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Rec notes -- May 18, 2012

Saddle up with horse camp

Posted: May 17, 2012 11:41 a.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Saddle up with summer horse camp and lessons for all levels of instruction, as well as all levels of classes for group and individual lessons.

The classes meet one day a week for four weeks, and the cost is $100. Geared for youngsters ages 6 to 18, camp participants will become familiar with the horse through grooming, tacking and leading in the first level, working their way toward jumping, horse show etiquette, conformation and rules of the show ring in higher levels.

Camp dates for the beginner class are 8:30 a.m. to noon May 28 through Aug. 3 with the exception of June 11-15, which is scheduled for advanced class. Campers may attend half-day camp at $150 a week or all-day camp at $275 a week. An overnight camp is also offered for $375.

Horse riding camp and lessons are held at Voxton Farm in Camden, with Linda Klein as instructor.

Registration is required one week in advance. For more information or to register, contact the Rec Department.

Sports Fun Camp

Give the young athlete in your home a special treat this summer with Sports Fun Camp.

Boys and girls ages 6 through 12 can learn the fundamentals of baseball, soccer, basketball and football in the program. But fun games including kickball, volleyball, Frisbee golf, table tennis and horseshoes will also be shared.

Skill development, competition, team work and fun are the main objectives. Coaches will be Homer and Jeff Carraway and April Garner.

The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4-8 at the Rec Department gym on West DeKalb Street. The cost is $60. Snacks will be provided, but campers must bring their own bag lunch. Pre-registration is required by May 30.

Lugoff-Elgin baseball camp

Beginner through advanced players are welcome at the Lugoff-Elgin baseball camp, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 4-6 at the Lugoff-Elgin High School ballfield.

Youth ages 7 to 13 will learn the fundamentals or improve their skills.

Instructor for the camp will be Randy Stokes, L-EHS varsity coach, assisted by local players.

The cost is $40, and pre-registration is required by May 30.

Summer soccer

Girls and boys ages 6 to 14 are invited to get their kicks at summer soccer camp. It’s the perfect way to introduce players to the game of soccer and to challenge advanced players to improve their games.

Daily training sessions will include individual ball handling skills, partner skills, developmental games and more. Players will be grouped by age, size and ability. Campers must wear shin guards and bring a water bottle and soccer ball.

Coach for the camp will be Peter Wittig, who has 22 years of experience coaching at the college, high school and youth levels. He is varsity boys soccer coach at Blythewood High School.

The camp, which will be held at the Kershaw County West Complex at 519 Whitehead Road in Lugoff, will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 4-8 and Aug. 6-10.

The fee is $65, which includes a T-shirt. Pre-registration is required by May 30 for the first session and Aug. 1 for the second session.

Cheerleading camp

Get into the spirit with cheerleading camp June 5-7 at the Camden High School gym.

Camden High varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders will instruct the camp, which will include cheers, chants, jumps and more.

The cost for the camp -- for youngsters ages 5 to 12 -- is $45, which includes a T-shirt. The program will be from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Pre-registration is required by May 30.

Summer playground fun

The fun is on at the Rec Department’s summer playground programs offered June 11-28 and July 9-26. Camps will not meet July 2-5.

Boys and girls ages 5 to 12 are invited to share the fun with the Rec Department’s summer playground program at camp sites in the county.

Supervised playground programs are offered free of charge for elementary school-age children and include a variety of activities such as games, crafts, outside events and more. Free lunches are provided by the United Way of Kershaw County and USDA Summer Food Program at most sites. Children may be dropped off at the playground sites between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday but they must be registered by an adult on the first day they attend. Birth certificates may be required for proof of age.

Supervisors will be on duty at the following sites:

• Bethune Elementary School, Norwood Street, Bethune.

• Jackson School, Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden.

• Lugoff Elementary School, Ridgeway Road, Lugoff.

• Old Armory, West DeKalb Street, Camden.

• Rhame City Arena, South Broad Street, Camden.

Summer Junior Tennis

Calling all junior tennis players. Girls and boys ages 8 and up  are invited to join the Summer Junior Tennis Program through May 25.

The program, for beginner to intermediate skill levels, will focus on basic tennis rules, on-court play and skill development.

Players meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Monday and Thursday June 11-July 5 at the Scott Park tennis courts.

The registration fee is $20 for eight lessons. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Rec Department.

Swim lesson registration

Registration for swim lessons will begin April 30 at the Kershaw County Recreation Department.

The cost for group instruction is $55 for eight lessons. The cost for private lessons is $50 for four sessions.

Registration will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Rec Department. Call the Rec Department for more information.

Computer talk

The Computer Users group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Camden First Baptist Church East Building, and anyone interested is welcome to attend. A different topic of discussion is featured each month.

Call Doyle Allen at 432-5625 or the Rec Department for more information.

Zumba

For anyone who hates to exercise, Zumba will feel more like a Salsa party than a workout. Zumba has a fast, energetic workout that is fun and addictive. You get lost in the music and dance and don’t realize you’re getting such a great workout!  This is a great remedy for anyone looking for a fat-burning pick-me-up with a positive energy blast that will leave you feeling happy and energized. 

Zumba is not difficult and anyone can, and should, experience it. It’s a Latin-inspired cardio dance fitness class that incorporates many different dance styles and international music rhythms to provide one amazing high calorie burn workout. No dance skills are required to participate in the class. Our classes are created to apply for all fitness levels, whether you are just starting out in finding a healthier life-style or you are already extremely active.

Zumba targets the glutes, legs, arms and abs, all while burning calories through an interval workout of fast and slow movements.

The class will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Class fees are $5 for one class (walk-in); $20 once a week; and $30 twice a week.

The class is instructed by Jennifer Craft. Pre-registration is required at the Recreation Department office with a minimum of six enrolled in the session. Call for more information.

Square dance lessons

Every Thursday night, the Camden Hi-Steppers Square Dance Club meets at the Woodward Park rec building from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for some high-stepping fun. Walk-ins are welcome to drop by and take advantage of an invitation for a free short lesson.

Square dancing exercises the body and the mind, say instructors Frank and Mary Ann Trapp. There are no age, race or faith limitations. There are a wide variety of people found at the Camden Hi-Steppers’ club dances.

For information on square dancing, contact Frank or Mary Ann Trapp at 432-5902.

Tae-Kwon-Do

Get a good workout while learning self defense methods with Tae-Kwon-Do classes.

The classes are held each Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 5 and older at the old armory upstairs. Children will learn self-confidence and self-discipline and adults will master self-defense while getting the ultimate workout. Leading the class will be an instructor from the West Wateree Tae Kwon Do Center.

The next session will begin April 30.

The fee per month is $30 a month. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

 (For further information, call the Recreation Department at 425-6009 or visit www.kershaw.sc.gov and click on departments and services.)

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