A thoroughly exhausted Ash walked through the doors of the Pokémon Center, with Dawn at his heels, their shadows long from the setting sun behind them. The cool of the air conditioning was salvation to their sweaty skin, as their clothing clung to their bodies. With legs that seemed to be made of lead, they dragged themselves to the counter, where Nurse Joy was eyeing them worryingly. Are you two alright?
Yeah, were fine. The boy looked to the nurse, straining to show a weary smile. We were just training our Pokémon.
Im so tired Dawn chimed in weakly, leaning against the desk for much-needed support.
Well, if your Pokémon need rest, feel free to leave them with me. Ill have them as good as new in no time. The kind nurses words were rewarded with grateful nods from the pair as they handed their Pokéballs over to her. Using each other for support, Ash and Dawn bid Nurse Joy good night before heading down the hall.
Hey, Ash? Dawn murmured quietly as the pair inched towards the bathroom.
Mm? Ash hummed in response.
Could I use the shower first? I really dont like being all sweaty like this. Dawn pulled her sticky shirt off her body, frowning disgustingly.
Ash chuckled amusedly. Sure, I dont mind.
The girl nodded gratefully, leaning against him as her legs wobbled tenderly. It was awkward, but eventually the two managed to reach the bathroom. Dawn grasped the knob, but felt her legs buckle. It seemed more likely that she would need to take a bath rather than a shower. She sighed to herself, musing over her choices.
If you want, I could help.
A furious blush shot to Dawns cheeks, her sapphire eyes quickly sliding to meet Ashs gaze. He was smiling innocently, oblivious to what he was implying. Or maybe it was just her thinking that way the thought only fueled her blush, but she pushed the thought away. What do you mean?
Well, if youre tired, I could turn on the shower for you. Ash grabbed at the knob, his hand over hers.
Inwardly, Dawn sighed. Of course, it was Ash. He was incapable of thinking anything even remotely dirty. Grateful for his aid, she nodded, and they opened the door. The lights flickered on automatically, giving way to a white tile bathroom. The sink and toilet were to their left, with a small mirror hanging on the wall above the faucet. Across from them was the shower, which doubled as a bathtub. A few towels hung on a bar next to it, and a sheet hung around the tub.
Ash led Dawn to the toilet, allowing her to sit down. He moved to the shower, reaching inside and turning the knob. In moments, the shower was nice and warm. Ash took that as his cue to exit, when Dawns voice chirped up. Um, Ash? The raven-haired boy turned his head, coming to a halt as he glanced at her curiously. Um, I think Im actually gonna take a bath instead. Could you Dawn started, but Ash already knew her question.
Sure, I dont mind. His warm grin tugged at her heartstrings, as she hid her bashful smile behind her clenched fist. Ash turned around and moved to the shower. Plugging the drain, the tub slowly began filling with water. At this point, Dawn had already removed her pink boots and socks, allowing her feet to breathe fresh air once more. Her toes lightly grazed the floor, feeling the cool tile ease her feet.
In minutes, a steamy collection of water sat in the tub. Cutting off the water, Ash opened the sheet, making it easier for Dawn to enter the tub. He looked over at her, and she could make out a worried smile. Will you be alright?
Ill be fine, Ash, dont worry. Dawn assured him, removing her hat and scarf. The worry left Ashs face as he headed to the exit. With one last sheepish grin, Ash opened the door, closing it behind him as he left.
Feeling safer with Ash out of the bathroom, Dawn tenderly removed her clothing, placing it all in a stinky, sweaty pile. Taking off her underwear, she sighed, hoping someone would bring her some clothing. She decided shed rather not walk around a Pokémon Center wearing only a towel. Then again, it was still fairly early in the evening. She doubted that everyone would be asleep by the time she was out. Fully unclothed, she dipped a gentle foot in the bath, thankful that it was just the right heat. Slowly, she sunk her body in the tub, releasing a blissful sigh as the healing waters tenderly consumed her. To her aching body, this was heaven.
Taking a moment to allow the water to work its wonderful way over her body, she leaned her head against the back of the tub, thinking of the days events. She and Ash had agreed that their Pokémon could use a bit of training. At first, it seemed like a simple idea, but she soon discovered exactly what Ashs training consisted of. According to the older trainer, if the person wanted to really be in tune with his or her Pokémon, they had to train right alongside them. And so throughout the day, if their Pokémon ran, they ran. If their Pokémon climbed, they, too, climbed. And if their Pokémon flew well, it was safe to say that Ash was VERY dedicated to his Pokémon. All in all, everyone in the group had grown weary from the days workout, but it was satisfying, in a way.
With an accomplished smile, she took the bar of soap in hand, proceeding to cleanse her body. It felt so soothing; hot water soaking into her, bubbling soap refreshing her body in her idyllic state, she failed to notice the sedating effects of the bath was having on her. Unconsciously, her eyes drooped, as the fatigue of everything got to her, and she slipped into a quiet slumber
- - - - -
Sleepily, Dawns eyes fluttered open, quickly realizing her body felt strange. It was an eerie sensation, but she cleared her head to realize that she was still in the tub. Her eyes widened. Oh, no, did I fall asleep? Unfortunately, she had no clue as to what time it was. However, looking under the crack of the door, she could only see darkness. It must be pretty late. I bet everyones sleeping by now. Dawn sighed, feeling stupid. Of all the times to fall asleep there was no way the situation could get worse.
Sadly, it could.
Moving her hand, she found that she couldnt feel the water. Mystified, she looked at her submerged fingers, wiggling them. Nothing. Now that she thought about it, her whole body, excluding her neck and head, felt the same way. She attempted to grab the edge of the tub, but was shocked when she couldnt feel her grip. Her eyes shook. No way. Did I ? More out of reflex than anything else, she moved her head into the water, before retracting it with a small scream.
