Summer vacation is almost here, and with it the annual question faced by parents: what are we going to do with the kids? Whether you need care for them while you work, are looking to keep them entertained for a week or two, or just want to get children out of the house for a few hours so they don’t spend the whole day playing video games or watching netflix, the lowcountry has a great selection of summer camps.
2019 HILTON HEAD JAZZ CAMP BY THE JUNIOR JAZZ FOUNDATION: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 8-13 at Hilton Head Christian Academy. Students ages 14-20 will learn jazz through large big bands, small combos, theory, improv, elective courses, master classes and performances, culminating in a camp recital and finale concert. Tuition is $399 with payment plan and scholarships available. 843-321-8174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 HILTON HEAD JAZZ CLINIC BY THE JUNIOR JAZZ FOUNDATION: 1-4 p.m. June 24-28 at Hilton Head Christian Academy. The fifth annual jazz clinic for students ages 10-14 is a combination of private lessons and small combos, with instruction in theory and improv. Includes an all-day trip to Savannah on June 26 and a final performance at 5 p.m. June 28. Tuition is $199 with payment plan and scholarships available. 843-321-8174, or email@example.com.
A&R WORKSHOP SUMMER SESSION: 9:30 a.m.-noon or 1-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays on June 10-Aug. 16 at A&R Workshop. Kids will create four DIY youth projects and a T-shirt over the course of the camp. Participants will be able to customize and choose their project paint colors from our decor line of paints. An optional Friday half-day camp is available. Kids are encouraged to bring a snack and drink to enjoy during breaks. For ages 7-14. $180 a week. 843-802-4071.
ALLIANCE DANCE ACADEMY: Three weeks for campers age 3-7 will each revolve around three themes, with Princess 1 on June 3-7, Animal Action on Aug. 5-9 and Princess 2 on Aug. 5-9. Explore each through crafts, books, movies and dance. $200 per camp, with 10 percent discount for additional campers. 843-747-8277.
BLUFFTON SCHOOL OF DANCE: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DANCE CAMP: Four sessions held June 10-14, June 17-22, July 22-26 and July 29-Aug. 2, with four classes a day and rehearsals/design time. Each session will allow campers ages 6-10 to pick a theme and then create and perform their own shows — from costumes and decorations to music. $250. 843-815-2619.
BLUFFTON YOUTH THEATRE: “WIZARD OF OZ”: Funs 10 a.m.-4 p.m July 22-Aug. 6 at Hilton Head Preparatory School’s Main Street Theatre. Campers ages 5-17 can audition for “The Wizard of Oz” and perform it Aug. 8-11. $350 Price includes T-shirt, professional headshot, DVD and script. firstname.lastname@example.org.
IDEA STUDIO: KIDZART SUMMER CAMP: 9 a.m.-noon for grades K-4; 1:30-4 p.m. for grades 4-8. Offering week-long Monday-Friday camps through June and July at Studio 2 with fun themes and arts & craft projects for all ages. $150-$175. 843-342-5439.
LOWCOUNTRY COMMUNITY CHURCH KIDS: KIDS ART CAMP: POWER UP: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 24-28 at 810 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton. Camp artists will lead students ages 6-12 as they create works of art. $60 per child, with a cap of $150 per family. A $25 deposit is required per camper. 843-836-1101.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND: From June 10-Aug. 3, the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island is offering programs for students ages 6-17 including STEM-infused arts programs and technology, outdoor fun, field trips and more. $16 per child drop-in, $480 per child for eight weeks, $720 for two children for eight weeks or $800 for three or more children in the same family for eight weeks. 843-689-3646.
CAMP CONROY: BUILD A BOOK: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17-28 at Beaufort Middle School. Campers will learn about book-building. This year’s theme is “Garbage and the 4 Rs: Recycle, Reuse, Renew, and Repurpose, Making the World a Better Place.” Participants will write, illustrate, photograph, edit, storyboard, and produce a book, which will be part of an exhibition at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort. Family and friends will be invited to a closing celebration at the center, and the books will be available for order. For ages 8-15. $299. campconroy2019.brownpapertickets.com.
