Explore, Learn and Play at USC Upstate This Summer: Dozens of Summer Camps Offered for PreK-12 Students

May 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

After most of the college students go home for the summer, the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate roars back to life with the sounds of children enjoying summer camps. A variety of camps are held on campus throughout the summer, with a lengthy list of options for pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school students.

Is your child a budding scientist, or are they adept with computers, enjoy programming robots? There are several options for mathematical and engineering minds to explore, in the Summer Math and Science Camp, and Making IT Happen Camp.

Or perhaps they aren’t happy unless they’re charging across the soccer field, swimming in the pool, or learning sports skills. USC Upstate’s athletics and fitness camps will help children get in shape, maintain their shape, and hone their skills specific to a particular sport. Tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, fastpitch softball, volleyball, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes camps are all being offered. If your child wants to have fun learning games and swimming, Sparty’s Kids Camps offers “Games, Games, Games,” “Waterpalooza,” “Amazing Race” and “Imagine If…” camps.

Other children may enjoy being introduced to animals in their habitats, or learning navigation and survival skills. The Watershed Discovery Center at USC Upstate is hosting three camps that help children explore nature and their environment. Crafts, games, experiments and challenges are all part of fun-packed days. And, there’s a cool T-shirt for campers!

Maybe your camper has a flair for drama and would enjoy being part of the “Anne of Green Gables” or “Amy’s Attic” productions. The Summer Youth Drama Camp includes theatre games, warm ups, improvisation, scene work, individual monologue work, mask making, theatrical makeup, lighting and scene painting, and the performance of two plays.

Being offered for the first time this year is a camp called MELS, or Manners Etiquette and Life Skills. Elementary age children will learn how to introduce themselves and others, how to start a conversation, handshaking, eye contact, thank you notes, table manners, telephone, email and online etiquette, poise and posture, making a good first impression, leadership, and other people skills.

Pre-schoolers also have options this summer! The Burroughs Child Development Center will offer a summer enrichment program with activities in the areas of science, creative drama, art, mathematics, and language arts. Children will experience dinosaurs roaming the earth, the habitat of lions on safari, cowboys, fairy tales, growing our own garden, field trips and much, much more!

Camps can fill quickly, so visit the summer camp web site, www.uscupstate.edu/summercamps for all the details, brochures, registration forms and more.