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Health, fitness education added to camp

By Monica Fabunan
Public Relations

The MUSC Wellness Center is offering a summer camp that includes a variety of youth programs, fitness activities and health education opportunities for children ages 2 to 14.

 Instructor Marty Rivers gives a Kids Bee Fit camp swimmer a high-five for completing a kicking lesson.
 Instructor Marty Rivers gives a Kids Bee Fit camp swimmer a high-five for completing a kicking lesson.

The camps are offered in full- and half-day options through Aug. 16. New educational activities and presentations that promote exercise, healthy eating and general well-being have been added to this year’s curriculum in addition to certified tennis and swimming instructors.

Assistant director of youth programs and camp director Dawn O’Brien and her staff of 15 manage the 10-week camp. “Campers from previous years really get excited for swim time and tennis time. Swim is their No. 1 session to look forward to, but, overall, safety and fun is our main focus,” said O’Brien.

The CPR-certified counselors participate in Darkness to Light child abuse prevention training and take part in training to help enhance their communication skills with all program participants.

Wendy Williams, the youth programs director, said the theme of the camp is “Journey Over the Bridge” for a fit and fun summer. Each week concentrates on a different area of health education while each day incorporates activities related to the weekly theme.

For example, the first week of the camp focused on water safety so the campers enjoyed water-themed games.

All campers will participate in tennis, swimming, Pilates, yoga, dance and health education.

Counselors Kiara Smith and Dillon Dean helps senior camper Emma Cauthen with a craft activity.

The Kids Bee Fit Camp is offered to children from ages 2 1/2 to 4 and has fitness activities that include swimming, music and movement, arts and crafts, tennis and a variety of gym games.

The camp offered to 4 1/2 to 9-year-old children, MUSC Ultimate Fun Camp, is divided into subgroups by age.

The MUSC senior camp is designed to provide more tools and in-depth knowledge to middle school-aged children in order to influence healthy and active lifestyles.

Although most of these camps are full, the senior camp still has spots open for registration.

Different camp rates are offered to members and non-members of the MUSC Wellness Center.

For more information or to sign up for the middle school-aged activities, visit or email

June 5, 2013

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