Camp Burnt Gin Protected


“Camp Burnt Gin is a summer camp in Wedgefield, South Carolina, for children who have physical disabilities and chronic illnesses. From early June until mid August, Camp Burnt Gin operates five, seven day sessions for 7 through 15 year old children and two six day session for teenagers.”

In recent weeks the future of Camp Burnt Gin was in doubt due to budget cuts at DHEC.  Last week during the Budget Debate I offered the following Amendment which was unanimously adopted.

Rep. J. E. SMITH proposed the following Amendment No. 105 (Doc Name H:\LEGWORK\HOUSE\AMEND\COUNCIL\NBD\ 11324AC09.DOCX), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 22, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL, page 399, after line 8 by inserting an appropriately numbered paragraph to read:
/22.__(DHEC: Camp Burnt Gin) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the funds appropriated to the department pursuant to Part IA, or funds from any other source, for Camp Burnt Gin must not be reduced in the event the department is required to take a budget reduction./
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend totals and titles to conform.

Rep. J. E. SMITH explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

This amendment will ensure that Camp Burnt Gin will be open this Summer.  I look forward to working with DHEC and Camp parents and families to ensure that the Camp remains viable for the future.

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