Adventure Camp

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(Ages 10-12) Adventure Camp provides excellent opportunities to experience the rewards of outdoor life. Campers have their choice of a variety of activities including canoeing, kayaking, biking, and stand up paddleboarding for their weeklong adventure. All programs include involvement in core activities to provide a consistent focus on team building, skills, and environmental awareness. Our accessory programs provide even more opportunities for our campers to learn and have fun by adding variety to every program. In order to maintain a fun and healthy atmosphere for all our campers, emotional and physical safety is our top priority.

Locations


All Adventure Camps will be based at James Island County Park and travel outside of the park may be part of the experience. Campers registered at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park are to be dropped off and picked up from Palmetto Islands; however, they will be transported to and from James Island on a daily basis in order to participate in the activities.

Session Fees

  • $265 for Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. sessions
  • $290 for overnight sessions (meals and camping equipment provided)

Session Dates & Location

Dates James Island County Park Palmetto Islands County Park
June 5-9 Trail Bike & Canoe Rock Climb & SUP
June 5-9 Sea Kayak & Earth Ranger SUP Tour & Fitness
June 12-16 Sea Kayak & High Course Trail Bike & Canoe
June 12-16 SUP Tour & Rock Climb Surf Kayak & Disc Golf
June 19-23 Mountain Bike & Fishing Morning Sailing
June 19-23 SUP Surf & Skateboard Afternoon Sailing
June 26-30 Surf Kayak & Beach Life SUP Surf & Skateboard
June 26-30 Rock Climbing & Canoe Trail Bike & High Course
July 3-7 Surf Kayak & Fitness Canoe & Fishing
July 3-7 Trail Bike & High Course SUP Tour & Earth Ranger
July 10-14 Morning Sailing Whitewater Kayak & Archery
July 10-14 Afternoon Sailing Fishing & Canoe
July 17-21 Canoe & Fishing Mountain Bike & Rock Climb
July 17-21 Archery & SUP SUP Surf & Beach Life
July 24-28 Whitewater Kayak & Disc Golf Sea Kayak & Earth Ranger
July 24-28 SUP Surf & Fitness Archery & Fishing
July 31-August 4 Fishing & Archery Sea Kayak & High Course
July 31-August 4 SUP Tour & Earth Ranger Surf Kayak & Fitness

Core Sessions



Surf Kayak


Campers will be given instruction on paddling skills, rescue techniques, and wet exits in the comfort of the lake at James Island County Park. On Wednesday, campers will receive an introduction to beach safety, wave dynamics and etiquette at the beach. On Thursday, we will use our newly acquired skills to catch some waves at a local break!

Mountain Bike


Campers will learn the necessary skills for the safe handling of a mountain bike while managing the trails around James Island County Park. The adventure will culminate with an overnight trip on Thursday to Harbison State Forest, testing their skills on beginner and more advanced mountain bike trails before returning Friday.

Trail Bike


Young cyclists will be introduced to the proper handling and maintenance of a mountain bike. We will practice safe riding techniques, initially, on the flat trails around James Island County Park. We'll then utilize our new knowledge and skills to conquer the North Trail at Wannamaker County Park including the crown jewel of the trail known as "The Ridge."

Climbing


Are you ready to rock? We’re going to strap on our helmets and harnesses in order to do some rock climbing! Campers will be guided through the basics of knot tying, belaying, and climbing techniques by trained staff. Climbers can utilize the more accessible "portable" wall as a first step in developing comfort and technique before tackling James Island County Park's famous 50-ft. outdoor climbing wall.

Sea Kayak


Kayakers will learn the graceful operation and control of a sea kayak on the sparkling lake at James Island County Park. Trained camp personnel will provide instruction in proper paddling techniques, wet exits, and kayak rescues. After obtaining confidence and comfort in a kayak, training will culminate in a day paddle in one of our beautiful Charleston-area bodies of water.

SUP Surf


Participants will initially learn basic paddle techniques on the lake at James Island County Park. Then we'll head to the beach for an on-water practice session that includes instruction on water safety, etiquette and wave dynamics. On Thursday, participants will put all the pieces together for a surf session at a local break!

Touring SUP


Campers will experience this historic Pacific Island craft on the lake at James Island County Park. They will learn how to paddle properly and be introduced to simple rescue techniques and safety protocols from a qualified instructor. The adventure concludes with a SUP trip through one of Charleston's beautiful marshlands.

Canoe


Campers will learn the art of canoeing by practicing paddling techniques through fun games and instruction. Campers will learn about communication and cooperation in order to navigate their tandem canoes and will also practice rescue techniques. Lastly, a day trip to the beautiful tannin-rich blackwater of the Edisto River will put our skills to the test. 

