Charleston County Parks Summer Camps


Do you have kids or grandkids visiting for a couple of weeks this coming summer?  If so, you can sign them up for one of the Charleston County 2016 Summer Camps.

Adventure awaits in the Summer Camp programs offered by your Charleston County parks! Our younger campers will enjoy the hands-on fun of Explorers Camp and Odyssey Camp, while older youth can explore a diverse assortment of outdoor activities at Adventure Camp, Teen Venture Camp, Sailing Camp, and our Junior Lifeguard Program. Designed to challenge, entertain, and inspire, our summer programs focus on developing physical, social, and decision-making skills while promoting self-confidence, environmental awareness, and, plenty of fun. We are committed to providing a positive and supportive summer experience for your child and you; come out and play with us!

Explorers Day Camp: Ages 6-9
Adventure Camp: Ages 10-12
Teen Venture Camp: Ages 13-16
Junior Lifeguard Program: Ages 10-16
Johns Island, Baptist Hill, and McClellanville Odyssey Camps: Ages 5-12
Junior Counselor Leadership Program: Ages 13-16
Camp Rise Above

Our staff is a carefully selected group of highly qualified individuals who are passionate about working with youth in a camp environment. Staff members are trained to assist in the development of self-confidence, cooperation, personal growth, and environmental awareness.

Collectively, the staff can confidently provide instruction and facilitation in:
Arts and craft projects, Canoeing, Challenge course facilitation, Environmental education, Group games, Kayaking, Leave No Trace principles, Lifeguarding, Mountain biking, Rock climbing, and Stand-up paddle boarding

Small group sizes allow counselors to provide individual attention in a group setting. All our staff are certified in first aid and CPR. Additionally, adventure and teen venture counselors are certified in wilderness first aid or wilderness first responder, while junior lifeguard counselors have Red Cross lifeguard training. The emotional and physical well-being of our campers is our top priority.

Registration begins February 1, 2016.  Click here to learn more about the camps and to register.

(Photo credit:  CCP&R website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

Learning Opportunity on Audubon Programs at Annual Meetings; Volunteers Sought

Audubon IntlThe mission of Audubon International is to “deliver high-quality environmental education and facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work and play.”  Throughout its history Audubon International has enrolled over 3,000 properties and communities in its rigorous certification programs.

In 1995 Seabrook Island’s two golf courses were the first in South Carolina to be certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf.  Additionally, in 2012, SIPOA was recognized as the first homeowner’s association in South Carolina to receive the Green Community Award by completing Stage 1 of the Sustainable Communities Program (SCP).  The SIPOA Planning Committee’s Sustainable Seabrook Subcommittee is now pursuing completion of Stage 2 of the SCP, creating a long-term vision and sustainability plan for Seabrook Island.

Learn more about these exciting programs by visiting the information booth that will be set up at the annual meetings for the Club and SIPOA on February 13th.  Carl Voelker and Penny Lee, members of the subcommittee, will be available to distribute information and answer your questions.  If you are interested in becoming involved with the Stage 2 initiative, sign-up sheets will be available.

—Submitted by Heather Paton, SIPOA

Free Carriage Rides This Sunday, January 31st

palmettocarriagePalmetto Carriage Works is advertising free carriage rides to all Tri-County residents on Sunday, January 31st, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Big Red Barn, 8 Guignard Street, in historic downtown Charleston. The promotion is in thanks to residents for their support and for “helping to make Charleston beautiful.”

They advise coming early as the rides will fill up fast. The barn will be open for viewing the animals. Parking is available in their lot on the corner of Anson and Pinckney streets.

More information can be obtained by calling the Carriage Works at (843) 853-6125.

—Tidelines Editors

How to Visit Camp St. Christopher

Camp St ChristopherSt. Christopher Camp and Conference Center has a wealth of hiking, walking, and scenic spots — particularly for local birders — but to be enjoyed and appreciated by all nature lovers.

Seabrook Island residents are welcome to visit and take advantage of the natural beauty. As their entrance driveway sign requests, interested islanders must call St. Christopher a day or two ahead of time to check for availability.  Do not show up expecting entry if you have not called ahead for a reservation. Please remember they do not allow pets.

Once you have a reservation, arrive at the appointed time and check in at the Welcome Center. The staff will make a photocopy of your driver’s license and ask you to sign the register. You will be given a “Day Guest” badge to wear and openly display while you are on property. When you are finished with your visit, please return to the Welcome Center to turn in your badge and sign out.
There may be times when St. Christopher is booked or when there might be some locations that are simply unavailable due to scheduled activities. Whenever there are no conflicts, however, St. Christopher will try to accommodate.

To arrange a visit, call St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center at (843) 768-0429, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
This is a courtesy St. Christopher is extending to the Seabrook community. Let us be diligent to respect their grounds (and ground rules).

