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First Baptist Columbia has several summer camps for kids ages 4-18. Activities and camps revolve around sports, arts, music, and dance to make sure all interests are accounted for.
STEM for Kids
Kids learn programming, robots, animation, and lots more through fun games. There are 7 locations near Columbia as well as a virtual class option. Ages vary by specific session and location, beginning at about age 6 up to 14.
Camp Kanuga is an American Camp Association-accredited co-ed summer camp affiliated with The Episcopal Church, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. There are several camp options available, and camps are offered for rising kindergartners through rising 12th graders.
2023 Camp dates are available. Camp sessions begin June 8, 2023.
Summer camp at JCC is for children ages 4 through rising 9th graders. During this full-day camp, campers will participate in drama, dance, swimming, sports, gardening, crafts, and fitness activities.
Gymnastics Classes: Classes are offered at multiple locations for kids ages 4 to 12.
BL Gym Monday 4-5 pm & 5-5:45 pm
Kid City: Tuesday 4-4:45 pm
Lexington Leisure Center: Thursday 6-7 pm
Summer Camps: Summer sports camps for kids ages 4 to 9. Camps occur at multiple locations near Columbia, SC. Camp options are available for ninja, nerf and more.
Kid City: Lexington, SC
Saxe Gotha Church: Lexington, SC
Lexington Leisure Center: Lexington, SC
B-L Gym: Batesburg, SC
Crooked Creek Park: Irmo, SC
Saluda Shoals Park: Irmo, SC
Historic Columbia Summer Camps
1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC
Summer camps for kids 8 to 12 who love history. This year’s camp is How Stuff Works: History Edition. Campers will learn about plant science and inventions, art, and more.
2023 Camp Dates are TBA
Wide World of Sports Junior Summer Camp
730 Longtown Road West, Blythewood, SC
Sports skills in a non-competitive environment for kids ages 5 to 15. Activities include golf, tennis, swimming, arts and crafts and group games.
- half-day and full-day programs
- sibling discounts available
The University of South Carolina offers football camps for kids to learn new techniques and become overall better football players. Campers will be able to learn from current assistant football coaches and current student-athletes at USC.
2023 Camp sessions run June 2 through June 23, 2023.
Chesterbrook Academy’s Summer Camp has many activities to keep your child excited and engaged, including field trips, sports, STEM projects, arts and crafts, music, dance, and drama. Full Day Camp is available for children ages 5-12. There’s also a Kindergarten Enrichment program for children 4-5 years old.
Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission offers a variety of summer camps offered for all ages and interest at the parks. Check the camp guide for fees, dates, times, and detailed information. Registration forms should be returned to Crooked Creek Park or Seven Oaks Park. If you want to email your form, call the park for an email address.
Crooked Creek Park @ 803-345-6181
Seven Oaks Park @ 803-772-3336
Summer Camp: Capital City Gymnastics offers a summer camp experience for children ages 4-13. Activities will include games, crafts, bounce house, snacks, and of course, gymnastics!
Classes: Offers preschool, recreational, and team gymnastics. They also offer a free trail class.
Heathwood Hall Summer Camps
3000 South Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC
Heathwood Hall offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids and teens including early childhood options, camps for teens, science, art, sports, and sailing camps.
Camp P.A.L.S. is a summer camp for children with social skills deficits (including but not limited to Asperger’s, high-functioning autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities). Camp Staff incorporate physical activity and social skills support using a variety of theory driven practices.
State of the Art Gallery and Pottery Studio
2007 State Street, Cayce, SC
Learn to use the pottery wheel with structured pottery lessons. Campers will create a minimum of four projects during the week-long camp.
2023 Camp Information TBA
The South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s Camp Woodie offers weeklong, overnight summer camps for ages 7-11 and 12-16. Activities include hunter safety training, five stand sporting clays, incoming and away skeet ranges, archery, and more.
Girls Rock Columbia is a week-long day camp where campers learn to play an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and at the end of the week, perform at a concert in a live music venue for the community. Camp is open to ages 8-17.
Town Theatre offers a youth theatre program with a variety of classes and production experiences for youth and teens.
