Rhodes represents Seed and Weed Club at Camp Wildwood

  • Ann Womble and Gracie Rhodes, 2017 Camp Wildwood representative, at Seed and Weed Garden Club

Gracie Rhodes, a sophomore at Wade Hampton High School, represented the Seed and Weed Garden Club at Camp Wildwood, located in Kings Mountain State Park this past summer.  Gracie is the daughter of Ed and Paula Rhodes; she is also the granddaughter of Ellen Ayer, a long time member of the Seed and Weed Garden Club.

Each year, individual clubs belonging to the Garden Clubs of South Carolina are invited to find conservation-minded students to attend Camp Wildwood. This Leadership and Environmental Camp offers an opportunity to rising high school sophomores to study wildlife and practice many outdoor skills. The camp is sponsored by the South Carolina Garden Club of S.C. Inc., the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, South Carolina State Parks, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Gracie said, “ I met a lot of new people who have become close friends that I can count on, and I learned many new things about nature itself and even life lessons like how to look at this earth more openly.”   While at the camp she did things like fish, swim, shoot skeet, practice archery, and many other fun things without the interruptions of modern day life such as the Internet or cell phones.  Gracie enthusiastically said, “When you attend Camp Wildwood, you find a whole different side of yourself, and you never want to let go of it.”