Welcome to Camp Discovery
We welcome 3-6 year olds and parents to join us for amazing learning journeys and outdoor adventures in the fields and forests of Camp Discovery! Programs offer a mix of hands-on recreational activities, nature walks, songs, stories, animal experiences, and open play covering a wide variety of nature themes. All activities are designed to be fun, build confidence and connection to self and others, and engage the senses.
GNAT programs are specifically designed for children and adults to learn together in a natural and supportive setting, while discovering nature close to home. Programs are offered on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month in fall, winter, and spring. Through songs, games, crafts, animal encounters and exploration of the natural world together, we embark on different seasonal topics. Each theme brings incredible new discoveries, cultivating wonder and curiosity, and building a loving connection to nature and others. Your child will expand their awareness of the natural world and we hope some of that wonder will rub off on you! Families may register for individual sessions.
* GNAT programs unfortunately cannot accommodate school groups or daycare centers. If you would like to schedule a visit for a preschool group, please contact us at 803-754-2008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
• Pre-registration and advance payment is required. Register by mail, email or call 803-754-2008 to register by phone as there are a limited number of spots available. Registration closes at noon the Thursday before.
• Cost is $8 per child. $5 for each additional sibling of age. Parent or legal guardian is FREE.
• Programs typically run 1.5 hours from 10:00 to 11:30am.
• All programs are held rain or shine! Children should be dressed to be outside regardless of the season. Our buildings can be used for a portion of the program and in inclement weather.
• If you are registered and will not be attending, please call us to inform us of your child’s absence. For questions or to register by phone, please call 803-754-2008.
• Limited financial assistance is available. For more information and an application contact Joanna Weitzel at 803-754-2008 or email email@example.com.
Please notify us of any cancellations at least 7 days prior to the registered session. If you inform us at least one week before, we will issue you a voucher good towards another GNAT class or register you for an alternate session. Any non-attendance or cancellations after this point will result in the charge of the FULL class fee. Camp Discovery does not give refunds, only vouchers good towards future programming. If Camp Discovery cancels a class for any reason, you will be given the option of attending a different session or provided a full refund.
GNAT programs are adult-child programs for 3-6 year olds. If an older sibling is attending along with you that are old enough to participate, they must be registered as a participant. Younger siblings are welcome, but parents and caregivers must be prepared to remove a sibling from the program in order to preserve the experience for you and for others.
Program Topics (Fall 2014)
Sept. 12th, 2014 - Under Our Feet
It’s amazing how many creatures live under the dirt and fallen leaves right beneath our feet! Through interactive activities, songs and field exploration, children uncover some of these creatures and learn about adaptations which allows them to live underground
Sept 26th, 2014 - Happening Habitats
From a hole in the ground to a nest in a tree, animals live in a wide variety of habitats. Children will meet animals from different habitats, take a forest walk in search of animal dens, and learn about the life of each unique creature.
Oct 10th, 2014 - Now You See Me, Now You Don’t
Camouflage is important to the survival of many animals. Children will learn the value of colors and patterns of birds, insects, and other animals that make them appear to openly “hide” within their environment.
Oct 24th, 2014 - A Scattering of Seeds
By air or by fur, seeds travel in a variety of ways. Using the story of Peter Pan, children will learn the life cycle of trees and see firsthand different ways that seeds are distributed throughout Camp Discovery.
November 7th, 2014 – Long Winter’s Nap
How do animals respond to changes in seasons? Through games, hands on activities, and an up-close look at animals, we discover the basic ways that animals prepare for winter.
November 21st, 2014 – Move It, Move It
Flap your wings like a bird, leap like a rabbit, and walk silently like a deer, listening and sniffing the air. Children will delve into animal movement as they wiggle their way through a mix of interactive, hands-on activities.
December 5th, 2014 – Animal Homes
From their leafy branches to their knotty roots, trees provide a home for many animals. Through an interactive tree hike, children will heighten their observation skills and discover animals that rely on separate parts of the tree for their survival.
December 19th, 2014 - A Natural Holiday Celebration
We will celebrate Christmas through the holiday version of If You Take A Mouse to the Movies with holiday activities that include sweet treats, songs, and even making edible ornaments to decorate a nature tree for the birds!
Program Topics (Winter 2015)
January 2nd, 2015 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! No program today.