It was freezing.
I cant believe my whole bodys numb. Sorrowful tears spilled down her cheeks, feeling utterly helpless. Then, as if someone had decided to answer her prayers, a small knock rapped against the door. Her face lit up like a star. Whos there?!
Before Dawn could react to it, the door slowly glided open, and in walked Ash wearing only a white shirt and some boxer shorts. Dawn, are you- He froze, his eyes widening. Dawn, too, wore a shocked expression, realizing the predicament the two were in. She opened her mouth to scream, but quickly shut it; the last thing she wanted was for someone to walk in on them. She merely moved her arms to cover her chest, which was blurry anyway, considering she was still in the water.
W-what are you doing in here? Dawn grumbled in a panicked whisper.
Er, um you never got out, so I had to take a shower in the other bathroom. He rubbed the back of his head sheepishly, turning his head and closing his eyes.
At this, Dawns heartbeat slowed to a normal rate. Well, at least Ash wasnt willing to spy on her naked. She didnt even feel like she was a grown woman yet; she held no desire to have any guy see her nude. Well, what time is it?
About 11. Ash replied, his hands in his pockets sheepishly.
Dawns jaw dropped. Shed been asleep for THAT long? She sighed, but then glanced at her body in the water. With her legs numb, it would be difficult to get out without some help even if her face was numb as well, shed have still felt the blush that burned her cheeks. I cant do that!...but if I dont, Ill be stuck in here Taking a huge gulp, she sighed, hoping to calm her nerves. Ash, can you help me get out of the tub? Im kinda numb from being in here so long.
The girl noticed a blush grow in his cheeks, though he still kept his eyes closed. Um sure, I dont mind.
She sighed once more, realizing that it would be a little hard for him to help with his eyes closed. So with a heavier blush, she used one arm to cover her chest, and the other covered her southern region. Ash, could you grab a towel? You can open your eyes, but no peeking! She hissed quietly.
O-okay! Ash exclaimed. He opened his eyes, but turned the opposite direction so Dawn was completely out of his sight. He looked to his side, seeing the towels hanging on the bar. He grabbed one, then cocked his head the other direction as he held it towards Dawn.
The girl took it in her hand, wondering how she was going to do this. She attempted to stand up, but it was horribly awkward, and she slipped back down into the tub again, her arm gently pounding the edge of the tub as water splashed onto the tile floor. Reflexively, she winced, despite not being able to register the pain. She found herself getting irritated at the water, even if she couldnt feel it. Plus, the longer she stayed in, the longer it would be before she could get any feeling back in her. So, she reached her hand over and unblocked the drain. It took about a minute, but eventually the water was all gone. Well, at least it was one problem solved. Her only option was she blushed heavily, hating the situation completely. A-Ash?
Yeah? The boy replied, suddenly worried about the anxiety in her voice.
Um could you maybe lift me out of the tub? I cant stand. Her meek voice was matched only by her insanely shy face, although, with his eyes closed, Ash was unable to see it.
Speaking of Ash, the boys blush doubled over, taking a deep breath. Um sure.
O-okay, just gimme a sec As best as she could, Dawn unfolded the towel and covered the front of her body. Hed have to open his eyes to pick her up, and shed be mortified to have him see her with no clothing. You can open your eyes. Just dont stare.
With a shuddering breath, Ash nodded, slowly opening his eyes. Before him lay a naked Dawn, covered only by a towel. Her shy expression shot a pang through his heart, as she was blushing a deep shade of ruby. Making sure to not slip or drop her, Ash carefully picked her up bridal style. Even if Ash was innocent, he couldnt deny that he loved the feeling of her bare skin, especially since it was still slick and wet. So where to? He asked, his gaze to the ceiling.
Dawn thought for a moment. She couldnt ask him to return to her room; she was sharing a room with Zoey, and if the girl found Ash and her naked, shed have a fit. Then the rest of the center would wake up, and shed never live it down. Um could we go to your room? I dont have any spare clothes.
Ashs face flushed, though not as red as before. S-sure, I dont mind.
Dawn nodded appreciatively, absentmindedly leaning into Ashs grip further. Truth be told, she loved being held by Ash like this. And with her numbness removing the feeling of his hold, it was as if she was floating. Although, shed prefer to be wearing more than just a towel. Quietly, Ash made his way to his room, making sure that his hold on Dawn was secure. In minutes, the two arrived. Thankfully, Ash had kept his door slightly ajar, so he simply nudged it open. He used his foot to gingerly shut it, before standing there awkwardly. So what now?
Um can you put me on your bed? Dawn cheeped.
Sure. Ash smiled lightly. Gently, he laid the girl down. Fortunately, on the walk to the room, Dawn had slowly begun to get feeling back in her body. Every fiber of her being was tingling, but at least she could feel. She took the opportunity to completely wrap the towel around her body. Unfortunately, she couldnt sleep in it, and needed clothes. So could I borrow some of your clothes? Just for tonight?
Okay. Ash moved to his backpack, unzipping it and searching through. Eventually, his hands landed on a spare black shirt and some boxer shorts. He handed them to Dawn, who commanded him to turn around. Quickly, she tossed the clothes on, grateful to finally have something covering her besides a towel. She lay back down on the bed, allowing her body to become relaxed as she waited for the tingle to go away. Above Ashs bed was a window, where the moon was clearly visible in the sky. It looked gorgeous that night, as she sighed quietly.
Are you cold?
The girl opened her eyes, turning to look at Ash. He sat at the edge of the bed, shooting her a concerned glance. She smiled softly, shaking her head from side to side. No, Im fine. I just gotta wait for this tingling feeling to go away. She rolled on her side, sitting up so her legs hung over the side, allowing Ash to lie down in his bed. She eyed the blanket he laid under enviously, her hand gingerly grasping it. She jumped slightly, as she suddenly felt a hand on her arm. Ash delicately held her arm, a worried look plastered on his face.
