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Editor’s Note: Media are invited to visit the camp any time during the week. Directions to the camp are listed below. Please let us know if you are planning on visiting the camp so we can alert organizers.
EVENT: Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, have teamed up to launch a week-long camp session of Camp Burnt Gin for children with bleeding disorders.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 19-Monday, June 24
PLACE: Camp Burnt Gin, 1980 Burnt Gin Road, Wedgefield, S.C.
ABOUT: Camp Burnt Gin, led by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, is a summer camp for children who have physical disabilities and chronic illnesses. From June until August, Camp Burnt Gin operates four six-day sessions for children ages 7-15, two six-day sessions for teenagers ages 16-20 and a four-day session for young adults ages 21-25. Activities include instructional and recreational swimming, boating, fishing, arts and crafts, sports and games, fine arts and nature study.
Most of the children at Camp Burnt Gin are unable to take part in other camp programs due to their special health care needs. “These kids will have an opportunity to meet others who have the same diagnosis that they do and will be able to find the support of their peers and community,” said Stacy Dunleavy, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital social work case manager. “They will also have a chance to participate in typical camp activities and just be a regular kid.”
Directions to Camp Burnt Gin:
From Columbia, take I-76 east. Take a slight right onto South Kings Highway. Turn left on Burnt Gin Road. Camp Burnt Gin is approximately one mile on the left.