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2018 – Summer Camp Adventures in Photography and Writing

Dates for our summer camps, please scroll down for description for each camps’ content and focus.  

Photojournalism – “photos” tell the story, and guide the writing of  the script!

Plus we use documentary photography to learn from, and create amazing stories.

Adventures are ahead! Details below


June 11-15 

June 18-22 

June 25-29  

July –  16-20 &  July 23-27

July 30-August 3

9 am to 4 PM  – each week


July 23-27 & July 30-August 3, 2018 –

Serious Theatre & Multimedia Adventure Workshop Session

Ages:  4th grade to highschool
119 or 120 Broad Street:  Allegro Charter Music School. & Charleston County Main Library, Calhoun Street 
Focusing on Stories of Community Courage during the Civil Rights Era
We gather stories about people from the low country who made a difference during the Civil Rights Era.  Our gear includes cameras and iPads, and pencils, pens and writing tablets.  We work in teams interviewing and editing and then assembling with photos or short videos.  We also write scripts, that turn into theatrical performances for our community to enjoy and learn from.
Topics have been expanded to include local educators who made a difference here and have schools named after them. We will be working with schools individually and gathering their stories.
Who are some of the people?  Septima P. Clark, Esau Jenkins, Bernice Robinson, Tammy Wine, Guy and Candie Carawan, Charles Ferillo and Judge J. Waties Waring. There are many others as well.  We also look to Mayor Joe Riley, and many who worked with him as he began his 40-year career.
Randy Neale (and others from PURE) will lead the theatrical training, and Linda Dennis and several Apple representatives will be on hand throughout to help bring together the multimedia projects.  A book published on the final projects will be shared through out South Carolina and we expect to travel and perform and while supporting various festivals here (MOJA, PICCOLO)
All students may sign up for either one week or both of our workshop sessions and continue each semester in our Saturday School. IE one week of workshop includes the entire semester of Saturday School.  If your student has an interest in working with us both semesters, payment for the second half can be paid in January 2019.  So please send your student to the two weeks of workshop.
Teams will be established for each project, with each student having the opportunity to find their own creative outlet.  All students will be given credit and listed throughout.  This type of extracurricular activity should be included in your student’s portfolio and since they will be published in the form of media that they have chosen, shared with their schools.  The Charleston County School District is aware of this project and is assisting us in locating the schools named after educators.
Cost:  $250 per workshop/camp session – Monday to Friday, 9 to 4, and we expect field trips, and Saturday School to be held. throughout the first semester.  Students attend on Saturdays when they are available, with field trips offered with advance notice.
During the upcoming year, we do also gather for extra activities to include parades, picnics and special local events!  Once your student becomes a “backpacker” they are invited to join  in as we are offered these experiences and there is no additional charge.
Any questions?  Sign up is easy via our website:  Camps link.  There are two blocks – $75 for registering.  A final bill is sent and registration form.
 June 18-22, 2018  – Harbor Pilots/Charleston Harbor

July 16- 20, 2018- Charleston Seaport/SC Port Authority

Charleston, SC location

(Basics of filmmaking/The Harbor Pilots/Charleston Harbor)

This is a STEAM week, filled with observation, writing, reporting and photography to include a final short film. (4th to 11th grade please)

Overview:  A week is spent studying the Harbor Pilots organization to include:  SC Port Authority locations, the nautical history of the harbor that dates back 300 years, the dredging and the US Army Corp of Engineers, and the Coast Guard.  This week is filled with field trips to different locations, using IPADS loaded on Iographers, for ease in taking photos and notes for later producing short films.  Limited Seating, with a pre-interview with a parent/teacher.

Photojournalism – “photos” tell the story, and guide the writing of  the script!

Deposit of $75 required/total weekly cost:  $250.  We provide all the field trip transportation.  Bag lunch required. 9 to 4 daily


Charleston, SC

June 25-29, 2018

Kids’ Guide to Charleston, SC

This is a STEAM week, filled with observation, writing, reporting and photography to include many locations in Charleston, SC just for kids.  These 5 days we spend about 80% of our time outside, and walking or riding on CARTA as we tour and capture our beautiful historic city by taking photographs or filming.