Summer Camp: Town Theatre offers various summer camps for rising kindergartners through rising 12th graders. From cabaret skills to tap dancing to musical theatre and more… there are plenty of options to satisfy the kid who loves performing.
Richland County Recreation Commission offers a full-day Summer Mania camp at multiple locations for ages 5-12 that is designed to meet the physical, creative and social needs of kids. A variety of activities are offered including recreational activities, games, arts and crafts, and conservation activities.
Classes: Recreational youth sports available include track, basketball, tennis, flag football, soccer, and more. Youth programs begin at age 3.
Puretone Music Video School
121 Chalfont Lane, Columbia, SC
7 week summer program with hands-on music video production including singing, acting, dance, creating flyers and props, and video production. Camp is for ages 8 to 17.
Furr Friends Summer Camp at Pawmetto Lifeline
1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC
Animal care camps for kids ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. Kids will learn how to treat pets, how to care for animals, and lots more about the roles animals have.
2023 Summer Camps dates are:
University of South Carolina Youth and Teen Summer Camps
University of South Carolina Youth and Teen Summer Camps offer camps for kids and teens in sports, music, dance, and academics including SAT/ACT prep, soccer, chorus, opera, drums, color guard, engineering and lots more.
Classes: H. Haney Golf Academy offers lessons for juniors (kids 6 to 16), groups, and adults. Lessons are offered during the week and on Satrudays.
Summer Camps: H. Haney Golf Academy offers one-week camps for ages 6-16. Campers learn to improve their golfing skills through assessments, drills, and training.
Pong Gang offers equestrian classes year-round. Classes offered include Western riding, English/Hunter, Equestrian Vaulting, and a Tiny Tots class.
Summer Camp: Pony Gang is a private residential and day camp for girls ages 7-15 years old. The camp is focused on helping girls build self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. Campers will spend lots of time outside. No horse experience is necessary. There are limited spots available so be sure to register quickly. There’s also an overnight option.
Classes: Ballet classes are offered for beginning through advanced students, or age 3 through adult.
Summer Camps: Columbia Ballet School offers two separate Summer Camps: Royal Academy (3-6 year olds) and Superpowers: Simply Marvelous (5-7 year olds). Camp is open to both boys and girls and no dance experience is required.
SC Summer Dance Conservatory at USC
324 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC
Summer Camps: Open to students 11 and older, the SC Summer Dance Conservatory is a 3-week intensive program for serious students. Entrance is by audition.
Classes: Offers gymnastics classes for toddlers and preschoolers as well as school-aged children. In addition to gymnastics, they also offer Ninja classes.
Birthday Parties: 1 1/2 hour long party with instructional gym time, foam pit, trampoline, and lots more. Option to add cake service.
Summer Camps: Carolina Gymnastics has a partial-day Summer Camp for children ages 3-12. Activities include gymnastics, crafts, a foam pit, games, snack, and trampoline. There are also themed dress-up days to make the experience even more fun and memorable for kids.
Open Gym Playtime: Play indoors at the gym on select Fridays.
All Star Gymnastics offers a Gymnastics classes for a range of ages along with Summer Camp. Please call the gym for more information.
Game Changers Summer Camp
Summer camp fun at Game Changers includes full-day programs for campers ages 5 to 14 years old in reading/writing, science, math, history, and faith-based programs.
Sports camps in basketball, soccer and baseball are also available.
Challenger Learning Center has several different camp options for children ages 7-18. Camps include Aviation Academy, Robot Camp, Astronaut Academy, Intro to Drone, Artemis Rocket Intro/Advanced, Intro to Aviation, and more! Camps run various lengths.
Riverbanks Zoo Camp
500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC
Riverbanks Zoo Camps bring kids and nature face-to-face with animal interactions and more through themed and age-appropriate camps. Camps are for K5 through 6th grade. There is also an option for 3 and 4-year-old camps with an adult.
Columbia Sailing Club hosts multiple Sailing Summer Camps for ages 4-17. The variety of classes accounts for all skill levels, and you don’t have to own a boat or be a club member in order to register. The camps are full-day programs (9 am – 5 pm).
Saint Joseph Catholic School offers a summer camp to current Saint Joseph students (rising 5K through 6th grade). Campers will take part in field trips, water play, music, arts and crafts, games, exercise and sports, and imaginative play.
