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Kiawah Island Week

Grades 9-12
June 24-30, 2024

Located only 25 miles south of Charleston, SC, Kiawah Island Week promises to be six days of fun beach activities and exciting water adventures on one of top-ten beaches in the United States. Come and meet new friends while relaxing on the beach or paddle boarding through the tidal marshes. Through engaging talks, creative presentations, and open discussions, the program offers age-appropriate conversations about God, Christianity, and other big issues.

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Kiawah Island Details

About Kiawah Island
Travel Information
Cancellation Policy
Packing List

With a lush Lowcountry setting on an unspoiled barrier island, Kiawah Island beaches deliver natural beauty, water activities and boundless relaxation. Kiawah’s 10-mile stretch of sandy shoreline ranks amongst the best in the world, earning numerous awards and honors, year after year, including Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches in America.

Activities for the week will include both relaxing on the beach and adventure in the water. Options include paddling boarding along the coast, kayaking to Deveaux Bank island, exploring the Tidal creeks and salt marshes at Pioneer Point, boogie boarding and skimboarding at Beachwater ocean beach, fishing, sailing and much more. With access to the island’s 30 miles of paved trails, we will be able to enjoy biking or walking along the beautiful coastal line. Off of the island, we will have the option to check out ice cream shops and the local boutiques as well as a day trip to Charleston.

We will be staying at a waterfront retreat center on Seabrook Island. With breathtaking sunrises and relaxing sunset beachside fires, we will enjoy all the beach has to offer. The retreat center is on the mouth of North Edisto River and the Atlantic Ocean giving us access to incredible marshes and marine life.

Students may be dropped off at the retreat center or fly into the Charleston airport.

Students arriving by car should be dropped off at St. Christopher’s Retreat Center (2810 Seabrook Island Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455) between 2:00pm and 5:00pm on June 24, 2024 and picked up between 9:00am and 11:00am on June 30, 2024.

Students arriving by plane should schedule flights arriving at the Charleston airport between 11am and 4pm on June 24, 2024 and departing between 12pm and 6pm on June 30, 2024.

Our cancellation and refund policy is as follows: full refund before May 15; no refund after May 15 unless we are able to fill the open spot in the program.

Suggested Packing List

  • Appropriate clothing for outdoor play and activities
  • A sweater and/or sweatshirt
  • Light-weight jacket or raincoat
  • Shorts and/or casual skirts
  • T-shirts and a couple long-sleeve shirts
  • One nice or dressy outfit
  • Sleepwear
  • Summer shoes (casual sandals or flip-flops)
  • Closed-toed shoes that can be worn in the marsh/water (old sneakers, crocs, etc. No flip flops or sandals.)
  • A pair of tennis or running shoes
  • Adequate socks and underwear for the week
  • Bathing suit(s) – 1 or 2
  • Bath towel and wash cloth – 2
  • Beach towel – 2
  • Toiletries

Please note that students will be unable to do laundry.

Please Do NOT Bring

  • The FOCUS Study Center and all other FOCUS rental facilities are alcohol, tobacco, and drug free campuses. To that end, we ask that you do not bring alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia (including electronic smoking devices, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, Juuls, etc.).
  • Speakers, computers, iPads, tablets, or other devices that stream videos.
  • Cell phones, smart watches, and other such devices will be collected at the beginning of the program.

If anyone is found with such items, they will either be confiscated for the remainder of the program, or (in the case of alcohol, tobacco products, marijuana, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia) may result in the student being sent home early. Please note that FOCUS is not responsible for lost or stolen items during the program.


Other Suggestions

  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Lacrosse stick, soccer ball, golf clubs, or other athletic equipment
  • Notebook, sketchbook, or journal
  • Guitar, if you’d like to play or learn, or other musical instruments
  • Pocket money for snacks, outings, and shopping in town. (Students will need money to buy lunch in Charleston one day.)

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones are not permitted at our upper school and middle school programs. This includes the following programs: Middle School Adventure (A & B), Crossroads, June Week, July Week, August Week 1, August Week 2, Kiawah Island Week, and Rocky Mountain Expedition (A & B). Phones, smart watches, and other such devices will be collected upon arrival and returned at the end of the program.

Please note that for the day trip into Charleston, students will have access to their phones.

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