HILTON HEAD PREP: BRICK BUILDING WITH LIGHTS & SOUNDS: 9 a.m.-noon June 3-7 at Hilton Head Preparatory School. Combining architecture with electronics and science, this camp lets kids ages 7-12 design their own creations with working lights and sounds. They can even take their creations home with them. $185. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: FOLLOW ME ROBOT: Runs from 1-4 p.m. June 3-7 at Hilton Head Prep. Campers ages 7-12 can build their own intelligent robots that follow commands and move on their own, and then compete in groups in sumo wrestling on obstacle courses. Students can take their robots home with them. $185. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: HARRY POTTER MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: 9 a.m.-noon June 10-14 at Hilton Head Prep. Wizards ages 6-11 can earn their Hogwarts degrees in wizarding activities from Quidditch to potions and charms at the intersection of magic, science, art and literature. $185. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: ARCADE ELECTRONIC GALORE: 9 a.m.-noon June 17-21 at Hilton Head Prep. Students ages 8-13 can build and play their own arcade games working with electronics and circuit boards to create lights and sounds and expand their STEM knowledge. $195. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: 8:30 a.m.-noon July 8-12 at Hilton Head Prep. This camp will help unlock the creative passion in campers ages 12-17 to create and illustrate original works. Campers will work on their own manuscripts and then share with others. Snacks included. $175. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: LET’S READ A BEACH BOOK: 1:30-4 p.m. July 8-12 at Hilton Head Prep. Campers ages 12-17 will work with camp leaders in writing a "beach book." Campers will individually choose a book, explore its themes, read, have snacks, and write reviews of our books. $175. 843-715-8552.
ISLAND RECREATION CENTER: SUMMER DAY CAMP: June 3-Aug. 9 for students in grades K-8 at Island Rec Center. Daily activities include field trip, sports, arts, crafts and more. Yearly registration fee of $50 per family or $30 for one child; camp rate is $33 a day or $165 per week. Scholarships available. 843-681-7273.
THE SANDBOX: AN INTERACTIVE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Camps for ages 3-10 run 8:30-11:30 a.m. July 1-26; camps for ages 4-12 are 7:30 a.m.-noon June 3-Aug. 16. Children will enjoy supervised play time at The Sandbox, plus fun themed activities, crafts, and outside play. For ages 3-10, the weekly fee is $125 for members or $160 for non-members; daily fee is $30 for members or $40 for non-members. For ages 4-12, weekly fee is $150; daily rates and 20-day packages are available. 843-842-7645.
BEAUFORT YACHT AND SAILING CLUB SUMMER CAMP: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 10-Aug. 2 at Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Land- and water-based activities let campers ages 6-12 explore the outdoors, with kayaking, tubing, arts & crafts and more. $230 a week for yacht club members; $275 for non-members. 843-522-8216, email@example.com.
CAMP DRIFTWOOD: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekly in June and July. Children will learn how to handle, groom, tack up, ride and care for a horse during Driftwood Stable’s five-day program for beginner riders. Camp activities include hands-on horsemanship, arts and crafts, a Friday game day with pizza party and, of course, daily horseback riding lessons at the only recognized riding academy in South Carolina. For ages 7 and older. $500 a week. 843-802-0126.
ENERGY GYMNASTICS: SUMMER CAMP: June 3-Aug. 9 at 84D Beach City Road. With a different theme each week, campers ages 6-14 will practice gymnastics, tumbling, cheer prep, parkour, self-defense and children’s yoga. Cost is $155 for a half day (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-4 p.m.) and $225 for a full day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). 843-686-3496.
HILTON HEAD PREP: MARINE BIOLOGY: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 10-4 at Hilton Head Prep. Activities will include loggerhead turtle sights, kayaking, crabbing, transect studies, exploring mud flats, birding, shark fishing, photography, plankton collections, lab work, and dolphin observations. For campers ages 12-18. $205 with a $60 additional fee for participation in working with sharks, kayaks, and dolphins. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: ANIMALS OF THE LOWCOUNTRY: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 17-21 at Hilton Head Prep. Activities will include crabbing, exploring salt marsh mud flats, bird watching, hands-on with alligators, working a farm, domestic animal care, police and therapy dogs, and dolphin interaction for campers ages 9-14. $200 with additional $40 fee for participation in working with sharks, kayaks, and dolphins. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: JUNIOR DOLPHIN FOOTBALL CAMP: 9 a.m.-noon June 3-7 at Hilton Head Prep. Dolphin Football Camp will introduce and develop game fundamentals including throwing, catching, kicking, blocking, tackling and agility as well as an introduction to strength and conditioning. For ages 9-13. $160. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: BASKETBALL CAMP: July 15-18 at Hilton Head Prep. Open to students in grades 8-12. 9:30 a.m.-noon is devoted to skill work, defense, and the fast break. 6-8 p.m. is for games. Camp emphasis is on doing things properly, intensity, and hard work and best effort all the time. $190. 843-715-8552.
