2020 Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps Around Columbia


As busy moms ourselves, we know that finding summer camps in the Columbia area is on the top of every mom’s list of things to figure out. While summer makes many think of ice creamparks and water play we KNOW as moms that it can also be a frustrating time where you are struggling to piece childcare and entertainment together week-by-week and month-by-month. We hope that this guide to Summer Camps In & Around Columbia provides the insight that you need to plan a fun and stress free summer. And to make your planning even easier, we’re bringing you this guide earlier than ever before! 

A special thanks goes out to all of the sponsors who helped make this guide possible. If you would like your camp included in this guide, let’s chat.

Hammond Summer Programs

This summer, we invite you to discover your super powers at one of our super camps or programs designed for heroes of every age and grade––from three years to adult.

Join us to develop talents, acquire new skills and knowledge, or explore something that piques your interest.  Whatever you are looking for, look no further. If you are seeking a full-day summer program, looking for supplemental academic programs, an athletic workshop, or want to try your hand at an arts class, you will find it Hammond.

Whether you are a Hammond family or simply interested in spending some time with us, we invite you to hang out with us this summer!

Dates :: June 1 – July 31 (closed June 29 – July 3)
Ages :: 3 – Adult
Price :: $30 – $425

854 Galway Lane
Columbia, SC 29209

Heathwood SCG

In response to guidance from health officials, Heathwood Hall has canceled all on-campus camps for the month of June. We are offering dozens of online camps, ranging from Art to Cooking, Coding & Chess.  We also will have a Math Review, Money Matters, Mo Willems & Tap dancing camps online!  Ages range from 2 years old to 12th grade.  If circumstances allow it, we will joyfully welcome campers back to our campus in July. We will make a decision about July camps on or before June 19, and will continue to post all updates on our website.

Update :: All on-campus camps in June cancelled; July and August updates coming soon
Ages :: 2 – 18
Price :: $100 – $400 per week

3000 S Beltline Blvd
Columbia, SC 29201  

(803) 231-7799

Gesher 2020

Camp Gesher at the JCC provides a safe, vibrant, and enriching day camp experience for ALL Midlands area children, successfully blending value-based character education and community leader presentations with traditional summer camp activities. Each camper will enjoy a range of creative programming, including swim lessons, sports activities, drama and dance, music, arts and crafts, gardening, fitness, all-camp events, playing in our gymnasium and swimming in our “state of the art,” heated salt water pool.   

Update :: June  22 – August 14 (Limited Spots Available to Ensure Social Distancing)
Ages :: 2.5 – 14
Price :: $190 – $260 per week

306 Flora Dr.
Columbia, SC 29223

(803) 787-2023

CMA Summer Camp

This summer, the Columbia Museum of Art is offering a variety of unique camps to capture the interest of any young artist. Participating in our summer camps with professional arts instructors is a great way for your child to think creatively, practice problem-solving skills, and have fun!

Dates :: June  8 – August 7
Ages :: 4 – 18
Price :: $150/ $120 Ages 4 – 6 for Solo Members and above
$175/ $140 Ages 7 – 9 for Solo Members and above
$175/ $140 Ages 8 – 12 for Solo Members and above
Prices vary Ages 13 – 18

1515 Main St.
Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 799-2810

Carolina Show Choir Company SCG

Carolina Show Choir Company Summer Camps give kids ages 4-18 an opportunity to learn to sing musical numbers with a professional choral director. They will learn to use proper vocal technique for music reading and musical expression, with developmentally appropriate show literature. They will also work with a professional choreographer to prepare dance numbers and stage techniques for performing while singing. Camps offer a different theme each week, a performance held, and a brand new Extended Stay and Play option!

We will be following the CDC recommendations and SC recommendations for the entire summer. July and August camps will follow strict guidelines listed below:

There will be a 15 person student limit for each camp. 
Campers will remain in small groups of 5 throughout their time. 3 total groups each day. 
Health screenings will be conducted prior to entering the building and upon exit, i.e. temperature checks, monitoring of any coughing/symptoms and regular hand washing and distancing. 
A quarantine area is designated for any children who become ill in any way during camp. 
Employees will wear a cloth face mask, and masks for children will be encouraged. 
Sick children, and/or employees, will not be allowed to attend camp.
Continue to check our website for further developments and updates regarding camps and safety.  

Update :: All summer camps are cancelled, but we look forward to seeing you for our Fall classes starting in September, including our newly added dance, drama, & yoga classes! 
Ages :: 4 – 18
Price :: $150 per student; $140 for siblings after the first; though dates are tentative, students may join camp via Zoom for a reduced camp fee

804 Lady St.
Columbia, SC 29201

(334) 444-7076

WinShape Camps for Communities

Wingate Summer Camp
WinShape Camps at North Trenholm Baptist Church is the “best week” your kids will have this summer. We are not just talking about fun in the sun…this is where hundreds of campers come together to experience the life-changing, memory-making, fun-playing awesomeness that will impact their lives forever. The WinShape staff creates the most fun and meaningful camp, offering something for everyone. WinShape Camps combines sports, recreation, arts, Bible study, and worship into one unforgettable week. Early bird Registration is March 2 – 8, 2020. Take advantage of early bird pricing! With your paid $50 deposit for each child at registration, your total cost for camp will be $149, or less, per child! That’s a savings of over 30% of the standard pricing!

