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It’s time for SUMMER CAMP in Newberry!

It’s time for SUMMER CAMP in Newberry!

The days of summer will be here before we know it – warmer temperatures, family vacations, and for students, this means school is out! The City of Newberry and others just outside of the downtown area offer a wide variety of summer programs and camps for children and teens alike!

For children as young as four years old, Newberry’s Oakland Tennis Center has two camps available to learn the basics of the game. Located at 1448 First Street, the tennis center plans to host two summer camps, with the first being June 10-13 and the next from
June 24-27. 

Director of Tennis, Mark Gardiner said participants can register up until the week of the camp by stopping by the tennis pro shop or giving them a call at 803-321-3890.

Tennis Camp

Tennis Camp

Young children may also enjoy story time at the Hal Kohn Memorial Library, located on Friend Street in Newberry. According to the library, the first session of the summer begins on June 11 and will run on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at both 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. More information on their summer programming can be obtained by contacting the library at 803-276-0854 and pressing option two for the children’s desk.

A program completely free of charge to children this summer is the City of Newberry’s Summer Mobile Recreation Program. Starting on June 10 and running through July 18, this mobile recreation vehicle, also known as the RecMobile, will be traveling to four city parks per week (one park per day) to bring non-traditional outdoor games and fun to children ages six
and up.

The schedule for the summer is as follows: Mondays at Willowbrook Park, 714 Crosson Street; Tuesdays at Mollohon Park, 211 Player Street; Wednesdays at Gallman Park, 668 McSwain Street; Thursdays at Marion Davis Park, 2905 Fair Avenue.

While transportation is not available for children to the park, Program Coordinator Collin Shealy for the City of Newberry’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department said that the fun will last each day from 10-11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a lunch for those that participated. Parental authorization forms are required before children participate and can be picked up at the City’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office at 1323 College Street.

RecMobile Summer Fun

RecMobile Summer Fun

Newberry County 4-H has a variety of summer camps starting June 5-6 with Clovers in the Kitchen for ages 5-9 with topics including kitchen safety, measuring, reading labels, cooking and more. On June 11-12, the group has a Survival Day Camp for children ages 9-13 to include topics on how to start a campfire, disaster survival, food prep, shelter building, compass reading and more. 4-H Agent Alana West said participants will go home with a three-day survival kit.

On July 16, also for ages 9-13, 4-H is hosting a Manners Matter camp to include table setting, phone etiquette, thank you notes and other activities. For those with an interest in super heroes and science, 4-H has a camp for you! Their Super Heroes and Science Camp will be held on July 18 for ages 5-9 where youth will explore hands-on science related to their favorite super heroes.

Other 4-H summer camps include Kids in the Kitchen day camp on August 6-7 to include kitchen safety topics for youth ages 10-14. Finally, a chance to explore Lake Murray on July 30-August 1 with 4-H20 at Dreher Island for ages 10-14. Topics include water safety, water quality, conservation, science and natural resources.

All 4-H camps are held at the Newberry or Union Extension Offices apart from the camp held on Lake Murray at Dreher Island State Park. West said camps fill up quickly and those interested should sign up fast. Prices of each camp vary, and more information is listed online at www.clemson.edu/extension/newberry/4h/camps. More information can also be obtained by calling the Newberry office and speaking with West at 803-276-1091, extension 142.

Looking for outdoor summer camp activities? The Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District has their annual Camp Conservation planned for the last week in June for ages 7-14. More information on the camp’s program is listed online at www.newberryswcd.com and can also be obtained by contacting District Coordinator Joseph Berry at 803-276-1978.

The City of Newberry has several summer athletics programs, the first being a camp for those registered for tackle football with the city. Tackle football players ages 8-12 as of September 1, 2019 who are registered for football will have the opportunity to participate in a summer football camp held in July at Newberry College’s Setzler Field instructed by college football coaches.

Football Camp

Football Camp

For children ages 8-11 as of May 1, the City of Newberry also offers a summer baseball instructional league. Registration for the league will take place through June 20. Games will be held during the week at J.D. Rook Field, 718 Coates Street in Newberry. 

More information on both athletics camps can be obtained through the City’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 1323 College Street, or by calling 803-321-1015.

The Newberry County Literacy Council will once again be holding their Summer Enrichment Camp located at Wise Street Park, 2420 Holloway Street in Newberry. The camp will begin June 10 and runs through July 25, operating Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Activities include swimming, community projects, reading, math, science and other programs.

Barbara Chapman, director of the Newberry County Literacy Council said signed paperwork is needed for children to participate in the camp and can be obtained by contacting them directly at 803-276-8086.

At the time of publication, dates and more information were not available for the annual Nance Forest Children’s Camp located in Nance Forest Apartments in Newberry. More information can be obtained by calling them directly at 803-276-0131.

Newberry College has several summer camps planned for 2019, however at the time of publication, dates were not yet known. To view a full list of camps available, visit www.newberrywolves.com and hover over the ‘Inside Athletics’ tab to click on ‘Camps.’ Upcoming sports camps should be listed as available according to the website with each link showing dates, times and costs for each camp.

Starting July 13 and running through July 20, Newberry Salkehatchie will be starting in Newberry County, with campers housed at Central United Methodist Church, 1005 College Street in Newberry. The application process has already started, with slots filling up quickly, according to coordinators. Volunteers spend the week repairing homes in teams, doing projects as small as building a ramp or as big as remodeling a kitchen. Registration can be completed online as well as more information at www.salkehatchie.org.

For weekly camps happening throughout the summer, look no farther than the Newberry County YMCA and the Newberry Arts Center.

All summer long, the Newberry County YMCA will be hosting camps each week from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Each week is a separate session, with some weekly themes. Campers, ages 5-12 can sign up by the week and can also sign up for each week of camp. Members and Non-members are welcome to sign children up for camp, with pricing information available by calling 803-276-9936 or visiting www.newberryymca.org. A PDF download and registration information along with fees will be listed on the website. 

Newberry Arts Center Summer Art Camps

Newberry Arts Center Summer Art Camps

Registration began April 1 for a summer of fun at the Newberry Arts Center. Director Marquerite Palmer said camps begin June 10 and will run through August 9, with the exception of the week of July 4. Camps for ages 5-12 will run each week from 9 a.m. until noon and for teens ages 11-16, camps run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Children’s camps will include pottery making, painting, sculpture, weaving and more. Projects vary each week so that campers can sign up for one week or several weeks, Palmer said. All materials, snacks and bottled water are included in the camp’s pricing.     

Similar to children’s camps, teen art camps have varying themes each week to allow those interested in several mediums to sign up for more than one week of camp. Themes include, but are not limited to painting, making pottery, observational drawing, making books by hand and creating mixed media works of art. 

Teen campers bring their lunch each day, while snacks and water are provided. All high-quality materials are provided for the in-depth camps and each camper will have several projects completed by the end of the week.

Registration and pricing information is available by contacting the Newberry Arts Center at 803-597-1125 or visiting them at 1200 Main Street in Newberry.

While the list of camps extends past those mentioned in this piece, it’s enough to get started on planning
lots of summer fun! Keep your ears and eyes open for many great opportunities right here in Newberry!

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