January 16th, 2015 - Animals of The Mitten
Winter is here and so are we, but the outdoors seems so lifeless. We settle in with a cup of hot cocoa and the story The Mitten to learn how wildlife abounds even during the colder months. Children are inspired to notice the signs of life in their own backyard, and while we may not have snow in SC, they’ll leave with their own snowflakes in hand.
February 6th, 2015 - Awesome Opossums
Roses are red, violets are blue, opossums are misunderstood and they need love, too. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by making a Valentine opossum puppet! We’ll learn about the life of North America’s only marsupial and even meet an opossum willing to share the opossum love!
February 20th, 2015 - Those Squirrely Squirrels
Preschoolers learn about the characteristics of squirrels through hands-on, active, fun games that help exhibit the behaviors and adaptations of squirrels. Using imaginative play, children act out squirrel behaviors and learn about these amazing acrobats that may live in their own backyards.
March 6th, 2015 – Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!
There is something about a tree so inviting that you just want to hug it! In celebration of Dr. Suess’s birthday this month, we are inspired to learn about taking care of our forests. After reading the story, The Lorax, we discover the beauty and importance of trees and set out to make out own Truffula forest!
Program Topics (Spring 2015)
March 20th, 2015 - Creepy Critters
Children will learn about some of our “creepiest” critters. Sing songs and discover hands-on all about lizards, snakes, bats, and worms. Get over the creeps and learn to appreciate these amazing creatures and their important roles in our ecosystems.
April 3rd, 2015 - Cafe' for the Birds
Let’s cook up some fun, crafty food projects and learn about the birds that each practical recipe is most likely to attract. From hummingbird nectar to happy-bird day cake, preschoolers will get excited about feeding and learning about the birds around us!
April 17th, 2015- Spring Has Sprung
Spring is the perfect time to celebrate eggs, inside and out. Eggs are truly one of nature’s wonders. They provide a source of food as well as water and protection for baby animals developing inside. We’ll explore some animals that hatch from eggs and make sure an egg-cellent time is had by all!
May 1st, 2015 - Build-A-Bird
How are we different from birds? Children discover the different parts of a bird as they become one themselves using a variety of objects. They will learn how birds build their nests and even craft one of their very own!
May 15th, 2015 – Sensory Walk
The croak of a frog, the scent of honeysuckle, and the texture of bark are all ways to identify plants and animals. Using all of our senses, we compare colors, shapes and sounds in the natural world and discover the wonder in what nature has to offer!
Exploring in the woods, racing through meadows, flipping rocks in a stream, watching bugs and other critters; there’s so much for children to do, see and experience every day in the beautiful setting of Camp Discovery!
Earth Keepers is a summer program at Camp Discovery where children ages 6-11 can discover the simple joys of nature and grow closer to the natural world through outdoor play, new discoveries and hands-on learning. Using engaging activities to illustrate and reinforce the concepts covered each day, Earth Keepers are free to explore and experience the wonders of nature through trail walks, scavenger hunts, games, crafts, stories, and even live animal encounters!
Four different weeks are available. Cost is $175 per camp. Come for one or come for all! Each week focuses on an environmental theme designed to develop a respect for nature and all living things. Children are engaged through outdoor fun in an exciting atmosphere and develop a better understanding of their place in this world.
Registration begins April 1st and spaces are limited! Click here for registration information.
2014 Earth Keepers Camp Themes
Week 1: Life on the Forest Floor – June 9th-13th, 2014
This fun filled week Earth Keepers spend time prowling the forest as we roll over logs, sift soil, and creep through shrubs in search of creatures big and small who call the forest home. Through hands-on exploration and up-close animal interactions, we dig deep to uncover creatures that tunnel, burrow, and slither and learn more about their hidden lives down under.
Week 2: A Treetop View – June 16th- 20th, 2014
There is so much happening in the diverse habitats at Camp Discovery, so this week we look to the skies! Earth Keepers are challenged to use all of their senses to learn about the things that fly and life up high. We will investigate the amazing adaptations and complex connections of animals inhabiting our treetop world. Get ready to flap your wings and soar!
Week 3: Art the Natural Way – June 23rd- 27th, 2014
Nature provides limitless paths of creativity using the mind, the hands, and the heart. Earth Keepers will spend time outside learning to see the beauty of nature and develop artworks based on their discoveries. From sun and leaf printing to painting with pine needles to finding music through the sounds of nature, this week combines the best of art, nature, and wildlife to bring inspiration to the nature-loving artist in any child!
