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Camps and Youth Programs

Academic Camps/Programs

  • C-CATS

    For:
    9th and 10th graders

    Where:
    Youth Learning Institute (YLI) Headquarters and Education Center
    698 Concord Church Road
    Pickens, SC 2967

    When:
    March 3-5, 2017
    March 10-12, 2017
    March 17-19, 2017
    March 31-April 2, 2017
    April 7-9, 2017
    April 21-23, 2017
    April 23-30, 2017

    Price:
    $230 per session

    Clemson's Challenge for Academically Talented Students (C-CATS) recruits top students from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia to participate in high-powered weekend retreats at YLI Headquarters in Pickens, S.C. The program challenges students academically, physically and socially, offering tools and techniques to achieve and maintain high-quality performance in school and in life. Top Clemson students lead campus tours with their passion for sharing what makes Clemson one of the best public universities in the nation. Sessions focus on test-taking skills, learning styles, personal branding and adventure-based activities like a ropes course and climbing wall.

    For more information, visit the C-CATS Website.

  • Clemson University Summer Scholars

    864-656-5535

    For:
    Gifted rising 7th through 12th grade students

    Where:
    Clemson University

    When:
    Session 1: June 5-11, 2016
    Session 2: June 12-18, 2016
    Session 3: June 19-25, 2016
    Session 4: June 26-July 2, 2016
    Session 5: July 10-16, 2016
    Session 6: July 17-23, 2016
    Session 7: July 24-30, 2016
    Session 8: July 31-Aug 6, 2016

    Price:
    One-week courses (unless otherwise noted):
    Before April 1, 2015: $900
    After April 1, 2015: $1,000

    Two-week courses (unless otherwise noted):
    Before April 1, 2015: $2,025
    After April 1, 2015: $2,125

    For the past 30 years, Clemson University has offered a summer enrichment program for gifted middle and high school students. In addition to challenging courses, we provide opportunities for fun, friendship and a Clemson experience. This year’s program has even more to offer with new classes available for all students.

    A balanced schedule of educational, recreational and cultural activities will help broaden your academic skills and develop your creative abilities. You’ll take exciting classes during the day while your evening and weekend activities may include nature study hikes, small group discussions with Clemson faculty, and career and educational guidance. In addition, you’ll enjoy movies, tennis, swimming, racquetball and trips to University laboratories, the John C. Calhoun House, the S.C. Botanical Garden, the Hanover House and the Clemson Forest.

    This summer experience will give you a taste of life as a Clemson student. Clemson University faculty will conduct your classes in University facilities. You’ll use University materials and equipment to conduct your scientific investigations. You’ll live in a semiprivate room in a campus dormitory and eat in a University dining hall. Qualified counselors will supervise dormitory life and all activities. You’ll have complete access to area medical facilities, including the University health center.

    If you’re an advanced high school student, the two-week classes provide a great opportunity to delve deeply into specialized topics. All middle and high school students will enjoy the one-week introductions to college subjects. If you've attended this program in the past, you'll see we're offering five new and exciting courses. We encourage you to take a look at Clemson’s Summer Scholars program.

    For more information, visit the Summer Scholars Website.

  • Project WISE

    For:
    Rising seventh and eighth grade girls

    Where:
    Clemson University

    When:
    June 24-29, 2018

    Price:
    $850

    Do you ever wonder who created and designed that cell phone you can’t live without? What about how they make all of the fun updates and filters on social media? How about those great colors in the new makeup lines — where do they come from? Engineers and scientists created all of them! There are many exciting opportunities for women in engineering and science. Come learn about these exciting opportunities in the Project WISE summer camp program.

    Sponsored by Duke Energy since 1997, middle school girls participate in a one-week camp in which noncredit mini-courses are taught by Clemson University professors in engineering and science. Students have the opportunity to experience practical applications of math and science through collaborative and hands-on learning.

    Science, engineering, and mathematics offer a world of interesting and exciting careers that improve our lives, proving that women are an important part of such fields. Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences would like to help you learn more about these disciplines and the opportunities they offer. Project WISE is a fun-filled academic summer camp for girls. It is open to young women who will enter 7th and 8th grade in the 2018-2019 school year.

    Project WISE will give you a chance to experience Clemson University and the many wonders of science, mathematics, and engineering. You will live in a campus residence hall and eat in Clemson University dining halls. Your counselors will be Clemson undergraduate women who are majoring in science, mathematics, or engineering. They live with you to assist during the program and oversee activities in the residence halls.

