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It is the mission of  YMCA Camp Greenville to provide a safe, fun, magical and educational experience for all campers. We strive to create opportunities for personal growth and new friendships while always keeping physical and emotional safety a priority. At Camp Greenville we build relationships through camp activities while teaching and practicing the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. We hope that Camp Greenville becomes a yearly tradition in your family. 

This page is designed to make your life easier as a parent & guardian when registering or preparing to send your child to camp. Below are some common questions we get at Camp Greenville about summer camp. If at any time during the registration process or leading up to camp you have a question or a concern, do not hesitate to contact us.

Pre-Registration Frequently Asked Questions

All registration is done online. After reviewing the summer camp pages to the left, click the register tab at the top of the page to begin your camper application. Our secure online registration system allows you to sign your campers up for camp, make payments and submit forms all from the comfort of your home.

In an effort to streamline all registration processes and keep the cost of camp low, all registrations are online and paper free. Our CampMinder system is safe and secure and easy to use. If you’d like us to help walk you through it, please send an email to our Camper Services department and we will help you.

Every child deserves a camp experience. Just one summer at camp can positively influence a child’s life forever. Our confidential Financial Assistance Program allows numerous children, who would otherwise not be able to attend, to experience all that YMCA Camp Greenville has to offer.

Applications for assistance are available by February 1st after you pay you $100 deposit via your Camp Greenville account.  In February, log into your account and click the ‘forms’ tab. The form must be submitted online via the CampMinder system.

Your biggest concern is for your child’s safety and we understand this. The health and safety of our campers is our top priority here at YMCA Camp Greenville. Regardless of how beneficial a program could be, it is worthless unless an effective camp health and safety program is in place and implemented by knowledgeable summer staff.

 

HEALTH CENTER

A brand new, state-of-the-art and well equipped GHS Health Center, is well is staffed by our Health and Wellness Manager along with an RN or Paramedic 24/7 when camp is in session.  All of our summer staff are First Aid/CPR trained and certified. The safety of a great camp depends on the experience and professionalism of the director and their staff. We will give you a call if anything happens at camp that we would want to know about as parents. This includes spending more than one night in the infirmary or any needed visits to the nurse or doctor.

HEALTH FORMS

On your Camp Greenville account page you will find a forms links. This link will include a few different forms that need to be completed, signed by you NOT A PHYSICIAN, prior to your camper attending. We will also ask you to let us know of any changes at check in so that we can make them to your account. Please fill these forms out prior to arriving to camp, campers who do not have the forms filled out will sadly have to be turned away. 

MEDICATIONS

Campers are not permitted to keep any medications in their cabins. We require all camper prescription and non-prescription medications be dispensed by the camp nurse. Medications will be given to the medical staff during check in.   

 

 

ACA ACCREDITATION

YMCA Camp Greenville is proud to be an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camp. The ACA nationally recognizes camps that meet the highest standards, focusing on health, safety and program quality. The accreditation process has over 300 safety and quality standards to which we must adhere.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER

Please call us in advance to discuss any medical conditions or special concerns that need to be managed at camp. Our first priority is being sure we can care for your child while at camp.

At YMCA Camp Greenville serving kid friendly, yet healthy and balanced meals is our goal. A daily breakfast bar includes cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit and more. A fresh salad bar is available at every lunch and dinner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner always include vegetarian and gluten-free options.

DIETARY NEEDS

We cannot provide customized menus for campers with allergies (our menu does currently account for a vegetarian and gluten-free diets), intolerance to specific foods, or “picky” preferences. We will, however, assist campers in selecting appropriate food items at each meal from the camp’s preset menu.

Please contact the Summer Camp Director in advance of enrollment to be sure that your camper’s needs can be met. If your camper experiences more serious eating disorders, this camp may not be the right fit for you. A healthy diet is necessary to fuel your camper for the active lifestyle at camp.

To discuss special dietary needs, please contact our Food Service Director, Michael Thomason.

