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Classes and Programs

EXPLORE THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

 

At YMCA Camp Greenville students explore our 1,400 acre classroom high atop the Blue Ridge Mountains. We have many natural ecosystems to explore – from hardwood forests to  lakes and streams. We believe that experiencing nature through hands-on exploration leads to lifelong awareness and understanding in school age children. A typical outing at YMCA Camp Greenville consist of a three day, two night stay, which includes six meals, lodging, and all activities. Students will be engaged in activities from breakfast through dinner and enjoy an exciting evening program such a square dance, night hike, or traditional campfire.

Our classes and program have four main categories; Environmental Education, Adventure Education, Team Building and Evening Programs. A brief description of each is in the tabbed section below. You will also find class and program details below.

The Environmental Education classes offered at YMCA Camp Greenville have been evolving since 1986. Our goal for the program is to use our natural setting to reinforce State Science Standards, and to instill a great- er respect for the environment.Many of the classes relate to one or more of the State Science Standard categories of Inquiry, Life Science, or Earth Science. Some classes focus more specifically on standards for spe-cific grades, which can be found just below the title.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

  •  To increase awareness and nurture a connection with the environment through discovery based activities
  •  Encourage a sense of personal discovery and responsibility for the environment.
  •  Foster cooperation and communication among peers.
  •  Meet State Science Standards for selected grade levels.

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Adventure Education refers to the use of challenging, yet safe, activities to purposefully build up individuals and groups. The activities are exciting and invite the participant to venture “outside their comfort zone” to maximize the learning power of the event. It is highly recommended that Group Dynamics (from the Team Building and Communications section) be taken in conjunction with any of these classes.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

  • Increase the students’ levels of self-esteem.
  • Develop skills and interests one may not have realized they had before.
  • Expand the students’ comfort zones in a safe and controlled manner.

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These classes foster a sense of community among small groups and highlight the importance of effective communication. Whether students in your school are new to each other or have been together their entire educational career, there are always benefits to participating in classes that challenge their typical in-school dynamic and highlight strengths of students who may normally be more reserved. Team problem-solving is a large part of these experiences, which aim to improve communication skills, develop leader/follower abilities, and to practice goal setting and planning techniques.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES:

  • Increase the student’s level of self-esteem.
  • Understand that differences may actually bring people closer together.
  • Foster cooperation and communication between peers.

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Evening programs are designed to be educational and a fun way to end the day together as a group. Activities involve everyone, including chaperones and staff.

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