    For more information, visit the Project WISE Website.

  • South Carolina's Commissioner's School for Agriculture

    Each summer, top high school juniors and seniors from around the country gather together for a week at Clemson University to learn about the diverse industries of agriculture and natural resources. These select students participate in academic tours and presentations as well as conduct laboratories and research projects. Over 500 students have attended this program since its establishment in 2004.

    Students choose from one of three academic tracks including:

    1. Livestock and Animal Production
    2. Plant Science
    3. Forestry and Natural Resources

    For more information, visit the South Carolina Commissioner's School for Agriculture Website.

  • Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI)

    The Summer Program for Research Interns is designed to motivate bright, academically talented rising high school seniors in public and private schools in South Carolina to pursue careers in science, mathematics, or technology. To do this, students are paired with researchers at various state universities and given an average of six weeks to conduct an original research project in a wide variety of subjects in both a field and laboratory setting. At the end of the six week period, the students present their findings in a poster session. In addition, the students will submit a formal abstract and present their work again at the annual South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Research Colloquium the following February. Several students have also chosen to submit their projects to the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science for competition.

    For more information, visit the Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI) Website.

  • CU Life Sciences Outreach Center — Summer Science Camps

    Join us for hands-on, action-packed, thought-provoking science camps for grades 5-12 on the Clemson University campus! Both day and residential camps are offered. Early bird fees are available until April 1.

    Visit the CU Life Science Outreach Center Website to review camp descriptions and to enroll.

Athletic Camps/Programs

  • Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, & Volleyball

    Information about the above sports camps can be found on the Clemson University Athletics Website.

  • Lacrosse

    Boys Lacrosse Camp 
    1-800-NIKE-CAMP

    For:
    Boys ages 9-18

    Where:
    Clemson University

    When:
    July 11-14, 2016

    Price:
    Overnight: $510
    Extended Day Camp: $395

    Buff Grubb, men’s head lacrosse coach at Clemson University, leads this camp for boys that includes multiple focused-instruction sessions for all positions and skill levels. Daily emphasis will be on position training and strategy, and activities will transition from situational drills to live scrimmages as the camp progresses. There will be a total of 10 practice sessions. There is a camper-to-coach ratio of 6:1, so players will receive personalized instruction. Overnight campers are supervised in the student dormitories located a short walk from the fields. Nike sponsors the camp and provides every camper with a reversible Nike practice jersey. Campers may win Nike and STX Prizes for outstanding play, sportsmanship and improvement.

    Girls Lacrosse Camp  
    1-800-NIKE-CAMP

    For:
    Girls ages 9-18

    Where:
    Clemson University

    When:
    July 11-14, 2016

    Price:
    Overnight: $510
    Extended Day Camp:$395

    Bob Dachille, head women’s lacrosse coach at Erskine College, leads this camp for girls that includes multiple focused-instruction sessions for all positions and skill levels. Daily emphasis will be on fundamentals, position training (including goalies), drills and scrimmages. There is a camper-to-coach ratio of 6:1, so players will receive personalized instruction. Overnight campers are supervised in the student dormitories located a short walk from the fields. Nike sponsors the camp and provides every camper with a reversible Nike practice jersey. Campers may win Nike and STX Prizes for outstanding play, sportsmanship and improvement.

Outdoor Camps/Programs

  • Camp Voyager

    For:
    Ages 8-14

    Where:
    Youth Learning Institute (YLI) Headquarters and Education Center
    698 Concord Church Road
    Pickens, SC 29671

    When:
    June 3-8, 2018 (coed)
    June 17-22, 2018 (boys)
    June 24-29, 2018 (boys)
    July 8-13, 2018 (coed)
    July 15-20, 2018 (boys)
    July 29-Aug 3, 2018 (boys)

    Price:
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.

    Our camp sessions run from early June to early August, weekly from Sunday at 3pm to Friday 10am. Please check the website for each camp session dates.

    We offer a $40 early bird discount to all campers who register before April 1, 2018. We will also apply an additional $40 discount to any returning camper who is registering again this year.

    Camp Voyager combines the best of today's technology with the thrill of the great outdoors, while providing a variety of innovative and fun activities. Highlights include and high adventure elements. In addition, campers get to work with a number of interactive technologies including Lego Mindstorms NXT robots, Sphero Robotic Balls, Ozobots and Little Bits building blocks.

