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Summer camps, swim leagues underway for York, Chester, Lancaster children

Chester school closed for 8 decades offers second annual preschool literacy program

Two dozen preschoolers Monday attended the first day of the Vivian Ayers Allen's "Workshops in Open Fields" summer preschool literacy program. The program is held at Brainerd Institute in Chester, which is owned by actress Phylicia Rashad.
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Two dozen preschoolers Monday attended the first day of the Vivian Ayers Allen's "Workshops in Open Fields" summer preschool literacy program. The program is held at Brainerd Institute in Chester, which is owned by actress Phylicia Rashad.

Summer camps and swim leagues offer a variety of recreational and educational programs for children in York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Here are the highlights:

Summer Camps

  • The Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill offers summer camps for children to participate in activities such as hiking, biking, fishing and kayaking. More info: Call 803-547-4575
  • The Boys and Gilrs Club of York County offers youth and teen summer camp programs. More info: Call 803-324-7920 or e-mail admin@bgcyc.org.
  • Camps are also offered through the City of Rock Hill.
  • The Upper Palmetto YMCA offers athletics, arts and day camps. More info: Call 803-324-9622
  • The Arts Council of York County has art camps and classes for kids. More info: Call 803-328-2787
  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte hosts Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie. More info: Call 704-716-4100
  • Carolinas Baseball Center's Summer Baseball Camp. More info: Call 704-588-3204

Educational Camps

  • School districts offer summer reading camps for students who need extra help. Contact the child's school district for more information.
  • A "Workshops in Open Fields" preschool literacy program is offered in Chester.
  • Winthrop University's instructional technology center offers technology camps for middle school students and K-12 teachers. Limited spaces remain. More info: Call 803-323-2136
  • Culture and Heritage Museums offers a dinosaur day camp for children. More info: Call 803-981-9182 or e-mail scheduler@chmuseums.org
  • Camp High Hopes, an academic day camp in Rock Hill, is a free program for children 8 to 15 years old. More info: Call camp director Dorothy Seale at 803-324-1502

Swim Leagues

Multiple swim teams in the region have kicked off their seasons.

Have a program or organization to add to this list? Please email details to Amanda Harris at aharris@heraldonline.com

Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082
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