What is Camp iRock?
A partnership between United Way of Pickens County, the School District of Pickens County, and the YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville, Camp iRock is an innovative and award winning summer program which helps children improve their reading abilities in an enriching summer camp environment. In the spring, the School District of Pickens County identifies rising 1st - 4th graders who could use a boost in their reading abilities and sends their families an invitation to attend Camp iRock.
Camp iRock includes transportation to and from camp (if needed); breakfast, lunch and snacks; high quality reading instruction in a small group environment; swim lessons; field trips; and traditional summer camp games and activities.
Donate to Camp iRock
Camp iRock is only possible because of the generosity of people like you who care about the success of children in our community. We need you to provide this life changing opportunity. You can sponsor a child in full with a gift of $1,800, or give any amount and it will gladly accepted. Click to donate now.
Be a Reading Buddy Volunteer
Volunteering as a Reading Buddy is an incredibly rewarding experience. As a Reading Buddy, you will spend time with a Camp iRock student on a regular basis to help them improve their literacy skills and inspire a love of reading. Reading Buddies volunteer twice a week for 30 minutes or more at one of the three sites (Chastain Road Elementary in Liberty, Pickens Elementary in Pickens, or West End Elementary in Easley.) Volunteers are needed Mondays - Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. between June 5 and July 19. A SLED background chedk is required. Click for more information, or contact Karen Culley (864-850-7094 x 102) to learn more.
Why Camp iRock?
Watch to hear what Dottie and her family have to say about their experience with Camp iRock:
What People are Saying
We are in the process of adopting two children through the foster care system. When we first met the children, they had been living in cars and motels. Reading was a tremendous struggle because they had very little knowledge. Thank God they got into Camp iRock. They are ready and waiting for the bus at least 30 minutes before it is due. Both children have made tremendous progress at Camp iRock.
Camp iRock parent
I cannot think of a better team of dedicated professionals. They ahve transformed the way our school district addresses this dire need in our community. They have developed a model that helps our students in ways we could have never thought possible. I am very proud.
Dr. Brian Swords, Director, TriCounty Technical College Easley Campus, and member of the School District of Pickens County Board of Trustees
The Camp iRock model illustrates how a community can collaborate to improve reading achievement for struggling students. The collaboration between the School District of Pickens County, United Way of Pickens County, the local YMCA and Clemson University's Call Me Mister Program maximizes the resources and assets of the community. The state needs more examples of such collaboration to help struggling learners get back on the path to academic success. Camp iRock is unlocking a child's ability to learn and read, and thus helping to ensure that one day, they will be graduating college and career ready.
South Carolina Education Oversight Committee
We took our granddaughter into our home because her mother couldn't care for her. She barely passed 1st grade and most likely would be held back in 2nd grade. Then she went to Camp iRock. Honestly, in the beginning she really struggled with the reading and wanted to quit. But she LOVED the camp part. That is what kept her going. By the end of the summer she was a different kid. Her first report card arrived today. All A's and B's for the first time in her life. There are no words to describe how excited she was.
Camp iRock grandparent
What I love most about Camp iRock is the reading. The Y counselors are really cool. When I don't know a hard word, everybody helps me figure it out. It's awesome. I've really improved my reading a lot. My favorite field trip was the Clemson Botanical Garden. I learned all about this black and white butterfly.
Camp iRock camper
It's exciting to me to see how much the children have accomplished. They have made so much progress in listening, comprehension and sharing what they've learned. Now they can't wait to read!
Camp iRock teacher