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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

    Spark your child’s creativity and imagination with days full of fun art activities at Art Buzz Kids Camps! This year’s themes are: Celebrate Our World, Wizarding Academy, Love Where you Live, Under the Sea, Super Duper You, Out of this World, Night at the Museum, and Happily Ever After. We offer half and full day camps for ages 4-12, as well as teen options. Let your camper create memories and masterpieces at any of our three studios in West Ashley 843-573-3422, Mt. Pleasant 843-388-7857, or Summerville 843-276-3769.

      Camp Ashley Hall offers a comprehensive summer program from June 17- August 2.  This all-girls camp setting creates a supportive environment where girls make new friends, strengthen their minds and bodies, and just have fun!

        Awaken your child's curiosities, playfulness, and creativity in an unforgettable summer experience that will incorporate hands-on learning, arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, sensory play and more! Each week, our learning spaces will be transformed as campers explore new themes together such as baby sharks and safari adventures! All camp activities are designed and developed by early childhood educators and will be hosted in a safe, preschool learning environment. Camp Awaken will host campers Ages 1-5 years old.

          Unmask your child’s creativity this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged™, where children build 21st-century skills and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers in grades K-6 will code and program futuristic robots, explore radio frequencies and unearth ancient fossils. Visit us online or call to register. Use promo code INNOVATE25L to save $25 (expires 3/22) or PLAY15LISTING to save $15 (expires 5/10).

            Rock your child’s world by signing them up for Charleston’s hottest summer camp!  Voted multiple times as the best camp in the Lowcountry, Charleston Animal Society features an experience like no other.  From exotic animal visitors, to learning how to be a vet, to becoming advocates for our furry friends, there is never a dull moment!

              The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education Initiative offers three types of camps this summer: Youth Jazz Orchestra Camp, Choreography Creation Camp, and Theatre Camps. Youth Jazz Orchestra, led by our Artist-in-Residence Charlton Singleton with seven guest teachers, promotes instrument mastery and the history of jazz. The Choreography Creation Camp is a week-long session that will challenge students academically and physically as they are immersed in the choreographic process. Our one-of-a-kind theatre camps offer students the opportunity to explore their imaginations, create, perform, and learn about theatre with professional teaching artists. 843-724-5212 https://gaillardcenter.org/outreach/summer-programs/

                This summer, get down and dirty exploring creatures of the marsh and tracking animals along the trail at The Charleston Museum’s Nature Trailers Summer Camps at the Dill Sanctuary. The Museum offers a variety of camps for ages 5-11. Visit our website for more information.

                  Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Taught by professional actors and educators, young people will explore the exciting world of theatre in acting and musical theatre as they develop their own unique creative voices. Summer camps begin June 10!

                    This summer, the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry offers a variety of camps for ages 3 - 10 that will spark imagination and stimulate curiosity in all children. Kid Coders introduces campers to the basic skills of coding, such as sequencing, pattern recognition and if/then conditional logic, 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.

                      Move full STEAM ahead! Incorporate science, technology, engineering, art and math into your child’s summer. Join our preschool or register for summer camp. Ignite a passion for learning in your child!

                        Learn a lifelong hobby and create your own clothes and accessories! Our summer camps are 3 or 4 days, depending on age and project. We have beginner and advance options that range from 2.5 to 3 hours a day. Beginner students will complete a variety of projects which may include a tote bag, skirt, pillowcase, utility apron, or pencil pouch. Our advanced camps are designed with the project listed ashleyin the camp name. All supplies are included in the course fee. Machine rental is available for $10.

                          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.

                            Invent your summer. Camp Innovate, at La Petite Academy®, is a great place to discover all the joys of summer. Enjoy weekly themed experiences, engaging activities, fun field trips, and healthy meals and snacks.

