The days of summer vacation are fast approaching for students and the City of Newberry has more than enough camps to keep them busy!

For children and young adults wanting to try their hand at art, the Newberry Arts Center has several camps they may be interested in.

Beginning June 4, the arts center will host eight weeks of summer art camps for ages 5-18. Once signed up for the class, students will be split into groups based on age. Registration is now open for each week of camp which lasts from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. each day.

Mary Alex Kopp, tourism and events coordinator for the city said that each week of camp is $100. However, for parents signing up multiple children, there are discounts per additional child registered.

“It’s not limited to single families,” Kopp said. “A grandmother could sign up several relatives and still receive the discount.”

While each of the eight weeks of art camp will be using similar materials, the projects created in the camps will be different, making it possible for children to attend more than one week of camp and learn new things, Kopp said.

The camp includes projects in painting, drawing and pottery.

Created specifically for teens and young adults, the arts center also has a series of teen art camps open to ages 13-18. These camps are separated into three categories: Teen Pottery Camp (week of June 18 or July 16), Teen Drawing Camp (week of July 9) and Teen Multimedia Camp (week of July 23).

Each of these camps will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on week days. A fee of $125 per student is required and includes all materials. Bottled water and snacks are provided to participants, but students are asked to bring their own lunch.

Kopp said while the teen pottery and drawing camp will focus on a specific type of art, the multimedia camp will cover a variety of different techniques.

Registration forms for Newberry Arts Center camps can be found on their website at Kopp said all camps use the same registration form.


The mobile recreation vehicle, also known as the City’s RecMobile is back in action for its second summer of fun!

The City converted an old police paddy wagon to be fully staffed by the Parks, Recreation and Tourism department. The program will run Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for children ages six and up. The free program will offer games and activities for children as well as incorporating the city’s arts program.

Each day, the RecMobile will be at a designated park within the city and offer games and activities for children who want to join in. The schedule is as follows: Mondays – Willowbrook Park (714 Crosson Street), Tuesdays – Mollohon Park (211 Player Street), Wednesdays – Gallman Park (668 McSwain Street) and Thursdays – Marion Davis Park (2905 Fair Avenue).

Collin Shealy, program manager said the idea behind the RecMobile is that it exposes kids to things that aren’t the typical mainstream sports.

“We try to do things other than football, baseball and basketball,” Shealy said. “Things that maybe students have done while they were in P.E. class.”

The RecMobile will have ping-pong and fooseball tables and games will include dodgeball, kickball along with others. There will also be days when art projects will be incorporated at the park. Last summer, Shealy said “water days” were also incorporated, with one water day per park throughout the summer.

The program will run from June 11 through July 20. Following the program each day at 11:30 a.m., children are invited to stay for lunch which is something Shealy said they are glad to offer this year.

While there is no charge to participate in the programs through the RecMobile, parental authorization is needed prior to a child participating. Shealy said there is a form that parents fill out prior at by clicking on the recreation tab and the mobile recreation program link. Forms are also available in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office at 1323 College Street in Newberry. If unable to fill out a form prior, Shealy said they will have some in the parks for parents to fill out same day.

The form is only needed one time for a child to participate through the duration of the program.


The PRT department will also be hosting both summer football and baseball camps. For a $15 flat fee, children ages 8-11 can register at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism office (1323 College Street, Newberry) for the baseball instructional league. Registration will be taken until June 21. No official dates and scheduling has been made for this camp. However, more information can be obtained from the PRT office or by calling 803-321-1015.

For children ages 8-12 who register for the city’s fall football program between now and July 13, they will be automatically registered for a summer football camp. Registration for fall football begins June 4 and is $30 for city residents with a copy of their latest utility bill. For those who live outside city limits, registration is $50. The football camp is included in the cost of fall football registration. Dates for the program will be in late July and given to parents upon registering.

With the newest addition of the Oakland Tennis Center, two camp sessions for ages six and up are being offered at $50 per camp at the tennis center. The first session will be held June 25-28 and the second on July 16-19. Both sessions will be from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. each day. For more information, parents should contact the Oakland Tennis Center at 803-321-3890.

Be on the lookout for partnership program offerings between the college and the City throughout the summer season.