Salkehatchie Summer Service

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Salkehatchie Summer Service is a pioneering servant ministry at selected sites in South Carolina involving high school and college age youth, adult community leaders and persons of different cultures in upgrading housing, motivating community cooperative efforts by helping persons to help themselves, and providing all participants with opportunities for personal growth and service.

Salkehatchie Summer Service is for high school and college age youth drawn primarily from the South Carolina United Methodist Conference. Participants must be at least 14 years old by the beginning of the camp they attend. Adult leaders are also needed to offer guidance and support.

This program of the South Carolina Conference Board of Global Ministries consists of a number of work camps for United Methodist Youth in South Carolina. During the week participants physically improve homes of needy families and reach out to these families and one another in friendship.

There will be over fifty camps. The Salkehatchie Steering Committee establishes camps where need, opportunity, personnel and facilities meet.

Each camp runs from Saturday to Saturday. Camps are offered from May through August.

Many of our neighbors in South Carolina live in homes needing repair and Jesus has called us to love our neighbor (Luke 10:29-37). South Carolina United Methodist Youth need to experience Christian servant hood. “And he said to all, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ ” (Luke 9:23)

How Much?
There is a $215 fee per person. Each volunteer participates fully in the experience of serving, growing, learning and sharing together.

How Can I Help?

  • Volunteer – Youth willing to work and adults with skills to share are needed.
  • Donate Supplies – Lumber, paint, caulking, plywood, linoleum, paneling, nails, etc. may be brought to individual camps.
  • Financial Support – Cash contributions are needed and appreciated. If you would like to make a donation please make your check payable to: Salkehatchie Summer Service and mail to: Salkehatchie Summer Service, 4908 Colonial Dr. Columbia SC 29203

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Salkehatchie Upstate

Salkehatchie Summer Service Camps are now registering online. There were over 3,400 campers last year, and the over 40 camps this year are filling up fast. Go to to find registration information. Camp fees this year are $230.00 per camper.


The Upstate Camp will be hosted again this year by Lee Road UMC in Taylors. The camp is in progress of finding five to six homes to be repaired this year with its 70 campers. Several local churches have stepped up to the plate to help Upstate Camp have a great week. We are asking you and your church how can you help with this ministry? The camp can always use donations of money and goods. We feed about 85 people 3 meals a day for the week of camp, this year July 11 – 18, 2015. Our kitchen coordinator plans good meals to keep everyone well fed. Can you help with either the cooking a meal or providing funds to purchase supplies? We give the campers a snack in the morning and one in the afternoon. We use roofing materials and other construction material that we have to purchase. Does your company offer a discount for church activities? One thing everyone can do, please pray for all those involved in the camps this summer. If you need more information, please contact Steve McGahee at 864-884-9949 or Trace Silvers at 864-354-8679.