Week 4: Wild Mysteries- July 8th-12th, 2014
Earth Keepers embark on an adventure to unravel the mysteries of life in a wild, wild world. Armed with binoculars, clipboards and cameras, we hit the fields and forest trails to discover the hidden secrets to animal survival. From masters of disguise to true time travelers, we uncover some pretty wild behaviors that animals reveal in their daily quest for survival.
What does the forest provide us aside from shade and a quiet place to walk? From food to medicine to much, much more! Students discover and identify the plants and animals that call Camp Discovery home, and see what a truly exciting and productive place the forest can be.
Get an up-close, hands-on look at these amazing ectothermic animals. Learn about the scales of a snake, shells of turtles and moist skin of frogs. Students gain an up close look at some of our most misunderstood wild neighbors and a better understanding for their vital roles in our world.
Big, small, furred, feathered and scaled: they come in all shapes and sizes! Students increase their awareness of the natural environment as they observe animal homes and identify wildlife through hands-on learning inside and outside. Focus is placed on understanding habitat, human impacts, and relationships between wildlife and their environment.
Explore the aquatic communities at Camp Discovery! Learn about different types of wetlands, the important role of wetlands in the environment, as well as the plants and animals that call these vital areas home. Students create their own wetland and discover how humans can impact these sensitive areas.
Students explore aquatic communities and the plant, animals and organisms living there. Through in-depth study, students gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the diversity of life forms, the interconnectedness of all species, and the need for responsible use and protection of water resources.
Students learn about the adaptations that plants and animals have developed in order to stay alive. An exploration into topics such as camouflage, hibernation, and migration allows students the chance to understand what happens in the natural world throughout different seasons.
Through field exploration, students examine the following distinct forest communities: field, forest, edge and aquatic. They identify plants, trees and animals living there, learn how they reproduce, and discover the underlying physical and biological adaptations that shape and change our forests and impact survival.
Students dig deep in this lesson to get all the dirty details about dirt and soil! They learn about soil and its importance to the woods and to whole ecosystems. By studying soil composition, students gain an understanding of how soil is formed, soil properties, and what lives within the soil.
When we go to sleep, a whole other world comes alive. Meet some of our mysterious, nocturnal animals, and discover how animals like them use their senses to live in a world of darkness.
What makes a bird a bird? Students are introduced to bird adaptations and bird identification as they investigate a variety of bird habitats. Students will learn about feathers and flight and identify native birds using proper field observation techniques and guides.
Students become prey and predator as the forest reveals the complex and unexpected ways members of a community rely on each other. Students gain an understanding of food chains, food webs, and other factors relating to adaptations for life in a wild, wild world.
Delve into the world of natural habitats and the creatures calling them home. Students investigate wildlife and analyze how living things adapt to changing conditions in establishing a niche in their habitat.
- $15 per student, with a minimum fee of $150 per group.
- Discovery Days group size is limited to 45 students to maximize the learning experience,
- Visits last between 2.5 hours to 4 hours depending upon the interests of the group.
- Programs can be customized to coincide with classroom learning.
Additional Program Related Fees: Groups that reschedule or cancel any program less than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled program date will be charged an additional $25.00 fee. Groups that do not show for their scheduled date will be charged the full cost of the program.
Prior to Arrival
After a request is received, the leader will be contacted to confirm program details. Permission slips must be received at Camp Discovery for every visitor 2 weeks prior to scheduled date. Nametags are prepared ahead of time based upon this roll. Full payment is expected by program date, unless a purchase order is received. Camp Discovery accepts checks, credit cards and purchase orders.
Plan to arrive 10 minutes before scheduled time. An exact count of the number of children and adults in your group must be provided upon arrival. Camp Discovery staff works closely with all individuals and groups to insure a shared and successful program. Our programs are a collaborative effort, and while Camp Discovery will lead your program, teachers are expected to participate during their group’s visit. If unforeseen circumstances arise, please call 803-754-8500.
Note: With the exception of service dogs for guests with disabilities, pets are not allowed on Camp Discovery grounds.