Dawn, youre still pretty cold. Despite her outer chill, a warmth filled her heart. She found herself touched by Ashs concern.
I guess I am Her eyes drifted to the bed. She knew Ash was a sweet guy, and knew he wouldnt do anything. She WAS fairly cold still, so Um do you think I could sleep with you tonight?
Ash blinked, absorbing her request into his mind. Then, he smiled softly. Sure, I dont mind. He scooted over under the sheets, making room for her. Eagerly, she slid under the covers. Her heart was beating rapidly, as she watched Ash with his eyes closed. He looked so adorable when he slept; she wondered why shed never noticed before. Heat radiated through her, as the blanket slowly warmed her body to a comfortable level. It was now that she could feel the tiny droplets of sweat behind her neck. It was sudden, but she became aware of just how nervous she really was. She gulped, gripping the bed to control her shivering. Was it the cold, or was it Ash? She didnt know, but she needed to relax. True, she was nervous, but she was very chilly still.
A-Ash? She whispered. Responding to her voice, the boys eyes opened, questioning in his eyes.
Yeah? He whispered.
Do you think I could scoot closer? Im still pretty cold. Dawn felt her face flush, which she hoped was concealed by the dark.
Ash also blushed, but was hidden by the veil of night as well. Uh, sure, I dont mind.
Dawn nodded, shyly moving closer as she held her arms to her chest. She felt her forearms touch Ashs chest, and she was started at just how close shed gotten to him. Warmth exuded from Ashs body, but she still found herself desiring to be warmer. To be closer. It was a sudden yearning that mysteriously came out of nowhere. She couldnt find herself to resist it, either. In response to all these emotions that flooded her, she shivered, catching Ashs attention. Are you still cold, Dawn?
She nodded. Sorry, but it was a really cold bath. She lied, choosing not to reveal the real reason.
Ash smiled. Its alright.
Dawn shuffled on the spot, feeling anxious. Ash? Her voice was meek and quiet. Can you hold me? Until I warm up? She looked at him, and realized that a heavy blush had overtaken his face.
S-sure I dont mind. With a silent nod, Dawn lifted her body up, allowing Ash to slide his arm under her. He wrapped his arms around her, pulling her close.
Dawn was assured that Ash could feel her pounding heart, and her head was dazed at how much she was blushing. She gulped, taking a small breath to calm her nerves. She looked up, and found herself gazing deeply into his eyes. The moonlight spilled over him, revealing the dark undertones of his chocolate eyes, leaving her speechless. She found that breathing was becoming a challenge, as she somehow felt Ashs hold on her grow firmer, as if he wanted her to be closer. Her lips shook, her lungs only being filled with a tiny amount of air at a time.
A-Ash? Dawn asked, feeling the urge to say his name.
Um you feel kinda cold. Maybe if youre closer youll warm up faster. Ash replied, his voice a whisper.
Oh Dawn replied sheepishly, feeling shy but never leaving his gaze. It was intoxicating, keeping hers in a lock that she couldnt escape. She tried to speak, but her voice left her. All she could focus on was his eyes. They pierced into her, almost like they were looking into her soul. The moment was overpowering; his eyes, the heat, the closeness. And yet, she wanted more. Her heart pounded in her throat as she attempted to speak. Um A-A-Ash?
Yeah? His voice wavered just the slightest.
Um if I asked you to kiss me would you? Dawn could swear her cheeks were on fire, as the thumping in her body was massive. She was so close to him, and feeling so secure, and yet so nervous, and the emotions were almost too much for her to handle.
His lips were pulled upwards into a smile, as one of his arms pulled her chest closer to his, while the other wrapped itself around her waist. S-sure I dont mind. And slowly, his eyes closed, his face moving towards hers. Dawns eyes shook with anxiety, her eyes closing as her mouth parted gently. The closer she got, the faster her blood raced, until she felt his lips hit hers.
She inhaled deeply through her nose, her senses screaming in uninhibited pandemonium. A soft, sensual fire blazed a trail though her, the source being Ashs lips. With her arms pinned between their chests, Ashs hold on her was the only thing keeping her from flying, as she took solace in his grip. She allowed herself to be held, feeling small in his arms. He kissed her passionately, but sweetly, and she was overtaken by the feelings. Attempting to gain some control of her crazed emotions, she kissed him back, and with her eyes closed, all she could feel was him. The kiss was loving, caring, and hid a drug she would forever be addicted to.
With air leaving their bodies faster than it entered, it wasnt long before the two had to end the passionate touch. With one last lingering kiss, their lips were parted, as they stared into each others eyes. A cute blush caressed Ashs cheeks, earning a small grin on Dawns face. She gently leaned her head onto his chest, just below his chin. Ash?
Yeah, Dawn? A touch of glee emanated in his voice.
Can we sleep like this tonight? I dont want to move. A confidence filled her voice, no longer afraid of the intimacy the two shared.
Ash chuckled lightly, rubbing her back as he nuzzled his face in her hair. Dawn giggled at the action, snuggling deeper into his hold. In her ear, he whispered only three words.
I dont mind.
- - - - -
Are you ready? Ash turned to Dawn.
You bet! Dawn replied cheerily.
The two then smiled joyfully, cupping their hands around their mouths to amplify their voices. HAPPY TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY, RUBY!
With school winding down, it’s time-register your children for local summer camps.
Kids of all ages are anticipating fun in the sun. Parents are eager to see their children active and occupied. There are plenty of options-make everyone happy.
Below is a list of opportunities compiled by The Herald that cover just about every interest – from children who are wild about animals to budding artists, soccer stars to those who are theatrical on (and off) the stage, and outdoor enthusiasts to mad scientists.
