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Our Program

Teaching Kids About the Environment (KATE) is a hands-on, experiential science program endorsed by the SC Department of Education for 3rd-8th grade students. During this residential experience, students learn about water ecology, wildlife resources, forestry and soil science.

Core Content

Areas of Study

  • Forestry
    What is a forest? How do we use the forests as a resource? How is this resource renewed? Students will study forest composition as they hike through the forest and work together to answer these questions.
  • Water Ecology
    Discover the importance of water and test the water quality of South Carolina’s largest lake.
  • Teamwork
    Through interactive games and activities, we team students to build trust within their team.
  • Soil Science
    Students really get their hands (and faces) dirty in this class. They use soil augers to explore the layers of soil, describing them by texture, color and composition. They learn to test soil pH, permeability and temperature and to relate these properties to plant growth, animal use and water quality.
  • Wildlife Resources
    Students will study small mammals & how successional change of plant communities influences structure and composition of wildlife populations.


All curriculums align with South Carolina state standards and feature hands-on, application-based learning. For add-on activities, please call for details and pricing information.

Add-on Activities

  • Fingerprint analysis
  • Hair & fiber analysis
  • Archery
  • Birding
  • Portable planetarium
  • Climbing wall
  • Teams course
  • High ropes
  • Group games
  • Canoeing
  • Boat rides
  • Outdoor living skills
  • Technology
  • Hiking
  • Leadership activities
  • Boat rides
  • Technology

“This camp was the best thing I have ever done.”

- Student

“Camp instructors were amazing with each student and were able to ensure that students felt included and important is phenomenal. Thank you all!   We want to steal you from here so you can join our staff!”

- Teacher

“The students really have enjoyed Camp Bob Cooper. I feel the teachers have as well. This was the first time for many students to experience camping. You made it enjoyable, fun, and educational. “

- Teacher

“Food was great! Campfire was really fun! I love it Camp Bob Cooper. I don’t want to leave.”

- Student



Price includes environmental instruction, meals, lodging and data books.

Every school gets one free teacher and one chaperone at 50% off (or $57.50) for every 10 students.

Request Info

Teaching KATE runs all through the school year. For information, call Camp Bob Cooper headquarters.

(803) 478-2105