Camp Discovery does not have vending machines or water fountains. Participants should bring drinks, including waters, snacks and/or bag lunches. Children will be outside for much of their program. If children bring water bottes, Camp Discovery can make coolers of water available. Grassy areas and benches are available for picnics. Inside space is also available in case of inclement weather.
Financial and Special Assistance
Program grants are available to Title I Schools, Urban Schools or schools or groups from under-served areas to offset field trip costs. Funds can underwrite up to 50% of the program fees associated with a Camp Discovery visit. Scholarships are available throughout the entire school year, but educators are encouraged to book programs quickly as funds are limited, and available on a first come, first served basis.
For further details on scholarships, or if you need special services or accommodations to participate in our programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 803-754-2008.
Camp Discovery offers a unique outdoor classroom to meet the individual interests, needs and goals of students, teachers, and other groups. The Discovery Days curriculum is designed to instill an appreciation of nature and support the kindergarten through 8th grade South Carolina Science Standards. Lessons are largely outdoors, incorporating nature, artifacts, activities and live animals. We provide students a positive environment in which they are motivated and learn content in creative ways.
The following programs are available year-round, unless otherwise marked as seasonal. Click on the topic for an overview of each lesson.
Recycling: The Natural Thing To Do
Discovery Days immerses students into the natural world through hands-on exploration and provides a unique opportunity for outdoor learning in a healthy,fresh air environment. With every Discovery Days visit, students enjoy 2-3 hours of stimulating, hands-on environmental programming. Programs consist of age-appropriate, SC Science Standards-based activities and further help to address the needs and challenges facing today's youth using activities promoting teamwork, communication and respect.
About Discovery Days
Leaders choose from a menu of Discovery Day Topics to best complement classroom learning and provide a well-rounded balance of learning experiences. Each experience begins with an introduction to our staff and the core values that guide Camp Discovery. Students are introduced to the day's topics, given a preview of the adventures ahead, and then we get moving! At the end program, students reflect on their visit to internalize their experience and instill broader insight into nature. Camp Discovery can also work with your class to develop pre- and post-trip materials to provide students with a personalized learning experience.
Being outdoors is what we're all about! For each Discovery Day visit,
- Allow 2½ hours for a half-day program and 4 hours for a full day program (including lunch).
- Field trips can be scheduled for Tuesday through Friday.
- Group size is limited to 25 students per program. Students may be divided into groups in order to ensure a successful program.
- One chaperon per every ten children is required.
- We ask that you and your students to be prepared for seasonal and mild inclement weather.
Scheduling a Discovery Days Experience
Let us help you arrange a visit that best meet the needs of you and your group! Click here for more information about how to schedule your visit, program fees, lunch options and policies.
“The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~ Albert Einstein
About Discovery Days
Take your students out from behind their desks and bring them into a new world of discovery! Camp Discovery provides a 104 acres of deciduous forest, open pastures, scenic creeks and winding trails -- the ideal outdoor classroom to awaken a child's senses and engage with the world around them!
The Discovery Days program offers a traditional way of experiencing nature, something that is vanishing from the lives of children today. Incorporating a variety of safe, interesting, multi-faceted activities, Discovery Days connects children to the wonders of the natural world through active, cooperative learning. From field exploration to outdoor recreation to hands-on investigation, Discovery Days has something for every group and every learning style.
Using an array of dynamic, environmental topics that incorporate nature, artifacts and even live animals, Discovery Days can help teachers create an individualized learning experience that addresses South Carolina’s educational standards. Activities further promote teamwork, communication and instill a greater respect for Earth and its inhabitants.
Reserving a Discovery Days Experience
Leaders choose from the Discovery Day Curriculum to best complement classroom learning and provide a well-rounded balance of learning experiences that are designed to be age and developmentally appropriate. Let us help you arrange a visit that best meet the needs of you and your group! For each Discovery Day visit,
- Half-day and full day programs are available.
- Group size is limited to 45. Students will be divided into smaller teams of 4-6 to assure a successful program.
- One chaperon per every ten children is required.
- Being outdoors is what we're all about! Be prepared for mild inclement weather.
- Pre- and post-trip materials can often be provided, upon request
Learn more about Program Fees and Reservations here.
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Program Partners are an remarkable group of our most devoted supporters. Program Partners enable Camp Discovery to deliver services over and above what we can do without them. Individuals, businesses, churches, or other groups donate monthly or quarterly to send a child, or even a group of children, to Camp Discovery!