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4-H camps are open to 4-H members and other children. To register, contact Faith Isreal at the York County 4-H at 803-684-9919, ext. 113, or firstname.lastname@example.org; Robin Currence at the Chester County 4-H at 803-385-6181, ext. 114; or Steve Hucks at the Lancaster County 4-H at 803-283-3302, ext. 111.
The following are camps offered through the York County program and held at the extension office at 120 N. Congress St., York, unless otherwise noted:
▪ Beginners Sew, 9 a.m.-noon, June 20-23, ages 9-14. Learn the fundamentals of sewing. Cost is $40, including starter sewing kit.
▪ Canning, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., July 19-21, ages 9-15. Focus on water bath canning and food preservation and how to process fruits and tomatoes. Cost is $15.
▪ Quick Breads, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 26, ages 5-19. Make several breads, including one to take home. Cost is $10.
▪ Furry Friends, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 27, ages 5-19. Make homemade dog treats. Cost is $10.
▪ Summer Science day camp, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 7-9, ages 9-13. STEM learning with activities on energy, environmental science, geospatial science, health, plants, animals, robotics and engineering. Held at Glencairn Garden Learning Center. Cost is $70.
The following day camps at offered jointly through Chester and Lancaster county 4-H:
▪ Science SuperHeroes, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 2, ages 5-8. Science activities and fun, hands-on activities. Register at both 4-H locations. Cost is $10.
▪ Camp Counselor Training, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 6-7 with option to stay all week, rising 10th-graders and older. Gain skills as a youth program counselor. Register at both 4-H locations. Cost is $30.
▪ STEM Day Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 8-10, rising fifth- through eighth-graders. Explore science and technology with fun, hands-on activities. Register at both 4-H locations. Cost is $30.
▪ 4-H Sewing, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 6-9, rising fourth- through sixth-graders. Learn to use a sewing machine and complete a project. Register at Chester County 4-H. Cost is $15.
▪ Canning Your Own Food, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 6-7, grades 6-12. Go home with several canned foods and jellies. Register at Chester County 4-H. Cost is $10.
▪ 4-H Sewing, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., July 11-12, ages 9-18. Learn-use a sewing machine and complete a project. Register at Lancaster County 4-H. Cost is $10.
▪ Ag Day Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 19-21, rising fifth- through eighth-graders. Learn about farm to table and visit a farm. Register at both 4-H locations. Cost is $30.
▪ Forensics Day Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 25-26, rising fifth- through eighth-graders. Explore the world of forensic science. Register at both 4-H locations. Cost is $30.
▪ Cooking, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., July 28-29, rising fifth- through eighth-graders. In depth food preparation and cooking skills. Register at both 4-H locations. Cost is $30.
The following are overnight 4-H camps:
▪ Summer Science Retreat at Clemson University, June 12-15, grades 9-12. Explore STEM, aquaculture and more. Cost is $150.
▪ Camp Long in Aiken, June 12-16, ages 7-14. Swimming, team courses, dances and crafts. Cost is $250. Scholarships available.
▪ Camp Wild at Chester State Park, June 28-30, ages 9-14. Tent camping, boating, crafts, shooting sports, hiking. Cost is $75.
▪ Camp Cooper in Summerton, July 10-14, ages 7-14. Swimming, team courses, dances, and crafts. Cost is $250. Scholarships available.
The Arts Council of York County sponsors four weeks of summer camps led by local artists. There are morning and afternoon sessions. The cost is $85 for members or $95 others. Registration deadline is two weeks before class begins. For details, go to yorkcountyarts.org.
The following camps will be at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill:
▪ Trash-Treasure, 9 a.m.-noon, July 13-17, ages 6 and older. Taught by Ashley Beard. Using the things that are usually thrown away, create wearable works of art. Camp concludes on Friday with a fashion show and performances.
▪ Drawing from Observation, 1-4 p.m., June 13-17, ages 12-14. Taught by Ashley Beard. Learn how to see with an artist’s eye and draw using traditional techniques involving perspective, proportion and value.
▪ The Art of the Cake, 1-4 p.m., June 13-17, ages 10 and older. Taught by Nadine Dresbach. Take a new approach on artistic design while learning the basics of cake decoration, including color mixing, piping techniques, sculpting with fondant and painting with buttercream. This is a noncooking class.
▪ Mask Making, 9 a.m.-noon, ages 8 and older, June 20-24. Taught by Fernando Pena. Learn traditional mask-making techniques, including sketching, wireframe forming, papier-mache, sculpting, painting and decoration.
▪ Mixed Media, 1-4 p.m., June 20-24, ages 10 and older. Taught by Fernando Pena. Learn collage, acrylic applications, mark-making, texturizing, layering, integrating found objects and more.
▪ Puppet Making, 9 a.m.-noon, June 27-July 1, ages 8 and older. Taught by Fernando Pena. Create a string puppet, give it personality, prepare a short skit and bring it-life.
▪ Screen Printing and Printmaking, 1-4 p.m., June 27-July 1, ages 12 and older. Taught by Fernando Pena. Create art, burn a screen and print artwork.
▪ Copy Cats! Having Fun with Printmaking, 9 a.m.-noon, July 11-15, ages 9 and older. Design and create your own blocks, discover the power in manipulating a single image to create extremely different results and explore the process of using found objects and unexpected materials to create prints with texture.
The following camp will be at the Gettys Art Center, 201 E. Main St., Rock Hill:
▪ Improv, Acting and Comedy, 9 a.m.-noon, June 20-24, ages 7 and older. Taught by Scott Pacitti. Explore laugh-filled exercises and skill driven improvisational theater games and activities.
