Deaf SC kids getting summer camp experience

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BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina children who are deaf or have other hearing problems are getting a special summer camp opportunity this week.

Palmetto Health Children's Hospital is sponsoring Camp Wonder Hands beginning Sunday. The free camp runs through Friday at Camp Kinard, near Batesburg-Leesville, for children ages 7 to 15.

Organizers say campers hail from 17 South Carolina counties. Their stays are sponsored by scholarships provided by Children's Hospital and private, civic or corporate donations.

Many of the children who attend Camp Wonder Hands cannot speak, so visitors rely on skills such as sign language, lip-reading, facial expressions and touch.

This year's camp has a Disney cruise theme. Activities include bowling, motorcycle rides and roller skating, as well as arts and crafts, campfires, swimming, canoeing and volleyball.

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