    Camp Voyager is held at the Youth Learning Institute Headquarters in Pickens, SC. With views of Table Rock Mountain, this property features air-conditioned dorms, gymnasium, game room and outdoor teams course.

    For more information, visit the Camp Voyager Website.

  • 4-H Summer Camp

    For:
    Ages 8 to 14 (Regular), 6 to 9 (Mini Camp), and 7 to 14 (Club Camp) open to both 4-H member and nonmembers

    Where:
    Camp Bob Cooper
    8001 M.W. Rickenbaker Road
    Summterton, SC 29148

    When:
    June 3-8, 2018
    June 17-22, 2018
    June 24-29, 2018
    July 8-13, 2018
    July 15-20, 2018
    July 29-Aug 3, 2018
    July 8-11, 2018 (mini camp)

    Price:
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.

    A South Carolina tradition for over 50 years, 4-H Summer Camp offers traditional camp activities with plenty of fun, friends and adventure! The jam-packed week includes team sports, water sports, paintball, archery, nature hikes, a ropes course and climbing tower, arts and crafts, a talent show and more. There’s even a mini-camp session for younger, first-time campers.

    Whether it’s your first time or your first in a while, 4-H Summer Camp is always sure to please!

    4-H Summer Camp is held at the R.M. Cooper Leadership Center in Summerton, a 115-acre peninsula on beautiful Lake Marion. Camp Cooper features air-conditioned dorm rooms, a full-service dining facility, waterfront area with multiple docks and a water slide, gymnasium, nature trails and a climbing tower.

    For more information, visit the 4-H Camp Website.

  • Camp Sewee

    For:
    Ages 8-16

    Where:
    Camp Sewee
    Sewee Coastal Retreat Center
    7407 Doar Road
    Awendaw, SC 29429

    When:
    June 3-8, 2018
    Jun 10-15, 2018
    June 17-22, 2018
    June 24-29, 2018
    July 1-6, 2018
    July 8-13, 2018
    July 15-20, 2018
    July 22-27, 2018
    July 29-Aug 3, 2018

    Price:
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.

    Located on the Intracoastal Waterway approximately 20 miles from Charleston, Camp Sewee offers the perfect example of how a coastal ecosystem functions. With salt marsh areas, a fresh water pond and wildlife refuge, campers get an up-close look at a wide variety of marine plants and animals.

    Camp Sewee is held at the Sewee Coastal Retreat Center in Awendaw, SC. Air-conditioned dorm rooms, a full-service dining facility, recreational fields, nature trails and a fishing dock create an ideal camp environment.

    For more information, visit the Camps Sewee Website.
  • Camp Wildlife

    For:
    Ages 8-14 (Standard & Intermediate)
    Ages 12-16 (Advanced)

    Where:
    Camp Bob Cooper
    8001 M.W. Rickenbaker Road
    Summerton, SC 29148

    When:
    June 3-8, 2018
    June 10-15, 2018
    June 17-22, 2018
    June 17-22, 2018 (intermediate)
    June 24-29, 2018
    June 24-29, 2018 (intermediate)
    July 8-13, 2018
    July 8-13, 2018 (intermediate)
    July 15-2, 20180

    July 22-27, 2018 (advanced)
    July 29-Aug 3, 2018 (advanced)

    Price:
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.

    With shooting sports, ATVs, fishing and more, Camp Wildlife offers a chance to experience the great outdoors like never before! With activities based on age and experience, our exceptional outdoor programs promote self-esteem and self-reliance. Campers bunk in yurts and earn their hunter education certification!

    Camp Wildlife is located at Camp Bob Cooper, near Summerton and Santee, S.C., on Lake Marion. Camp Bob Cooper covers 115 acres, perched on the shores of beautiful Lake Marion and offers campers a change of pace from their usual surroundings. Campers will have a unique opportunity to experience the great outdoors.

    For more information, visit the Camp Wildlife Website.

  • Camp Hannon Adventures

    For:
    Excursions: Ages 10-16

    Where:
    Camp Hannon of Pinnacle Falls
    391 Moorefield Memorial Highway
    Sunset, SC 29685

    When:
    June 3-8, 2018
    June 10-15, 2018
    June 17-22, 2018
    June 24-29, 2018
    July 8-13, 2018
    July 15-20, 2018
    July 22-27, 2018
    July 29-Aug 3, 2018

    Price:
    Excursions (cabin-based sessions):
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.