▪ STOMP! Out Loud, 1-4 p.m., June 27-July 1, ages 11 and older. Students use their bodies as percussive art forms to create syncopated rhythms using hands, feet and voices.
▪ The Chocolate Artvark Series, 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m., July 11-15, ages 9-12. Taught by Angie Clinton. Design a T-shirt, create a stained glass masterpiece, personalize a journal and discover what can be made from a wooden pallet.
Founded in 1965, Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center at 922 West Mount Gallant Road in York is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). It offers summer day and overnight camps as well as adventure camps. For information, go to bethelwoods.org.
▪ Summer Day Camp, 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, seven sessions, June 12-17, June 19-24, June 26-July 1, July 3-8, July 10-15, July 17-22 and July 24-29, for rising first- through seventh-graders. Games, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, swimming and Bible study. Cost is $225 per week.
Overnight Resident Camps:
▪ Explorer, five sessions, June 12-14, June 15-17, July 6-8, July 24-26 and July 27-29, for rising second- through fourth-graders. Cost is $210.
▪ Tenderfoot, four sessions, June 19-24, June 26-July 1, July 10-15 and July 17-22, for rising third- and fourth-graders. Cost is $405 per week.
▪ Junior, six sessions, June 12-17, June 19-24, June 26-July 1, July 10-15, July 17-22 and July 24-29, for rising fourth- to sixth-graders. Cost is $405 per week.
▪ Junior High, four sessions, June 12-17, June 26-July 1, July 10-15 and July 24-29. Cost is $405 per week.
▪ Gaga Ball, June 19-24, for rising fifth- through seventh-graders. Cost is $430.
▪ Night Owl, two sessions, June 26-July 1 for high school students and July 10-15 for middle school students. Stay up all night. Cost is $450.
▪ Cooking Adventure, July 24-29, for rising fifth- through eighth-graders. Learn how to prepare, cook and serve food directly from the camp’s food service director. Cost is $450.
▪ Music, Art, Drama and Dance (MADD), July 17-22, for rising fourth-graders through high school. Cost is $460.
▪ Team Sports, July 17-22, for middle-schoolers. Cost is $430.
▪ Adventure Overnight Camps where campers stay in covered wagons or platform tents:
▪ Woodwise, June 12-17, for rising fifth- through seventh-graders. Focus on exploring nature and one-day canoe trip. Cost is $485.
▪ Riverwalkers, June 19-24, for rising seventh- through ninth-graders. Hike and camp. Cost is $485.
▪ Rock, Hike, Raft, July 10-15, for high school students. Off-site backpacking, climbing, river rafting in the North Carolina mountains. Cost is $555.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of York County will offer the following camps for elementary, middle and high school students. Registration and weekly fees are based on the child’s age and school lunch status. First half payment due June 6. Final payment due July 8. For details, call 803-324-7920 or go to bgcyc.org.
▪ Youth Camp, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 6-Aug. 12, for kindergarten through fifth grade, at the Northside Club, 900 Annafrel St., Rock Hill, and the Fort Mill Club, 1691 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill. Fun, excitement and learning with field trips, swimming, art and themed weeks. Cost is $1,000 for regular lunch status rate; $800 for reduced lunch status rate; and $600 free lunch status rate. Additional children are half price.
▪ Middle School Matters, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 6-Aug. 12, Rock Hill Teen Center, 1234 Flint St. Ext. Technology, field trips, fitness, leadership. Cost is $400.
▪ High School Summer Academy, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, summer-long, beginning June 6, Rock Hill Teen Center, 1234 Flint St. Ext. Career exploration, sports leagues, field trips, community service, college tours. Cost is $200.
Camp Canaan hosts summer camps, retreats and adventure programs at 3111 Sand Island Road, Rock Hill. For details, call 803-327-6932 or go to campcanaan.org.
Day camps include:
▪ Traditional Canaan Day Camp, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, summer-long, June 6-Aug. 12, ages 5-8 for junior camp, ages 9-13 for senior camp. Juniors – sports, dance, drama, music, swimming. Seniors – disc golf, kayaking, ziplining, ropes course, sports, art, music, swimming. Cost is $269 for junior campers and $309 for senior campers per week.
▪ Jr. Track (or Frontier), 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, three sessions, July 18-22, July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5, ages 5-8. Tubing on the Catawba River, mining for gold, caring for animals and more in learning how early Americans survived on the frontier. Late stay until 6 p.m. is an additional $25. Cost is $315.
▪ Senior Track (Island Escape), 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, six sessions, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5, ages 9-13. Island adventures with hiking, ziplines, culinary creations, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding and more. Late stay until 6 p.m. is an additional $25. Cost is $349.
▪ Catawba Ventures, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, six sessions, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5, ages 9-13. Tubing, creeking, archery, slingshots, fishing, sharp shooting, kayaking, cooking outdoors and more. Late stay until 6 p.m. is an additional $25. Cost is $349.
Overnight camps include:
▪ Resident Camp Coed, four sessions, June 26-July 1, July 10-15, July 17-22, July 31-Aug. 5, ages 10-13. Cost is $549, with extra fees for canteen, paintball and horseback trail riding.
▪ Resident All-Girls Camp, Sunday through Friday, June 12-17, ages 10-13. Cost is $549, with an extra fee for canteen.
▪ Journey Camp, Sunday through Friday, July 19-24, ages 8 and 9. Designed-help young campers discover their gifts and talents. Cost is $549, with an extra fee for canteen.
▪ Teen Leadership, three sessions, June 18-24, July 16-22 and July 30-Aug. 5, ages 13-16. Trained guides and counselors led hikes in western South Carolina and the Appalachian Trail. Cost is $725, with an extra fees to rent a pack or hammock.
Champions Gymnastics offers half day camps for $114 per week and full days camps at $174 per week at 1061 Camden Ave., Rock Hill. Go to to champions-gymnastics.com.
