Kids to Parks Day 2023

Saturday, May 20, 2023 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

The City of Camden, along with several community partners, is celebrating the 2nd Annual Kids to Parks Day! And this year, the activities extend to Bethune!

Join in on various activities in the parks listed below, all taking place on Saturday, May 20. Preregistration is required for certain activities.


Bike Rodeo* at Scott Park, 222 Battleship Road, Camden, 9:00-11:00 am - KCTrails and Wholespire will host a bike rodeo and trail ride, bike safety check, bicycling safety review, and giveaways at Scott Park. Registrants should arrive at 9:00 am with their own bike and helmet. Helmets are required and bikes must be in riding condition. Open to children 5 to 12 years old. Limited to 25 participants. Preregister at For more information, call 803-549-5648 or email *This activity requires preregistration.

Nature Walk at Goodale State Park, 650 Park Road, Camden, 9:00-11:00 am - Join University of SC Sumter Naturalist Austin Jenkins for a quiet, easy walking, 1.7-mile loop. Watch for a variety of wildlife, including wood ducks, blue herons, turtles, snakes, and maybe even an alligator. For more information, call 803-549-5648 or email

Basketball Tournament/Police in the Park at Boykin Park, 1615 Campbell Street, Camden, 9:00 am - Rack Foundation and Jump GirL will host a basketball tournament, beginning at 9:00 am. Camden Police Department will also be on hand, kicking off their "Police in the Park" season with a bounce house and free hot dogs between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. For more information, call 803-427-7586.

"Move with the Mayor" at Unity Park, 820 Market Street, Camden, 9:00-11:00 am - Join in on a fun fitness circuit with Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford, part of her "Move with the Mayor" campaign to foster community and improve the health of residents in our city. For more information, call 803-549-5648 or email

Nature Scavenger Hunt at Kendall Park, 1500 Park Circle, Camden, 9:00-11:00 am - Clemson's Nature as Teacher presents a morning of games and a scavenger hunt for fun things right underneath your feet and all around you. For more information, call 610-715-2788 or email


Bookmobile & Games at Bethune Memorial Park, 109 College Street, Bethune, 10:00 am-12:00 pm - The Kershaw County Library Bookmobile, along with Mayor Susan Holley, will have a collection of games to play on-site, a giant chessboard, and books to check out. There will also be a limited supply of giveaway books for children and young adults. For more information call 803-425-1530 or email


Fishing* at Wateree River Veterans Park, 550 US-1, Lugoff, 11:00 am-1:00 pm - Learn the basics of freshwater fishing, safety & etiquette. Bring your own rod & reel. Parks Dept will have limited supply of gear available. Open to children 5 to 12 years old. For more information, call 803-425-6009 or email *This activity requires preregistration.

Special thanks to community partners Kershaw County Parks & Recreation Dept., KCTrails, Wholespire, Nature As Teacher, Rack Foundation, Jump GirL, Camden Police Department, LiveWell Kershaw, Kershaw County Library, Town of Bethune, University of SC Sumter, and SC State Parks.


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