As busy moms ourselves, we know that finding summer camps in the Columbia area is on the top of every mom’s list of things to figure out. While summer makes many think of ice cream, parks and water play we KNOW as moms that it can also be a frustrating time where you are struggling to piece childcare and entertainment together week-by-week and month-by-month. We hope that this guide to summer camps in and around Columbia provides the insight that you need to plan a fun and stress free summer.
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At Hammond, we are committed to offering enjoyable and enriching summer programs in a physically safe, emotionally supportive, and fun-filled environment. Our highly individualized camps and programs provide something of interest for every age and grade — from three years-old through adult.
Again this year, we are proud to offer more than 150 camps and programs. Our broad array of programs is designed to provide opportunities to develop talents, acquire new skills and knowledge, or explore something that piques your interest. Whatever you’re looking for, look no further. If you are seeking a full-day summer program, looking for supplemental academic programs, an athletic workshop, or want to try your hand at an arts class, you’ll find it Hammond.
Whether you are a Hammond family or simply interested in spending some time with us, we invite you to join us for an exceptional summer experience.
Dates :: June 4 – August 3
Ages :: 3 – Adult
Price :: $30 – $375
Our goal is to provide a superior summer camp experience for your child while providing flexible and affordable childcare options for you. Join us for just one week, or for the entire summer! Here are the top three reasons to spend a summer at Heathwood:
- Our Variety. Heathwood Summer Programs have been thoughtfully crafted to be developmentally appropriate for all students from age two through grade twelve. While students are engaged with STEM, sports, arts & crafts, academic enrichment, and adventure, we are mindful to support their physical, social, and emotional growth. The best part is that you can pair any morning and afternoon camps to appeal to your child’s diverse interests.
- Our Campus. Located just minutes from downtown Columbia with easy access to I-77 and I-26, Heathwood’s buildings sprawl across 122 acres of wooded wetlands. It is a hidden environmental oasis that is truly one of the best-kept secrets in the southeast. Gardens, playgrounds, athletic fields, a ropes course, art studios, and innovative classrooms are waiting for you to explore!
- Our Employees. Our summer instructors are the most highly-skilled, enthusiastic, and dynamic teachers in their fields. Specialty camps are led either by caring Heathwood faculty, local experts, or nationally renowned vendors that have all been carefully selected to provide the top-tier of excellence in teaching and learning. Counselors build a safe, nurturing classroom community where campers share their talents, make new friends, and create lasting memories.
Dates :: June 4 – July 27
Ages :: 2 – Adult
Price :: Starting at $120 a week
Kids attending Summer Art Camp at The Pitter Platter will experience Wheel Throwing, Clay Handbuilding, Canvas Painting, Drawing and so much more! Our 8 weekly camps start June 11 and are 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. each day and include materials and snack. All classes are taught by Art Education Teachers who value teaching the Fine Art Fundamentals while having fun. A couple examples of our upcoming camps are; “Mud Crafters” where its all about hand-made clay crafts and wheel throwing to braving the pirate seas in our “Seafarer Week” and much more!
Dates :: June 11 – August 10
Ages :: 5 – 13 (must have completed kindergarten)
Price :: $150
Just think. A summer full of adventures, thrilling field trips, hands-on activities, and new friends! That’s The Quest Summer Camp at The Sunshine House!
Each week is a new quest with a different theme, with 3 premier weeks designed to headline your summer. Our field trips are always a highlight, with your child experiencing something new each week. Water parks, the zoo, planetariums, amusement parks, hiking, and more.
Camp also includes the Think Stretch Summer Learning Program (a parent favorite) and NFL Play 60. And when you register, your camper will receive a free Swag Bag – cool t-shirt, reusable water bottle, and backpack to carry all their gear!
Guarantee your child has a summer to remember! Spaces are limited, so register today. With 8 Columbia-area locations, there’s a Sunshine House near you!
Ages :: 5 – 12; Junior Summer Camp for 4 year olds
Price :: Varies by location. Full-day, part-day and drop-in programs available.