Day one, we gather to plan out our weeks’ field trips, and to review our writing, observation and filming skills.  Each day we travel the City of Charleston to gather the history found at the location, interview and then photograph and film.  We begin at the Museum Mile, and move to  Waterfront Park where we can cool off, the Farmers Markets, the Slave Museum, taking a Buxton Books’ Walking Tour, and always stopping off at City Hall, where the council chambers have walls filled with historic portraits of our forefathers. Not to forget, Charleston has many candy and ice cream shops, and a beautiful sea port.  For certain, we visit the SC Port Authority, and take a Charleston Harbor Boat ride, making sure we take photos and short films of our beautiful city!

PS The RiverDogs! We visit them during the week, and on Friday night – we have free tickets to the ballgame that closes with Fireworks!

Photojournalism – “photos” tell the story, and guide the writing of  the script!

 EXCEPTION: June 25-29 (9 to 4)– Kids Guide to Charleston, we welcome in rising 1st graders to 3rd graders for a special experience learning about the City of Charleston from their eyes! Includes a visit to the Waterfront Park with each student making his or her first “film” using an ipad/IMOVIE. ($200)

$75 deposit – $250 per week, Bag lunch.

9 to 4 daily


All of our camps focus on:

Learning about the lowcountry!  Become a photojournalist – taking photos and exploring certain locations. Reporting and having fun at the same time.  It’s photography and storytelling and filmmaking, with each week a new topic to cover.

Iographers! love them attached to a iPad!

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2018:    Cover the Assignment projects:

Kids Guide to Charleston, SC & the community over the bridge: Mt. Pleasant

Charleston is known for its preserved architecture found in the gates and buildings, glorious gardens and the oldest museum in America, a rich history that dates back to the settling of the “states” and the Revolutionary War, The Civil War and up to present day, with Patriot’s Point and the coastline filled with nature and our homeland’s security! The city and surrounding area offer beaches, fishing and water sports and some of the finest restaurants America has to offer.

Charleston is also known for special events and activities just for “kids”. The museums have special art and history programs, national parks with wide selections of fun places to explore, and then there are the open air festivals and farmer’s markets that are ongoing throughout the year. Down Market Street there are more candy shops and open air merchants to enjoy!

Plus, just over the bridge is Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Filled also with parks and beaches, promises a lot of activities for the kids and their families. A simple walk over the Ravenel Bridge promises an experience not found in any other city in America.

Our Afterschool Programming and Saturday Fun Days focus on researching Charleston and the surrounding areas and reporting on great places for kids to visit and enjoy. It’s history at it’s best, as well as what’s fun for a kid.

  • Taking a walking tour of Charleston one learns of the cobblestone streets, and of ghosts that still remain hanging around.
  • Charleston is a city of many parks and lakes.
  • The port of Charleston. SC Port Authority is our state’s economic engine and daily large boats from around the world come and go!
  • Waterfront Park, with it’s fountains and park benches, allow all visitors to enjoy the Charleston Harbor, and by the way, encourage kids to take a walk through the waters!
  • George Washington spent time in Charleston and visited a famous church that sits on the Four Corners of Law. Imagine sitting in his pew?
  • Guess how many ice cream shops are around, and btw what’s Gelato?
  • Candy? Is it really homemade? Instead of buying a packaged brand, sample the Charleston homemade!
  • Plantations listed on the National Historic Register are plentiful.
  • Across the bridge: Mt. Pleasant. Beaches and lots to explore from the BIG TOY, to Daniel Island’s oyster restoration projects protecting the coastline by students.
  • In Mt. Pleasant, the annual Blessing of the Fleet (Shrimpers) and the waterfront park under the bridge.
  • Toy stores? Yes lots to learn also, as these stores have great educational sessions for kids.
  • Open air markets: Charleston Farmers Market/Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market and W. Ashley Farmers Market. Lots of fresh vegetables grown locally, as well as stands of crafts and local art.

The lowcountry of South Carolina has a strong military presence. Charleston Joint Base, where the Combat Photographers Squadron resides, servicing the US Air Force all over the United States.   The Coast Guard resides on S.Broad and is often seen patrolling the harbor from boat and air.

Higher education includes the College of Charleston and The Citadel, with campuses on the peninsula and filled with history to learn about. Friday at The Citadel, when in session, offers a glimpse of the Military parade. College of Charleston with their libraries and art galleries, again offer a lot to learn from.

All the research which includes field trips, interviews and photography and short videos on each location to be placed on the website:  www.kidsguidetocharlestonsc.com.  Researched and written by “kids for kids all over the world”.

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2018 – Summer Camp Adventures in Photography and Writing