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10 Great Summer Camps around Lake Wylie, South Carolina

By April 21, 2017 No Comments

 

With barely a month left before the last day of school, it is almost past time to make plans for summer camp! Lake Wylie, South Carolina has a variety of fantastic camp options, many of which draw campers from all over the country. We talked to some local parents and highlighted 10 Great Summer Camps you and your kids will love!

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Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center 
922 W Mt Gallant Road
​York, SC 29745

Bethelwoods offers Day Camp for K-6th Grade all summer. They have resident camp options for 1st – 12th Grade. Offering: Camp in a Van, Summer Day Camp, Resident Camp, Specialty Camps, Adventure Camps, Leader in Training (L.I.T), Counselor In Training (C.I.T.)

Bethelwoods Summer Camp - Lake Wylie South Carolina

Bethelwoods Summer Camp

Parents say: “My girls have aged out of summer camp, but I had at least one kid at Bethelwoods for over 13 years consecutive. They absolutely loved their experiences there. And my youngest went through confirmation “camp” there last year. I can’t say enough good things about all of our Bethelwoods experiences.” ~Krista C.

Best for ages: 5-18

Price ($-$$$): $$-$$$

Day/Resident: both

Activities: Outdoor Exploration, Games, Canoeing, Archery, Arts and Crafts, Swimming, Bible study+; specialty: Hiking, Overnight Camping, Backpacking, River Rafting, Cooking, Music, Art, Theater, Dance

Contact: Cameron Pruette, Program Coordinator, at (803) 366-3722 or info@bethelwoods.org

For more information: http://www.bethelwoods.org/summer-programs.html

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Camp Canaan
3111 Sand Island Rd
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Camp Canaan is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina on a unique 100 acre Island in the Catawba River.  Just a short drive south of the Fort Mill, SC, only 25 minutes south of Charlotte, NC. Summer camp programs serve ages 5-16, including day camps, specialty camps, and resident/overnight camps.

Camp Canaan - Lake Wylie South Carolina

Camp Canaan

Parents say: “Camp Cannan was like a great outdoors adventure each and every day. My son learned traditional camp songs and new games. He was exhausted each night and wants to go back this year!” ~ Cindy B.

Best for ages: 5-16

Price ($-$$$): $$-$$$

Day/Resident: both

Activities: NEW this year-Outdoor Laser Tag and Wakeboarding, Ziplines, Archery Tag , Basketball, Soccer, Flag Football, Kayaking, High Adventure Course, Outdoor skills, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, Paintball, Music & Dance, Hammock swinging, Goat herding, Bunny petting

Contact: (803) 327-6932 or info@campcanaan.org

For more information: http://campcanaan.org/summer-camps/

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Camp Cherokee
1299 Camp Cherokee Rd
Blacksburg, SC 29702

Campers enjoy traditional adventure programs like swimming, hiking and rock climbing. With campers from across the United States, YMCA Camp Cherokee helps campers from across the U.S. “to appreciate the diversity of other cultures and become a part of a global community”. Cabin life teaches campers to be self reliant and cooperative, and to make decisions while they are away from home.

YMCA Camp Cherokee - Lake Wylie South Carolina

YMCA Camp Cherokee

Parents say: “The Cherokee days were the greatest summers of my life with some great friends. I am so happy that my children are now getting to experience Camp Cherokee.” ~Chad E.

Best for ages: 6-15

Price ($-$$$): $$-$$$

Day/Resident: resident

Activities: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Water Games, Diving, Fishing, Canoeing, Sailing, White Water Rafting, Archery, Disk Golf, Frisbee Golf, Riflery, Arts & Crafts, Drama, Camp Craft, Environmental Education, Bocce Ball, Athletics, Anything Goes, Aerobics, Soccer, Adventure, Rock Climbing

NOTE:  2017 is sold out in our traditional camp. We do still have room in our BOLD and GOLD programs as well as our first timer’s weekend.

