend clinics. Click for more info or call 1-800-645-3226

                                    Extreme Kids Summer Safari - Ages 3 to 9, Adventure through different weekly themes all summer long and never be bored! Flexible schedules for parents, gymnastics, games and crafts for kids! 

                                    Celebrate the Cup - Soccer Shots Camps provide children with an opportunity to develop their soccer skills, their character, and their creativity. Centered around this year’s World Cup, children are provided with fun activities that include soccer games as well as a variety of other age-appropriate options such as crafts, team building exercises, snack time, or literature.

                                    The West Ashley camp leader with over 35 camps to choose from!  We have Athletic Camps, Skills Camps, Adventure Camps, Non-Traditional Camps and our ever popular Camp Remix Camps!  Registration started on February 12th so do not wait long. Spots are filling up fast!   Their Adventure Awaits at St. Andrew's Parks and Playground!

                                    Announcing our weekly camps and class programs beginning June 4th.  Register online for our super summer camps beginning March 1st!  Fun-filled daily activities include field trips, swimming, gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts.

                                    Kids' College (Ages 7-11) and Teen University (Ages 12-17) - Let Trident Technical College keep your child engaged and learning throughout the summer with fun, educational summer camps that run from June 11-Aug. 3, 2018. Choose from computer technology, creative arts, film and media, culinary arts, nature and outdoors, young professionals, math and science, leadership skills and so much more!

                                    A day camp that provides a professionally trained staff to create the most fun and meaningful camp for completed 1st-9th graders. Whether your kids like soccer or science there are 21 different camp activities to choose from. $50.00 dollars off to the first 50 kids registered, 1-6th grades only and a sibling discount. Registration opens March 12.

                                    Arts, Adventure and More Camps

                                      K-5 campers will enjoy hands-on fun through different STEAM themes each week. Campers will create, dance, paint and play their way through collaborative STEAM challenges while laughing, learning and making new friends. 

                                        From July 23-27, String students (violin-vola-cello-bass) from age 5 to 18 will explore different styles of American Music (classical, fiddling, jazz, pop, Latin) and learn skills for jamming, forming bands and improvising.  The camp day consists of a schedule of small and large group classes, electives, recitals and jam sessions held in beautiful historic buildings in downtown Charleston. Full and Half-Day programs available. Suzuki friendly.

                                          Every little imagination needs a summer spark ART ADVENTURE at ART-VARK!!! 11 FULL WEEKS OF AWESOME THEMED SUMMER CAMPS...Despicable Me, Once Upon a Time, Emoji, Animals and more!  ½ day, full day, and weekly options available, or MIX and MATCH!  Purchase days in advance at weekly rates and mix them up throughout the summer to suit your schedule.  Sibling discounts and multiple week discounts available!

                                            Designed for beginners to seasoned artists, Bach to Rock (B2R) camps are taught by real musicians using the unique B2R method, which will have students playing full songs in no time! Students are placed in a program according to their age and skill level. Ensemble playing, teamwork and music instruction is included in every program. Offering Half-Day and Full-Day Options for week, partial week or single day camps from Jun 4 to Aug 17. Call or register online: https://mountpleasant.b2rmusic.com/camps

                                              Unleash your child's creativity with our summer art camp! Each week offers traditional painting, handmade pottery, and exclusive crafts in a fun, creative atmosphere. Mini Masters will expand their artistic horizons, make friends, and create amazing keepsakes. There's something for everyone! Each week offers a different theme: everything from mermaids to monsters! Sibling discount and multi-camp discounts available. 

                                                Since 1938, Camp Saint Christopher has offered a Christian based summer camp program for youth in the Charleston area and beyond. Campers have the opportunity to sail, kayak, rock climb, seine, participate in team building, grow in their faith, and much more, all in the beautiful Lowcountry setting of St. Christopher’s 314 acre beachfront property.

                                                  CAM Summer Music Fest is an exciting summer camp program, designed by the Charleston Academy of Music to bring together young musicians and offer them exceptional learning, performing, and interactive opportunities in an inspiring and fun music environment. Participants will benefit from private and group instruction, chamber music, and master classes by CAM faculty in voice, strings and piano.  All ages from 6 and up are eligible; beginners are welcome!  Offered at Bethel United Methodist Church, from July 30th – August 3rd (9am-4pm) with an end of the week performance on Saturday, August 4th.

                                                  The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Dept. offers week-long, full day camps for kids ages 5-13 led by local, professional artists in visual art, theatre, music (piano & guitar), and dance (Latin). Fee for each camp is just $100 and includes lunch, snacks, and all materials.

                                                    Famous Adventures offers full-day outdoor adventure camp for ages 6 and up.  Pick up and drop off in Mt Pleasant and West Ashley for three different weekly adventures, featuring kayaking, climbing, zip lining, surfing and more.  Join us and experience the Lowcountry Outdoors this summer!

