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CCSD Summer Programs for Youth 05/16/2014

CCSD's 2014 Summer Programs

CCSD's Community Education Summer CampsCharleston County School District offers dozens of summer camp opportunities for children throughout the county. 

One advantage of the camps is that they offer endless opportunities for children to develop social and personal development skills. Relationships that are created among staff, children, and families carry over throughout the year and help support the emotional, social, and developmental growth of the students.

Engaging Creative Minds Summer STEAM Institute

ECM STEAM logoThe Summer STEAM Institute is designed for creative and energetic students in grades 3-8 who want to spend their summer engaged in unique learning experiences that foster creativity to solve real world challenges alongside local artists, cultural organizations, and professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. No two weeks are the same!

Weekly, June 16 – July 25 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily School of the Arts Free breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

For weekly curriculum descriptions, pricing, and registration, please visit the ECM website.


Details and Unique Benefits

  • Open to all interested boys and girls in grades 3rd – 8th. No experience in art or science required.
  • Space is limited to 100 participants each week for more 1:1 time with artists and teachers.
  • Held Monday – Friday with the exception of June 30 – July 3 (no camp July 4th). Weekly attendance only.
  • Children are grouped according to age. Parent requests may be submitted if you are registering with friends.
  • Each group will be led by one recently certified College of Charleston teacher and two local high school volunteers.
  • Each group will have no more than 5 – 8 STEAM students.
  • Groups will work with up to 4 different artists each week from a variety of different artistic mediums such as dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
  • Groups will work with up to 2 different STEM professionals from the community such as architects, engineers, accountants, and computer programmers.
  • All staff are First Aid/CPR certified and have passed SLED criminal background checks.
  • Participants will receive a different camp t-shirt to commemorate each week! STEAM students will enjoy working outside, as well as in air-conditioned rooms inside the school.
  • Two weeks prior to your week of STEAM you will receive an information packet via email providing all the information you need regarding drop off, pick up, security, allergies, car tags, grouping, etc.

If you have any questions, please contact ECM at (843) 789-0450 or via email at

Lowcountry Tech Academy Fun and Free Summer Camps

Lowcountry Tech Academy offers a variety of innovative camps for rising 9th -12th graders. Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided for all camps. For registration, call LTA at (843) 724-0131 or register online.

Computer Service Tech/Networking Work with computer hardware and computer networks. Students build computers and create items such as an Ethernet cord and develop Local Area Networks.

Innovative Graphics Students work with Apple technology and Adobe software to create unique graphic designs and products.

Young Ladies’ IT and Business Camp This week is just for the ladies! Join other girls to explore IT fields, create tech projects and see the potential for women in IT.

Yo Code This camp is designed for students to learn about simple concepts of programming and coding. Coding is one of the coolest areas in IT and we have the fun for you through a variety of computer activities and games.

Palmetto Cyber Security Summer Camp Join us for the second annual Palmetto Cyber Security Summer Camp. The week is packed with expert instructors, guest speakers, computer related activities in forensics, information assurance, etc. (Note: no breakfast at this camp!)

SOA Summer Vocal Camp

The School of the Arts Vocal Department will host its 2nd Annual Kids' Summer Vocal Camp, July 14th-18th. Students will learn basic singing skills, dance and movement, and enjoy snacks, a pre-show dinner, and making their own costume.

Rising 1st-5th grade students will participate in a Disney Vocal Camp from 9 a.m. - noon each day, and rising 6th-8th students will be attend a Glee-style pop radio show choir camp from 2 p.m. -5 p.m. each day. A joint performance by both groups will conclude the camp Friday, July 18th at 7pm.

Registration is $200. Register online at

Community Education and Kaleidoscope Summer Programs

CCSD's Community Education Summer CampsCCSD's Community Education Kaleidoscope is offering dozens of camp programs again this year. Learn more about the camps and register by visiting the Community Education camps page or by calling (843) 937-7910.

While the camps offer countless recreational opportunities, each also incorporates activities which correspond to the core curriculum and state standards and which build academic and life skills. Due to the program design and CCSD’s partnerships with a variety of community agencies, participants emerge from the camps with increased knowledge and excitement for the upcoming school year.

Academic Standards-Based Curriculum

CCSD's Community Education Summer CampsCCSD's Community Education Kaleidoscope camps promote the district's ongoing literacy efforts in several different ways. Many of the programs include field trips to the local libraries. West Ashley’s and Baptist Hill’s programs include regularly-scheduled visits from the Charleston County Public Library’s Bookmobile.

CCSD's Community Education Summer CampsIn addition, each CCSD camp has a reading center, and time is blocked off during the day for reading opportunities. The campers participate in programs such as Accelerated Reader and other summer reading programs offered through the public library and bookstores. The camps also offer clubs for reading aloud, creative writing, drama, and newsletter creation which require that participants apply and refine their literacy skills.

Focus on Life Skills, Water Safety & Nutrition

CCSD's Community Education Summer CampsNumerous CCSD camps incorporate water-related activities designed to teach participants about the importance of water safety. For example, several programs include field trips to local water parks; or take advantage of their proximity to local recreation departments to offer swimming lessons. These various opportunities reflect CCSD’s support of Swim Safe Lowcountry, the Lowcountry Chapter of the American Red Cross, and other agencies.

Camps Offered by Community Partners

Camp Good TimesCamp Hope is made possible by the collaboration of a variety of agencies including the YMCA, the Charleston Police Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families among others. The experience is free to participants and provides exposure to positive role models, recreational activities, and diverse experiences to youth on the Charleston Peninsula. Camp Hope is offered for children in downtown areas. Contact Sharon Robinson at (843) 720-2401 for details.

Camp Good Times, a non-profit charity, is a three week camp for children ages 3-18 with autism. The camp has been held in a CCSD school location since 1972 and has approximately 125 participants. This year, Camp Good Times is located at Ladson Elementary. It provides campers with the opportunity to maintain the skills they acquired at school over the summer and helps alleviate the need for the district to provide extended school year services.

Charleston Youth Leadership Camps

Each summer, the City of Charleston sponsors leadership camps for students. The camps are free, and provide youth with the opportunity to gain leadership skills and learn how they can be agents of change in the Charleston community.

A High School Leadership Camp will be held during the weeks of June 16 and June 23. The camp is open to rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students attending schools in the Charleston area. A Middle School Camp will be held during the weeks of July 14 and July 21. This camp is open to rising 7th and 8th grade students.

Please contact Katie Tumbleston at (843) 965-4190 with questions, or for additional information.

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