The fun will heat up with 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 Jackson School, Rhame City Arena, Bethune Elementary School and Lugoff Elementary School.
L-E football camp
The non-contact drill Lugoff-Elgin football camp will focus on the fundamentals including ball handling, catching, passing and proper stances.
The camp is for youth ages 8-13 and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 13-16 at the Lugoff-Elgin High School Wellness Center. L-EHS varsity coach Scott Jones and his staff will be instructors.
The cost is $50 per camper, which includes a T-shirt. Pre-register by June 8.
Junior golf camp
PGA professional Matt McCarley will be instructor for junior golf camp.
The camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 17 will be offered from 8 to 10 a.m. June 13-16 and from July 11-14 at White Pines Golf Course. Beginner through advanced players are welcome.
The cost of the camp is $85 per camper. Pre-register for the first session by June 8 and for the second session by July 8.
L-E softball camp
Girls ages 9-12 who are beginner through advanced players are welcome to the Lugoff-Elgin softball camp.
Daily sessions will include defensive play, base running and hitting.
The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20-24 at Lugoff-Elgin High School. Camp instructor will be L-EHS softball coach Donald Brittain, with local players assisting.
The cost is $50. Pre-register by June 8.
Youth ages 7 to 14 can learn the basics of football or improve their skills at the “Little Bulldog Football Camp” June 20-24, sponsored by Vonnie Holliday, former Camden High School standout who is now playing in the NFL.
Daily training sessions will include all aspects of defense and offense. Instructors will be Camden High football staff and players.
No football equipment is needed, though campers are asked to wear cleats and bring a water bottle.
The cost for the camp, which will run from 8 a.m. to noon each day at Camden High School, is $35. Pre-registration is required by June 23.
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 June 20-24 and July 18-22. Instructors will be Sara Fakoury and Jennifer Gibson of the Camden chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions.
The cost is $95. Pre-registration is required by June 15 for the first session and July 13 for the second session.
“Around the World in 80 Days” is the theme for gymnastics camp for children ages 3 and older. Campers will have a blast exploring the more than 14,000-square-foot "fun factory" while participating in various theme-related gymnastics activities, games and events.
All youngsters will work on developing coordination, balance and a greater self-esteem.
The camp will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. or all day June 20-24 at the Wateree Gymnastics Center, 1007 Gordon St., Camden. The cost is $65 for a half-day session or $110 for an all-day session.
The Kershaw County Aquatic Center will open for the season May 21; registration for aquatic center programs will also be accepted at this time. The pool will be open on a half-day schedule May 21-June 5, shifting to a full-day schedule June 6. The aquatic center will be closed Memorial Day and July 4.
Registration for aquatic programs and season passes is also accepted at the Rec Department weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An individual season pass is $55; a family pass is $115, 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 will be $55 for eight sessions; private swim lessons are $50 for four lessons.
Adult lap swim will be offered at 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The cost is $20 per month for 30 minutes or $35 for one hour.
Water aerobics will begin June 6, meeting 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.
Summer Junior Tennis
Calling all junior tennis players. Girls and boys ages 8 to 16 can join the Summer Junior Tennis Program through June 6.
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 in June.
The registration fee is $20. For more information, contact the Rec Department.
Line dance steps
The chance to learn the Electric Slide and other popular steps is here. And with the addition of morning classes, there’s a session to fit almost any schedule.
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.
Join the morning or evening sessions of line dance classes, all held on Mondays. Morning classes begin at 9:30 a.m. for beginners and 10:30 a.m. for improvers and intermediates. Night classes for beginners are from 6 to 7 p.m. Intermediate classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. 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. 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.)