With summer break just on the horizon, many parents are thinking about how to fill those slow, summer days with fun activities for the kiddos. While summer is a fun time for ice cream, beach days, and playground fun, it can also be a time when parents struggle to fill that time with entertainment, as well as childcare. Fortunately, Charleston is chock full of awesome summer camps for children of all ages. We hope this guide provides you with help and insight into the best camps for your children so you can focus on having a fun, and stress-free, summer!
*Please note: we are doing our best to keep this guide updated with current camp information as it pertains to COVID-19. If we are aware of any changes to the camps listed below, we will make a note of it, however, we strongly encourage you to check with the business as things are constantly changing. If you see incorrect information, please email us at [email protected] and let us know!
A special thanks goes out to all of the sponsors who helped make this guide possible. If you would like your camp included in this guide, let’s chat!
Charleston Stage is pleased to announce their Summer of Dance program is now offered as a virtual eight (8) week dance intensive. Summer of Dance offers up to four classes each week in different styles to help develop skills, improve dance vocabulary, physical stamina, and encourages FUN while students learn.
This class is meant to encourage expression through dance while pushing students’ boundaries in mastering physical control and advancing abilities.
All classes are taught online via Zoom (dance in the privacy of your own home!)
Styles offered include: Stretching and Conditioning, Musical Theatre Dance, Jazz, and Tap
Dates: June 1 – June 23 / July 6th – July 28th
Ages: 6th grade – Adult
Price: $60 monthly pass / $110 summer pass
For more details on the virtual Summer of Dance Camp, click here.
Throughout the month of July, Charleston Stage is offering live Theatre Camps taught online by Charleston Stage’s Education staff. Students can now learn the magic of theatre in the comforts of their homes all while streaming live from their West Ashley Theatre Center. And the best part, you don’t have to be a Charleston local to register! Families can streamCharleston Stage’s TheatreSchool camps from anywhere! Classes meet twice a week for each one-week camp.
Ages: K – 12 Grades
Price: $25 per one-week camp
Join us for the BEST Summer Adventures of 2020!
Find a Summer Adventure that Your Child will Love and Never Forget!
Camp Themes for 2020 include: Harry Potter Magic, Jurassic World, Cooking and Slime, Rocketry, and STEAM Power!
Immerse your child in fascinating new worlds. Each day brings a new experience!
Launch a Rocket, Erupt a Volcano, Create Magic Potions, Make Delicious Recipes and Slime, and so much more!!
All camps are taught by certified teachers.
Spreading our Wings with New Locations this Year: Island Club on Sullivan’s Island, Park West Recreation, Darby Building (Old Village)
Dates: Camps begin the week of June 8
Ages: K – 6
Price: $170 – $210
FAME performing arts camps train students in singing, acting, dancing, and rehearsal/performance skills, all while having fun and making new friends!
Summer at FAME is packed full with opportunities for campers to be immersed in imagination and creativity.
This summer, campers can choose from the Summer Intensive (for students 8+) or Introduction to the Arts (students 4+). Each camp will offer the opportunity for students to participate in performance-driven activities that will build non-judgmental creative confidence, teamwork, as well as improve self-confidence and problem solving skills. We are in our 9th year of our well known 2 week page- to-stage full productions. These high energy shows are appropriate for students 8+, beginners are welcome!
FAME Performing Arts is taking special precautions to help ensure the health and safety of all campers. Please see their safety guidelines for more information.
Dates: Camps begin July 6
Price: $300 – $950
Our Summer camps are full of fun, movement, games, and character development. Each session is a little different but all are FUN!
Activities include dodgeball, Nerf Battles, Laser Tag, Water Park Day, Theme Days, Games, Wii, Crafts, Taekwondo, and MORE!!
We have professional instructors each day to ensure that your children, ages 3 – 12, are cared for in a fun and safe environment. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch from home to eat every day. Camps run from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have an extended option till 6 p.m. for $25/week.
Dates: June 8 – August 17
Ages: 3 – 12
Price: $210 – $250 per week/ Early Bird sign up pricing applies! / $20 sibling discount
Located in Mountain Rest, SC, Camp Chatuga is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls. Owned and operated by the same family since 1956, Chatuga fosters lifelong memories and friendships in a wholesome, family-oriented community.
Session options range from three days to four weeks. Campers choose from over 30 incredible activities including horseback riding, water-skiing, BMX bikes, arts/crafts, outdoor living skills, archery, animal care and sports. Depending on the camper’s number of years at Chatuga and session choice, exciting day trips are offered which include rafting Section 3 of the Chattooga River, taking a canopy zipline tour, visiting a water park or showing one’s speed and skills at an all-camp rollerskating party. 4:1 camper-counselor ratio for safety and personal attention.
Under the guidance of mature and caring staff, each camper thrives in our technology free, rustic environment; a perfect atmosphere for fun and personal growth through relationships and nature. Come to Chatuga to make new friends, gain independence and self confidence, make lifelong memories and experience your best summer ever!
