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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 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls

    Where:
    Clemson University

    When:
    June 12-17, 2016

    Price:
    $800

    Do you ever wonder who created and designed that cell phone you can’t live without? What about those great colors in the new makeup lines — where do they come from? And how do they make those designer jeans that everyone’s wearing? Engineers and scientists created them all! There are many exciting opportunities for women in engineering and science. Come learn about them in the Project WISE summer science program. Sponsored by Duke Energy since 1997, rising sixth through eighth grade girls participate in this one-week camp in which noncredit minicourses in engineering and science are taught by Clemson professors. The students have the opportunity to experience collaborative and hands-on learning through practical applications of math and science. Science, engineering and mathematics offer a world of interesting and exciting careers that improve our lives, and women are an important part of these fields. Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences would like to give you a better introduction to these disciplines and the opportunities they offer.

    Project WISE will give you a chance to experience Clemson University and the many wonders of science, mathematics and engineering. You’ll live in a campus residence hall and eat in University dining halls. Your counselors will be Clemson undergraduate women who are majoring in science, mathematics or engineering. They’ll 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 235 students have attended this program since its establishment in 2004.

    Students choose from one of three academic tracks including:

    1. Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    2. Horticulture, Turfgrass and Agronomy
    3. Forestry, Wildlife and Environmental Science

    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 on the Clemson University campus! Enrollment is now open and early bird fees available until April 1. Please visit the CU Life Science Outreach Center Website to enroll. For more information, contact the Director of Education Outreach and CU Life Sciences Outreach Center, Victoria Corbin, Ph.D. via email at vcorbin@clemson.edu, or by phone at 864-656-1634 or 785-766-1923 (c).

    All classes will be held in room G-26, Jordan Hall on the Clemson University campus. Enrollment will cap at 16 campers. Camps will be taught by Professor Victoria Corbin and other CULSOC personnel. The exact content of the camps is subject to change.

    DAY CAMPS - Register Online Here

    Crime Scene Investigation: Clemson! (day camp for rising 5th-7th graders)
    - Investigate the scene of a crime to determine what happened and how.
    - Learn how your senses take in information—and sometimes fool you.
    - Identify criminals and victims using DNA, fingerprints, blood, and other tools of forensic sciences.
    Session 1 meets June 7-9 from 9:00 am- 12:15 pm daily
    Session 2 meets July 11-13 from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm daily
    Cost: $100 before April 1; $130 after April 1

    Weird & Wacky Food Science (day camp for rising 5th-7th graders)
    - Discover what make food food! How is food different from other chemicals?
    - Investigate how our bodies sense food and extract its energy.
    - Research weird foods—from bugs to microbes!
    Meets July 18-20 from 9:00 am- 12:15 pm daily
    Cost: $100 before April 1; $130 after April 1

    Engineering & Design Adventures (day camp for rising 6th-8th graders) NEW!
    - Research, design, and build cool machines to propel our hero and heroine safely over obstacles.
    - Learn how everyday items work (e.g., circuits, robots, & catapults)
    - Learn and apply basic engineering principals to solve fascinating problems!
    Meets June 13-16 from 9:00 am- 12:15 pm daily
    Cost: $130 before April 1; $175 after April 1


    RESIDENTIAL CAMP - Register Online Here

    Biotechnology, Health, and Society (residential camp for rising 10th-12th graders)
    This camp has the same science content as the day camp, but is for campers who wish to experience life on the Clemson campus. It is offered through the Clemson Summer Scholars Program. See their website for details and to enroll and pay. Transportation to/from local airports can be arranged. We cannot accept commuter campers for this session.
    Dates: June 25 - July 1
    Cost is $900 before April 1, $1000 after April 1


    Running a summer youth program of your own? CULSOC will continue to provide half-day laboratory field trips in the summer 2017! Click here for lab descriptions and details.

  • USA Computing Olympiad (USACO)

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 4-9, 2017 (Boys)
    June 18-23, 2017 (Coed)
    June 25-30, 2017 (Boys)
    July 9-14, 2017 (Coed)
    July 16-21, 2017 (Boys)
    July 30-August 4, 2017 (Boys)

    Price:
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.
    $40 early bird discount to all campers who register before April 1, 2017. Returning YLI campers are eligible for a $40 discount!

    Camp Voyager is for the techies. The gamers. The creative explorers. The young engineers who always have to figure out how things work. And basically anyone who likes having fun! Activities include, Lego Robotics, Sphero Robots, Little Bits, Wii, Xbox, drones and OZOBOTS. Add the thrill of a water slide, climbing wall, teams course, gaga ball and zip line to the mix and embark on a tech-filled, outdoor adventure like no other! 

    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:
    Regular Camp:
    June 4-9, 2017
    June 18-23, 2017
    June 25-30, 2017
    July 9-14, 2017
    July 16-21, 2016
    July 30-Aug 4, 2017

    Club Camp:
    June 11-15, 2017
    July 23-27, 2017

    Mini Camp:
    July 25-28, 2016

    Price:
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.
    $40 early bird discount to all campers who register before April 1, 2017. Returning YLI campers are eligible for a $40 discount!

