Jaycees Camp Hope
State Priority Philanthropy Project
Located at the Clemson University Outdoor Lab located on Lake Hartwell in Pendleton, SC. The South Carolina Jaycees Camp Hope giving individual with an Intellectual Disability age 7 or older a true summer camp experience.
Camp Hope offers an exciting setting where campers enjoy fun, challenging and educational group activities that include swimming, canoeing, fishing, drama, archery, crafts, pontoon boat rides, nature activities, overnight campouts and more. Campers develop independence through daily camp activities as they learn to do things for themselves.
The SC Junior Chamber of Commerce has provided financial support for every camper attending Jaycee Camp Hope since 1969. To date, the Jaycees have subsidized more than 10,000 individuals to the camps at a cost in excess of $950,000.
The Jaycees were also instrumental in establishing the Outdoor Lab as a permanent home for Jaycee Camp Hope in 1975.
About South Carolina Jaycee Camp Hope
An excerpt from the January 1983 Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees' supplement to The Journal
The purpose of Camp Hope is to give the camper healthful experiences in nature; promote a sense of personal worth; stimulate each camper to succeed in some phase of the program; develop the ability to work and play as a group; give the camper the opportunity to learn to adjust socially with peers; and provide new experiences in a protected environment.
The program offers campers eight and older opportunities in outdoor living with other campers and adult leaders. the program is geared to the interest and abilities of each individual camper. campers are grouped according to age, level of functioning, and previous camp and social experience.
They are then placed in an entirely new and exciting setting where hey can enjoy the company of other in group activities or play and work alone or in a small group.
Program activities help campers develop independence and responsibility and at the same time provide enjoyment and fun. They are encouraged to do things for themselves; and under skilled supervision, they build their own campfire, cook simple meals, and construct simple camp structures. In addition to personal and housekeeping chores, the campers engage in such activities as nature hikes, boat rides, camp fires, cookouts, fishing, swimming, recreational games, musical activities and singing, arts and craft, and numerous other activities.