Youth and Education Committee

The Johns Island Parish B.O.O.T. (Building Opportunities to Overcome Temptations) Camp is a new program focused on providing opportunities for youth ages in primary, secondary and high schools from Johns and Wadmalaw Islands. The program has two foci: 1) The B.O.O.T. Camp, which meets for a half day on Saturdays and attracts 30 or so participants in addition to parent and staff; and 2) the Gear-UP Program which meets twice a week after school and has between 12 and 15 participants.

Under the leadership of Reverent Patti Gordon and Tanya Brown, both programs work to provide constructive alternatives for free-time activities. Many of the participants do not have internet and/or computer access. Program supplied computers and instructors enable participants to overcome obstacles such as completing homework assignments on-line, Using the internet to conduct research, develop organizational skills and to prepare resumes.

Finally, both the B.O.O.T. Camp and Gear-Up Programs provide safe places for after-school time. The Gear-UP Program is partnering with the Charleston County Sheriff's Department to provide classes on overcoming bullying and developing self-esteem. 

Funds provided by the Exchange Club of Kiawah-Seabrook have been used to buy laptop computers for participants use. Attendance in these programs have been consistent and the participants have been largely enthusiastic.

Committee Chair - George Reinhart

Committee Members: Christine Strobel; Phyllis Barber; Ed Leary, Ed Rigtrup