Classes: Classes for kids beginning at 3 years-old through adults.
- Acting and Improv
- Homeschool Performing Arts
Summer Camps: Aletheia Dance Inc. offers a 1-week Summer Camp Intensive for ages 3+. Campers are able to choose from one of 3 intensive tracks, and camp will also include 1-2 enrichment classes.
Camp Chatuga is a traditional overnight summer camp for children ages 6 to 16 years old. Camp lengths vary from 1-4 weeks. Activities include horseback riding, water-skiing, BMX bikes, arts and crafts, archery, animal care, and so much more!
Registration is now open for 2023. This camp will quickly reach capacity. Register now.
YMCA of Columbia Summer Camps
YMCA of Columbia offers youth sports, summer camps, and more. Youth sports include basketball, soccer, volleyball, football, and tennis.
There are sports, games, crafts, swimming and lots more fun to be found at summer camps at the YMCA of Columbia.
- Jeep Rogers Family YMCA, 900 Lake Carolina Drive, Columbia (Includes camps for preschoolers, traditional camp, teen camps and specialty camps)
- Northwest Family YMCA, 1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC (Offers traditional camps)
- Downtown YMCA, 1447 Hampton Street, Columbia (Offers traditional camps)
DIY projects, classes for adults, kids, and families to complete projects together.
Birthday Parties: Parties for ages 6 and up that include all materials, prep, and clean-up. There are a wide variety of crafts t choose from and everyone goes home with the project they have made.
Summer Camp: 4 day summer camps for kids 7 to 14 from 9:30 am to 12 pm. Each week is a different project and crafting focus. Complete projects like tie-dye, string art, pillows, dream catchers, and more.
The Columbia Children’s Theatre Summer Camp is a week-long experience to get your child moving, learning and having fun. Activities will include acting, set design, playwriting, and more. There are a variety of camp offerings for different age groups.
Classes: Empire Gymnastics offers the following classes:
- Parent and Tot Gymnastics
- Pre-school Gymnastics
- Beginner Gymnastics
- Intermediate Gymnastics
- Boys’ Gymnastics
Summer Camps: Empire Gymnastics offers a Summer Camp for rising kindergartners – 8th graders. Activities include crafts, games, field trips, gymnastics, outdoor time, and more.
Full-day and partial-day camps on a variety of topics including arts, sports, STEM, engineering, and academics.
2023 Registrations opens January 19th, 2023.
Winshape at North Trenholm
6515 North Trenhholm Road, Columbia, SC
Full-day camp for K5 through 8th-grade kids with sports, arts, recreation, and bible study. Winshape at North Trenholm is June 20 to 24th, 2022.
Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands
Girls Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands is offering several summer camps for girls. Girls entering 1st-5th grades are invited to the Day Camp at The Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center in Columbia.
The Columbia Museum of Art has a small play area for children. Visiting the rest of the museum does require admission, but they offer several programs for kids and youth.
Summer Camp: The Columbia Museum of Art has a variety of summer camps for ages 4-18. Camps center around encouraging your child to be creative and imaginative. Register early; most camps sold out in 2021.
Shandon Weekday School Summer Discovery
607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC
Shandon Weekday’s Summer Discovery Program has full and part day options, one-week camps or all summer long.
- k5 through 8th grade
- themed min-camp add-ons available like Soccer shots, clay, baking and more
Classes: Legacy Martial Arts offers classes for young children beginning at age 4, all the way through teens and adults.
Birthday Parties: Legacy Martial Arts birthday parties are fun for all kids, whether they have marital arts experience or not. Parties include some basic instruction as well as activities and all set-up and clean-up.
Summer Camp: Legacy Martial Arts offers a Summer Camp for kids with fun and active educational activities of all kinds.
After School Program: Legacy Martial Arts offers an after school program that provides a positive place for kids to spend time after school.
579 St. Andrews Road, Irmo, SC
494-4 Town Center Place, Columbia, SC
2627-B Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC
208 Claude Bundrick Road, Blythewood, SC
Full day and pop-up camps for kids ages 6 to 12 years-old. Kids will learn to be good stewards of nature along with fun stem activities, games, ropes course and more.