                              Come join Montessori Learning Collective this Summer for our different themed camps each week!  Starting the week of June 10th with Soccer Shots and Gymnastics and ending the week of August 12th with a fun water-play exploration of the Ocean, your child is set to learn and make new friends all Summer long!  Other weeks to include music, art, nature, and yoga.  Ages 3 to 7 years old with both half and full day options. 843-225-2434 

                                Pinewood Summer Day Camp offers eight weeks of camp (running 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday) with fun and engaging topics rotating weekly. Topics include STEM, performing and visual arts, crafts, cooking, games, and more. Register on a weekly basis or for the entire eight-week period. Visit the Pinewood Camps website for more information on subject areas and the camp schedule.

                                  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.

                                    At Primrose Schools Summer Adventure Club, children become engineers, artists, explorers and more as they discover the joys of design thinking, a fun and innovative way to learn. Engineering design challenges, experiments and themed activities await as children unlock new ways of thinking – all while having a blast!

                                      Rising Pre-K3 through 6th grade students are invited to join us for half-day, 3-day, or 5-day summer programs. Campers will be immersed in physical education, fine arts, and STEAM related classes, while enjoying a new field trip each week on Wednesdays and wacky and wild water games on Fridays! Questions? Contact Shannon Carosone at summercamp@fbschool.org.

                                        This summer have your children engaged and learning, while having fun and broadening their cultural, crafty, and linguistic horizons. Campers will enjoy toys, games, and a giant interactive touch screen with all the educational videos and activities that go with it. In our bilingual camps we not only learn familiar topics in Spanish, but will visit different countries and cultures, explore new customs, music, and create fun crafts! Come join us at our new venue on Folly Road and get the fiesta started! 843-742-2044

                                          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 10-Aug. 2, 2019. 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.

                                                An unprecedented day camp experience (8am-5pm) for campers who have completed grades K-8.  From soccer to wacky science, there are over 20 different camp activities to choose from.  We have TWO Charleston locations: James Island & West Ashley! The cost is only $219 per child, and registration opens March 3.  

                                                Sports Camps

                                                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.

                                                Established in 1956, we’re the only private residential camp in SC! Offering over 30 activities including horseback, water-skiing, BMX bikes, crafts, archery, riflery, sports. With a 4:1 camper:counselor ratio, we provide a wholesome atmosphere perfect for fun and personal growth through relationships and nature! 864-638-3728 - campchatuga.com

                                                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! Petite Feet and Day Camps, June 10-14 and July 8-12, Elite Girls Summer ID Camps for Girls 13-18, June 8-9 and July 20-21.

                                                Explore, learn, and develop with Coastal Expeditions this summer! Coastal Expeditions offers three camp options. Kayak, paddle board, learn outdoor skills, at the Young Naturalist Kayak Summer Camp. Teens can enjoy the week-long outdoors skills course around environmental knowledge at the Tidal Trek Teen Adventure Camp. In partnership with the Lowcountry Maritime Society, campers build a wooden row boat, and develop kayak and paddling skills at the Maritime + Paddle Camp. Visit our websi…

                                                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! 843-324-4719

                                                This is JoAnn's 28th year of providing quality tennis, sports, and activity camps in the Charleston/Mt Pleasant area.  The weekly summer tennis camps run June 3 to Aug 9 for kids ages 4 to 13.  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. 843-766-4933

                                                Our Gymnastics camps are full of fun games, crafts and skill building on the gymnastics events. All campers get hands on coaching from our experienced coaching staff during each of our themed sessions. Weekly festivities include gymnastics, games, outdoor play, snacks, and field trips! 843-952-7385  

                                                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. 

                                                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.

                                                Tiger Tennis Camp at Clemson provides one of the most innovative learning experiences from beginner to nationally ranked tournament juniors. We will help you make significant improvement in your tennis skills and game. June 2-6, 9-13, 16-20 and 23-27. 864-397-9040 - Tigertenniscamp.com

                                                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 10-Aug. 2, 2019. 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!