▪ Gymnastics, half or full day throughout summer, June 6 through Aug. 8, ages 5-7 and 8-12.
▪ Ninja, three sessions, 9 a.m.-noon from June 13-17, and 12:30-3:30 p.m. from July 11-15 and Aug. 1-5, ages 4-7.
▪ Tumble Bears, two sessions, 9 a.m.-noon, July 11-15 and July 25-29, ages 3 and 4.
▪ Road-Rio, three sessions, 12:30-3:30 p.m., June 6-10 and July 18-22, and 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 1-5, ages 4-12.
▪ Cheer Tumble, 12:30-3:30 p.m., June 27-July 1 and Aug. 8-23, ages 5-14.
▪ What’s Cooking, two sessions, 9 a.m.-noon, June 20-24 and July 18-22, ages 5-11.
▪ Dance Crazy, one session, 9 a.m.-noon, July 25-29, ages 5-12.
▪ Princess, two sessions, 9 a.m.-noon, June 13-17, and 12:30-3:30 p.m., July 11-15, ages 4-10.
▪ Masterful Monet, two sessions, 9 a.m.-noon, June 27-July 1, and 12:30-3:30 p.m., July 25-29, ages 7-14.
▪ Silly Shakespeare, one session, 12:30-3:30 p.m., June 13-17, ages 5-11.
▪ Decades, one session, 12:30-3:30 p.m., June 20-24, ages 5-12.
▪ Delightful Da Vinci, one session, 12:30-3:30 p.m., June 25-29, ages 5-11.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
PowerCamp is a half-day elementary age sports camp hosted by the local area Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Sports include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, archery and volleyball. Camp is offered-children who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade. It will be held 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 13-16 at Dutchman Creek Middle School, 4757 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, and June 27-30 at the York Middle School, 1010 Devinney Road, York. Cost is $99. For details, call 803-327-8512 or go to piedmontfca.org.
ASC Greenway & Leroy Springs
For details, go to ascgreenway.org or leroysprings.com, or call 547-4575.
The following camps are offered at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill:
▪ Adventure Seekers, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, 10 sessions, May 30 through Aug. 5, ages 7-14. Seekers are ages 7 and 8, Trekkers are ages 9-11 and Adventurers are ages 12-14. Outdoor activities, including kayaking, fishing, hiking and geocaching. Cost is $209 for members and $259 others. Adventurers may kayak down the Catawba River with a certified instructor for an extra fee. Early drop-off from 7:30-9 a.m. and late pick-up 4-6 p.m. is no additional charge.
▪ Close to Nature, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, six sessions, June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15 and July 18-22, ages 6-8. Learn about nature while participating in kayaking, nature crafts, archery and hiking. Cost is $145 for members and $160 others.
▪ Equestrian Day Camp, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., four sessions, Mondays through Fridays, June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, and June 27-July 1, ages 8-14. Riding lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders; grooming and caring for horses; and an overnight campout. Cost is $400 for members and $450 others.
▪ Mountain Bike Basic Camp, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., two sessions, Tuesday through Thursday, June 28-30 and July 12-14, ages 9-14. Technical trail riding, slow handling skills, proper positioning. Must know how-ride a bike. Cost is $175 for members, $200 others.
▪ Mountain Bike Advance Camp, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, June 14-16. Pack in the miles on the trails at Anne Springs. Must currently race or have taken summer camp and have ridden Doug’s Sugar Island route. Cost is $175 for members, $200 others.
▪ Mountain Bike One-Day Parent Clinic, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 18. Taught by Patty Smith and Doug Satterwhite. Learn correct positioning, how-navigate obstacles and more. Intended for adults who have ridden single-track trail less than 10 times. Cost is $60 for members, $75 others.
▪ Photography: A Second Look at Nature, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, July 25-29, ages 7-11. Learn photography basics and how-capture the happenings of the Greenway. Cost is $114 for members, $149 others.
▪ Photography: Ready, Set, Action, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5, ages 7-11. Learn-shoot photos of things on the move, including horses and deer, on the Greenway. Cost is $114 for members, $149 others.
▪ Super “K” Kids Greenway Day Camp, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., five sessions, Mondays through Fridays, June 8-Aug. 14, rising kindergartners and first graders. Hikes, crafts, nature-based activities. Different theme each week. Cost is $100 for members, $115 others.
▪ Twisting the Week Away, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, July 4-8, ages 10 and older. Learn-make balloon creations and tell stories-entertain friends. Cost is $129 for members, $144 others.
▪ Young Writers’ Academy: Campfire Stories, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 20-24, rising kindergarten to second-graders. Create your own story filled with exciting characters and plot. Cost is $125 for members, $140 others.
▪ Young Writers’ Academy: Creative Writing in Nature, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, July 11-15, rising second- through fifth-graders. Explore the outdoors and let nature inspire your writing. Daily hikes on the Greenway. Cost is $135 for members, $150 others.
▪ Young Writers’ Academy: Wizards, Heroes and Beyond, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 11-15, rising second through fifth graders. Unleash your imagination to create a comic book. Cost is $135 for members, $150 others.
▪ Young Writers’ Academy: Literary Essay and Report Writing, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Thursday, Aug. 1-4, grades six through eighth. Get a leg up for the school year by learning to write analytically about literature through the study of your favorite books, short stories and poems. Cost is $119 for members, $134 others.
▪ Young Writers’ Academy: College Application Essay Workshop, 12:30-4 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 1 and 2, rising juniors and seniors. Get a jump start on college applications in writing personal essays in a fun, focused workshop. Cost is $85 for members, $100 others.
The following camps are offered through Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, 971 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill:
▪ Bob Doster’s Metal Works, two sessions, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 25-28, ages 9 and older. Design and create your own metal sculpture. Cost is $104 for members, $119 others.