    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, gaga ball, stand up paddle boards, the blob, 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, a waterfront area with multiple docks and a water slide, a 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 4-9, 2017
    June 11-16, 2017
    June 18-23, 2017
    June 25-30, 2017
    July 2-7, 2017
    July 9-14, 2017
    July 16-21, 2017
    July 23-28, 2017
    July 30-August 4, 2017 (Teen Week for ages 13-16)

    Price:
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.
    $40 early bird discount to all campers who register before April 1, 2017. Returning YLI campers are eligible for a $40 discount!

    If you’re obsessed with marine animals, curious about ecosystems and can’t get enough of the beach, you’ll have a blast at Camp Sewee! Through hands-on group and individual activities, campers will explore the wonders of marine science and the South Carolina coast while having the time of their lives. Topics include island ecology, a salt marsh study, marine wildlife exploration, birds of prey, crabbing, tubing, swimming, fishing, surfing, cast netting and nature hikes. There will be day trips to the South Carolina Aquarium, the Sewee Environmental Education Center and a local water park. It all add up to an unforgettable summer camp experience!

    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:
    Beginner:
    June 4-9, 2017
    June 11-16, 2017
    June 18-23, 2017
    June 25-30, 2017
    July 9-14, 2017
    July 16-21, 2017

    Intermediate:
    June 18-24, 2017
    June 25-30, 2017
    July 9-14, 2017

    Advanced:
    July 23-28, 2017
    July 30-August 4, 2017

    Price:
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.
    $40 early bird discount to all campers who register before April 1, 2017. Returning YLI campers are eligible for a $40 discount!

    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! Activities include, Pellet Guns, Basic Archery, Sporting Clays, Rifles, Hunters Ed, Wildlife Ecology, ATV's, Climbing Wall, Outdoor Survival Skills and Canoeing.  http://wildlifesummer.camp

    Camp Wildlife is located at Camp Bob Cooper, near Summerton and Santee, S.C., on Lake Marion. Camp Bob Cooper covers 115 acres on the shores of beautiful Lake Marion, and it 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:
    Excursion Sessions:
    10-14 years old:
    June 4-9, 2017
    June 11-16, 2017
    June 18-23, 2017
    July 9-14, 2017
    July 16-21, 2017
    July 30-Aug 4, 2017

    12-16 years old:
    June 25-30, 2017
    July 23-28, 2017

    Price:
    Excursions (cabin-based sessions):
    Prices vary based on camp. Visit Youth Learning Institute Website or call 864-878-1041 for more information.
    $40 early bird discount to all campers who register before April 1, 2017. Returning YLI campers are eligible for a $40 discount!

    An exhilarating wilderness adventure awaits you at Adventure Summer Camp at Camp Hannon! Enjoy rock climbing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, zip lining, mountain biking, bouldering, teams course, climbing wall, disc golf and repelling—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 10-16. 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

    For:
    Ages 6-12

    Where:
    Clemson Outdoor Lab
    415 Charlie White Trail
    Pendleton, SC 29670

    When:
    July 3-9. 2016

    Price:
    Call 864-878-1041

    Camp Odyssey is the perfect program for first-time campers as well as “veteran” campers who enjoy exciting activities in the outdoors and making new friends.

    During the week, campers may participate in new adventures, including, but not limited to: archery, sailing, arts and crafts, overnight camping, swimming, canoeing, tower climbing and fishing. Campers also get to enjoy an overnight campout, cooking their food over an open flame and having a true outdoor adventure!

    Our trained staff provides 24-hour supervision and maintains a 1:3 camper ratio in the cabin and 1:4 during activities.

    Each comfortable cabin is equipped with showers, bathrooms and 10 single beds for campers and supervising staff. Cabin groups are determined by age, providing campers with opportunities to enjoy time with new friends. We have an on-site health center and employ nurses to work and live here during camp.

    For more information, contact Kendra Perkins  864-646-7502 or visit the Camp Odessey Website.

  • Jaycee Camp Hope

    For:
    Children and adults — Ages 7 and older — who have developmental disabilities

    Where:
    Clemson Outdoor Lab
    415 Charlie White Trail
    Pendleton, SC 29670

    When:
    Session 1 (18 & older): June 12-18, 2016
    Session 2 (13 & older): June 19 – 25, 2016
    Session 3 (7-18): June 26 – July 2, 2016
    Session 4 (13 & older) (two week session): July 10 – 22, 2016

    Price:
    Call 864-878-1041

    Camp Hope is a statewide residential camp for citizens with intellectual disabilities. Its purposes are to give the camper helpful experiences in an outdoor environment, develop the ability to work and play in a group, and provide new encounters unique to a camp setting. The S.C. Junior Chamber of Commerce has provided financial support for every participant of Camp Hope since 1969. Campers are grouped according to age, level of function, and previous camp and social experience.

    For more information, contact Kendra Perkins 864-646-7502 or visit the Camp Life Website.

  • Camp Sertoma

    Camp Sertoma provides a unique summer experience for children ages 7-13 who are either disadvantaged, or speech or hearing impaired. Funded by South Carolina Sertomans, the camp is fully accredited, expertly staffed, character building, educational and FUN!

    For more information, visit the Camp Life Website.

  • Camp Sunshine

    Weekend camps for children and adults who have severe or profound developmental disabilities.

    For more information, call 864-646-7502, or visit the Camp Life 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