Dates :: June 8 – June 12
Ages :: Completed Kindergarten students through completed 8th Graders
Price :: $149 Early bird and $219 regular; families registering 2 or more kids at the same time save an extra 10% for each additional child.

6515 N. Trenholm Rd.
Columbia, SC 29206

(803) 787-2133

The South Carolina State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum is excited to announce its new At-Home Virtual Summer Camps starting June 8 through July 3 for ages 6 – 11, sponsored by AFLAC. These week-long virtual camps will focus on a different theme each day, including natural history, astronomy, robotics, art, STEAM and more. At-home virtual camps will be split into two sessions each day from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Each camp will come with a kit of supplies for the daily activities, including enough materials for one camper, but can be shared with other campers in the household. Each kit will be available for pickup at the museum the Friday before camp week starts from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. These camps are designed with parents in mind and activities are intended to be completed with virtual assistance from our team of museum educators, requiring little parental oversight.  Each camp also includes access to museum educators during office hours for campers that wish to continue learning.

UPDATE :: June 8 – July 3
Ages :: 6 – 11
Price :: $100 per household per week for non-members / $80 per household per week for members. Extra camp kit add-ons are $50 per kit for general public and $40 for museum members.

301 Gervais St.
Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 898-4999

Summer at FIRST

At FIRST we know how to do summer right, which is why we’ve got so many unique and diverse opportunities for kids! Whether you’re into sports, arts, music, or dance, there’s an adventure waiting for you. So go ahead and start exploring our camps and let’s race into summer! Try out a musical instrument in Worship Arts, run as fast as you can to the end-zone in Flag Football, practice table etiquette in Manners Camp, bring your creativity to life in Art Camp, or get the most out of summer with our FREE camps! To learn more details about our summer camps please click the ‘Register’ button below or go online to SummerAtFirst.com.

Update :: June camps cancelled; more information coming soon
Ages :: 4K – 8th graders
Price :: $50 – $104/week (some camps are FREE)

1306 Hampton St.
Columbia, SC 29201

(803) 256-4251

Camp Chatuga {Overnight Camp}

Chatuga SCG

Located in Mountain Rest, SC, Camp Chatuga is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls. Owned and operated by the same family since 1956, Chatuga fosters lifelong memories and friendships in a wholesome, family-oriented community.  Session options range from three days to four weeks. Campers choose from over 30 incredible activities including horseback, water-skiing, BMX bikes, arts/crafts, outdoor living skills, archery, animal care and sports. Let Chatuga help your child unplug from technology, enjoy the great outdoors, learn valuable life skills and gain independence, make lifelong friends and memories, all while free from peer pressure and able to just HAVE FUN! 

Dates :: June 14 – July 25; Horse Camp June 9 – 13 (girls only, ages 12 – 15)
Ages :: 6 – 16
Price :: One-Week Sessions – $945; Two-Week Sessions – $1890; Three-Week Sessions – $2985; Four-Week Session – $3930; Horse-Camp – $945

291 Camp Chatuga Rd.
Mountain Rest, SC 29664

(864) 638-3728

Camp Woodie

Camp Woodie is a coed outdoor summer camp established by the South Carolina Waterfowl Association. Our mission is to pass on the legacy of our wildlife heritage to the next generation.

Dates :: May 31 – August 7 for Junior Camps; June 14 – July 31 for Senior Camps
Ages :: 7 – 11 for Junior Camps; 12 – 16 for Senior Camps
Price :: $549 Junior Camps; $749 Senior Camps

8444 Old River Rd.
Pinewood, SC 29125

(803) 460-8525

YMCA of Columbia Summer Camps

YMCA Summer Camp Guide

When kids experience Y Camp, they experience something new every day. Like the power of a positive mentor, the confidence that comes from trying (and succeeding!), and the importance of healthy, long-lasting friendships. Of course, they don’t know this – they just think they’re having a whole lot of fun! From water activities and sports to creative arts, each day is packed with age-appropriate activities, new friends and personal growth. In addition to traditional and specialty camp activities, we are uniquely devoted to physical activity, water safety and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) education. Few environments will foster your child’s mind, body and spirit more than at the Y.

Dates :: June 8 – August 14
Ages :: 4 – 16 (varies by location)
Price :: $60 – $155 for half-day camps; $105 – 250 for full-day camps

Jeep Rogers Family YMCA
900 Lake Carolina Dr.
Columbia, SC 29229 

Northwest Family YMCA
1501 Kennerly Rd. 
Irmo, SC 29063 

Downtown YMCA
1447 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Jeep Rogers Family YMCA
(803) 451-8439

Northwest Family YMCA
(803) 407-8007

Downtown YMCA
(803) 799-9187

Legacy Martial Arts

Our summer camp will inspire your child to learn the value of fitness, build confidence, practice focus, increase self-discipline, socialize in a safe atmosphere, and create lasting, fun memories. Your child is going to have a blast in: martial arts, dance & tumbling, arts & crafts, STEM projects, yoga, outdoor sports, and more! Are you ready for your child to experience the their most exciting summer yet? They’re going to love it! So register today! Spots are limited! 

