Editor’s Note: Directions to the camp included. Feel free to call for activity times. Please let us know if you are planning on visiting the camp so we can alert organizers.
EVENT: Camp Wonder Hands, led by Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, offers summer camp experience for hard-of-hearing and deaf children.
WHEN: Sunday, July 16 through Friday, July 21
WHERE: Camp Kinard, near Batesburg-Leesville
FACTS: The camp began 21 years ago in the kitchen of Marolyn Amick, who wanted to provide a summer camp experience for her deaf son, Scott, and other deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Camp Wonder Hands has grown to become a five-day overnight camp for hard-of-hearing and deaf children ages 7-15. Some of the original campers now serve as counselors. Campers from across South Carolina will attend next week’s free camp. Campers are sponsored by scholarships provided by Children’s Hospital and private, civic or corporate donations.
Many of the children who attend Camp Wonder Hands cannot speak, so communications skills such as sign language, lip-reading, facial expressions and touch are used. The camp requires a higher ratio of staff to campers because sign language interpreters will be with the children at all times and their assistance is required for every activity.
“We’re excited about having a ‘Camp Wonder Hands’ Got Talent’ theme this year,” said camp director Emmanuel Taylor, RN, BSN. Activities include outings for bowling, baseball and roller skating, motorcycle rides, and favorites such as arts and crafts, campfires, swimming, canoeing and volleyball. The culmination is Thursday’s Celebration Night from 7-8:30 p.m. where each cabin presents a talent presentation they have prepared and creative awards are presented.
Camp Wonder Hands is funded by donations. One way to donate is directly through Camp Wonder Hands’ website, campsite.palmettohealth.org.
Directions to Camp Wonder Hands:
The Kinard Conference Center is approximately seven miles south of Batesburg-Leesville and 20 miles west of Columbia. From Columbia, take I-20 toward Augusta. Turn off I-20 at Exit 44 (Road 34) and go towards Batesburg-Leesville for four miles. Turn left on Two Notch Road. The entrance is one mile on the left.