Summer camps teach and inspire

By Pam Bryant

Chidlren at Youth Learning Institute campSummer programs operated by Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute (YLI) offer unique, hands-on learning in technology, marine science, wildlife, and 4-H camps for youth ages eight to 16.

“We believe summer camp is one of the most valuable experiences a child can ever have because they learn independence, responsibility, cooperation, teamwork, make life-long friends and create lasting memories,” said Jorge Calzadilla, executive director of the institute.

This summer, the institute launched a new camp called The EDGE, which builds academic, physical and emotional stamina and teaches young people how to tap into and maintain peak performance at school, at home and at play. The 2005 camps include:

The EDGE – YLI education center in Pickens
Youth aged 10-14, use interactive tools that test their performance potential through intellectual, physical and group-based challenges.

Camp Voyager – YLI education center in Pickens
Campers aged 10-14 use Global Positioning Systems, Personal Digital Assistants, digital cameras and computers at this camp of the future.

Camp Sewee
– Sewee Coastal Retreat Center near Mt. Pleasant
Campers aged 8-16 explore marine science and the South Carolina coast through island ecology studies, crabbing, kayaking, and nature hikes.

Camp Wildlife – Clinton House hunting lodge in Clinton
Campers aged 8-16 learn safety in shooting sports, sportsmanship and ethical behavior through a partnership with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

4-H Summer Camp – R.M. Cooper Center on Lake Marion
Campers aged 8-14 enhance self-esteem and self-reliance in a traditional camp environment that offers fishing, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts.

For more information: or 864-878-1041.