Camp KEMO at Camp Cole

When Cole was diagnosed with cancer, he and his big sister Kelsey got the chance to attend Camp KEMO, a camp for children who have cancer and their siblings. During a time in their lives where so much was changing, camp allowed them to just be kids. To this day, the memories Kelsey and Cole made at camp are some of her favorites. Years later, Kelsey and Margaret Deans, our Director of Development & Marketing, served as Camp KEMO counselors for over 10 years each. Mike, our Lead Counselor and Head of Morale, was a Camp KEMO camper for multiple years, then later became a counselor. Camp Cole is thrilled to host Camp KEMO this year! WLTX has more information at the link below. 


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Midlands Gives

WLTX’s Brandon Taylor interviewed Cassidy Green about Camp Cole’s involvement in Midlands Gives, the 18-hour online fundraiser held each spring to raise funds for local non-profits. To watch the interview, click here

Saluda Hill Helps Cole’s Kids Paint Rocks for Epworth Children’s Home

This year, Epworth Children’s Home celebrated its 125th year of serving children who come from stressed family situations. On October 3rd, our Cole’s Kids members heard about Epworth from a representative from the organization, then they painted rocks that will go in Epworth’s new courtyard. This service-learning activity was made possible by Saluda Hill Landscapes. 

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Suburban Propane Collaborates with Camp Cole Copy

“Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., a nationwide distributor of propane, renewable propane, fuel oil, and related products and services, has collaborated with Camp Cole, a Columbia area camp retreat facility, to provide a variety of adaptive sporting equipment.”

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Camp Cole Unveils New Statue in Memory of Camp’s Namesake

“The sculpture shows that Cole and his everlasting spirit shine a light on all of our past, present, and future campers who have experienced or will get to experience the beauty of Camp Cole,” said Margaret Deans Grantz, Camp Cole director of development and marketing. 

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SC Children’s Camp Receives Donation of 12 Noritz Tankless Water Heaters

Installed by Piedmont Plumbers Inc. (Lexington, SC), the dozen contributed tankless units—Models NR98 and EZTR50—were specified based on a peak usage by 200 occupants. Noritz Builder Sales Manager Beau McLeod and Regional Sales Manager Chris Martin assisted in the sizing of the system and in the procurement of the units from local distributors.

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Camp Cole, Designed for Children with Life Challenges, Opens Thursday

Camp Cole, located in the town of Hopkins in Richland County, is set to open Thursday.

The camp is designed for children and teenagers who are facing serious illnesses and other physical, mental, and emotional health or life challenges.

Founder and Executive Director, Kelsey Carter, and Co-Founder and Director of Marketing, Margaret Grantz, joined WIS Midday to elaborate on the fully accessible camp and retreat facility.

Camp Cole is named in memory of Kelsey’s brother, Cole, who at the age of 11 died of cancer. Their mom, Stacy Sawyer, had the idea of creating a unique camp in his memory — but Stacy died unexpectedly a few years into planning.

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2020 Hearthstone Winner Michael Nieri Supports His Community in Any Way Possible

“The founder of Great Southern Homes may construct homes for his business, but builds up his community through his various charitable endeavors.” Including Camp Cole! Learn more about Nieri’s connection to Camp Cole: