Pathfinders United will begin its summer camp program on June 15. The camp is planned from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Registration for the six-week program is $25 per child, which covers the cost of breakfast and lunch. While attending the summer camp program, children will have the opportunity to enjoy activities including field trips. John Melton, president of Pathfinders United said, last year’s campers visited historical sites and other locations around the area.
“We do one of them once a week, we also take them to the water park and the movies,” said Melton.
Melton said he expects 50-60 children to participate in the camp, which he said has grown considerably in its five years.
“When we first started, we might have had about 20 students,” he said.
Melton said Pathfinders United initially did not charge a camp registration fee. He said the fee is to offset the cost of the camp, as it has grown significantly in the past few years.
“We had close to about 80 last year,” he said. “We had to do something because we can’t afford it.”
Melton said the six-week camp is well worth the cost.
“Twenty-five dollars pays for everything that we do,” he said.
Pathfinders United will also begin its 2015 summer basketball program June 20-21.
The program is open to boys ages 7-10, 11-13, 14-15, 16-18, and girls 16 and under.
Melton said the program allows local children to play against an array of opponents from around the area.
“We have teams that come over from Bennettsville, a couple of teams out of Chesterfield and one team that comes all the way from Charlotte,” he said.
Like the summer camp, Melton says the summer basketball program also has grown significantly — at one point, the league had up to 27 teams. Melton said the program had to cut back on the number of teams once the games started to run as late as 9 or 10 p.m.
“We tried to take everybody,” he said, “but it’s a long weekend and makes a hard Monday.”
Games will be held at Long Middle School on weekends. There is no registration fee for teams to participate.
“We don’t charge any team to play in it,” Melton said. “The only thing we do is we charge people to come in, and concessions.”
Registration for both programs will be held on from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 10-11 at the Robert Smalls Center on Front Street. For more information, call 843 337 5475.
Reach reporter Randy Garner at 843-537-5261 and follow him on Twitter @CherawChronicle.