2024 Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps Around Charleston

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With summer break just on the horizon, many parents are thinking about how to fill those slow, summer days with fun, engaging 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 insight into the best camps for your children so you can focus on having a fun, and stress-free summer!

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*This is a sponsored guide, presented by our valued local partners. While we love sharing these resources with our readers, we have not personally vetted each individual business represented here and encourage our readers to do their own research to find the best fit for their family.

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Are you looking for a fun, engaging theatre camp for your child this summer? Charleston Stage’s summer theatre camps, led by actor educators from South Carolina’s largest professional theatre company, take students on an exciting journey through musical theatre classes, acting classes, improv and more! Not only will your child explore performance and their own creative thinking skills, but Charleston Stage’s acting classes also help students to develop confidence in sharing their ideas and the ability to listen as others share theirs. Each class ends with a performance for families on Friday in The Pearl Theatre at the West Ashley Theatre Center.

Summer theatre camps are designed for students in Grades K – 8 (rising students in the 2024-2025 school year) and occur in week-long sessions June 17 – 21, June 24 – 28, July 8 – 12, July 15 – 19, July 29 – August 2, and August 5 – 9 at the West Ashley Theatre Center. Select from “Eras Tour Camps,” “Barbie Dream Camps,” “Whimsical World of Wonka Musical Theatre Camps” and more!

Visit CharlestonStage.com/summercamps for more details and to register your child online today!

Dates: June 17 – 21, June 24 – 28, July 8 – 12, July 15 – 19, July 29 – August 2, and August 5 – 9

Ages: Rising K5 – 8
Price: $260/week

1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Suite 11
Charleston, SC 29407

Nature Trailers

Surround yourself with nature at The Charleston Museum’s Dill Sanctuary, a 580-acre wildlife sanctuary located on James Island along the Stono River. Campers get down and dirty exploring a marsh ecosystem and tracking animals along the trail while learning about archaeology, life in a marsh, indigenous Americans, and animals.

Nature Trailer Summer Camps are for ages 5 through 10 and include crafts, activities, and admission to the Dill Sanctuary from 9 am through 12 pm. For more information, call 843.722.2996 ext. 236.

Dates: June 3 – 7, June 10 – 14, June 17 – 21, June 24 -28
Ages: 5 -10
Price: $170 for Charleston Museum Members and $220 for non-members

843-722-2996 ext. 236

1163 Riverland Drive
Charleston, SC 29412

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Join Young Chefs Academy Culinary Camp and uncover the recipe for culinary success this summer! Indulge in our fully immersive multi-day, culinary experience, tailored for young food enthusiasts, eager to take their culinary aspirations to new heights. Young Chefs will not only sharpen their skills through hands-on instruction, but also thrilling and dynamic challenges, inspired by the hottest trends in the culinary world.

Dates: June 3 – August 5
Ages: 7 – 15
Price: $320/child weekly, $310 sibling rate

729 Long Point Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Charleston Adventure Forest Summer Camps

Looking for an unforgettable summer experience for your kids? Join us at Charleston Adventure Forest’s thrilling and educational kids camps featuring ZIP LINING, ROCK CLIMBING AND ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS June 11th – August 9th and give your children the opportunity to explore nature, build friendships, and create lasting memories.  Our team of experienced counselors ensures a supervised and supportive environment where children can discover their strengths, overcome challenges, and develop essential life skills.

Charleston Adventure Forest offers:
  • Two kids zipline courses for ages 5-12 (must be between 40 and 180 lbs)
  • Charleston’s tallest rock wall standing at 65 feet and for all ages (up to 300 lbs)
  • Animal Encounters that include mini-horses, mini-goats, mini-pigs, reptiles and even alpacas!
Book an adventure, book a memory!

Dates: June 11 – August 9
Ages: 5 – 12
Price: $150 for 2 day camp

1152 Guerins Bridge Road
Awendaw, SC 29429

Houzn Jiu Jitzu

More than self-defense, Jiu Jitsu is engaging, fun, and a great tool to help your child develop LIFE SKILLS like grit, resilience, and most importantly self-confidence. Our Jiu Jitsu Camps are for kids of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. They’re perfect for any child who wants to have fun, explore their creativity, and learn this amazing martial art that’s been taught to kids of all ages around the globe. Each week we’ll work on different Jiu Jitsu and grappling techniques, and give them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned during live sparring in a safe environment.

