Applications being taken for Camp Pee Dee Pride
FLORENCE, S.C. — Camp Pee Dee Pride will mark its 23rd year when campers arrive at Francis Marion University in June.
The camp started in 1997 with 43 campers and over the years has played host to more than 6,700 campers.
“Over the years, we have grown tremendously, hosting two sessions, each running two weeks long, with 100 campers attending each session,” Capt. Wayne Howard wrote in a media advisory on this year’s camp.
“Over the past years we have been recognized by state agencies and local businesses as being one of the top summer camp programs in the State of South Carolina,” Howard wrote. “In 2015, Camp Pee Dee Pride was selected by the South Carolina Secretary of State as being one of the top two organizations to exemplify charitable giving in the state of South Carolina.”
The camp curriculum is provided by counselors who offer skilled development and training through lectures and recreational activities that promote positive values, morals, judgment, and self-esteem.
Fundraising for the camp happens throughout the year through events such as the Outback Steakhouse Golf Tournament, Annual 9/11 Benefit Ride and the Black Jack Benefit Ride along with camp sponsors. This year’s camp sponsor is Academy Sports + Outdoors.
“These three events along with funds from our major sponsors help fund this special camp and, with their support, we can continue to grow and serve the youth of the Pee Dee area,” Howard wrote.
The co-ed camp is for children 8-12 and is set to run June 17-28 and again from July 15-26.
Application forms for the camp can be found at fcsospecialprojects.com under “Events” starting Feb. 3 or by contacting Howard at 843-687-9567.