When you, your business, Sunday school class, or other group becomes a Program Partner, you provide dependable support that is vital to assisting the children in most need. Your faithful giving expands the capacity to which we can serve children within our communities, children that otherwise may not have the financial resources to participate at Camp Discovery. Program Partner gifts are placed into a scholarship fund that offers individual or group assistance to those impacted by financial circumstances beyond their control. Your gifts also help the future of our programs with 10% of every Partner gift being placed in the Camp Discovery endowment fund to further ensure our future.
Becoming a Program Partner
You determine the amount of your monthly donation. A monthly gift as little as $10.00 makes a difference in the life of a child! You can change or stop your gifts at any time.
Your credit card is charged or your checking account is drafted around the same date each month or quarter, and you receive an email confirmation at that time.
- In January, you are sent an annual giving statement for tax purposes.
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"The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright
In keeping with our mission to enrich the lives of people of all ages, Camp Discovery offers intergenerational programs for groups seeking mutual enrichment.
Participants can learn from each other through carefully designed recreational activities for both seniors and youth. Our programs allow for seniors to share life experiences with the young, while the youth further enrich the lives of the elderly.
Nature education and environmental stewardship are vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities and our world. Through outdoor activities and experiential learning, Camp Discovery offers Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts a variety of habitats to explore, including forest, pastures, and streams. Camp Discovery’s programs can fulfill many of the necessary requirements to earn merit badges in a variety of areas. Programs can be scheduled for individual scout troops on weekday, occasional weekends, or be combined with an overnight camping trip for an extended learning experience.
Depending upon the goals of the group, programs can have an environmental focus with hands-on activities designed to develop a deeper appreciation for nature, or a recreational focus, placing more emphasis on enhancing life skills such as leadership or sensitivity to the needs of others. For more details, please review Our Programs at Camp Discovery to select a program that meets your specific interest.
Eagle Scout Service Projects
Are you an Eagle Scout seeking a meaningful and fulfilling project in which to complete your service requirements? Eagle Scout Service Projects make a big difference at Camp Discovery! Camp Discovery maintains a menu of a variety of projects that Scouts can organize to help the Camp and fulfill their Eagle project requirements.
Eagle Scout Project Examples:
- Building nesting boxes (owl, blue bird, etc)
- Creating a bridge or walkway
- Collecting items for the Camp through a supply drive
All Eagle Scout Service Projects must be approved in advance by Camp Discovery. Once approved, the Scout can print and complete the Eagle Scout Service Packet and get started at a mutally agreed upon time.
If you are interested in learning more about the Camp’s needs and projects available, please email your contact information (including cell phone) and when you wish to complete your project. A representative from our office will contact you about planning, organizing, and approving your project. For other questions, please call (803) 754-2008.
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What could be more thrilling than a place where each child’s innate connection to nature is celebrated? Through hands-on activities, exploration, movement, and animal encounters, we support each child’s curiosity and wonder using Camp Discovery as an outdoor classroom. We are excited to offer among the best programs available that are specifically designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of students.
Camp Discovery offers a variety of recreational and experiential based programs in nature for children and youth. At Camp Discovery, our outdoor classroom is 104 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands, a perfect place to experience nature in action. Activities are designed to interweave experiential learning and science instruction in an engaging way that reinforces classroom instruction. There is something here for every group and every learning style. Your students will love learning here at Camp Discovery!
Our programs cover a wide range of topics designed to enhance classroom learning. Each program
• Coordinates with the SC Science Academic Standards for grades K-8
• Incorporates interactive and hands-on learning
• Offers indoor and outdoor components
• Features live animal presentations, when appicable
• Can be customized to fit individual curriculum or specific concept needs of the group
Camp Discovery is happy to customize every experience to best fit the individual needs of the group. Please call us at 803-754-2008 or email us to discuss program activities or special requests for your visit. To learn more about the Camp Discovery programs available, click this link.
Camp Discovery’s goal-oriented therapeutic recreation programs offer a blend of activities based upon individual and group needs. The activities used are often as varied as the participants themselves. Whether it is a hula hoop exercise to assist a preschooler in grasping the concept of personal space or a game of archery to guide a teen in setting and attaining personal goals, activities are clinically designed around identified concept areas and to provide valuable life skills.
