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Round two of summer camps

School is out, so summer camps will make the grade for many families with youngsters for the next two months, in sports, art and other outlets of fun and creativity. Since The Sun News first ran a roundup of area summers camps on May 4 in Kicks! news of more camps has been circulated.

Two weeklong programs by Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach – Camp Air Waves and Camp Seven Seas, for children ages 7-11 with asthma and diabetes, respectively – return for a 15th summer, said Julie Kopnicky, community relations supervisor for the hospital.

She said Mark Schecker, MD, allergist and medical director of the camps, started and developed them to fill a void, because children with diabetes and asthma don’t have their own camp locally.

For all four days next week, at HealthFinders at Coastal Grand mall in Myrtle Beach, the camps will start each day with an education session about their conditions and symptoms, then the groups interact and share in doing arts and crafts, swimming, games, music and field trips the rest of the day, Kopnicky said.

The coordinators and volunteers also remind the youth of their capabilities for various activities, “to show a lot of things they can do, but probably don’t think they’re allowed to do,” Kopnicky said.

Looking forward to her first year helping coordinate the camps, Kopnicky said officials also have heard from parents with children returning for the 2012 edition, and that the adults have as much fun as the youth taking part.

“It’s rewarding for all involved,” Kopnicky said.

In another example of teamwork, coaches at Carolina Forest and Conway high schools have put together a Big Cat Wrestling Camp, for boys ages 6-13, June 15-16 in the Conway school gym.

Will Bratcher, head coach of wrestling and an offensive lines football coach at Carolina Forest High, said this marks a first-time joint effort for this kind of camp, which includes lunch both days.

“We wanted to do something to bring both schools together to benefit the kids in the area,” Bratcher said.

He said wrestlers from both schools will teach fundamentals and moves, then the campers can each pair up to participate in “little duels matches.” Later on June 16, the campers and their families will be treated to some matches between the varsity teams of both schools.

“It’s a way we can reach out to build both programs,” Bratcher said.

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