Dates :: June 8 – August 14
Ages :: 4 – 12
Price :: $50 registration fee; Early-bird rate: $119/week. (Regular rate: $129/week)


2627-B Millwood Ave.
Columbia, SC 29205

7579 St. Andrews Rd.
Irmo, SC 29063

Lexington – TBD

(803) 407-4422

TNT Martial Arts


Our summer camp can provide the solution to keep everyone happy. Kids get to attend a fun summer camp that keeps them active and gives them plenty of activities to do while making new friends and connecting with old ones. You get the reassurance of knowing that your kids are learning respect, discipline, and self-control, all of which will help them when they go back to school in the fall. Think safe structured environment that allows for fun, social, and academic growth through out the summer. Space is very limited.   

Dates :: 10 Separate weeks of camp starting June 8
Ages :: 5 – 12
Price :: Currently $149/weekly; after May 31 cost will be $179/weekly


1330 Knox Abbott Dr.
Cayce, SC 29033

(803) 479-1739

My Gym

My Gym Summer Camp | Columbia SC Moms Blog

At My Gym camp, we activate the fun every single day, so let the fun begin! Energizing games, exciting gymnastics, cool arts and crafts, and music that guarantees to keep them moving and engaged. Our drop-off program, pay-by-day options, and multi-day and sibling discounts make My Gym camp an awesome, affordable, no-stress option.

Camps offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Early drop off 9 – 9:30 a.m. Lunch Bunch 12:30 – 1 p.m. (parent must provide lunch)

Dates :: June 9 – August 18
Ages :: 3 – 9
Price ::1 – 9 Camps – $32/Camp; 10 – 19 Camps – $30/Camp; 20 – 29 Camps– $27/Camp; All Camps – $24/Camp

Register before May 25 and receive 20% OFF our total camp cost. COUPON CODE: SUMMER2020

110 Forum Dr., Suite 1
Columbia, SC 29229

(803) 788-1230

Covenant Summer Camp

Covenant Summer Camp is a safe, fun-filled environment where campers are nurtured and encouraged physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Led by an experienced, dedicated staff, campers will enjoy activities each week including cooking, swimming, art, movies and other exciting off campus activities. We are excited to offer weekly unit studies where the campers will learn about specific topics such as sports, science, history, or geography. All campers will participate in a summer reading program. For more information please call the number below or email [email protected]. 

Dates :: June 1 – July 31
Ages :: 5 years – rising 7th graders
Price :: $120 weekly; $100 part time; $35 drop-in;
military and multi-child discounts for full time attendance

3120 Covenant Rd.
Columbia, SC 29204

(803) 787-0225

The Pitter Platter

While summer camp at The Pitter Platter may be cancelled for 2020, your child can still enjoy some of the great things The Pitter Platter has to offer. We will be reopening soon, offering walk-in wheel throwing classes, clay handbuilding classes, and walk-in paint your own pottery. Capacity will be reduced and everyone will have their own space or be in their own room. Our new hours will be Tuesday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wednesday – Friday 11 a.m. -7 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Update :: Cancelled for Summer 2020
Ages :: 5 – 13
Cost :: $150 per week

(803) 996-3857

Passport to Summer at St. Michaels

Come experience different adventures, weekly water play, bounce house and water slide, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, summer reading from the Magic Tree House books and more, Ice cream truck Fridays, special instructors such as RCSM, Karate, gymnastics, sports instructors, magician, balloon twister, face painter, etc. from 7:15 a.m. – 6 p.m. Use code MBLOG for a one-time $10 discount.

Dates :: June 8 – August 14
Ages :: 6 – 12
Price :: $135 per week for entire summer; $160 per week for week to week

(803) 782-8800

Girls Go for I.T. Coding Camp

Camp is cancelled for summer 2020, but we look forward to hosting camp in summer 2021! Design games and interactive stories that you can share with your friends — while secretly mastering important coding skills and learning about IT. All genders are welcome to help us celebrate opportunities for girls in STEM and IT careers.

Update :: Cancelled for Summer 2020; see everyone back next summer! 
Ages :: Rising 6th – 8th Graders
Price :: $90/week ($80 before May 1)

(803) 777-1240

The Little Gym Super Quest Summer Camps

Day camp at The Little Gym of Columbia, SC gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym.
Dates :: May 26 – August 14
Ages :: 3 – 8; fully potty trained
Cost :: $35 per day for members; $40 per day for non-members; Flex Passes also available

(803) 738-1115

Historic Columbia

Historic Columbia invites youths this summer to attend its “Roaring ‘20s” themed camp. Campers will learn popular dance moves of the decade, dabble in science to make their own rock candy, explore their business savvy on the stock market and more.
Dates :: June 22 – 16; July 6 – 10
Ages :: 8 – 12
Cost :: $200 for Historic Columbia members; $220 for non-members

(803) 252-1770 x 26

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