All activity therapy programming includes a full assessment, a customized field trip based upon the overall needs of the group, and awards for participants to serve as reminders of learned concepts. Programs are typically provided within the safe, natural setting of Camp Discovery, however some activity programs can be taken to schools, children’s homes, and other community sites in certain situations.
Step 1: Group Needs Assessment Form
The leader completes and sends a Group Needs Assessment request form to Camp Discovery to secure a field trip date.
Step 2: Schedule Assessment Date
When the request is received, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist contacts the leader to schedule an assessment date for participants and discuss desired goals.
Step 3: Therapist Assessment
The therapist visits the group at their site to evaluate the challenges facing participants. Based upon the needs identified, the goals of the leader, and the participants’ preferences, a customized field trip is developed.
Step 4: Tools for Life Field Trip
The group visits Camp Discovery and enjoys a wonderful day of recreational activities designed just for them!
Ready to plan your visit? Click here for more information about how to schedule your visit, program fees, lunch options and policies.
"By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before…" ~ Edwin Elliot
Camp Discovery's Tools for Life recreation therapy programs provide unique opportunities for children and youth to improve life skills, develop social connections, and boost independence. Camp Discovery offers a safe and accepting emotional environment where barriers and labels are removed, opening the door to discovery. Using recreation, participants unearth their own personal strengths and come to value them, while also learning to recognize the strengths of others.
Who Benefits from Recreation Therapy?
Any person can reap the many benefits derived through indoor and outdoor recreation. But groups that are the best match for customized therapeutic interventions at Camp Discovery have leaders that know the challenges of their students and have clear goals in mind. Children, youth and young adults served through our recreation programs are often identified with critical challenges stemming from
- attention, energy and impulse management
- emotional and self perception issues
- family circumstances, neighborhood/peer influences
- risky behaviors
- mental or physical challenges
- learning differences
- other life-altering events
Scheduling a Tools for Life Program
Our recreation therapy programs provide a variety of engaging activities to help improve the lives of those facing difficult circumstances beyond their control. The “Tools for Life” model we use addreses life’s challenges by building essential skills that promote independence, improve self-esteem, develop confidence in independent thinking and social skills, and enhance sensitivity to the needs of others. Activities are clinically designed to boldly interrupt, interfere with and challenge patterns of behavior or thinking which are not working, while simultaneously teaching tools for life.
Magnifying Glasses (plastic)
Sharpees (Assorted Colors)
Dry Erase Markers
Pens (Blue and Black)
Name Tags (NO Blue or Red)
Box of Clear Name Badge Holders (with string)
HP 60 Color Ink Cartridges
Clear Protective Sleeves (letter size)
Michael's or Wal-Mart Gift Cards
Empty paper towel or toilet paper tubes
Dyson Animal Care Vacuum
Microscope (new or used)
Lowes or Home Depot Gift Cards
Cash donations are always welcome!
Collecting and Using Personal Information
(In some cases, and in all cases where required by law or regulation, you will be able to update the information that you provide to us either by sending us an e-mail or, where you have established personal profiles with us, by updating your profile online. Please refer to the specific pages where data is collected for more information.) Camp Discovery will not sell, license, transmit or disclose this information outside of Camp Discovery and its affiliated organizations unless (a) expressly authorized by you, (b) necessary to enable Camp Discovery contractors or agents to perform certain functions for us, or (c) required or permitted by law. In all cases, we will disclose the information consistent with applicable laws and regulations and we will require the recipient to protect the information and use it only for the purpose it was provided.
By “personal information,” we mean data that is unique to an individual, such as a name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number. Camp Discovery will not collect Social Security Numbers, or credit card information. From time to time, we may request personal information from you at our sites in order to deliver requested materials to you, respond to your questions, or deliver a product or service.
The Camp Discovery web site is a non-secure web site. We welcome your comments or questions about our websites and have provided contact boxes for that purpose. We will share your comments and questions with our staff, service representatives, board of directors, and those employees most capable of addressing your questions and concerns.
Please note that your e-mail, like most, if not all, non-encrypted Internet e-mail communications, may be accessed and viewed by other Internet users, without your knowledge and permission, while in transit to us. For that reason, to protect your privacy, please do not use e-mail to communicate information to us that you consider confidential. If you wish, you may contact us instead via non-cellular telephone at the numbers provided at various locations on our site.
