New Upstate camp could serve thousands each year

By Chris Copeland

Thousands of needy children will have an opportunity for a summer camp experience through a partnership between the Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation and Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute.

Called Camp Hannon, the facility will be located at Pinnacle Falls, an 80-acre nature wonderland in northern Pickens County that was donated to Clemson by The Cliffs Communities and its nonprofit foundation, Pinnacle Partners.

“It is amazing to see what collaboration can mean for kids. This partnership endeavor potentially could serve 10,000 to 12,000 children each year through summer and year-round programs,” said Stephen Lance, institute chief of staff.

Thomas Buxton, president of the Hannon Foundation, said, “The creation of Camp Hannon will help improve self-esteem and heal the hurts of children by providing hope, love and assistance.”

Phase I development of Camp Hannon begins this spring, which includes plans for boys and girls cottages and a 500-seat multipurpose auditorium.


For more information: Stephen Lance, 803-414-1735,;