Adventure Camp

(Ages 10-12) Adventure Camp provides excellent opportunities to experience the rewards of outdoor life. Campers have their choice of a variety of activities including canoeing, kayaking, biking, and stand up paddleboarding for their weeklong adventure. All programs include involvement in core activities to provide a consistent focus on team building, skills, and environmental awareness. Our accessory programs provide even more opportunities for our campers to learn and have fun by adding variety to every program. In order to maintain a fun and healthy atmosphere for all our campers, emotional and physical safety is our top priority.

All Adventure Camps will be based at James Island County Park and travel outside of the park may be part of the experience. Campers registered at Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park are to be dropped off and picked up from Palmetto Islands; however, they will be transported to and from James Island on a daily basis in order to participate in the activities. There is a 6:1 camper-to-staff ratio with 12 campers per session.

Camp Fees

  • $275 for Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. sessions
  • $300 for overnight sessions (meals and camping equipment provided)

Registration

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on February 1.

Sessions

James Island County Park

  • June 4-8: SUP Tour & Fitness or Rock Climb & Archery
  • June 11-15: Skateboard & SUP or SUP Surf & Beach Life
  • June 18-22: Canoe & Rock Climb or Surf Kayak & Archery
  • June 25-29: Sea Kayak & Earth Ranger or Trail Bike & SUP
  • July 2-6: Canoe & Skateboard or Archery & Fishing*
  • July 9-12: Morning Sailing or Afternoon Sailing
  • July 16-20: Trail Bike & Canoe or Surf Kayak & Skateboard
  • July 23-27: Whitewater Kayak & Challenge Course or Mountain Bike & Archery
  • July 30-August 3: SUP Surf & High Course or Rock Climb & Fishing

Palmetto Islands County Park

  • June 4-8: Sea Kayak & Earth Ranger or Mountain Bike & Fishing
  • June 11-15: Mountain Bike & Disc Golf or Archery & Fishing
  • June 18-22: Morning Sailing or Afternoon Sailing
  • June 25-29: Rock Climb & Canoe or Surf Kayak & High Course
  • July 2-6: Sea Kayak & Earth Ranger or Trail Bike & SUP*
  • July 9-12: Whitewater Kayak & Challenge Course or SUP Surf & Beach Life
  • July 16-20: Rock Climb & Fish or SUP Tour & Earth Ranger
  • July 23-27:Surf Kayak & Beach Life or Skateboard & Fitness
  • July 30-August 3: SUP Tour & Disc Golf or Trail Bike & Archery

*No camp will be held on July 4, and session fee for the week is $220.

Core Programs

Surf Kayak
Campers will be given instruction on paddling skills, rescue techniques, and wet exits in the comfort of the lake at JICP. On Wednesday, campers will receive an introduction to beach safety, wave dynamics, and etiquette at the beach. On Thursday, we will use our newly acquired skills to catch some waves at a local break!

Mountain Bike
Campers will learn the necessary skills for the safe handling of a mountain bike while managing the trails around JICP. The adventure will culminate with an overnight trip on Thursday to Harbison State Forest, testing their skills on beginner and more advanced mountain bike trails before returning Friday.

Trail Bike
Young cyclists will be introduced to the proper handling and maintenance of a mountain bike. We will practice safe riding techniques, initially, on the flat trails around James Island County Park. We'll then utilize our new knowledge and skills to conquer the North Trail at Wannamaker County Park including the crown jewel of the trail known as "The Ridge".

Climbing
Are you ready to rock? We’re going to strap on our harnesses and do some rock climbing! Campers will be guided through the basics of knot tying, belaying, and climbing techniques by trained staff. Climbers can utilize the more accessible "portable" wall as a first step in developing comfort and technique before tackling JICP's famous 50-ft., outdoor climbing wall.

Sea Kayak
Kayakers will learn the graceful operation and control of a sea kayak on the sparkling lake at James Island County Park. Trained camp personnel will provide instruction in proper paddling techniques, wet exits, and kayak rescues. After obtaining confidence and comfort on the lake, training will culminate in a day paddle in one of our beautiful Charleston-area waterways.

Surf SUP
Participants will learn basic paddle techniques on the lake at JICP. On Wednesday, we'll head to the beach for an on-water practice session that includes instruction on water safety, etiquette and wave dynamics. On Thursday, participants will put all the pieces together for a surf session at a local break!

Touring SUP
Campers will experience this historic Pacific Island craft on the lake at JICP. They will learn how to paddle properly and be introduced to simple rescue techniques and safety protocols from a qualified instructor. The adventure concludes with a SUP trip through one of Charleston's beautiful marshlands.

