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Camp Soul City provides summer camp experience for adults and children

Camp Soul City is back for its second year with more businesses joining in the summer day camp fun.

The event is designed to draw people into downtown businesses and encourage them to shop local, according to John Porter, coordinator for Downtown Soul City, about the event which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15.

Twelve retailers are participating in the shopping and activity crawl. Shoppers/campers can pick up a flier with businesses and activities listed and check off events as they make the rounds. They will receive merit badges which are customized buttons produced by Mod Ink for each location.

Activities relate to the store’s merchandise.

A dozen merchants are participating in Camp Soul City July 15. Photo courtesy Downtown Soul City

At Tiffinie Bleu Bridal Boutique, people can make flower crowns, according to store owner Brandy Jones.

“We’re going to keep in the theme of weddings but also campfires with DIY flower crowns,” she said.

 She said it’s a fun yet practical activity. Some brides don’t know what to do as a head piece for their flower girls and this gives them a chance to play around with a possible idea as well as give children something fun to do.

Other activities include creating blackout poems at the Book Tavern, pulling a poster at Mod Ink, making bug spray at Field Botanicals or designing matte board mosaics at Art on Broad.

Other participating campsites include Urban K9, Buona Caffe on Reynolds Street, Sirius Sage, Augusta Candle Co., Freshwater Design Co., Grantski Records and the Augusta Poster Show.

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“Some activities are free, and others will require a small fee but all are catered to both children and adults to ensure fun for the whole family,” according to a news release from Downtown Soul City.  “Some of the businesses will also have camp t-shirts designed by Mod Ink for sale, refreshments and other fun pop-up events.”

Merchants weren’t sure of what to expect during the inaugural year last year, and some businesses ran out of supplies because of the overwhelmingly positive response.

This year, business owners are expecting more traffic, but if campers want to be on the safe side, they can become Downtown Soul City VIP members to reserve their spot so they don’t miss a certain activity, he said.

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Membership into Downtown Soul Pride is $4.99 a month and will provide access to future events as well. To learn more visit here.

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