Kids LOVE our Summer Camp because it includes…
- Fun martial arts where they learn how to be bully-proof
- A variety of fun & exciting activities like kickball, relays, arts & crafts, board games & more!
- Awesome field trips and learning adventures
- A chance to meet & interact with other kids outside of school
- A safe place to explore and learn new things
- Body, mind & spirit development & so much more!
- Focus, discipline and a longer attention span
- Courage, confidence and determination
- Fantastic health and fitness habits
- Great social skills when they work & play with other kids
- Honor and respect for self and others
Dates :: June 4 – August 10
Ages :: 4.5 – 12
Price :: $110 registration $135/week ($145/week late registration)
Day camp at The Little Gym of Columbia, SC gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym. Our Camps come in all shapes and sizes. Super Kids’ Quest Camps for ages 3-8 and Grade School Skill Thrill Camps for ages 6-12 give your adventurer a unique experience each day!
Dates :: May 28 – August 19
Ages :: Ages 3 – 8 for Super Kids’ Quest and 6 – 12 for Skill Thrill Camps
Price :: $40 per day for members and $45 per day for non-members
Great for boys and girls that want lots to do this summer! Located in Lexington SC, our 22,000 square foot air conditioned facility offers summer day camps full of imPACtful activities. PAC is open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to keep kids busy and entertained. PAC campers have so many options from swimming in our onsite pool, gymnastics, cheerleading, basketball, trampolines, video games, arts & crafts, laser tag, inflatables, ziplines, dance parties, dodgeball for a super fun summer.
Dates :: June 6 – August 17
Ages :: Rising kindergarteners to rising 6th graders
Price :: One time camp fee of $30. Camp $120 per week for full time students. Additional costs for full day of gymnastics or cheernastics camp. PAC also offers swim lessons, dance and karate lessons at discounted rates for all full time campers. PAC offers part time and daily rates as well. Multi-program and multi-student discounts are also available.
Covenant summer camp is a safe, fun filled environment where campers are nurtured and encouraged physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Led by an experienced, dedicated staff, campers will enjoy activities each week including cooking, swimming, art, movies and other exciting off campus activities. Weekly mini camps are offered to all campers! Mini camps include music, drama, dance, sports and science. All campers will participate in a summer reading program. For more information please call the number below or email [email protected].
Dates :: June 4 – July 27
Ages :: 5 years to rising 9th graders
Price :: $120 weekly, $35 daily; military and multi-child discounts
YMCA of Columbia camps offer a mix of fun and educational activities aimed at improving kids’ well-being. Our programs center on three areas proven to impact kids’ development: friendship, accomplishment and belonging. Campers will: learn and master skills that help them realize their passions, talents and potential; build friendships with new friends and staff role models, adding to their well-being; feel like they belong so they feel safe, welcome and free to express their individuality.
Dates :: June 11 – August 17
Ages :: 3 – 16 (varies by location)
Price :: $50 – $380 weekly; Traditional full-day camp starts at $120/week for Y members
At My Gym camp, we activate the fun every single day, so let the fun begin! Energizing games, exciting gymnastics, cool arts and crafts, and music that guarantees to keep them moving and engaged. Our drop-off program, pay-by-day options, and multi-day and sibling discounts make My Gym camp an awesome, affordable, no-stress option.
Camps offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Early drop off 9 – 9:30 a.m. Lunch Bunch 12:30 – 1 p.m. (parent must provide lunch)
Dates :: June 12 – August 17
Ages :: 3 – 9
Price :: $22 – $30 per day. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: 10% Off Total Camp Enrollment
Join us at AR Workshop Columbia for creative and crafty Summer ARt Camps! Each day is a new project! Participants will customize and make 4 DIY Projects over the course of the 4 Day camp. Participants will have the opportunity to customize their project with their choice of paint colors from our decor line of paints. Each participant’s registration comes with lunch from Roly Poly each day! Summer ARt Camp Projects will consist of: Day 1: Canvas Tote Bag or Laundry Sack, Day 2: Wood Photo Frame, Day 3: Canvas Pillow, Day 4: Youth Wood Plank Sig
Dates :: Session 1: June 11 – 14 from 9:30 – noon | Session 2: July 23 -26 from 9:30 – noon | Session 3: August 6 – 9 from 9:30 – noon
Ages :: 8 – 14
Price :: $160
With renovations in the Columbia Museum of Art, what better time to get kids exploring themes of construction and design? These two-day workshops with professional art educators will have your child creating hands-on projects that encourage creative experimentation and problem-solving from start to finish.