HILTON HEAD PREP: SUMMER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING: 8-10 a.m., June 3-July 26 at Hilton Head Prep. Campers ages 12-18 will train like a professional athlete. Sessions will focus on the development of speed, agility, quickness, strength, flexibility, explosiveness and power. $110 per week, free for Hilton Head Prep students. 843-715-8552.
ISLAND GYMNASTICS SUMMER CAMP: Activities will include free play, games, arts and crafts, movies and snacks. Kids should bring their own lunches. Registration opens May 1. 843-645-6957.
LEARN TO SAIL SUMMER PROGRAM: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Dates vary by program at Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Campers ages 8-18 will get out on the water and learn the fundamentals of sailing and advanced techniques from seasoned instructors. Prices vary by program. 843-522-8216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOWCOUNTRY COMMUNITY CHURCH KIDS: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 3-7 at Lowcountry Community Church in Bluffton. The “Beyond the Gold” sports camp will combine biblical teaching alongside sports coaching. Sports include soccer, basketball, cheering and ultimate Frisbee. Ages 6-12. $60 per child or $150 per family. 843-836-1101 or lowcountrycc.org/lcc-kids-camps.
OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD: Surf School, an educational camp at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, will teach campers ages 7 and older to surf through a course that emphasizes safety and the fundamentals of surfing. Basic instruction will be provided per conditions on surfboards, paddleboards and boogie boards. Starting at $80. 1-800-686-6996.
OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD: KIDS WATERFUN DAY: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays, June-August, at Shelter Cove Marina. Campers ages 7 and older will enjoy fun water games. $65, 1-800-686-6996.
OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD: TEEN STAND-UP ADVENTURE CAMP: 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shelter Cove Marina will host Outside Hilton Head’s Teen Stand-Up Adventure Camp, an exciting two-hour day camp that and allows campers ages 11-17 to explore the creeks and salt marshes on a paddle board, glimpsing fantastic vistas and wildlife. $45. 1-800-686-6996.
OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD: TEEN TUBING ADVENTURE: This fun-filled tour for campers ages 13 and older is presented by Outside Hilton Head, leaving Shelter Cove Marina before ripping through the local waterways on a quest for speed and thrills. $55. 1-800-686-6996.
OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD: COASTAL CAROLINA CAMP: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Shelter Cove Marina. Coastal Carolina Camp offers a range of different daily activities for campers age 7 and older, including calm-water kayaking, crabbing, water trampoline, environmental discovery tour, and beachcombing. $125 for a two-day session. 1-800-686-6996.
OUTSIDE HILTON HEAD: ADVENTURE ISLAND: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays. Adventure Island camp takes campers ages 12-17 to Page Island, just across the river from Daufuskie Island. It is the main outpost for kayaking, fun family outings, challenge courses, and many programs that let kids explore the outdoors. $95 for a two-day session. 1-800-686-6996.
SOUTH CAROLINA YACHT CLUB SAILING CAMP: June 10-Aug. 9 at South Carolina Yacht Club. The Junior Sailing Program is the premier sailing program for Hilton Head Island juniors. The camp offers five levels of instruction for ages 6-17. $145-$1,300 based on experience. 843-681-7292.
SOUTH CAROLINA YACHT CLUB SUMMER SWIM LESSONS: South Carolina Yacht Club will offer private individual lessons for ages 3 and older Mondays-Thursdays. Private 30-minute lessons are customized for each swimmer depending on their skill level; semi-private lessons are designed for two participants and are ideal for siblings or friends of equivalent skill level. Lessons consist of five 30-minute classes. $45-$175 depending on type of lesson. 843-681-3100.
VAN DE MEER: JUNIOR SUMMER TENNIS CAMP: May 27-Aug. 24 Sundays-Fridays at Van de Meer Tennis. Each session offers 25 hours of technical and tactical training from our world-class international staff. Campers ages 12 and older will learn from former ATP, WTA, Davis Cup, Fed Cup and top collegiate players. $735 a session for commuters, $1,115 a session for boarders. 1-800-845-6138.