Camp Long Field Day rewards hard work

By Chris Copeland

Nearly 300 participants – staff and students – competed in Camp Long Field Day this fall at Clemson’s W.W. Long Leadership Center in Aiken.

Youth from Camp Long pose for the camera“These kids work hard in very disciplined programs, and we want to let them have some fun in this event,” said Cody Greene, Camp Long director. The programs are conducted through two partnerships with Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute.

The Youth Challenge Academy, through the S.C. National Guard, helps at-risk youth gain the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults. The Youth Development Center, through the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, helps low-risk, nonviolent offenders succeed through behavior modification, innovative learning programs, personal development and career planning.

Opening ceremonies were led by Greene with National Guard Captain Lee Anderson and Sergeant-Major Michael Parker. Musical entertainment was by the Youth Challenge Academy choir with a Youth Development Center student singing the national anthem. The all-day celebration included softball, flag football, basketball, volleyball, fishing and horseshoes, with a mid-day cookout.

For information: Cody Greene, 803-292-7590,