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Camp Culture

Camp Greenville Culture

All great camps are built on tradition and YMCA Camp Greenville is one of the best. Whether it’s getting an update from Captain Food Waste, singing Ole’ Lady Leary, taking a Fog Jog or becoming a Monk’s Old Timers, everyone can join in on over 100 years of exceptional tradition. Read below to discover what traditions your camper can participate in this summer!

Cabin of Excellence

This award is given to those cabins who do all of the following: keep the cabin clean every day, complete 2-3 hikes, perform a song or skit, do a small service project for Camp and do a random act of kindness.

Packout

Each Division has an evening outdoor experience at our packout sites.  D3/D4 cook dinner (and smores!) and sleep overnight, D2 cook smores and sleep overnight, and D1 cook smores and go back to their cabin to sleep. D2 adventure also use packout shelters on their adventure trip.

Pajama Jam

Every Saturday before breakfast the whole camp gathers at the gaga court in their pajamas for one last dance party.

Monks Old Timers

This is the top honor of Camp Greenville. Those campers who are here for their 5th year become Monk’s Old Timers (named for legendary Camp Greenville director Monk Mulligan). These campers have a special ceremony, get a Monks old Timer t shirt and get to light the closing campfire.

Double Monks

Building on the top honor of Camp Greenville, becoming a Monk’s Old Timer, this is for campers who are here for their 10th summer and is camp most secret club.

Herbie the Heron

This is the award given to campers who do the Polar Bear plunge in Lake Sudie each morning.

Early Morning Activities

Monday-Friday mornings campers can choose different activities to do before breakfast. This includes Polar Bear plunge each morning but then various counselor led energizers throughout the week.

Breakfast of Champions

On Wednesdays campers have the chance to begin their morning with watching sunrise at Pretty place, jogging back to camp, tackling the bouldering wall, stretching out with yoga, completing a round of Gaga and ending the morning with a jump in the lake for Polar Bear plunge! The you receive the Breakfast of Champions pin.

Chapel at Pretty Place

Once a week we have a chapel service at Pretty Place. Chapel is lead by our Executive Director and always a focus on one of the core-values of camp; caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Morning Shine

Monday-Friday mornings we meet at the Opening Campfire for a short devotional. This happens just after cabin clean up and before we start our cabin activity rotations.

Vespers

Each night the cabin group evaluates the day and learns about character development.

Parade Ground

Before meals the camper gather at the flag pole for songs, roll call and flag raising and lowering.