The Center for Child and Family Studies

 

Youth Camp

Each year the South Carolina Department of Social Services Independent Living (IL) Program sponsors a youth training event for youth in foster care. Instead of hosting the Independent Living Conference this year, the SCDSS IL Program is sponsoring these camps as an exciting new initiative for youth training.

 

South Carolina foster youth in care can attend a Leadership Camp or Sibling Connections Camp and take part in fun activities like zip lining, kayaking, hiking, biking, canoeing, and swimming! And SCDSS will pay for your trip! Transportation is available through SCDSS. Take advantage of this opportunity to do something fun―for free!

 

For questions about the program, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Register for 2014 Camps!

 

Sibling Connection Camp

This camp is designed to allow siblings ages 10-17 who are not placed together to attend a fun and educational adventure. At least one sibling must be in foster care for the sibling group to attend. The legal guardian of any child not in foster care must sign the permission form. Due to programming and staffing, no exceptions will be made for youth who are outside the age requirement. Youth will engage in a variety of experimental, hands-on learning activities including key themes for each weekend. Themes include: leadership, communication, job skills, advocacy, relationship building/trust, and planning. Youth will have fun with activities like go-carts, climbing walls, teams course, canoeing, archery and much more!

 

Leadership Retreat

This camp is exclusively for Chafee-eligible youth, ages 15-20. Youth will engage in a variety of experimental, hands-on learning activities including key themes for each weekend. Themes include: leadership, communication, job skills, advocacy, relationship building/trust, and planning. Youth will have fun with activities like go-carts, climbing walls, teams course, canoeing, archery and much more!

 


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2015 Camps coming soon!

 


Camp Locations

 

Click here for our Youth Camps Map around the state.


Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)

698 Concord Church Road―Pickens, SC 29671

 

Sewee Coastal Retreat Center (Camp Sewee)

7407 Doar Road―Awendaw, SC 29429

 

Cooper Leadership Center (Camp Bob Cooper)

8001 M. W. Rickenbaker Road―Summerton, SC 29148

 

Long Leadership Center (Camp Long)

82 Camp Long Road―Aiken, SC 29805

 

Camp Hannon (Camp Hannon)

391 Moorefield Memorial Highway―Sunset, SC 29685

University of South Carolina