Camps promote wildlife education

Staff Report

NEWBERRY — The South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s purpose is to enhance and perpetuate South Carolina’s wildlife heritage through education and waterfowl habitat conservation.

The Newberry chapter of the SCWA raises money each year for SCWA efforts by hosting an annual “Conservation Dinner and Auction.” Funds raised by the Newberry chapter, as well as the other 28 SCWA chapters throughout the state, are used to provide scholarships for children to attend camps.

SCWA hosts two camp programs at its Wildlife Education Center in Pinewood – Camp Woodie and Camp Leopold.

Camp Woodie, established in 1995, has a mission to pass on the legacy of wildlife and waterfowl hunting heritage to the next generation of hunters. Activities for the junior (ages 8-11) and senior (12-16) coed camp sessions include canoeing, sporting clays, archery and more. Camp Woodie had a record attendance of 1,062 campers in the summer of 2017.

SCWA’s school-year program, Camp Leopold, is designed to instill in students a love and respect for the natural world so that they can develop their own personal “land ethic.” South Carolina schools travel to Camp Leopold to participate in hands-on lessons dedicated to natural resources, wildlife and teamwork. With corporate sponsors, about 4,000 South Carolina students will be visiting Camp Leopold on one day, two day and two and a half day trips during the 2017-2018 school year. To learn more about Camp Woodie and Camp Leopold, visit

To learn more about the South Carolina Waterfowl Association, visit

Staff Report