The Pickens County Advocacy Center hosts an annual event named “Kamp Kid”. Kamp Kid began in 1991 and through the support of the community has become a very successful afternoon event. Kamp Kid will be held this year on October 21, 2017. The “Kampers” that attend are children, ages 6-12, which have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse. We receive applications from our two local group homes, the Department of Social Services, and foster families.
Each year Kamp Kid has a designated theme with scheduled activities for the children to both learn and enjoy. Activities in the past have included: magic shows, wildlife lesson with live animals provided by our local DNR, face painting, pumpkin carving, scavenger hunts, carnival games, personal safety (radKIDS), s’mores, and talent shows. The Kampers are partnered with a chosen volunteer “Kounselor” to lead them through the designated activities for the entire weekend. The relationship that is formed between the child and volunteer is designed to help the child rebuild trust with adults, that they have often lost due to their past family situation.
The Volunteers and community supporters that participate in this event make this annual event possible. We have an average of 50-90 volunteers that give their weekend to make the lives of these children brighter. There are many ways that you can volunteer at Kamp Kid: becoming a Kounselor, staff member, helping to set up/break down the event, collecting donations, or helping in the planning process.
The “Kounselors” and staff must complete a SLED background check and training prior to the event to ensure the safety of the children.
If you would like more information on how you can help with Kamp Kid, please contact Lauren Parker at 864.442.5500 or email: email@example.com