Families can sample, learn more and get a discount on more than 60 summer camps during an open house set for Saturday, March 29, at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenway’s Adventure Center off Springfield Parkway. Families can bring a picnic and try kayaking, archery and the traverse wall’s horizontal climbing challenge. Day camps range from the outdoor “Adventure Seekers” to a variety of sports and specialty camps teaching everything from robotics, to rocket science, to rock star dance. Costs are $75 to $350 per week. Children who register for summer camp will receive a 10 percent discount. More than 3,000 children are expected to participate in camps, available for children ages 3 to 18. Most are based at the Greenway, but overnight adventure and equestrian camps are also offered at Springmaid Mountain in Spruce Pine, N.C. Adventure Seekers is the Greenway’s largest camp series and will double in size again this year to accommodate more than 700 campers. Accredited by the American Camp Association, the camp runs weekly through June and July and focuses on outdoor activities. Campers fish and paddle the Greenway’s lakes, hike along its 40 miles of trails, and learn teamwork and confidence in a ropes course, orienteering, GPS geocaching and basic survival skills training. Camps at the Greenway’s recreation complex include arts, dance, music, nature exploration and mad science – which emphasizes engineering, chemistry, robots and rocket physics. The ultimate sports camp includes soccer, football, basketball, baseball and more. Other highlights: Golf, scuba, photography, mountain biking, puppeteering, Lego building, “Reading Giraffe,” and clay- and metal-work camps taught by award-winning sculptor Bob Doster. Flyers Camp for rising first to fifth graders is a summer extension of the Greenway’s after-school program and offers a safe and stimulating alternative for child care while school is out. To register and for information, go to or call 803-547-4575.
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