Dates: June 10 – 14, June 17 – 21, July 1 – 5 (No Camp on July 4th), July 8 – 12 / Half-day & Full-day camps
Ages: 6 – 13
Price: $209 – $409, depending on camp & registration date

498 Wando Park Blvd., Suite 100
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Summer Camp PACK

Pack Athletics Kids Fun Camps are filled with exciting and age-appropriate activities throughout the summer! Each day, children can enjoy tumbling and ninja courses, games, in-house camp excursions, field trips, crafts, inflatables, and so much more!

Our kids camps are available all summer long, starting from June 3rd until August 9th. We offer both daily and weekly rates at our Mount Pleasant and West Ashley locations. Our Full-Day camp runs from 8:00am-5:00pm and costs $375.00 per week or $125.00 per day. Alternatively, our Half-Day camp runs from 8:00am-12:00pm and costs $275.00 per week or $75.00 per day. Don’t miss out on the FUN! Ages starting 3 and up!

Dates: June 3 – August 9
Ages: 3 – 15
Price: $75 – $375, depending on camp

West Ashley:
1012 St. Andrews Blvd, Unit E & F
Charleston, SC 29407

Mount Pleasant:
1172 SC-41 Suite 101/102
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

Camp Shalom Gold

Camp Shalom Charleston is open for enrollment, June 3rd- July 26th Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:00pm. Get ready to explore your imagination and creativity by joining us on a journey through a variety of academic, artistic, and athletic camps. Camp Shalom is a community-wide Jewish day camp designed for every camper. Our all-inclusive program welcomes children ages 18 months to 4th grade and is open to the surrounding Charleston area. With eight themed weeks of fun, your child will not want to miss a single one! Enrollment is limited and filling up fast!

For registration and details about the Camp Shalom program, please visit www.campshalomcharleston.com.

Dates: June 3 – July 26
Ages: 18 months – 4th grade
Price: $375/week

1675 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd.
Charleston, SC 20407
Crush Yard

Crush Yard’s Summer Camp is full of pickleball, games, and activities! Keep your kids active, safe from the heat, and having fun all summer long! Seven weekly camps are available, beginning June 17, with options for full-day or half-day sessions. Our facility features 8 indoor, climate-controlled courts, ensuring a comfortable environment rain or shine. The camp is open to boys and girls aged 6-16, offering pickleball instruction, game play, and tournaments to improve their skills. Campers can enjoy a variety of other activities, including cornhole, ping pong, relay races, arcade games, and more! Plus, lunch can be included in some sessions for added convenience.

Dates: June 17 – August 9 / full-day & half-day camps
Ages: 6 – 16
Price: starts at $250/week

3365 S Morgan’s Point Rd.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
Charleston moms Summer Camp

It’s camp time! From basketball to theater, art to soccer, environmental education to tennis, the City of Charleston Recreation Department has a camp for everyone. From early June to mid-August, we offer a variety of camps for ages 3 to 15, with leadership training opportunities for ages 13 to 16 at day camps. Registration begins March 16th. For even more fun, join our team this summer in a seasonal, part-time or full-time position!

Dates: June 3 – August 9
Ages: 3 – 15
Price: $60 – $425, depending on camp

823 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Bach to Rock

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Bach to Rock (B2R) music camps are designed for students of all levels, from beginners to seasoned performers. Our camp programs are taught by real musicians using our unique B2R method, which will have students playing full songs in no time! In addition, we offer music appreciation camps for young learners (4-6yrs) that will have them singing and dancing all summer long!

Dates: June 17 – August 12
Ages: 4 – 12
Price: $260 half-day week / $420 full day week

624 Long Point Rd, Unit D
Mount PleasantSC 29464

Kids Garden

Kids Garden’s eco-friendly, creative arts learning center offers a range of weekly themed and specialized camps. Options include morning half-day sessions, afternoon art camps, and outdoor nature camps, allowing parents to choose the best fit for their child’s interests and schedule. Each week will include a combination of direct instruction and individual artistic expression, created to foster and harness children’s natural creativity and encourage their innate imagination. We teach artistic skills and scientific thinking, so children will develop the ability to express, explore, and create all on their own. For more information or to register today, visit us online!

Dates: June 10 – August 9
Ages: 3 – 12
Price: varies by camp

Mount Pleasant: 843-606-2716
South Windermere: 843-637-4602

Mount Pleasant: 320 West Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

South Windermere: 61 Windermere Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407

Salt Marsh Explorations

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Join longtime waterman, commercial fisherman, and USCG licensed Captain Jeff Spahr for Seamanship and Salt Marsh Exploration Camp with Charleston Salt Marsh Adventures! Your child will learn boater safety, navigation, knot tying, how to throw a cast net, fishing skills, see and learn about a variety of coastal marine species, and much more.

