Camp Cole

Be a reason others can


Welcome to Camp Cole

 We’re an accessible, state-of-the-art facility being built in the Midlands of South Carolina for children and adults facing serious illness and other physical and mental health challenges. Located on 30 acres of farmland just outside of Columbia, Camp Cole will also be a special gathering place for purpose-driven groups and mission-driven service organizations.

We’ve got a story, a dream, and a mission, and we’re committed to making a positive impact on the people who need it most.


In order to protect our community from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Camp Cole has decided to postpone our 2020 Happy Campers Food Truck Festival. We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution and concern to protect our community and its members that we care for so much. We feel that this is the best way that we can do our part in protecting all of you. We plan to reschedule for a date in the fall and will let you know when that date is set. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to the Festival in the Fall.

About Cole

Every story has a catalyst, and ours is Cole Sawyer. 

Cole lost his battle with cancer in 2004 at the age of 11. His fight with the disease exposed him to a special summer camp experience where he met other children facing serious illnesses.

Cole’s memory is the inspiration and guiding light that leads us on our journey to establish Camp Cole—an accessible, state-of-the-art user facility, just outside of Columbia, South Carolina, for children and adults facing illness, disability, and other physical and mental health challenges.

Our mission is to create a safe, accessible & inspirational gathering place
where groups can connect, share, encourage & shine.


Camp Cole is about people.

People who share similar illnesses, challenges and life experiences.


Camp Cole is about place.

A place that feels like home, where family and friends surround you in your time of need, joy, sadness, or celebration.


Camp Cole is about experience.

Experiences that shape you for a day, a week or a lifetime.

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We can't see you, but we're thinking of you!

During the COVID-19 crisis, Camp Cole remains 100% focused on the development of our world-class camp and retreat facility and 100% grateful for our donors and friends who are helping to make it possible.

Until we see you again, stay safe, healthy, and keep on shining!