Join the team with the Rec Department’s basketball camp, slated for 9 a.m. to noon July 18-21 at the Camden High School Wellness Center gym.
Open to ages 5 through 14, campers will learn the fundamentals of the game and work on individual and team skills. There will also be three-on-three and five-on-five games and awards for free throw, league champ, sportsmanship and more. Eight-foot goals will be provided for younger players.
The cost of the camp, which will be instructed by Camden High School coaches, is $60.
Senior fitness classes
Group exercise classes for ages 55 and older will be offered beginning Aug. 1.
Certified fitness instructor Susan Mullikin will provide 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.
The class schedules are as follows: Mondays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rec Department building.
The cost is $20 per month, and pre-registration is required.
H2o Fun Camp
The H2O Fun Camp is offered for youngsters ages 6 to 12 who already have basic swimming skills. They must be able to swim 25 yards on their own to participate.
The camp will be held at the Kershaw County Aquatic Center from 9 a.m. to noon July 25-28. Instructors will be experienced Red Cross lifeguards who 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 have fun.
The cost is $60. Pre-registration is required by July 20.
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, which will be held at the Kershaw County West Complex at U.S. 1 and Whitehead Road, will be Peter Wittig, who has 21 years of experience coaching at the college, high school and youth levels. He is varsity boys soccer coach at Blythewood High School. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-5.
The fee is $65, which includes a T-shirt. Pre-registration is required by July 27.
Girls basketball camp
Geared toward girls ages 6 to 14, the camp’s primary focus will be to teach young players basic basketball skills and fundamentals and the concept of team play.
There will be scrimmage games and awards for free throw shooting, hustling, sportsmanship and more. There will be 8-foot goals for younger players.
The camp, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 18-21, will be instructed by Lugoff-Elgin varsity girls head coach Von Duncan, assistant coach Tressa Dixon and varsity team members.
The camp will be held at the Lugoff-Elgin High School Wellness Center and the cost is $60 per camper, which includes a T-shirt.
Pre-cotillion summer camp
Children will learn manners and etiquette through fun activities at Pre-cotillion Summer Camp. Activities will include meeting and greeting others, shaking hands, table manners, school manners, setting a table, writing thank-you notes, birthday party manners and other life skills.
The camp will also feature a birthday party with Peanuts the Elephant and a three-course dinner.
The camp, geared toward girls and boys ages 5 to 10, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 18-22. Instructors will be Sara Fakoury and Jennifer Gibson of the Camden chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions.
The cost of the camp, to be held at Grace Episcopal Church, corner of Lyttleton and Laurens streets, is $95.
Summer playground fun
The fun is on at the Rec Department’s summer playground programs offered June 13-30 and July 11-28. Camps will not meet July 4-8.
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.
Playground sites are the Old Armory, Bethune Elementary School and Lugoff Elementary School.
The pool party is in full swing at the Kershaw County Aquatic Center, but the fees for season passes have been reduced.
An individual season pass is now $35; a family pass is $75, with a $5 charge for each immediate member above the five-member limit. Guest passes are $3 per person, and season pass holders are required to accompany guests at all times. Only three guest passes for each individual pass will be issued and six guest passes will be permitted per family season pass.
Group swim lessons for children are $55 for eight sessions; private swim lessons are $50 for four lessons.
Adult lap swim is offered at 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The cost is $20 per month for 30 minutes or $35 for one hour.
Water aerobics meets at 7:55 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The cost is $45 per month.
Area daycare centers may reserve time for their groups at $2 per child. A group rental for private use of up to 50 swimmers is $75 for two hours. Additional fees for larger groups apply.
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.
The cost is $15 a month or $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.
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 $7 for one class (walk-in); $20 per month for one day a week; and $35 per month for two days a week.
The class is instructed by Jennifer Craft. Pre-registration is required at the Recreation Department office with a minimum of 10 enrolled in the session. Call 425-6010 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.
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.
Learn to glide across the dance floor with ballroom dancing classes..
The class, for youth and adults, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Old Armory on DeKalb Street. July classes will focus on the Foxtrot; August classes will concentrate on the Rumba. In September, the Tango takes center stage, while the Swing will be November’s focus. Wrapping up the year in December will be the Cha-Cha.
The cost is $10 per person and $15 per couple for the four-week session. Instructors will be Al and Kay Roberson. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.
Get a good workout while learning self defense methods with beginning Tae-Kwon-Do classes.
The classes are conducted each Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 6 to adults at the old armory. Children will learn self-confidence and self-discipline and adults will master self-defense while getting the ultimate workout. Instructor is Marvin Nelson of the Tae-Kwon-Do Academy in Lugoff.
The fee per month is $20 a month. Classes are held at the Recreation Department building. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.
(For further information, call the Recreation Department at 425-6009 or 425-6010 or visit www.kershaw.sc.gov and click on departments and services.)