▪ Bricks 4 Girlz: Building and Crafting Camp II, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 18-22, ages 7-12. Girls only; creating and crafting with Legos. Cost is $185 for members, $200 others.
▪ Bricks 4 Kidz: City Creations, 1-4 p.m., Monday though Friday, June 13-17, ages 7-12. Explore life in the city while building custom moving and motorized creations. Cost is $175 for members, $190 others.
▪ Bricks 4 Kidz: Motor Mania Amusement Park, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 20-24, ages 7-12. Builders create new rides and learn about various laws of motion and how-make things spin, roll, turn and rock. Cost is $175 for members, $190 others.
▪ Bricks 4 Kidz: Legendary Superhero Academy, 1-4 p.m., Monday though Friday, June 27-July 1, ages 7-12. Build 3-D superhero models and working, motorized and moving models. Cost is $175 for members, $190 others.
▪ Bricks 4 Kidz: Pirate’s Quest, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 11-15, ages 6-10. Build motorized pirate ships-mechanical helms, swinging anchors-a motorized pirate. Cost is $175 for members, $190 others.
▪ Bricks 4 Kidz: Lego Remote Control Madness and Junior Engineers, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5, ages 8-13. Build motorized models and use wireless remote controls to control them. Create dynamic vehicles, inventions and machines. Cost is $185 for members, $200 others.
▪ Bricks 4 Kidz: Pokemon-Pocket Brick Monsters, 1-4 p.m., Monday though Friday, July 25-29, ages 7-12. Capture “wild” Pokemon creatures and train them for battle. Cost is $185 for members, $200 others.
▪ Camp Create, three sessions, 9 a.m.-noon, June 13-17, July 11-15 and Aug. 1-5, ages 6-13. Taught by Christine Covington. Fun, exploration and creativity with bubble cubes, journals, snacks, comic strips, arts and more. Cost is $140 for members, $155 others.
▪ Dance Camp: Princess Fairies, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, July 18-22, ages 4-8. Explore beginning ballet and creative movement while unleashing your inner princess. Performance on final day. Cost is $130 for members, $145 others.
▪ Dance Camp: Rock Star, 9 a.m.-noon, two sessions, Mondays through Fridays, June 20-24 and July 25-29, ages 7-10. Sing and dance while dressing up in fun and zany costumes. Performance on final day. Cost is $130 for members, $145 others.
▪ Drama Camp: Circus Circus – Under the Big Top, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 13-17, for rising first through fourth graders. Create one-of-a-kind ringside acts, learn the art of clowning and embrace the fun and silliness that comes from being under the big top. Cost is $140 for members, $155 others.
▪ Drama Camp: Medieval Times – Journey-Camelot, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 20-24, for rising fifth- through 12th-graders. Craft a jester routine, learn the basics of stage combat and sword fighting, and practice your British accent. Cost is $140 for members, $155 others.
▪ Drama Camp: Hollywood Bound – Movie Musicals, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, two weeks, June 13-24, for rising fifth- through 12th-graders. Hosted by the Fort Mill Community Playhouse. Work on scenes and songs from musicals and choreography. Performance on the last day. Cost is $280 for members, $295 others.
▪ Engineering for Kids: Pirate Academy, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, July 11-15, ages 4-7. Construct a pirate ship, fish for buried treasure and work together-create a delicious treat. Cost is $160 for members, $175 others.
▪ Engineering for Kids: Minecraft Traveling-the Future, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 11-15, ages 8-14. Rely on the engineering design process-solve a series of computer-based challenges, such as building a city on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest and building a rocket to land on the moon. Cost is $160 for members, $175 others.
▪ Engineering for Kids: Camp Kelvin, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, July 18-22, ages 4-7. Engineer designs to help explore the great outdoors, including build a tent, and design waterproof clothing and a survival pack. Cost is $160 for members, $175 others.
▪ Engineering for Kids: Survivor Engineer’s Cove, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 18-22, ages 8-14. Tribes compete to survive the harsh island conditions and escape for freedom. Cost is $160 for members, $175 others.
▪ Fit180 Athletics Cross-Country Training, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5, ages 11-18. Get in shape for cross country season and learn nutrition and athletic knowledge from certified running coaches. Must be able to run, nonstop, for 30 minutes. Cost is $150 for members, $165 others.
▪ Junior Police, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., two sessions, Monday through Friday, June 6-10 and June 20-24, ages 8-13. Led by David Bivins, a Fort Mill Police officer and school resource officer. Team building, leadership, conflict resolution, character education, physical fitness and police procedures. Bagged lunch required each day. Cost is $40 for members, $55 others.
▪ Jumpbunch Sports – Olympic, three sessions, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, June 6-10 and Aug. 8-12; 1-4 p.m. July 18-22, ages 4-7. Learn about upcoming Olympics and games, including field hockey, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, track and field, soccer, volleyball and basketball. Cost is $150 for members, $165 others.
▪ Jumpbunch Sports – Fitness Challenge, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 13-17, ages 8-12. Participate in 60-second challenges, such as chicken pops, kooshie ball, cup and catch, bucket head, whipper snapper, clipboard pong, and more. Cost is $150 for members, $165 others.
▪ Kids on the Ball – Ultimate Sports, 9 a.m.-noon, Mondays through Fridays, one session for ages 7-11 – June 13-17, three sessions for ages 5-8 – June 20-24, July 25-29, Aug. 8-12. Sponsored by the Town of Fort Mill’s Parks and Recreation Department. Soccer, basketball, baseball, football, hockey, bowling, etc. Cost is $125 for members, $140 others.