I’M WORRIED MY CAMPER MAY GET HOMESICK
A recent study by the American Camp Association reported that nearly 96% of all boys and girls spending two weeks or more at overnight camps reported some homesickness on at least one day. Homesickness is not just common, it’s nearly universal, and it is also a rare opportunity for growth. A wonderful home deserves to be missed. But we are also made to engage the world we live in and to not be afraid to move toward opportunity, even when it means leaving behind things that are more familiar. A great camp for kids provides a safe and controlled environment to begin the adventure of healthy independence.

THE LETTER
Homesickness is most acutely felt when campers have the least to do, which is of course the exact moment that they are able to write home! If you do get a sad letter please respond by doing two things quickly. First, write them an email letting them know that you understand they miss home but that you are also proud of them for their growth at camp. Next, please call us and let us know. Chances are that we will be aware that they have missed home, but we can also let you speak with their counselors and give you more information.

THE BARGAIN
The fastest way for a camper to remain homesick is for you to say you will come get them if they remain homesick. It’s a circular promise that builds momentum in a camper’s planning so that they then find it very difficult to become a camper.
Parents make “the bargain” for a number of reasons, but it is often because they are just as concerned about time away from their camper as their camper is about time away from home. Just like our children need to develop a sense of adventurous independence, we as parents sometimes need to be stretched a little too. If this is true of you, it is okay, you’re in good company. Instead of making “the bargain” with your camper give us a call and let us give you details about how they are doing.

INITIAL DEPOSIT:

Deposit is non-refundable and is due at the time of registration to hold your child’s place for selected camp(s).

Y MEMBER RATE:

The Y Member Rate is available to the camper with a Family membership or a Youth membership only. Proof of membership will be verified.

TRANSFER OF DEPOSIT:

While the deposit is non-refundable, it may be transferred to a sibling within the same household for a session during the same camp year. Notification of deposit transfer must be in writing and must be accompanied by an application for the replacement sibling a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival date (see session transfer policy).

BALANCE OF FEES:

Balance of all camp fees are due within 10 days prior to attending camp. Balances left unpaid after due dates may result in the camper losing his/her place in a chosen session.

REFUND POLICY:

If a parent withdraws their child from camp prior to April 15, 2016, a refund of fees paid will be given (less initial $100 deposit). If a parent withdraws their child from camp on or after April 16, 2017 no refund will be given unless cancellation is due to a valid medical reason (see cancellation policy).

DISMISSALS:

Camp Greenville reserves the right to dismiss a camper due to behavioral issues. Refunds will not be given for camper dismissals.

 

SESSION TRANSFER DEADLINE:

While we try to be accommodating of circumstances, we ask parents to understand the adjustments to cabin assignments, food preparation, and staffing that is necessary when transfers are made. For this reason, requests must be made (in writing) a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival date.

CANCELLATIONS:

Cancellations must be made in writing. Fees paid are non-refundable after April 15, 2017 (see refund policy) unless cancellation is for a valid medical reason. In this case, documentation signed by a physician must be provided. Medical-related cancellations will receive a refund of fees paid (less initial $100 deposit) or may be transferred to a 2018 session for the same camper (less initial $100 deposit).

Camp Greenville reserves the right to adjust programming or cancel sessions based on the number of registrations. In this event, transfers will be made to alternate sessions without additional processing fees.

 

RETURNED PAYMENTS:

There will be a $25.00 fee for all checks returned to Camp Greenville.  An official bank check, money order or credit card payment will be required to continue to secure the selected session(s).

Post-Registration Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a packing list for our Base, Adventure and Specialty camps. Feel free to reach out to our Summer Camp Director, Jenna Johnson with more specific questions. packing-list-2017

We have 3 main programs at camp: Base Camp, Specialty Camp, and Adventure Camp.

