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!
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SummerStage EXPRESS: In SummerStage Express June Camps, students will work with Charleston Stage’s Education staff and Resident Acting Company for one week (Monday – Friday), with a focus on voice, body, imagination, character creation techniques (physical and vocal), ensemble building, theatre games/warm ups, and rehearsal/performance processes, culminating in an informal class sharing on the final day of class! Weekly EXPRESS camps run during the weeks of June 8 – 12, June 15 – 19 and June 22 – 26. Tuition is $250.
SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp: Each Summer, Charleston Stage’s Education Staff and Resident Acting Company hold SummerStage, a three-week acting camp that culminates in a full-scale musical production at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Show titles and descriptions will be added before February 24. SummerStage runs July 6 – 25. Tuition is $675.
SummerStage and SummerStage EXPRESS June Camp registration opens online February 24. All summer camps take place at the West Ashley Theatre Center located at Ashley Landing (1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Suite 11, Charleston, SC 29407)
Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Led by Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, and Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, Charleston Stage’s TheatreSchool classes are taught by six full-time professional actors who make up Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. These professional actors/educators introduce young people to the exciting world of the theatre. Students explore the craft of acting and learn the discipline of performing, as they develop their own unique creative voices. The goal of Charleston Stage’s acting classes is to provide young people with performance and creative thinking skills that will serve them in whatever profession they one day choose. Students develop poise, movement, speaking, and acting skills as they explore improvisation, theatre games, character development and the many skills of professional actors.
Dates: June 8 – July 25
Ages: 3 – 18
Price: $250 – $675
Class descriptions, times, and dates are listed online at www.charlestonstage.com/
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 one and two week-long fully interactive performance arts camps that will engage and immerse campers in imagination and creation. 100% screen free!
Each one week camp will offer the opportunity for students 3+ 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!
Dates: Camps begin the week of June 8
Price: $350 – $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
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!Dates: June 1- September 4thAges: 18mo-5 yearsPrice: $100-$150
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