Great Summer Camps for Your South Carolina Vacation

By:Kerry Egan

Date:3/17/2016

With summer comes the fun of summer camps. For some distinctly South Carolinian summer camps, check out these suggestions.

Sharks, and Rays, and Mermaids!

Every year, millions of people from all over the world vacation on South Carolina’s coast, and for good reason. South Carolina’s beaches are truly spectacular, with soft sand and warm ocean water. Give your children a chance to explore those beaches and ocean in a whole new way with a camp that focuses on the incredible marine life here in South Carolina.

Sewee Camp in Awendaw, right outside Charleston, is truly camp on the beach in a gorgeous wildlife sanctuary. RV Sea Lab offers intense multi-day overnight cruises around the barrier islands and marshes off Charleston for marine biology-loving tweens and teens. Campers learn navigation, water monitoring, paddle boarding and wildlife identification, among other things. Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach offers some amazing one and two day camps. Some have campers kayaking the marshes of the Grand Strand, some let them become mermaids for the day, and some even let kids swim in the shark tank.

Surf’s Up!

Marine biology camps are just one way for you little campers to embrace and enjoy the wonderful South Carolina shore. For the kid who wants to not just study the ocean, but really get in it, surf camp calls. Several surfing camps are offered at the beaches near Charleston. Even if you’ve never even touched a surfboard before, these day camps will get you in the water and on a board. Check out Charleston Surf Lessons, Sol Surfers, and Isla Surf Camps offer lessons on gorgeous Folly Beach.

Release Your Wild Side

For the teenagers who dream of spending summer vacation learning about animal anatomy, livestock artificial insemination and incision suturing, look no further than the incredible Vet Camp at Clemson University.The extent and range of hands-on activities at this camp for teens who want to be vets is really incredible.

For younger animal lovers, both Riverbanks Zoo and the Greenville Zoo offer fun and exciting day camps that let children explore the zoos and discover behind-the-scenes fun.

Museum Summer Fun

Many of the great museums in South Carolina offer fun summer day camps, perfect for both locals and visitors.

Middleton Place offers a Junior Historians Camp that lets kids get a glimpse of what life was like hundreds of years ago. South Carolina State Museum hosts summer camps that range from engineering to dinosaurs to astronomy. And for more adventures, check out the state's other museums, like the Coastal Discovery Museum, Columbia Museum of Art and the Charleston Museum. Summer camps are listed on the websites, and offerings change year to year.

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