Other Information; “Cookies”
You should also be aware that when you visit our websites, we may collect certain information that does not identify you personally, but provides us with “usage data,” such as the number of visitors we receive or what pages are visited most often. This data helps us to analyze and improve the usefulness of the information we provide at these websites. This data is commonly referred to as “web stats.”
Like most commercial website owners, we may also use what is known as “cookie” technology. A “cookie” is an element of data that a website can send to your browser when you link to that website. It is not a computer program and has no ability to read data residing on your computer or instruct it to perform any step or function. By assigning a unique data element to each visitor, the website is able to recognize repeat users, track usage patterns and better serve you when you return to that site. The cookie does not extract other personal information about you, such as your name or address.
Linking to Other Sites
From time to time, Camp Discovery web site may provide links to other web sites, not owned or controlled by Camp Discovery, that we think might be useful or of interest to you. We cannot, however, be responsible for the privacy practices used by other website owners or the content or accuracy of those other websites. Links to various non-Camp Discovery web sites do not constitute or imply endorsement by Camp Discovery of these web sites, any products or services described on these sites, or of any other material contained in them.
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Donations or Supply Drives
Camp Discovery relies on the generous support of individuals and community groups to contribute items for children and youth programs at the Camp. If you or your community group is interested in collecting items to donate, please see the Camp Discovery Wish List.
Please note: We appreciate the kindness of our donors, but Camp Discovery must respect the children we serve. Due to security policies and privacy laws, we ask that you please call ahead at 803-754-2008 and make arrangements before bringing donations. Thank you!
Are you a retired teacher wanting to stay involved in life-changing work with children? Are you an Eagle Scout seeking a meaningful and fulfilling project in which to complete your service requirements? Do you, your co-workers, your church or school have a morning or afternoon to work on a project at Camp Discovery?
At Camp Discovery, our programs are a true reflection of the many people that pitch in to make this life-changing work possible and the ways to become involved are endless! No prior experience is necessary, and anyone 16 years or older with a love for children, nature or just wishing to make a difference in our community is encouraged to apply in one of the following areas:
- Programs – If you like working with children, have an outgoing positive attitude, and enjoy learning and being outdoors, this is for you! Program volunteers directly assist directors with children’s programming. These volunteers may guide a hike, oversee an activity or just be an extra set of eyes and hands to ensure that programs run smoothly. VOLUNTEERS IN THIS AREA WILL NEED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR A BACKGROUND CHECK.
- Activities - Much of the work for programs is done ahead of time. These volunteers are called upon to assist with cleaning, arts and crafts preparations, and other tasks needed for a Tools for Life or Discovery Days program.
- Grounds – 104 acres is a lot to maintain! We have to keep clean, safe trails, replace timbers and rotten boards and so much more! This area is for those that want to use their hands and see firsthand the results of their efforts, while spending time in the great outdoors!
- Field and Stream- This is a very SPECIAL group of volunteers that have and are willing to use their heavy duty equipment (tractor, bush hog) needed to maintain Camp Discovery’s pastures and fields. Each volunteer is assigned an area of pasture to keep cut and free for children to use.
- Special Projects and Events- From time to time, Camp Discovery will need helping hands to assemble mailings, assist with events, or organize and put away donations and other supplies. Volunteers are contacted on an “as needed” basis.
To learn more about these volunteer opportunities or group service projects available, please contact us at 803-754-2008, or email email@example.com.
Camp Discovery supporters are, without a doubt, extraordinary people! Thanks to the generosity and spirit of our donors, partners and volunteers, Camp Discovery touches the lives of hundreds of children each year. While some give time, and others give resources, everyone gives with their hearts and becomes a valued partner in bringing hope and laughter to children of all abilities and backgrounds. Your tax deductible gifts allow children, families and communities to benefit from Camp Discovery’s top quality services and provide participants with memorable experiences to last a lifetime.
Donate Today – Join us in touching young lives by supporting the work of Camp Discovery! Every dollar donated makes it possible for Camp Discovery to achieve its mission by empowering youth, bringing hope and touching lives. A donation to Camp Discovery helps children reap the benefits of our programs throughout the year, regardless of their ability to pay.
Be Our Partner – Will you partner with us today in creating a better tomorrow for children? Program Partner gifts enable Camp Discovery to deliver services above and beyond what we can do without them. Individuals, businesses, churches, or other groups donate monthly or quarterly towards the cost of a field trip for a child or a group. 90% of every Program Partner donation goes to programs and 10% to the Camp Discovery endowment.