Shelley Smith's South Carolina Soccer School
1304 Heyward Street, Columbia, SC
Shelley Smith’s South Carolina Soccer School offers girls both a soccer day camp option, as well as a mini residential camp.
Day Camp: ages 5 through 12, June 12 to 16, 2023 or July 17 to 21, 2023 with half-day and full-day options
Elite Mini Residential Camp: Grades 5 through 9, July 14th to the 16th, 2023.
Classes: Offers classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, acro, lyrical, and more for kids. Classes are for kids starting at just 1 year-old (with an adult) on up through teens.
Summer Camps: Summer dance camps for kids ages 2 to 12. Partial day camps are available at a wide variety of times, including evenings. Styles of dance include ballet, jazz, tumbling, hip-hop, and creative movement.
Carolina Show Company
804 Lady Street, Columbia, SC
Themed weeks of summer camp with partial day and full-day options. Themes include Jungle Jamboree, All Things Enchanted, Shark Shenanigans, and Beach Blast Luau.
Flight Adventure Park’s Summer Camp is designed to keep children active through a variety of activities including dodgeball, AirSlam Basketball, rope ladder course, Warrior Course, and more! There is also a Creation Station with art, puzzles, movies, reading, and games.
Geared for rising 7-9th graders, CREATEng is The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Summer Camp for kids to experience engineering by participating in a field trip at a local company, and participating in a project-based engineering curriculum.
2023 Dates: June 19-22, June 26-29, July 10-13, July 17-20
Classes: The Karate Dojo offers classes for kids and adults beginning at age 3.
Summer Camps: The Karate Dojo offers a Summer Karate Kamp that focuses on martial arts instruction, skill, and training. Campers will leave camp with newfound confidence.
800 Bookman Road, Pontiac, SC
Indoor roller skating and an indoor playland is available for family fun at Skateland. Skate rentals are available. Special events include glow parties, pizza nights, and more.
Summer camp at Skateland Fun Center includes roller skating, use of an indoor/outdoor playground, field trips, crafts, and more!
- For kids ages 5 to 12
- Breakfast, lunch and snacks included
- 6:30 am to 6:30 pm
- Weekly and daily options
Birthday parties at Skateland include pizza, skate rentals, and use of the indoor playland, plus other options depending on the party package.
Classes and Programs: Offers martial arts classes for kids as young as 4, school-age kids, teens, and adults.
- After school program
- Home school class
Summer Camps: Carolina Family Karate hosts a Summer Camp for kids who want to learn or improve their karate skills.
Classes: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers gymnastics classes for all ages of children, from just walking through the 12th grade. Classes are offered during the school year and summer. They also offer Ninja, Cheer, and a parent’s night out program.
Birthday Parties: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers birthday parties that include one hour of time in the gym with balance, foam pits, trampolines, and more, plus 30 minutes in the party area.
Summer Camps: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers summer camps for preschoolers to school-age where campers will train in small groups and practice gymnastic skills. Kids will also participate in arts & crafts, games, and strength training.
Parent’s Night Out: Ages 4 and up on Friday nights from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. Register in advance.
Summer camp at TyJasKey Academic Enrichment and Mentoring Center includes academic enrichment, stem programs, computer programs, sports, and more.
Weekly cooking classes for preschool age through teens. Master Chef advanced classes are available for teens.
Birthday Parties: Flour Power has several birthday options that include treats and cooking instructions. They offer parties for a variety of ages, including one, especially for tweens and teens.
Summer Camps (and school breaks): Cooking camps when school is out for kids. Learn new skills through cooking. 2023 Camps are out. Register by January 31st for free early drop off and pick up! Camps are available for kids ages 5 to 8, and kids ages 9 to 12.
Kids Night Out: Cooking classes and activities for kids on Friday nights, perfect for parents to plan a date night.
Elite Martial Arts
201 Columbia Mall Boulevard, Columbia, SC
Summer Camp: Full-day summer camp for children ages 4 to 12. Camp includes mini karate class, bully awareness, character building and self-confidence, pizza Fridays and more
Classes: Elite Martial Arts offers a Little Ninja program for ages 3 – 6 years old.
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