New wilderness adventure camp connects kids with nature

By Chris Copeland

children in canoes

A disconnect with nature among today’s youth is linked to childhood disorders like obesity, ADHD and depression. Author Richard Louv calls it “nature-deficit disorder” in Last Child in the Woods, a book that has spurred national dialogue among those concerned about the health and well-being of children.

In response, Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute is introducing Adventure Summer Camp, a 10-day wilderness excursion in the Upstate for youth ages 12 to 15. Backpacking, canoeing, mountain biking and workshops on wilderness safety and survival skills will help youth cultivate responsibility, self-confidence and teamwork.

“Connecting kids with nature is important for healthy youth development. This is a great adventure that teaches skills and encourages kids to continue pursuing outdoor activities,” said Brett Deming, adventure programming director at the Institute.

The camp will be located at Pinnacle Falls, a 100-acre camp donated by The Cliffs Communities and its foundations. The site features a trout stream, 60-foot waterfall, game field and hiking trails, with access to the 76-mile Foothills Trail and Lake Jocassee.

For more information: Brett Deming, 864-878-1041, or