Dates :: June 12 – August 1
Ages :: 7 – 18
Price :: $90 / $72 for members
Sign your child up for Plex Summer Camp to enjoy activity based games on the field and basketball court, crafts for younger campers and many other attractions like the Jumping Jacks Bouncy House Park and Laser Tag. And, of course, there’s always roller skating and the HiWire Trampoline Park.
Start your GSSM Journey with STEM summer camps! iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation programming and technology day camp for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, June 18-21 at Lexington Technology Center and June 25-28 at Keenan High School, $185; GoSciTech residential camp for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders, June 17-23, June 24-30, July 8-14, and July 15-21 on GSSM’s Hartsville campus, $800-$900.
Dates :: June 18 – July 21
Ages :: Rising 6th – 10th graders
Price :: $185 – $900
Learn about game design and create phone apps with other girls! Our goal is to increase the number of girls in the Midlands who consider IT and STEM careers by giving them the opportunity to learn about coding and IT in a fun and interactive way.
Join us for 2018 Summer Camp at River’s Edge Retreat – Christian Learning Camp. Ten weeks of Swimming, Sports and Recreation, Wilderness Adventure, Art/IT/Reading/Writing, Character Learning/Scripture Memory and much more with a new theme each week. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.
Dates :: June 11 – August 15
Ages :: 4 – 16
Price :: Kid’s Kingdom (4 – 12), $149/wk.; Young Future Leaders (13 – 16), $199/wk. $49 registration fee. 30% discount for registration before 5/1/18
Opportunity for 5 year olds to 9th grade girls to train with the back-to-back SEC Champions, back-to-back regional staff of the year, 2017 College Cup semifinalists in a competitive and fun environment. Camp options for beginner soccer players all the way to elite/premier, ECNL, Dev. Academy soccer players; as well as opportunities for teams to showcase their talent in front of the entire USC staff during our overnight option!
Dates :: June 11 – 15 and July 16 – 20 (Day Camp); July 12 – 15(Residential/Overnight and Team Camp)
Ages : 5 – 12 (Day Camp); Rising 4th – 9th graders (Residential/Overnight and Team Camp)
Price :: $160 – $525
Established in 1956, Camp Chatuga is a privately owned traditional summer camp offering over 30 daily activities including horseback, water skiing, mountain biking, crafts, drama, archery, riflery and sports. Depending on the camper’s number of years at Chatuga and session choice, exciting day trips include rafting Section 3 of the Chattooga River, taking a canopy zipline tour, visiting a water park or showing one’s speed and skills at an all-camp rollerskating party. 4 to 1 camper to counselor ratio for safety and personal attention. Wholesome, family atmosphere perfect for fun and personal growth through relationships and nature! Mention Columbia SC Mom Blog for $50 off registration!
Dates :: June 17 – August 1
Ages :: 6 – 16
Price :: Mini-Camp – $425; One-Week Sessions – $895; Two-Week Sessions – $1795; Three-Week Session – $2850; Four-Week Session – $3750
YLI Camps offer something for every child, including a marine science camp, an outdoor adventure camp, a shooting sports camp, a traditional camp, and technology camp. Receive a $40 Early Bird discount if youth is registered before April 1.
Dates :: Early June to early August. Check the website for all camp session dates.
Ages :: Most camps age range is 8-14 (see website for age listing per camp)
Price :: Camp prices start at $500 and increase based on camp