▪ Kids on the Ball – Ultimate Dodge Ball, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 27-July 1, ages 7-11. Sponsored by the Town of Fort Mill’s Parks and Recreation Department. Play several variations of dodgeball as well as soccer, basketball, football, hockey and participate in water day. Cost is $125 for members, $140 others.
▪ Little Critter Day Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, 11 weeks, May 30 through Aug. 12, ages 3 1/2-5. Arts, crafts, swimming and games. Different theme each week. Cost is $90 per week for members, $105 per week others.
▪ Mad Science: Super Duper Science Sampler, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 6-10, ages 6-12. Variety of topics offered each day, from junior engineering to birds and beasts, science of sports, machine mania and shutterbugs. Dissection of owl pellets. Cost is $135 for members, $150 others.
▪ Mad Science: Red Hot Robots, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 6-10, ages 8-12. Engineers-in-training learn how robots work. Cost is $155 for members, $170 others.
▪ Mad Science: Spy Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 13-17, ages 6-11. Team up with fellow campers to solve the mysteriously mysterious mystery. Cost is $165 for members, $150 others.
▪ Mad Science: Eureka!, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 13-17, ages 6-12. A camp for inventors who will create catapults and forts, construct working light sticks-take home and assemble circuits. Cost is $135 for members, $150 others.
▪ Mad Science: Roaring Rockets, two sessions, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 27-July 1 and July 25-29, ages 7-11. Rockets and the physics of rocket flight. Cost is $135 for members, $150 others.
▪ Mad Science: Science Madness, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 27-July 1, ages 7-11. Bubbling potions, voice modulator, dinosaur dig, pet clouds, cotton candy, lasers and make your own sodas. Cost is $135 for members, $150 others.
▪ Mad Science: Earth Explorations, 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 25-29, ages 4-6. Uncover the hidden stories in rocks, sand and fossils. Cost is $105 for members, $120 others.
▪ Mad Science: Creature Features, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, Aug. 1-5, ages 4-6. Learn about the habitats, diet and adaptations of animals that live all over the world. Cost is $135 for members, $145 others.
▪ Mini Art, 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 27-July 1, ages 6-12. Taught by Jett Buskirk. Learn basic elements and principles of design while exploring various styles of arts and crafts. Cost is $60 for members, $75 others , plus a $7 supply fee.
▪ Music Adventure: Let’s Take a Trip, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, June 20-24, ages 3-6. Taught by Patti Schuett. Fun songs and music activities from back in time with dinosaurs to up in space. Cost is $115 for members, $130 others.
▪ Music Adventure: Jeepers Creepers, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, July 11-15, ages 3-6. Taught by Patti Schuett. Fun songs and music activities with a bug theme. Cost is $115 for members, $130 others.
▪ Music Adventure: Oceans of Fun, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday, July 18-22, ages 3-6. Taught by Patti Schuett. Fun songs and music activities with a beach and ocean theme. Cost is $115 for members, $130 others.
▪ Playball Sports*Plus, 9 a.m.-noon, four sessions, Monday through Friday, June 13-17, July 11-15, July 18-22 and Aug. 1-5, ages 3-6. Introduction-a wide variety of sports, including football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Cost is $125 for members, $140 others. May combine with Reading Giraffe to stay the day.
▪ Reading Giraffe, 12:30-3:30 p.m., two sessions, Mondays through Fridays, June 13-17 and July 18-22, ages 3-6. Led by Derick Wilder, a local author. Role-playing, arts and crafts, high-energy games and activities with creative children’s books. Cost is $125 for members, $140 others. May combine with Playball Sports to stay the day.
▪ Safe Zone, two sessions, Mondays through Thursdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., June 6-9 for ages 8-12 and July 11-14 for ages 6-7. Taught by Strike Back Self Defense. Learn bullying prevention, defense against abduction, home safety, car safety and more. Cost is $99 for members, $114 others.
▪ Scuba, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., two sessions, Mondays through Fridays, June 27-July 1 and July 25-29, ages 10-15. Taught by Randy Evans, a certified scuba instructor. Learn snorkeling and scuba. Equipment supplied. Cost is $335 for members, $350 others.
▪ Sign Language for Tots, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Thursday, June 20-23, ages 9 months to 3 years. Taught by Kara Macaulay. Learn basic sign vocabulary and phrases. Parents and/or caregiver must accompany the child. Cost is $65 for members, $80 others.
▪ Sign Language, four sessions, 9 a.m.-noon from June 27-30 for ages 6-8, 9 a.m.-noon from July 11-14 for ages 9-11, 9 a.m.-noon from July 18-21 for ages 12-14, and 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from June 23-July 28 for ages 15-17. Taught by Kara Macaulay. Beginning sign language workshop to learn the alphabet, numbers, basic vocabulary and more. Cost is $65 for members, $80 others.
▪ Soccer with Coach Abe, 9 a.m.-noon, two sessions, Monday through Thursday, June 13-16 and July 11-14, ages 5-12. Taught by Abe Senbel. Build and improve skills such as ball control, striking and dribbling. Cost is $130 for members, $145 others.
▪ Super “K” Kids Day Camp, 9 a.m.-noon, six sessions, Mondays through Fridays, July 5 through Aug. 12, rising kindergartners and first-graders. Arts, crafts, outdoor activities, indoor swimming and fun games. Different theme each week. Cost is $90 for members, $105 others.
▪ Tennis, 10 sessions, Mondays through Fridays, May 30-Aug. 12, ages 3-18. Taught by tennis pro Billy McKinney. Players grouped by skill level and age. Cost of 9 a.m.-1 p.m. is $130 for members, $145 others. Cost of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. is $150 for members, $165 others.
Equestrian Day Camp is offered at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, Fort Mill.
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Camp Canaan in Rock Hill hosts summer camps, retreats and adventure programs.
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Sports camps include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, archery and volleyball.
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