                                                      Welcome Petite Picassos to another summer of fun and art. All new activities, paintings, and themes this year, as well as trampolines at Sky Zone for additional fun and exercise.

                                                        Ever want to be a pirate, a superhero, or the leading lady? Well then join our Cast of Characters Theatre Camp designed for students 10+ to learn all about creating fun and exciting characters for the stage running June 25th - 30th, Monday - Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm.

                                                          Are you a goofball, do you make all your friends and family laugh? If you answered yes then Comedy Camp will be your favorite part of summer. Join us from June 25th - 30th from 1:30pm - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday as Improv and comedy teacher, Erik Brower, teaches students 12+ how to have fun, laugh, and tell jokes.

                                                            Experience all the Tony award-winning musicals in this exciting summer camp designed for student 10+ to learn the basics of musical theatre while crafting a showcase of Tony award-winning songs in this 2-week camp running June 11th - 23rd, Monday-Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm. Students will learn solo numbers, musical ensembles, and the history of the Tony's.

                                                              The fun never stops at Mount Pleasant Recreation! Registration is open for youth summer camps this June/July/August. Youth summer camps include sports camps, trip camps, outdoor adventure, creative arts and music, theatre and dance, language and culture, science and technology, fitness and movement. 

                                                                We've been counting down the minutes and the time is finally here for Vacation Bible School June 2018! Get ready to travel back in time with Time Lab to witness EPIC events in history!

                                                                Come get your Game On with us at this year’s Vacation Bible School 8:45am – 12:15pm  during the week of June 11-15.  Online registration is completely free and open to all children that are Rising K-5 through Rising 9th Grades.  It's sure to be an amazing week of Bible Study, learning about Missions, fun games, yummy snacks, and so much more.

                                                                  Once Upon a Ballet and Musical Theater Center offers camps for ages 2.5-18 years in ballet, acting, and musical theater! With a weekly theme for every camp, campers learn technique for each specialty, participate in themed games and crafts, and put on a performance for friends and family at the end of the week! www.OnceUponaBalletCHS.com and www.loveMTCstage.com

                                                                    Preschool of the Arts is located within the Center for Jewish Life and is one of just a few Reggio Emilia preschools in the greater Charleston region. Call us today to learn about our summer programs and schedule a tour!

                                                                      FASHION CAMP students will choose and sew their own signature look. They will walk the "Red Carpet" in our fourth annual "Project Swag Way" fashion show, held in September. SUMMER CAMP students will complete a variety of projects throughout the summer, including beach cover ups, sun dresses with matching shoulder bags, and summer robes.

                                                                      Announcing our weekly camps and class programs beginning June 4th.  Register online for our super summer camps beginning March 1st!  Fun-filled daily activities include field trips, swimming, gymnastics, dance, arts and crafts.

                                                                        This summer, give your camper thrilling field trips, activities and new friends! Each week is a new quest with a different theme, with 3 premier weeks designed to headline your summer. Space is limited, so register today and claim your free swag bag! With 7 Lowcountry locations, there’s a Sunshine House near you!   

                                                                          Kids' College (Ages 7-11) and Teen University (Ages 12-17) - Let Trident Technical College keep your child engaged and learning throughout the summer with fun, educational summer camps that run from June 11-Aug. 3, 2018. Choose from computer technology, creative arts, film and media, culinary arts, nature and outdoors, young professionals, math and science, leadership skills and so much more!

                                                                            Rock this Summer! Beginning June 2018, White Key Studios will be running Pop Rocks Music Camps Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. Summer music campers will form bands, design band merch, record demo's, play "patio gigs" and more!   4-6 year old music campers will focus on keys and vocals, while 7-12 year olds will add guitar/bass/drums to their bands.  Our 13-17 year old camp bands will learn modern production techniques and recording. No experience necessary! For more info or to be put on our pre-sale list call 854-999-1429.

                                                                            Wild Blue Ropes Warrior Camp runs weekly from 9am-12pm. Wild Blue's summer day-camp program is purposefully designed to promote physical activity & character strengthening. Campers will advance skills like critical thinking, problem solving, motor planning, agility, & confidence.

                                                                              A day camp that provides a professionally trained staff to create the most fun and meaningful camp for completed 1st-9th graders. Whether your kids like soccer or science there are 21 different camp activities to choose from. $50.00 dollars off to the first 50 kids registered, 1-6th grades only and a sibling discount. Registration opens March 12.

                                                                                Invest in your child’s creativity and imagination-and the future of your community- Cookies and Canvas offers creative camps for children 5 years old and up. Our passion is #creatingcommunity through art and inspiring children to unleash their inner Picasso! The 4-day camp on Johns Island will culminate in an Art Walk for the children to proudly display their work for friends and family!

                                                                                  Spark your child's creativity and imagination. Art Buzz Kids offers creative camps for children of all ages. Our passion is art and inspiring children to have fun, get creative and feel proud of their work! Camps available in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and Summerville.