The Kershaw County Recreation Department (KCRD) H2O Fun Camp is offered to boys and girls ages 6-11 who already have basic swimming skills. They must be able to swim 25 yards independently. The instructor are experienced Red Cross lifeguards. They will provide unique and fun activities in and out of the pool. Participants will learn how to play safely as a team in and around water as well as having tons of fun.
This is not a swim lesson; it is recreation only.
The camp will be held July 30 - Aug. 2, Monday through Thursday at the Kershaw County Aquatic Center, Battleship Road in Camden from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $60; pre-registration is required by July 25.
This camp is offered for girls ages 9-14. Learn fundamental skills of fast pitch softball or improve your skills in the camp. Daily sessions will include defensive play, base running and hitting. Instructing the camp will be Camden High School (CHS) Softball Coach Lynn Looney along with other CHS coaches and local players assisting.
The camp will run Monday through Friday, July 16-20 from 9 a.m. to noon on the CHS softball field behind the school. The cost is $60 and preregistration is required by July 11.
Another soccer camp will be offered for boys and girls ages 6-14, Aug. 6-10 (Monday through Friday) at the Kershaw County West Complex, 519 Whitehead Road in Lugoff. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
The cost is $65, which includes a T-shirt, and preregistration is required by Aug. 1
The KCRD basketball camps are back, offered for boys and girls ages 5-14. The camps will concentrate on teaching young players the fundamentals of basketball and working on skills and team play. There will also be five-on-five and three-on-three games and awards for free throw, league champ, sportsmanship and more. There will be 8-foot goals for younger players.
Camps will be offered at both Camden High School (CHS) and Lugoff-Elgin High School (L-EHS).
The CHS camp instructors will be CHS Coach Natalie Jeffcoat and varsity players. This camp will run Monday through Friday, July 9-13 from 9 a.m. to noon in the CHS gym on Ehrenclou Drive. The cost is $60 per camper. Pre-registration is required by July 4.
The L-EHS camp instructor will be L-EHS Varsity Boys Coach Belton, July 9-12, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at L-EHS. This camp is for boys ages 6-13; the cost is $60 per camper.
There will also be a L-EHS camp for girls the week of July 23-26.
For more information, contact the KCRD at 425-6009.
Horseback Riding camp or lessons
Summer horse camp sessions or lessons are available through the Recreation Department. Linda Klein is the instructor.
Levels of classes offered for those who would like to take group or individual lessons. These classes meet one day a week of four weeks and the cost is $100. Participants will become acquainted with the horse through grooming, tacking, and leading in the first level, working their way steadily towards jumping, horse show etiquette, conformation and rules of the show ring in higher levels. Lessons are worked out with the instructor.
Beginner camp runs each week through Aug. 3, Monday through Friday, at Voxton Farm in Camden for ages 6-18. The cost is $150 for 1/2-day camp, 8:30 a.m. to noon; $275 for all-day camp, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and there is an overnight camp for $375.
Pre-registration is required one week in advance.
A group exercise class for ages 55 and older provides a fun variety of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, posture and balance, using a chair and a floor mat (optional).
All participants must be ambulatory and able to follow verbal cues in order to safely and effectively perform the exercises. Instructor is Melia Campolong.
The class meets from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Rec Department building.
The cost is $20 per month, and pre-registration is required.
Swim lessons continue with 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 is accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Rec Department. Call the Rec Department for more information.
Water aerobics class
A water aerobics class will begin June 4 and run Monday through Thursday from 7:55 to 8:55 a.m.
The cost is $15 per week or $45 per month and classes will not be pro-rated daily.
Register at the Rec Department office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 425-6009 for more information.
Swim team registration
Sign-up for the Kershaw County Swim Team will be accepted through May 11. Youth ages 4 to 18 are invited to participate.
The cost is $70 per children, with a $5 reduction for additional children per family and a $10 reduction for season pass-holders.
Tryouts and first practice will be held May 21.
Call the Rec Department for more information.
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.
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.
Tai Chi is a physical exercise and martial art that has been practiced in China for thousands of years.
The free-flowing relaxation exercise consists of a special arrangement of movements known as the form. The form is many separate movements strung together to produce one continuous sequence lasting for several minutes. Within the form, there are five fundamental principles -- relaxation, Yin/Yang, turn waist, keep body upright and beautiful lady hands.
Combining the forms and principles of Tai Chi will help create overall good health. The word TAI means “great,” while CHI is translated as “vital energy or powerful life force.”
Relax and enjoy good health with the six-week course at the Rec Department building. Classes will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $25 per person. Instructor is Taylor Chestnut.
Call the Rec Department office for more information.
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.
Come join ballroom dancing classes offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department.
The class, for youth and adults, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Old Armory on DeKalb Street.
The cost is $10 per person and $15 per couple for the four-week session. Instructors are Al and Kay Roberson. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.
Line dance steps
The chance to learn the Electric Slide and other popular steps is here.
Line dance is a great stress reducer and emotional release as well as good exercise, providing much the same benefits as low-impact aerobics. Increase energy, improve strength and muscle tone. Age is no factor. And you can build your stamina while having fun. Come with a friend or spouse or come alone; you don’t need a partner for line dance.
Classes for beginners are from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays. Intermediate classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays. The classes are held at the Recreation Department building.
A beginner intermediate class is held at 9:30 a.m. each Monday and Thursday at the Rec Department building.
The cost is $4 per class. Instructor for line dance is Ann Segars, licensed by BMI-ASCAP, National Teachers of Line Dance. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.
Want to get in shape without all the running, jumping and bouncing? Try Tonetics -- a deep-muscle exercise class involving walking, stretching, bar usage and more.
The purpose is to tone and lose inches, while working all major muscle groups to achieve an all-over muscle fitness.
The class meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Recreation Department building. The five-week course is offered at a cost of $20.
The instructor is Pam Boheler. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.
Gymnastics classes are offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department and Wateree Gymnastics of Camden.
Classes are divided by age and offered each Wednesday. Topics include gym safety, mounts and dismounts, over, under and through, cartwheels, nutrition, strength, balance and coordination and working as a team.
The cost for the classes, held at the Recreation Department building, is $25 per month. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.
Low-impact aerobics is a great way to get the benefits of an aerobic workout without the strain and stress associated with other exercises, and classes are offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department.
Low-impact aerobics involves large, controlled movements and large muscle groups, and always leaves at least one foot on the ground.
The class will be offered at 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Recreation Department small room; parking and the entrance is at the rear of the building. The registration fee is $30 per month. The instructor is Gwen Bowers. The class will be offered when minimum registration is met.
(For further information, call the Recreation Department at 425-6009 or visit www.kershaw.sc.gov and click on departments and services.)