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Summer Camps Galore Engage Kids at Anne Springs Close Greenway

FORT MILL, S.C., (Jan. 21, 2014) — Children can choose from more than 50 summer camps – and register online – at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, where camps range from “Adventure Seekers” outdoor camp to a variety of sports and specialty camps that teach everything from robotics to rocket science to rock star dance.

Camps are available for children ages 3 to 18, and families can choose half-day or full-day camps at the 2,100-acre Greenway in Fort Mill, a few minutes south of Charlotte. Overnight adventure and equestrian camps are also offered at Springmaid Mountain, between Asheville and Boone in Spruce Pine, N.C.

“Summer camp teaches new skills and lets kids have fun away from the pressures of the school year and their daily routines,” said Camp Director Suzanne Belanger. “Whether they learn to ride horses or kayak or identify different plants and animals, these experiences spark children’s imagination and independence. Just being out here gives them an appreciation for the natural world around them.”

Adventure Seekers is the Greenway’s largest camp series and will double in size again this year to accommodate more than 700 campers. Accredited by the American Camp Association, the camp runs weekly through June and July and focuses on outdoor activities. Campers fish and paddle the Greenway’s lakes, hike along its 40 miles of trails, and learn teamwork and confidence in a ropes course, orienteering, GPS geocaching and basic survival skills training.

For indoor fun, camps at the Greenway’s recreation complex include arts, dance, music, nature exploration and mad science – which emphasizes, among other things, engineering, chemistry, robots and rocket physics.  The ultimate sports camp includes soccer, football, basketball, baseball and more.

Other highlights: Golf, scuba, photography, mountain biking, puppeteering, Lego building, “Reading Giraffe,” and clay- and metal-work camps taught by award-winning sculptor Bob Doster.

Flyers Camp for rising first to fifth graders is a summer extension of the Greenway’s after-school program and offers a safe and stimulating alternative for child care while school is out.

To register and for information, please go to: www.ascgreenway.org or call 803-547-4575.

About Anne Springs Close Greenway
Opened in 1995, the Anne Springs Close Greenway is a 2,100-acre natural preserve that offers countless activities from hiking and biking and horseback riding to picnics and kayaking and more, while maintaining a natural habitat for wildlife. Its mission is to provide stewardship and protect the cultural, ecological and scenic features of the land, while also offering recreational and educational opportunities that promote the health and wellness of the community. Owned and operated by the non-profit Leroy Springs & Co., Inc., the Greenway receives no tax money to build, maintain and operate trails and facilities. It is funded in part by the generous donations from individuals and corporations. To become a Greenway member, donate or volunteer, please call 803-547-4575.

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