    An exhilarating wilderness adventure awaits you at Adventure Summer Camp at Camp Hannon! Enjoy rock climbing, canoeing, whitewater rafting and more—all in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North and South Carolina. Situated on 100 acres in the Eastatoe Valley of Pickens County, S.C., Pinnacle Falls Camp serves as the center for activities.

    The six day program is designed for ages 10-15. With a focus on fun and adventure, campers learn wilderness safety and the importance of teamwork while gaining self-confidence and a sense of responsibility.
    No experience necessary, but program activities are best suited for physically active youth who are committed to spending time away from home in a wilderness setting.

    For more information, visit the Camp Hannon Website.

  • Camp Odyssey

    Camp Odyssey is a fun, exciting week filled with cool activities, new friends and awesome staff! During the week, campers may participate in new adventures, including, but not limited to: archery, sailing, arts & crafts, overnight camping, swimming, canoeing, climbing tower and fishing.

    Housing is provided in comfortable cabins with 10 single beds for campers and supervising staff. Showers and bathrooms are located within each cabin. We have an on-site health center and employ nurses to work and live here during camp.

    For more information, please visit the Camp Odyssey Website.

  • Jaycee Camp Hope

    Jaycee Camp Hope offers an exciting setting where campers enjoy fun, challenging and educational group activities that include swimming, canoeing, fishing, drama, archery, crafts, pontoon boat rides, nature activities, overnight campouts and more. Campers develop independence through daily camp activities as they learn to do things for themselves.

    Housing is provided in comfortable cabins with 10 single beds for campers and supervising staff. Showers and bathrooms are located within each cabin. We have an on-site health center and employ nurses to work and live here during camp.

    Any individual with an Intellectual Disability age 7 or older may apply to attend Jaycee Camp Hope.

    For more information, please visit the Jaycee Camp Hope Website.

  • Camp Lions Den

    Camp Lions Den is for individuals who have visual impairments, age 7 and older. Priority will be given to campers age 7-17 with any remaining spaces assigned to older participants.

    Camp Lions Den offers an exciting setting where campers enjoy fun, challenging, and educational group activities. These may include but are not limited to: swimming, canoeing, fishing, drama, archery, crafts, pontoon boat rides, nature activities, overnight campouts and more! Campers develop independence through daily camp activities as they learn to do things for themselves.

    Housing is provided in comfortable cabins with 10 single beds for campers and supervising staff. Showers and bathrooms are located within each cabin. We have an on-site health center and employ nurses to work and live here during camp.

    For more information, please visit the Camp Lions Den Website.

  • Camp Sertoma

    Camp Sertoma is a week-long residential camp for children ages 7-13, who are either underprivileged or have a speech or hearing impairment. Camp Sertoma is a fun, exciting week filled with cool activities, new friends and incredible staff! During the week, campers may participate in new adventures, including, but not limited to: archery, sailing, arts & crafts, overnight camping, swimming, canoeing, climbing tower and fishing.

    Housing is provided in comfortable cabins with 10 single beds for campers and supervising staff. Showers and bathrooms are located within each cabin. We have an on-site health center and employ nurses to work and live here during camp.

    For more information, visit the Camp Sertoma Website.

  • Camp Sunshine

    Camp Sunshine is a weekend residential respite camp for children and adults with disabilities and is offered during the fall and spring. These weekends are designed to give families or caregivers a weekend off while their loved one enjoys new experiences unique to a camp setting. During the weekends campers participate in a variety of outdoor activities which may include: archery, fishing, pontoon boat rides, nature walks, canoeing, arts and crafts, and drama. Twenty-four hour supervision is provided by a trained staff and a camp nurse who love and work onsite.

    For more information, please visit the Camp Sunshine Website.

Day Camps at the S.C. Botanical Gardens

  • Garden Explorations: Fanning Nature Discovery Camp

    For:
    Ages 5-12

    When:
    TBA

    Time:
    8 a.m.—4 p.m. full day
    8 a.m.—noon half day

    Price:
    $160 per 5 full-day session
    $90 per 5 half-day session

    An exciting summer day-camp adventure for children in the Garden. Garden Explorations brings nature discovery to life. Why do butterflies like to visit certain flowers? Follow the path of a raindrop! Who lives in the Garden’s ponds and streams? Children explore the Garden’s many habitats with the guidance of Garden Educators Sue Watts and James Wilkins. Join us as we climb rocks, run through the meadow, splash in the ponds and streams while we learn about natural history, science and ecology.