                                                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

                                                An unprecedented day camp experience (8am-5pm) for campers who have completed grades K-8.  From soccer to wacky science, there are over 20 different camp activities to choose from.  We have TWO Charleston locations: James Island & West Ashley! The cost is only $219 per child, and registration opens March 3.  

                                                Arts, Adventure and More Camps

                                                  K-5 campers will travel the world in 6 weeks and learn about different countries and cultures.  Through STEAM activities, campers will create games, cook, paint and more while learning and making new friends!

                                                    Spark your child’s creativity and imagination with days full of fun art activities at Art Buzz Kids Camps! This year’s themes are: Celebrate Our World, Wizarding Academy, Love Where you Live, Under the Sea, Super Duper You, Out of this World, Night at the Museum, and Happily Ever After. We offer half and full day camps for ages 4-12, as well as teen options. Let your camper create memories and masterpieces at any of our three studios in West Ashley 843-573-3422, Mt. Pleasant 843-388-7857, or Summerville 843-276-3769.

                                                      Asbury Hills is a summer camp in the upstate of South Carolina serving campers who are rising 2nd graders to seniors in high school. During our week long sessions, campers will get to experience high ropes elements, team building games, and aquatic activities all while building new relationships and growing in their faith. 864-836-5522 - asburyhills.org

                                                        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 10 to Aug 15.

                                                          Established in 1956, we’re the only private residential camp in SC! Offering over 30 activities including horseback, water-skiing, BMX bikes, crafts, archery, riflery, sports. With a 4:1 camper:counselor ratio, we provide a wholesome atmosphere perfect for fun and personal growth through relationships and nature! 864-638-3728 - campchatuga.com

                                                            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.

                                                              Ton-A-Wandah was founded upon the idea of women inspiring other women. Our vision is to create an environment of opportunity, fostered by friendship and sisterhood, for young women to grow in strength and independence. We surround our campers with role models of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate strong character, compassion, and leadership. 800-322-0178 - camptonawandah.com

                                                                Get the kids outside in Nature this summer! Our highly trained staff will lead your campers on our Kids Zipline Course specifically designed for our younger adventurers. And after they are done zipping, they will get to challenge themselves on our outdoor climbing wall! Doesn't that sound like a blast? This two-day Camp is on Mondays & Wednesdays from 9am-12pm. $100/child. Only 20 spots available per week! Register online or call. (843) 928-3947

                                                                  Explore, learn, and develop with Coastal Expeditions this summer! Coastal Expeditions offers three camp options. Kayak, paddle board, learn outdoor skills, at the Young Naturalist Kayak Summer Camp. Teens can enjoy the week-long outdoors skills course around environmental knowledge at the Tidal Trek Teen Adventure Camp. In partnership with the Lowcountry Maritime Society, campers build a wooden row boat, and develop kayak and paddling skills at the Maritime + Paddle Camp. Visit our website for more information. 843-884-7684

                                                                    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. 

                                                                      Join us for Sky Camp - the most exciting camp in town! Camps are designed for children 5 - 12 yrs old. This summer we've teamed up with Wild Blue Ropes and Charleston Parks & Rec for extra fun. Every week your child will get GLOW jumps, Sky Wars, LEGO build time, science/art projects, games and lots of jump time. LUNCH & SNACKS ARE INCLUDED! Camps fill fast - Call to register!

                                                                        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.

                                                                          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 10-Aug. 2, 2019. 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.

                                                                                An unprecedented day camp experience (8am-5pm) for campers who have completed grades K-8.  From soccer to wacky science, there are over 20 different camp activities to choose from.  We have TWO Charleston locations: James Island & West Ashley! The cost is only $219 per child, and registration opens March 3.  

                                                                                  For over 100 years, YMCA Camp Greenville’s “magic on the mountain” has provided a lifetime of memories for 5-18 year-old boys and girls in a unique mountain-top setting. Our overnight adventure camp offers a well-balanced schedule of activities to suit the interests of any camper. 864-836-3291 - campgreenville.org

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