Worthy Boys & Girls Camp History
Boys Camp began in 1949 when 48 acres of land was donated to the Rock Hill Pistol Club for a training and firing range. The donation came with the stipulation that a camp for kids be developed. The first camp opened that very same year and has been in almost continuous operation since that time. In 1995, the camp became The Worthy Boys and Girls Camp.
Throughout its history, the camp has provided a week-long opportunity for area young people to:
- Experience the outdoors
- Learn new skills such as swimming, first aid and various crafts
- Develop new interpersonal skills
- Build personal self-esteem
The camp’s staff instills in the campers a spirit of sharing and growing together that will become part of their lives. Many former campers are leaders in the community serving as police officers, firefighters, business owners and teachers.
The camp is operated entirely by the Rock Hill Police Department. The camp staff is hired by the department and supported by staff members. Volunteers from the community also contribute their talents and resources.
Thirty campers attend each week of camp, four weeks for boys and week weeks for girls. During each week, the campers enjoy structured and non-structured activities. These activities include:
- Demonstrations on water, fire and gun safety
- First aid training
- Animal and plant life studies
- Swimming, fishing, paddle boating, softball, volleyball, obstacle course, horseshoe and sack races
- Social skills training
- Field trips to local attractions
The camp includes a chapel, dining hall, activity hall, bath house and sleeping cabins. In the center of the camp lies a sparkling four acre lake. The camp is nestled in a beautiful wooded area which provides a serene and natural environment for camp activities.
Summer Camp Facts
- 200 Children (100 boys and 100 girls) attended camp, many for the first time
- Fully staffed on-site camp counselors and camp director present 24 hours a day
- Campers enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including weekly field trips
How can you help? To inquire about the camp or to donate monies and/or building materials contact:
Community Services Supervisor
Rock Hill Police Department
Organizations and Clubs are encouraged to volunteer assistance for camp activities.
All donations are tax-deductible and can be made to:
WORTHY BOYS AND GIRLS CAMP
c/o Rock Hill Police Department
120 East Black Street
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730