Dates: June 14 – July 25
Ages: 6 – 16
Price: $945 – $3930
Spark your child’s inner creativity and imagination with Art Buzz Kids Camps! Keep the kiddos busy this summer with days full of fun art activities related to that week’s theme. We offer half and full day camps for ages 4 – 12, as well as teen options. Drop-in options are available for 1 day and mini camps through multiple week options.
2020 Camp Themes: Design Your Dreamhouse or Dollhouse, The Art of Science, Wizarding Academy, Night At the Museum, Out of this World, Love Where You Live, Under the Sea, Super Duper You, Out of this World, Down On The Farm, Happily Ever After and Celebrate Our World
Let your camper create memories and masterpieces while we inspire them to have fun, get creative, and feel proud of their work! Camps available in our West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant and Summerville studios.
Dates: June 3 – August 17
Ages: 4 – 12
Price: $45/day and weekly rates are $185 – $225
Looking for your child to unplug and enjoy the outdoors this summer? Enrollment is now open for summer camps at Wild Blue Ropes! Designed to challenge, entertain, and inspire, WBR’s award-winning summer camp programs focus on developing physical, social, and decision-making skills while promoting self-confidence, fitness, and plenty of FUN. Wild Blue Ropes is committed to providing a positive and supportive summer camp experience for both your child and you.
New for 2020: Wild Blue Ropes Explorers for ages 4-8. Easy to navigate, balance, and climb, children 4 and up are able to make their way through the 15-foot high 7 element Explorers
Gateway. Young climbers also spend time on WBR’s ground elements engaging in cooperative games, outdoor playtime, and hands on activities. We also offer unstructured play allowing campers to explore, make-believe, and discover within the grounds of the Wild Blue Adventure Park.
Wild Blue Warriors Camp 2020: Campers ages 8-14 will have opportunities to feel challenged, set personal goals, and learn to work for success. WBR Warriors are supervised by our well-trained staff who participate through demonstration, instruction, and support. This camp is a great choice for kids with some climbing experience who are looking to build on their existing skill sets.
Dates: June 15 – August 7
Ages: 4 – 14
Price: $249 per camper/siblings receive 10% discount
We have 8 weeks of Summer Sky Camp planned and each day will be filled with action-packed activities! Leave your iPad at home! There will be games, GLOW, Sky Wars, weekly field trips, arts and crafts, STEM projects and lots of jump time. Snacks & lunch included. Sky Zone Charleston offers the flexibility of full, half, and single day sign-up options.
Dates: June 15 – August 14
Ages: 5 – 12
Price: $50 – $365 (half and full-day options available)
Bach to Rock Music Camp is THE place for your child to grow as a musician this summer! Leave the video games behind. This can be the year your child explores their musical side and expands their talent. We have something for all ages! Taught by real musicians, our program is designed for students of all levels. From beginners to seasoned musicians, campers using our unique B2R method will be performing full songs in no time!
Rock Band (Ages 7+) – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keys, Vocals
Glee Club (Ages 7+) – Vocals
Rock City World Tour (Preschool – 1st Grade)
Recording Arts: Pro Tools & Production (Ages 10+)
Splash into summer with Skip and Sully toddler and preschool camps! Every day your little ones will be treated to playtime in our Montessori style indoor playground, a craft project and activities all centered around the theme of the week!
Early bird pricing gives $20 off each session – so make sure to book quickly at our registration party on March 25th from 4-8pm!
Looking for more Summer Camp options? Here is a more comprehensive list:
Art Vark Palette
Bach to Rock
Ballet Academy of Charleston
Black Tie Music Academy
Bottles n Brushes
Bricks for Kidz
Charleston Animal Society Camp
Charleston Billingual Academy
Charleston Collegiate School
Charleston County Parks & Rec
Charleston Soccer Academy
Charleston Zip Line Adventures
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
City of North Charleston Art Infused Summer Camps
College of Charleston Basketball Camp
Dance Conservatory of Charleston
Dance Moves of Charleston
FBS Summer Sensation Camp
Fear No Easel
Five Eighth Seams
Girl Scouts of Eastern SC
Impact Arts Academy
Japan Karate Arts
Legare Farms Farm Camp
Lowcountry Language Academy
Mt. Pleasant Rec Center-Darby Building
Mt. Pleasant Rec Center-Jones Center
Mt. Pleasant Rec Center-Park West
No 1 Soccer Camps
Palmetto Kids Cooking
Peace Love Hip Hop
Rock Solid Gymnastics
SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics
Sew Much Better
Songs for Seeds
Stitch n Sew
Summer Programs at Ashley Hall
Summerville Family YMCA
The Art Place Studio
The Little Gym/Mt. Pleasant
The Little Gym/Summerville
The Little Gym/West Ashley
Wild Blue Ropes
YMCA (The Ponds)
YMCA of Charleston