Contact: https://ymcacampcherokee.campintouch.com/v2/family/InquiryForm.aspx

For more information: http://ymcacampcherokee.org/

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Camp Thunderbird
One Thunderbird Lane
Lake Wylie, SC 29710

YMCA Camp Thunderbird is located on 1.7 miles of pristine Lake Wylie shoreline in South Carolina. Their day and resident camps for boys and girls are situated on an ideal lakeside backdrop, with a 100-acre facility, high ropes course, zip line, alpine tower, two swimming pools and over 20 Sunfish sailboats.

Parents say: “This will be the 3rd summer Collin (7) will be going to day camp at Camp Thunderbird. He loves the day camp and the Friday night sleepover option. He looks forward to going back every summer and seeing the friends he has made in the past, and seeing the counselors that he has grown so close to. 3 weeks this year!” ~Jenn D.

Camp Thunderbird

Best for ages: 6-15

Price ($-$$$): $$$

Day/Resident: both

Activities: High Ropes Course, Zip Line, Alpine Tower, Swimming, Sail Boating

Contact: 704 716 4100,  800 732 3855 or http://www.ymcacharlotte.org/camps/camp-thunderbird/contact.aspx

For more information: http://www.ymcacharlotte.org/camps/camp-thunderbird.aspx/

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Daniel Stowe Garden Adventure Camp
6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, NC 28012

Summer camps have new themed offerings, single day options and longer camp times! Camps will be divided into two age appropriate groups:  5-8 and 9-12. Snacks are included, campers should bring lunch. Offering: Nature’s Naturalists, Outdoor Adventure Seekers, Create, Design & Paint!

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens Summer Camp - Lake Wylie South Carolina

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens Summer Camp

Parents say: “We liked the DSBG camps because they have a younger age range…Collins did a fairy camp and they were really great at keeping their attention all day but it wasn’t overwhelming. Hannah did an art camp and she learned a lot about art but also about teamwork too!” ~Tiffany D.

Best for ages: 5-12

Price ($-$$$): $$

Day/Resident: day

Activities: Cycles of Plant and Animal Life, Nature Walks, Water Play, Fort Building, Scientific Discovery, Hands-on Discovery

Contact: 704-829-1270 or register online

For more information: http://www.dsbg.org/programs/education/garden-adventure-camp/

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McDowell Nature Camp
15222 York Rd
Charlotte, NC 28278

They welcome young children who are “crazy about nature love to get outside and get messy”! Campers learn about native animals (big and small), explore the woods, and immerse themselves in nature. McDowell Nature Camp needs your registration packet back to us no later than June 1. Offering: Itty Bitty Camp, Little Critter Camp, Outdoor Explorers Camp, Adventure Camps, Nature Venture

McDowell Nature Center Summer Camp - Lake Wylie South Carolina

McDowell Nature Center Summer Camp

Parents say: “This park has everything. Many different nature trails. Excellent staff at the front desk. Very knowledgeable guides who take their time pointing out interesting things on the trails. Highly recommend McDowell Park.” ~ Michael Z.

Best for ages: 3-12

Price ($-$$$): $

Day/Resident: day

Activities: 1-2 Themes, Games, Live Animals, Crafts, Songs, Outdoor Exploration, Stand-Up  Paddle Boarding, Creek Walking, Geocaching, Snacks

Contact: 980-314-1000 or Park-Admin@mecklenburgcountync.gov

For more information: (scroll down) http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/StewardshipServices/Programs/Pages/Summer%20Camps.aspx

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Palisades Country Day Camp
13704 Grand Palisades Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28278

Every day is a party where campers create, explore, learn and play! It is a summer filled with fun! Camp will be located at the Palisades Tennis Complex. Every Friday “campers will celebrate the week with a pizza/ice cream party and bouncing around on a HUGE waterslide inflatable.”

Palisades Summer Camp - Charlotte-Lake Wylie South Carolina

Palisades Summer Camp

Parents say: “The boys specifically asked to go back this year! They did half day in the morning and loved it. Activities like tennis, crafts and games, plus slip and slide and special swim occasions. They always came home with something and had a great time. The groups were pretty small too, so not overwhelming or intimidating!” Beth W.