Drop off and pick up is at the Robert E. Ashley Boat Landing (405 Pinckney St. McClellanville, SC 29458). Sessions are available for ages 8-12. Sessions run Monday-Thursday, 8:30-12:30. $600 per child per session. Please call 843-568-5781 or email CharlestonSaltmarshAdven[email protected] for more information or to register.

Dates: select weeks June 3 – August 8
Ages: 8 – 12
Price: $600/child per session

Robert E. Ashley Boat Landing
405 Pinckney Street
McClellanville, SC 29458

Cheer Works

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Sign up for cheerleading camp with Cheer Works today! Our camps are open to rising kindergarten – 5th graders and the kids are put into small groups with their peers. We offer instruction in motions, jumps, cheers, dances, stunting and tumbling. Camp includes daily crafts and snacks as well as a camp t-shirt and goodie bag!

Dates: June 17-20, June 24-27, July 8-11
Ages: rising K – 5th graders
Price: $270/child per camp

1513 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

547 Long Point Rd Suite #111, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

165 Fairbanks Oak Alley, Charleston, SC 29492

Camp Woodmont

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Located in NW Georgia, Camp Woodmont is a traditional, non-denominational, overnight camp for boys & girls ages 6 – 15. It features horseback riding, high-ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery & much more! Children’s personalities grow through our fun programs! Our limited enrollment, caring counselors, and convenient camp lay-out makes campers feel secure, welcome, and reassured. Accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).

Dates: May 26 – July 26
Ages: 6 – 15
Price: $1,300 for 1 week; $1,950 for 2 weeks

College of Charleston Studio Art

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The College of Charleston has a two-week summer program for high school students interested in studio art, including college-level classes. The program runs from July 22 to August 2, 2024, and costs $650 per student.

Dates: July 22 – August 2
Ages: 9th – 12th grade students
Price: $650

Heart Beatz Dance Academy

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Heart Beatz Dance Academy hosts week-long Summer Camps that run from June 12th-August 16th / Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm. Heart Beatz camps are designed for ages 2.5-10 years old and offer a dynamic blend of dance styles, engaging activities and a supportive environment where children can express themselves freely. Heart Beatz Dance Academy has a location on James Island and Johns Island. Sibling discounts. Payment plans available.

Dates: June 12 – August 16
Ages: 2.5 – 10
Price: $249

Charleston Aqua Park

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Dive into a summer of excitement and discovery at Charleston Aqua Park Summer Camp, where children can enjoy a unique blend of outdoor adventures and educational enrichment. Our week-long summer camp and individual camp days offer a perfect escape from the summer heat, packed with activities that promise both fun and learning. Activities include jumping on the aqua park, climbing on our on-water ropes course, paddle boarding and wakeboarding or boogie boarding on our wakeboard cable zipline.

Dates: June 17 – August 9
Ages: 6 – 14
Price: $399 for week-long camps; $100 for day camps

Famous Adventures

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Join the adventure this summer! Famous Adventures is a weekly outdoor adventure day camp, rooted in responsibility, curiosity, and kindness. Exploring new parts of the Lowcountry each day, daily adventures include surfing, kayaking, dolphin boat tours, water parks, and more. Founded in 2016, we offer camps for a variety of age ranges and in three convenient pickup and drop-off locations around Charleston, M-F 8:30-3:00.

Dates: June 3 – August 9
Ages: rising grades 1 – 8
Price: $435 – $450

Musical Theatre Center

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Let your performer shine in the world of musical theatre this summer! Musical Theatre Center offers a variety of summer camps with creative musical themes such as Descendents, Greatest Showman, Matilda, Taylor Swift, and more! Perfect for dancers, actors, and singers! Students study and learn 2-3 songs to perform on Thursdays for parents and guests. Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Dates: June 17 – August 8
Ages: 5 – 7, 8 – 10, 11 – 13
Price: Starting at $240/week

Once Upon a Ballet

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Our creative ballet camp includes magical themed stories each day to explore the movement and artistry of ballet in a nurturing environment. Each unique theme includes a princess tea party snack, precious keepsake crafts, and a special performance on Thursdays for parents and guests. Popular themes include Little Mermaid, Frozen, Cinderella, and more! Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Dates: June 17 – August 8
Ages: 2 – 3 and 4 – 5
Price: Starting at $195/week

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