Sailing


This beginner course provides participants with knowledge of basic skills necessary to get started in the lifelong sport of sailing. The Charleston Community Sailing Program will provide half-day sailing instruction in the morning including, but not limited to, knot tying, seamanship, techniques of sailing, and terminology of sailing, rigging. Most importantly, campers will learn how to have fun and be safe on the Charleston waterways! The other half of the day, we will challenge ourselves with fun adventure activities at the park. Upon the close of the week, participants will be able to navigate a two-person dinghy safely and with confidence.

Whitewater Kayak


In this session, we will learn the skills necessary to master a whitewater kayak on both flat water and on the mighty Saluda River. We will first work on developing our kayaking skills on the lake at James Island County Park before traveling to the Saluda and paddling a section of the Class I and II river on Wednesday. We’ll camp out at Harbison State Forest on Wednesday night and run the river on Thursday before coming back to Charleston.


Rock Climb


Are you ready to rock? We're going to strap on our helmets and harnesses in order to do some rock climbing! Campers will be guided through the basics of knot tying, belaying, and climbing techniques. We’ll utilize the more accessible 'portable' wall as a first step in developing comfort and technique before tackling James Island County Park's famous 50-ft. outdoor climbing wall, zipline and a rappelling experience.



Archery


Bring out your inner Robin Hood! Campers will learn about the age-old tradition of competition archery. Through active participation, archers will learn terminology, technique, and additional characteristics and practices necessary for successful target shooting culminating with a visit to the Johns Island County Park Archery Range.

High Course


Campers will also have the opportunity to be 25-35 feet in the air working together to solve challenging problems on the High Course. Educational development and social interaction are both parts of the thrill!

Fishing


Let’s get hooked on fishing! Campers will learn many basics about this ancient activity including its purposes, biological processes, and conservation. Fledgling anglers will learn various techniques, skills and styles as they experience both freshwater and saltwater action. All fishing equipment is provided. 


Accessory Programs


In addition to the core sessions, campers are able to have an enhanced experience through paired programs based on their interests. Accessory programs provide a new and exciting way to individualize each camper’s experience. Check out the schedule and find a combo that suits you!



 Touring SUP

 
Campers will also get to know the historic Pacific Island craft known as standup paddleboard. They will learn how to paddle properly and be introduced to simple rescue techniques and safety protocols from a qualified instructor.

Canoe


Campers will learn the art of canoeing by practicing paddling techniques through fun games and instruction. Campers will learn about communication and cooperation in order to navigate their tandem canoes and will also practice rescue techniques.

Rock Climb


We're also going to put on some harnesses in order to do some rock climbing! Campers will be guided through the basics of knot tying, belaying, and climbing techniques. Climbers will utilize the auto-belay wall as a first step in developing comfort and technique before tackling James Island County Park's famous 50-ft. outdoor climbing wall.

Archery


Campers will also learn about the age-old tradition of competition archery. We'll develop the skills to shoot like Robin Hood. Through active participation, archers will learn terminology, technique, and additional characteristics and practices necessary for successful target shooting.

Fishing


Campers will also learn many basics about fishing including the purposes behind the activity, biological processes, and conservation. Fledgling anglers will be taken to a local county fishing pier to get a taste of the saltwater action. All fishing equipment is provided.

Earth Rangers


Spending so much time outdoors, it only makes sense that we learn about the environment in which we are having fun, as well. As Earth Rangers, we'll dig deeper into the flora and fauna of Charleston to gain a better understanding of the natural world around us.

Disc Golf


We will also have some fun “rattling the chains” as we learn to play disc golf. Campers will learn about equipment basics, throwing techniques, and how to work as a team while experiencing James Island County Park's 18-hole course.

Fitness


We will also combine our outdoor adventure based activities with other forms of fitness and training techniques to help develop healthy lifestyles.

Beach Life


Campers will gain knowledge and skills based on the unique nature of coastal living which includes weather, currents and general beach safety. From the animals and plants that call the coast home to a look inside lifeguarding, we’ll explore the nuances of life at the edge of America.

Skateboard


Campers will also learn some skateboard basics at SK8 Charleston. We’ll explore equipment, safety, basic technique and keeping it radical. It’s a form of transportation, fun, and competition. From the sidewalk to the X Games, get ready to skate!
There is a 6:1 camper-to-staff ratio with 12 campers per session.

Park fees, operating schedules, and hours are subject to change without notice.