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OUTDOOR SCHOOL

At YMCA Camp Greenville students explore our 1,400+ acre classroom high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are located just a short 1 hour drive from Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC. 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 3-day, 2 night stay, which includes six meals, winterized 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.

WHY CAMP GREENVILLE?

  • We are focused on offering your students a once in a lifetime opportunity.
  • We offer a variety of activities that correlate with your curriculum and state standards.
  • Teachers are able to choose activities from a large list of options that provide a well-rounded balance of learning experiences.
  • We also offer recreational activities like archery, canoeing, or a hike to our spectacular 150 ft. waterfall, Rainbow Falls.
  • We support personal growth and challenge students to work together.
  • We ensure that you and your students will have a safe, challenging, and exciting experience.

We Share the Same Goals

If your goal is to help children learn more about the environment in which we live — then we share the same goal! YMCA Camp Greenville’s Environmental Education Program is a highly organized outdoor learning experience. We aim to help students find out more about the outdoors – and themselves – by providing teaching activities which take place in the outdoors.

We believe that experiencing nature through hands-on exploration leads to lifelong awareness and understanding. Read on, and we think you will find that our program can be an outstanding complement to classroom learning and can assist you in meeting your curriculum goals.

In fact, your students will probably learn a lot more than the concepts and vocabulary that are part of the curriculum. The experience of an extended field trip that we offer leads to learning on many levels.  To learn more about how our classes correlate with the South Carolina course of study click here or for North Carolina click here.

A Mountain Top Education Experience

Our natural resources make a great classroom! At Camp Greenville students explore a 1,400 acre classroom high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We have many natural ecosystems to explore – from hardwood forests to lakes and streams. In these natural settings terms like “caddis-fly larvae,” “folded mountains,” and “community” take on immediate significance as the students experience their meaning firsthand.

Our Staff Makes The Difference

Each instructor at Camp Greenville has been trained in a child-centered approach to teaching and either holds a college degree or is involved in this experience as part of their college program. With a ratio of 10-14 students per instructor, you can be assured that your students will have a safe and individualized learning experience full of fun and adventure.

Our Facilities Make Your Stay Comfortable

Groups are lodged in winterized, dormitory-style cabins with teachers and chaperones. Full bathroom facilities are located inside each cabin. Meals are served family-style in our Dining Hall. Sheltered and winterized classroom areas are available if the weather does not allow outdoor activities. We will ask you and your students to be prepared for mild inclement weather, though. Being outdoors is what we’re all about!