Canoe
Campers will learn the art of canoeing by practicing paddling techniques through fun games and instruction. Campers will learn about communication and cooperation in order to navigate their tandem canoes and will also practice rescue techniques. Lastly, a day trip to the beautiful tannin-rich blackwater of the Edisto River will put our skills to the test.

Sailing
This beginner course provides participants with knowledge of basic skills necessary to get started in the lifelong sport of sailing. The Charleston Community Sailing Program will provide half-day sailing instruction in the morning including, but not limited to, knot tying, seamanship, techniques of sailing, and terminology of sailing, rigging. Most importantly, campers will learn how to have fun and be safe on the Charleston waterways! The other half of the day, we will challenge ourselves with fun adventure activities at the park. Upon the close of the week, participants will be able to navigate a two-person sailing vessel safely and with confidence.

Whitewater Kayak
In this session, we will learn the skills necessary to manage a whitewater kayak on both flat water and on the mighty Saluda River. We will first work on developing our kayaking skills on the lake at JICP before traveling to the Saluda and paddling a section of the Class I and II river on Wednesday.  We’ll camp out at Harbison State Forest on Wednesday night and run the river on Thursday before coming back to Charleston.

Rock Climb
Are you ready to rock? We're going to strap on our harnesses and do some rock climbing! Campers will be guided through the basics of knot tying, belaying, and climbing techniques. We’ll utilize the more accessible 'portable' wall as a first step in developing comfort and technique before tackling JICP's famous 50-ft. outdoor climbing wall, zipline and a rappelling experience.

Archery
Bring out your inner Robin Hood! Campers will learn about the age-old tradition of competition archery. Through active participation, archers will learn terminology, technique, and additional characteristics and practices necessary for successful target shooting culminating with a visit to the Johns Island County Park Archery Range.

Fishing
Let’s get hooked on fishing! Campers will learn many basics about this ancient activity including its purposes, biological processes, and conservation. Fledgling anglers will learn various techniques, skills and styles as they experience saltwater action. All fishing equipment is provided.

Earth Rangers
Spending so much time outdoors, it only makes sense that we learn about the environment in which we are having fun. As Earth Rangers, we'll dig deeper into the flora and fauna of Charleston to gain a better understanding of the natural world around us.

Skateboard
Campers will learn some skateboard basics with the Pro Staff at SK8 Charleston. We’ll explore equipment, safety, basic technique and keeping it radical. It’s a form of transportation, fun, and competition. From the sidewalk to the X Games, get ready to skate!

Accessory Programs

Canoe
Campers will learn the art of canoeing by practicing paddling techniques through fun games and instruction. Campers will learn about communication and cooperation in order to navigate their tandem canoes and will also practice rescue techniques.

Touring SUP
Campers will get to know the historic Pacific Island craft known as standup paddleboard. They will learn how to paddle properly and be introduced to simple rescue techniques and safety protocols from a qualified instructor.

Rock Climb
We're going to put on harnesses and do some rock climbing! Campers will be guided through the basics of knot tying, belaying, and climbing techniques. Climbers will utilize the auto-belay wall as a first step in developing comfort and technique before tackling JICP's famous 50-ft. outdoor climbing wall.

Archery
Campers will learn about the age-old tradition of competition archery. We'll develop the skills to shoot like Robin Hood. Through active participation, archers will learn terminology, technique, and additional characteristics and practices necessary for successful target shooting.

High Course
Campers will have the opportunity to be 25-35 feet in the air working together to solve challenging problems on the High Course. Educational development and social interaction are both parts of the thrill!

Challenge Course
Campers will have the opportunity to collaborate with one another in an effort to solve real-world problems. This session will assist in aspects of team building, communication, and managing a group dynamic to set the campers up for success, in both the camp world, and outside of camp.

Fishing
Campers will learn many basics about fishing including the purposes behind the activity, biological processes, and conservation. Fledgling anglers will be taken to a local county fishing pier to get a taste of the saltwater action. All fishing equipment is provided.

Disc Golf
We will have some fun “rattling the chains” as we learn to play disc golf. Campers will learn about equipment basics, throwing techniques, and how to work as a team while experiencing JICP's 18-hole course.

Fitness
We will combine our outdoor adventure-based activities with other forms of fitness, nutritional information, and training techniques to help develop healthy lifestyles.

Beach Life
Campers will gain knowledge and skills based on the unique nature of coastal living which includes weather, currents and general beach safety. From the animals and plants that call the coast home to a look inside lifeguarding, we’ll explore the nuances of life at the edge of America.

Park fees, operating schedules, and hours are subject to change without notice.