In Base Camp, campers rotate through activities as a cabin every Tues-Fri morning. These activities are predetermined for their Division and cabin as well as activities the cabin votes on. In the afternoon, campers have the opportunity to pick what they want to do based on their own interest. The activities in the afternoon are announced daily at lunch time. Campers can pick the same type of activity every day or choose new ones. Its totally up to them, but there is always a ton of variety.

In Specialty Camp, campers participate in whatever specialty program (ie; equestrian adventure) they have registered for all morning Tues-Fri. After lunch they will get to join Base Camp and participate in activities on main camp. Its the best of both worlds!

To see our activities at camp click here!

In Adventure Camp, campers participate in our all camp traditions Sunday, Monday and Friday evenings along with Base Camp. Tuesday morning they leave for whatever trip they chose at registration. They are either away from main camp but on camp property (Division 2) or off of camp property (Division 3 and 4) until Friday afternoon. Their activities during the week are dependent on their chosen trip but full of fun adventures.

For other information on camp culture, make sure to read the Parent Handbook (available February 1) as well as start here on our website.

Mondays are for teambuilding, getting to know our cabin, figuring our way around camp, and learning where everything is. Mondays are full of fun activities like beach parties, carnivals, hiking, and even end with a beautiful chapel at Pretty Place, and a cookout dinner at the airnasium.

We love Mondays at camp and can’t wait for you to experience them too!

We love summer nights, lightning bugs, and evening program at camp. Our evenings at camp are so much fun. Here is a rundown of how our week looks each evening;

Sunday: Opening campfire and Ice Cream Dance Party

Monday: Cookout, all camp game, Chapel

Tuesday: D3 packout, D2/D3 evening program

Wednesday: D2 packout, D1/D3 evening program

Thursday: D1 packout, D2/D3 evening program

Friday: Closing Campfire and End of Week Slideshow

Sunday, Monday, and Friday evenings are all camp activities. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday take place usually just with your Division. Tues- Thurs evening programs for Base camp may consist of Luau, Counselor Hunt, Banana Olympics, Messy Games etc. Adventure campers are out on their trip!

Once activities are done we come together to regroup and prepare to wind down for the evening. We sing slow songs and then return to our cabins for vespers, getting ready for bed, and lights out.

Friday evening begins with Theme Dinner. Dressing up is optional, but so much fun! The dining hall gets transformed in to a different world and once we eat we have a dining hall dance party!

After dining and dancing, our final all camp evening program, Closing Campfire, begins. This includes skits by campers and staff and our Monk ceremony. We finish the campfire all circled around with candles in hand as we sing our closing songs and hear a message from our Executive Director that reflects back on the week. This is many campers favorite night of camp!

Finally, we all gather at the Airnasium for our end of week slideshow and popsicle party. We announce awards that were earned and who the recipient of the Dirt Cake is for having the cleanest cabin all week!

Check the schedule below for theme dinners so your camper can add any desired items to their packing list. Note: we love homemade costumes at camp so please do not feel the need to spend a lot of money

2018 Theme Dinner Schedule Coming Soon!

MAIL-The best way to be sure your camper gets mail is to drop letters or packages off on opening day. It can take 4 – 6 days for mail to arrive at camp and be distributed.

During check in we will have a mail bin for each day of the week in which you can place letters or packages. Please label them with your childs name, session, day you would like it delivered and cabin name (obtained at check in).

Please note: Adventure campers will ONLY receive mail on Mondays and Fridays as they are away on their trip the remainder of the week.

If you would like to send mail use the address below:

Child’s Name, Session and Cabin Name (available at check-in)

YMCA Camp Greenville

4399 YMCA Camp Road, Cleveland, SC   29635

Emails—One-way emails (from you to your camper) can be sent by purchasing the communication package via your Camp Greenville account. Emails are printed each morning from the PREVIOUS day and delivered during lunchtime.

Please note: Adventure campers will ONLY receive emails on Mondays and Fridays as they are away on their trip the remainder of the week.

No emails are delivered after Friday 1:00 p.m. unless your camper is in a multi week session or participating in stayover.

All emails are limited to 50 lines.