Honor a Special Person or Event – Is there a loved one that you wish to honor or a special event to celebrate? Consider making a donation to pay tribute to that special someone or to commemorate the occasion. Camp Discovery will send the person you designate an acknowledgement informing them of your kindness.
Leave A Legacy - Remembering the children at Camp Discovery in your final wishes is a wonderful way to leave a lasting legacy. Including Camp Discovery in your long-term estate planning is easy, with the most common ways being to name Camp Discovery as a beneficiary in your will, or by gifting a life insurance policy, an IRA account or other retirement plan. Consult with your professional advisor and share your completed gift plan with us, allowing us to recognize your gift during your lifetime.
Matching Gifts - Do you know that you can double the impact of your donation to Camp Discovery? Many corporations offer to match gifts ranging from $25 to $5,000. Check with your employer or human resources department to see if your company will match your donations to Camp Discovery. This simple step could significantly increase your gift and make an even greater difference in the lives of those at Camp Discovery!
You can feel confident that your support is truly making a difference in the lives of others as Camp Discovery was recognized by the Secretary of State with the Angel Award in for being one of “the most efficient and effective charities soliciting in South Carolina.”
“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as important to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” - Bradley Miller
Camp Discovery provides a safe place for children to learn, heal and grow in a natural setting. Our focus is on meeting the needs and interests of participants through enjoyable, innovative programs and carefully designed activities delivered in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere. Download a copy of the Camp Discovery Program Brochure here.
Tools for Life provides specialized recreation activities that focus on identified concept areas and offer life skills benefitting the overall needs of the group.
Discovery Days offer experiential learning through customized hands-on activities and outdoor exploration to reinforce classroom concepts and standards.
At Camp Discovery, we believe that everyone can benefit from time in nature and understand that learning can be “at the moment” or “lifelong”. Guided by our mission, Camp Discovery programs are designed to improve the wellbeing of individuals at any age by providing significant tools for life through recreation and experiential learning.
About Camp Discovery
Camp Discovery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing therapeutic recreation and experiential learning in a natural setting. Camp Discovery provides a special place where it is okay to make a mistake and everyone, regardless of abilities or background, is valued for being just who they are!
Camp Discovery offers a more traditional way of experiencing nature, something that is quickly vanishing from the lives of children today. Camp Discovery is not a typical "camp". Our programs are designed to equip children with essential social, emotional and other skills necessary for building positive self-concepts and effective tools for living.
What started as a dream about bringing together young people of diverse backgrounds in a special place of “discovery” became a reality when therapist Donna Johnson founded what is now known today as Camp Discovery. The original plan was to utilize Camp Discovery for clinical therapeutic interventions, as it still does today, but that plan is growing by leaps and bounds. With the expansion of our therapeutic recreation program offsite, the introduction of a new experiential learning program, and the additions of an outdoor amphitheater and the new Discovery Room opening later this year, we are excited to further our reach and serve those needing it most within our communities.
Close to thirty years later, Camp Discovery has become a respected leader in recreation therapy programming in a community setting touching the lives of over 10,000 children from the Midlands of South Carolina and serving hundreds more each year. As we look ahead, Camp Discovery remains dedicated to meeting the needs and interests of participants of all ages and abilities through innovative programming and carefully designed field trips delivered in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere.
Executive Director- Joanna Weitzel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Development Coordinator - Henry Chastain Email: email@example.com
Camp Discovery Board of Trustees
Board Chair- Cindy Nord, PhD
Vice Chairman- Kyle Evans
CF Evans Construction
Trustee- Lynn Blaylock
Assistant Vice President
Trustee- Stuart Andrews
Trustee- Ephraim Ulmer
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"Living and Learning Through Discovery"
Camp Discovery programs bridge the gap between children and nature to bring hope, health and happiness to young lives.
Situated among 104 acres of beautiful trails, woodlands, pastures, and creeks in Blythewood, SC, our day programs take full advantage of the beautiful landscape and offer the excitement of a natural setting in an emotionally safe, accepting environment. At Camp Discovery, children gain more insight into themselves through enriching, goal-oriented activities and learn essential lifeskills as they discover the great outdoors!
Camp Discovery is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.
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