Best for ages: 4-12+

Price ($-$$$): $-$$

Day/Resident: day

Activities: Nature Hikes, Tennis Lessons, Arts and Crafts, Swimming, Soccer, Kickball; Golf

Contact: Tennis Complex at (704) 504-3700 or Leanne Hayes leanneh@thepalisadescc.com

For more information: http://www.thepalisadescc.com/amenities/the-tennis-complex/summer-camps/

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River Hills All-Sports Camp
One Country Club Drive
Lake Wylie SC, 29710

River Hills All Sports Camp is a low pressure, fun introduction to golf, tennis and swimming. Located at the heart of River Hills Plantation, a private lakeside community in Lake Wylie, SC, River Hills Country Club offers Tennis Camp, Golf and Tennis Camp, and Sports Camp. Club will provide tennis racquets and golf clubs for anyone that doesn’t have them.

River Hills All Sports Summer Camp - Lake Wylie South Carolina

River Hills All Sports Summer Camp

Parents say: “We liked the exposure and opportunity to try out multiple sports. It was a great introduction to all three and led us to sign the boys up for regular tennis clinics since they did well with tennis and seemed to enjoy it. The boys said they likes swimming best. I think they also liked getting ice cream every day too! There was a wide range of ages and skill levels.” ~ Jaime V.

Best for ages: 5-10

Price ($-$$$): $$

Day/Resident: day

Activities: Golf, Tennis, Swimming

Contact: (803) 831 – 2126 or Patrick Cunningham pcunningham@riverhillsscc.org

For more information: http://riverhillscc.org/

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US Whitewater Center Summer Camp
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214

The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) covers 1,300 acres on the Catawba River and is dedicated to promoting an active, outdoor lifestyle. Since 2006, the USNWC has been promoting the outdoors for all levels of participants. Activities include all-day pass programs, instruction, leadership school, festivals, races and other outdoor events. The USNWC wants you to “play, relax and learn outside”. Offering: Youth Adventure Camp, Teen Adventure Camp, Rock, Ride & Paddle Camp (I & II), Whitewater Kayak Camp, Advanced Whitewater Kayak Camp, Survival Camp, Backcountry Camping 101

US Whitewater Center Summer Camps - Charlotte-Lake Wylie South Carolina

US Whitewater Center Summer Camps

Parents say: “Hands down, one of our favorite places in the world. We have an Annual Membership every year and get tons of fun out of the experience. My daughter also attends Summer Camp Programs at the Center.” ~ John N.

Best for ages: 8-16

Price ($-$$$): $$-$$$

Day/Resident: day

Activities: Whitewater Rafting, Flatwater Kayaking, Rock Climbing, High Ropes, Ziplines, Deep Water Solo, Mountain Biking, Long Point Obstacle Course, Capture the Flag, Team Building Activities

Contact: 704.391.3900 or info@usnwc.org

For more information: http://usnwc.org/learn/summer-camp/

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Winthrop Basketball Camp
701 Oakland Ave
Rock Hill, SC 29733

Pat Kelsey Basketball Camp at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC is a “fun, high-energy camp, designed to teach the fundamentals of the game of basketball”. Campers learn how to become a player! A one of a kind experience with instruction by the Winthrop basketball staff and team. No prior basketball experience required! Offering: Day Camp, Father-Son/Daughter Camp, Little Dribblers

Winthrop University Summer Basketball Camp - Lake Wylie South Carolina

Winthrop University Summer Basketball Camp

Parents say: “Tristan’s favorite is the Winthrop basketball camp by Pat Kelsey. It’s top notch if they like basketball!” ~ Ashley B.

Best for ages: 4-14

Price ($-$$$): $-$$

Day/Resident: day

Activities: Fundamentals of Dribbling, Passing and Shooting

Contact: Mike Howland at 803-323-2129 ext. 6244 or howlandm@winthrop.edu

For more information: http://www.patkelseybasketballcamp.com/

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