Beidler Forest

Summer Camp

Come fall in love with a bird. Or two. Or more! Photo: Camilla Cerea

Here in the world’s largest old-growth cypress-tupelo swamp forest, it’s easy to awaken your child's love for nature!  Beidler Forest offers three week-long summer Swamp Camps (for 7-12 year olds) and an Advanced Camp (for 13-16 year olds).

This year's Swamp Camp theme is "Invertebrates Expedition." If it crawls, climbs, flies, swims, digs, and lacks a spine, we're going to do our best to find it! The swamp is filled with small and unseen critters, all of which are important to the swamp's ecosystem. Some help cull mosquito populations, some help return nutrients to the environment, and some provide important food sources for larger animals. Not everything needs a backbone to be strong and survive!

Summer Camp Dates 2019

Session I  - June 10-14

Session II -  June 17-21

Session III - July 8-12

Advanced Swamp Camp – June 24 - 26

Swamp Camp (ages 7-12)

Swamp Camp meets from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.  The cost is $125 for each camper.  

Campers spend the days outside exploring the various habitats throughout the sanctuary.  This is an up-close-and-personal swamp experience!  Activities will include bird-watching, water chemistry analysis, canoeing, aquatic bug sampling, and much more.

Space in Swamp Camp is limited (15 campers per session).

To register please go to app.campdoc.com/register/beidlerforest and sign in.
Note: Registration does not work with Internet Explorer. Please use Firefox or Chrome to complete registration.

A limited number of scholarships are available.

Advanced Camp (ages 13-16)

Advanced Camp also meets from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday-Wednesday.  The cost is $100 per camper.

The Advanced campers get opportunities to venture out into the swamp, exploring the system as a group. There is a good chance we will wade through streams, canoe, fish, and venture into wild territories rarely open to the public. Be prepared to stomp through the mud!

Space in Advanced Camp is extremely limited (10 campers only). To register please go to app.campdoc.com/register/beidlerforest and sign in.
Note: Registration does not work with Internet Explorer. Please use Firefox or Chrome to complete registration.

Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available. Application forms have also been attached see below) if you wish to apply for a scholarship.

Deadline to turn them in is May 1st. Mail it to Beidler Forest, 336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville SC, 29558.

Summer Camp Scholarship Guidelines:

  • Applicants are evaluated without regard to race, religion, natural origin, sex or physical ability.
  • Funding is limited and scholarships are not guaranteed to all applicants.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on need and merit.