—Submitted by Skip Crane

New American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR Summarized

imagesSeabrooker Dr. Ryan Cook has kindly prepared the attached overview of the American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for untrained bystanders and those with formal training and education.
In addition, it outlines the resources immediately available on the Island and issues a plea for property owners to become familiar with at least Hands-Only CPR and the use of an AED.  These educational activities increase the chain of survival following a cardiac arrest.

We urge all Tidelines followers to acquaint themselves with the contents of this summary, as awareness of its contents could save a life. We’ve attached it as a PDF through the link below for ease of reading, downloading, and printing.

Link: AHA Guidelines for CPR (Summary; 2015 version)

—Submitted by Ryan Cook MD, MBA

Kiawah Arts Council: Art Film #3 – Stories We Tell – February 5th

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Friday, February 05, 2016 at 3:00pm at the Sandcastle

No Tickets Required

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.

(Photo Credit:  Kiawah Arts Council website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

Natural History Group Posts February Events

sinhg logoThe Seabrook Island Natural History Group has two outstanding events planned for February. The Evening Program on February 11th features Robert Barber discussing “Low Country Oystering”, and the annual SINHG Soup Supper will take place on February 19th.

Mr. Barber’s path to becoming an expert on oysters began when he was born into the family that called Bowen’s Island home. But that’s just part of the story.  He also has an interesting and varied background which includes career stints as a minister, a lawyer, a politician, a lobbyist and now, a successful restauranteur. He currently manages his family’s restaurant, Bowen’s Island Seafood, on Folly Road. The program at the Lake House begins with refreshments at 7:00 and the speaker at 7:30 PM.

All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. There is a $5 donation for those who are not SINHG members.

As usual, the Soup Supper will feature great soups, chili, breads and desserts as well as the traditional “Soup Throwdown” where a prize of incalculable value will be awarded to the chef with the best soup.  Most importantly it is an evening of fun and camaraderie. Reserved tables will be available, so get your friends together and start planning for this special fun event. Tickets are still available!

Information about future programs, SINHG membership and Soup Supper Sign Up forms are all available on the SINHG website at

—Submitted by Gary Fansler

Greenspace Gala Now Wait-Listing

The 300 seats available for this year’s Greenspace Gala on March 13th are now reserved!
But that doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot attend, if interested. Jump on our wait list now for a chance at a seat, so you, too, can enjoy the food and the fun, as well as help raise monies to keep our island GREEN.
There are always cancellations, and we are often able to take the first 20 or so to fill those last few seats.
Get your name on the wait list by calling Paula Adamson at 843-768-4881, or emailing her at
See you there!

—Submitted by Cathy Coleman

Charleston County Parks – Climbing Team

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Team Charleston is committed to teaching kids ages 6 to 17 the importance of hard work, dedication, and teamwork. Our goal is to raise strong climbers and strong leaders in everything they pursue. The only criteria for membership are determination, commitment, and a mature and positive attitude.

Recreational Programs offer a fun and safe environment for beginners to learn about the sport of rock climbing. Basic climbing skills and safety are emphasized through a twelve week curriculum.  Read more

Competitive Programs take the sport of rock climbing to the next level. Team members push themselves physically and mentally for a year of exciting competitions throughout the southeast US.  Read more

Questions?  Contact the Climbing Coordinator by email or phone at 843-762-8090 or visit the climbing wall at James Island County Park for further information. For more information on competitive climbing, visit USA Climbing.

(Photo credit:  CCPR website)

-Submitted by Tidelines Editor

Update: Lake House Indoor Pool Temperature

The replacement boiler for the indoor pool at the Lake House has been ordered.  The target installation date is February 19th.  At this time, the pool temperature is at 81.5 degrees Fahrenheit and the pool is open.  The pool temperature will return to 83 degrees once the replacement boiler is installed.  We will continue working to do everything we can to expedite the replacement project.  Thank you for your patience.

Submitted by Steve Hirsch, PE, PMP
Director of Engineering


Mosquitoes in the Crosshairs Again

Charleston County Mosquito Abatement came out to Seabrook Island today checking the mosquito population. Inside the gate seemed to be clear. However, the Town Hall area and the ground along the Bike/Pedestrian path appears to be a breeding ground. So, the spray truck will be out tomorrow (Thursday, January 28) at Town Hall to spray the standing water there and then move up the bike path. Be aware of the truck moving slowly on the pathway. This should be between 8 AM and 12 PM.

—Submitted by Randy Pierce, Town of Seabrook Island

Valentine’s Day Southern Soul Concert – February 14th

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Live in Concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center you will “Dance The Nite Away” with Mr. Willie Clayton. Clayton will perform such favorites as “Love You Unconditionally”, “Love Mechanic”, and “I Love Me Some You”. His new Heart and Soul CD has produced 3 top 10 singles; “Rock Me Baby”, “Let’s Dance” and “Your Man I s Home Tonight”.

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