    For more information, visit the Botanic Garden Events Website.

  • Camp Ice Age

    For:
    Ages 5-12

    When:
    TBA

    Time:
    8 a.m.—4 p.m. full day
    8 a.m.—noon half day

    Price:
    $100 per 3 full-day session
    $50 per 3 half-day session

    Chill out at this summer’s coolest camp! Get to know some of the giant mammals that roamed the earth during the last ice age and learn about glaciers, daily life in a tundra, Ice Age art and more! Campers will learn about different aspects of the Pleistocene each day through stories, games, art, experiments and nature hikes. We’ll also visit the Bob Campbell Geology Museum to take a look at real Ice Age fossils!

    For more information, visit the Botanic Garden Events Website.

  • Hunt Cabin Time Traveler's Camp

    For:
    Ages 5-12

    When:
    TBA

    Time:
    8 a.m.—4 p.m. full day
    8 a.m.—noon half day

    Price:
    $160 per 3 full-day session
    $90 per 3 half-day session

    Live the past! History comes alive in this week long camp. Join us at the Hunt Cabin to learn the survival skills needed in the 19th Century. Participants discover how to build a cabin, track animals, make clothes, play historical games, do laundry, make butter, and more. We’ll roam through the Garden learning about cultural and natural history of South Carolina.

    For more information, visit the Botanic Garden Events Website.

  • Mountains to Sea Camp

    For:
    Ages 5-12

    When:
    TBA

    Time:
    8 a.m.—4 p.m. full day
    8 a.m.—noon half day

    Price:
    $160 per 3 full-day session
    $90 per 3 half-day session

    In this camp, children explore the ecosystems of South Carolina. Using the Natural Heritage Garden as our guide, we’ll journey from the mountains to the sea and discover the interesting plants, animals and people who have called these spaces home throughout our state’s history. Participants enjoy daily hikes in the Garden, games and hands-on activities, and visits to nearby historical sites. Take-home projects include hand-dyed shirts, pottery, and more!

    For more information, visit the Botanic Garden Events Website.

  • Garden Creativity Camp

    For:
    Ages 5-12

    When:
    TBA

    Time:
    8 a.m.—4 p.m. full day
    8 a.m.—noon half day

    Price:
    $160 per 3 full-day session
    $90 per 3 half-day session

    In this camp creativity reigns! The garden is our palette and provides our media - we will cook, craft, paint and explore many dimensions of our creative spirit through garden-based activities. Birds, bees, butterflies and flowers inspire participants to create unique works of art. Also, discover famous artists who were similarly inspired by the natural world.

    For more information, visit the Botanic Garden Events Website.

Other Camps/Programs

  • Bring Your Daughter to Clemson

    Girls ages 6 to 18 are invited! Each girl must be accompanied by an adult on her visit to campus — a parent, an aunt or uncle, grandparent or friend. The event is open to anyone interested in bringing a girl to learn more about Clemson. Come to the Clemson University campus to get a personal introduction to the college experience by staying overnight in a residence hall, exploring career options, meeting with professors and interacting with students, athletes and admissions staff members.

  • Clemson Career Workshop

    The Clemson Career Workshop invites rising high school seniors to Clemson's campus each summer for a one-week residential recruitment program. Once on campus, students are introduced to Clemson University traditions while learning about academic degree programs, career services, financial aid, academic support services, and other programs designed to support student retention.

  • SC 4-H Horsemanship Camp

    The purpose of 4-H Horsemanship Camp is to provide youth an opportunity to learn and improve techniques of horsemanship while enjoying the fellowship of other 4-H members from across the state. The camp is designed to increase horse knowledge and horsemanship skills-from basics for beginning riders to showing techniques for the advanced rider.

  • State 4-H Congress

    State 4-H Congress is South Carolina's Top 4-H Event. Senior 4-H Members (ages 14-19) who meet eligibility requirements, will spend four days on campus to learn about community involvement, cultural diversity and service to others while making new friends. South Carolina's best dressed event is the State 4-H Congress Awards Banquet where 4-H'ers meet donors who support the 4-H program throughout the year . State Winners, National Congress Delegates, National Conference Delegates and Presidential Tray Recipients are announced during the awards program, followed by the Clover Ball. Join us at Clemson University for State 4-H Congress!

  • Upstate Writing Project Day Camp