Representatives and capital campaign donors from the YMCA of Greenville broke ground on the first of several new facilities to be constructed on the 1400 acres of Y Camp Greenville, located in Cleveland, SC. The historic groundbreaking represents the first phase of the “Heart of Camp” capital development program. YMCA Camp Greenville has served campers and families from all over the world for over 100 years with fun and adventure! The facilities being constructed will allow an additional 3,000 campers to continue experiencing the mountains, streams, as well as trails, and create lifetime friendships during their time on the mountain.
“Our family has benefited from our relationship with the Y and from time spent at Camp Greenville over many years,” said Steve Timmons, Capital Campaign Chair. “We personally invested in Camp Greenville because it is the perfect place for youth and families to come for life-changing experiences and we want to share this great property and the YMCA’s values with future generations.” In 1912, visionaries came to the property and found a one-of-a-kind place and dedicated it for traditional, wilderness camping for children. The “Heart of Camp” campaign involves 21st-century visionaries who believe in the reservation of the past, yet ensuring that future generations will know and experience the beautiful, pristine, mountaintop camp, through rebuilding infrastructure.
Y Camp Greenville renovations includes the immediate construction of the:
• Water/Sewer Infrastructure–completed spring 2017
• Guest House-completed spring 2018
• Office and Welcome Center-completed winter of 2016
• Nature Center-completed spring 2018
• Program Treehouse-completed summer 2018
• Lake Sudie Swimming Area-completed spring 2017
• Greenville Health System Health Hut-completed fall 2016
New offices & Welcome Center
The Administrative Office is one of the first buildings that camp visitors see when approaching Camp Greenville. The proposed site of the office will be a part of relocating the primary entrance of Camp and will provide safer traffic flow and better control of access to the main camp program spaces and Symmes “Pretty Place” chapel. This location will also be closer to other program functions. The new 2,688 square foot facility will allow for increased efficiencies in the camp operation by bringing all of the full-time camp staff members together in one facility. The new facility will provide improved welcome space for camp visitors with parking for a few guests and staff. Adequate conference room space for staff meetings will also be included in the design.
The current Adventure Cabins are the oldest structures in the camp. As a part of moving the heart of camp to be aligned with the activity field and Lake Sudie, there will be separate boys’ and girls’ Adventure Villages. These will be clusters of three duplex cabins with a deck and central pavilion for a gathering space. Each cabin building will be a 1,900 square foot facility and will include sleeping space for 12 on each side. Each side of the cabin will have its own restrooms, showers and storage space for luggage. The upgraded cabins mean that campers no longer need to go to another building for showers. The design also provides more space for family camping, group camping and lodging for school groups in the non-summer months.
Greenville Health System Health Center
Construction on the new 3,235 square foot health center is underway at Camp! The state-of-the-art facility is made possible through the generous support of the Greenville Health System. The health center is designed to meet camper health needs complete with modern exam rooms, safe medications dispensing area, and isolation areas. The health center also provides comfortable living space for nurses and physicians who oversee medical care during the summer camp season. The current Stone Health Lodge will be repurposed for other camp programming.
Many thanks to our Y friends and families who have made this possible (as of 2/9/16):
Ray and Dee Bingham
Archibald W. Black
Camp Greenville Blue Jean Ball
William McNeill “Mac” Carpenter, Jr.
James Harvey Cleveland, IV
Daniel Mickel Foundation
Laura E. duPont
F.W. Symmes Foundation
Fielding and Gally Gallivan
Dr. John Witherspoon Gilpin
Greenville Health System
Allen and Nikki Grumbine
Dixon and Jennifer Harrill, Jr.
Josh and Jenna Howard
John I. Smith Charities
Murray and Foster McKissick
G. Bruce McPherson, Jr.
William S. “Will” Nelson II
Louise E. Oxner
Joe and Ginny Pazdan
John and Emilie Pazdan
Bill and Laura Pelham
Andy Satterfi eld
Reid and Carrie Sherard
Roger and Deborah Stone
The Allstate Foundation
The Bedenbaugh Family
The Goldsmith Family
The Graham Foundation
The Hollingsworth Fund
The Louise and Perry Earle, Jr. Foundation
Steve and Cris Timmons
Sydney Timmons Taylor
Hunter and Chandler Weekes
Kim and Rory Whelehan
YMCA of the USA