Summer camps provide fun, learning

First Byline: 
Jonathan Vickery - Managing Editor

8-week sports camp begins June 2

The Blackville Recreation Department is offering an eight-week summer sports camp for youth, and it only costs $20.
"We're here to make a difference," said recreation director Jessie Dukes to the Barnwell District 19 School Board. He requested the board allow them to use certain facilities, mainly the two gyms and athletic fields, at no cost.
"I see this as a plus for us," said District 19 board member Carroll Priester, who made the motion May 19 to approve the use of facilities at no cost to the recreation department. She said it will fill a void that's been missing in Blackville for years by providing positive activities for children in the summer months.
Dukes said their program has experienced growth recently as participation during the school year has grown to 98 children.
The summer camp is for youth ages four to 17 and will run June 2 thru July 31 from 3 to 9 p.m. It will offer a variety of activities, including cheerleading, football, soccer, baseball, basketball, board games and arts and crafts.
Registration for the camp is underway at Blackville Town Hall.
For more information, call Jessie Dukes at (803) 300-1962.

Sheriff's office offering weeklong camps

The Barnwell County Sheriff's Office invites middle school students to "Be Smart" this summer.
The sheriff's office is holding weeklong "BE SMART" character camps free of charge for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Camps will be held June 9-13 at Williston-Elko High School, June 16-20 at Barnwell Elementary, and July 14-18 at Blackville-Hilda High. All camps are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
During the camp, students will learn from agencies such as the SRS Ecology Lab, Department of Natural Resources, Barnwell Fire Department, S.C. Highway Patrol and Axis 1 Center of Barnwell. The camp will educate students on safety and character.
"The Barnwell County Sheriff's Office, specifically the school resource officers, have a desire to be proactive in the lives of the students we see on a daily basis. We understand that our children are heavily influenced by people around them and we want to be part a positive part of that influence. Our camps are an opportunity to make that happen," said Darlene Cook, a school resource officer for Barnwell District 45.
Registration forms are available from the schools or sheriff's office.