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Camp Emmanuel celebrates 10 years

Posted: August 3, 2017 5:06 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Camp Emmanuel, at Emmanuel Methodist Church in Antioch, recently celebrated its 20th year with speakers, field trips and lots of fun. Despite the large numbers of campers this year, Camp Emmanuel has not always been as well known as it is today. Camp Emmanuel began in 2007 when three community leaders felt it was important for children to continue learning throughout the summer. The camp provides a safe haven for children ages 3 to 12 in the surrounding area. Camp Emmanuel focuses on reading, math, arts and crafts and physical education. 

The camp started with about 10 kids. This year, 55 campers enjoyed different activities, including bowling, skating, swimming and Palmetto Waterfalls. In addition, campers were exposed to music appreciation and learned from individuals from The ALPHA Center, Piggy Wiggly, Camden Fire Department and WIS-TV Chief Meteorologist Dominic Brown.

Brown gave a dynamic presentation to the campers. His discussion included how tornados, hurricanes, rain and how other types of weather conditions are formed. He taught them about the different weather instruments like rain gauges and thermometers. He also discussed the different types of clouds and did an experiment with camper Austin Wood, holding cotton balls to symbolize clouds. Water was poured over the cotton to see how much moisture it could hold, symbolizing a cumulus cloud. When the cotton balls absorbed the water, drops of water fell, symbolizing rain.

The kids were fully engaged in this presentation and showed how much they were listening by answering questions about different weather patterns. When the campers answered a question correctly, Brown gave them a prize, which made the kids more excited to give an answer.

Brown made a human water cycle out of the kids to give a visual on how evaporation, condensation, precipitation and runoff worked. Finally, he gave the kids safety tips for the upcoming solar eclipse. He said Columbia would have a total eclipse and Kershaw County might also see a full eclipse. He then took pictures and with the campers.

Camp Emmanuel had its closing program on July 27 and would like to thank all it sponsors for supporting the camp.

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