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Base Camp


Base Camp (formerly known as traditional or mountaineer camp) is our one week traditional camping program that is designed to offer a well-balanced schedule of activities to suit the interests of any camper. Base Camp is suited for campers of all ages and offers fun and challenges as campers “venture into the unknown.” Campers are organized into grade-group based divisions.

Division Grade in Fall 2018
2nd, 3rd, 4th
  5th, 6th
7th, 8th, 9th
10th, 11th, 12th

Each division has programs and activities suitable for that grade group. This offers the best “all round” camping experience to create fun, exciting and memorable time that will have a profound impact on any young persons life. Check out the ‘Activities’ page to see a sample of the activities offered.

A Sample Daily Schedule

Tuesday-Friday mornings campers rotate through activities with their cabin group. Cabin activities might include: a hike to a special location at camp such as Rainbow Falls or “Pretty Place”; a free swim in Lake Sudie; working together to complete the requirements for “Cabin of Excellence”; developing team work via the Group Challenge and/or High Ropes; playing sports such as soccer or softball; or any of a dozen other fun and exciting group building activities. Schedules are planned by camp leadership but also allow room for the counselors and campers to schedule in their own fun. Both give the cabin group the chance to enjoy each other and cultivate friendships that will last a lifetime.

After rest hour is Truddy Time! A list of 8-12 activity options are given at lunch and the campers decide what they would like to participate in. They travel in groups of 3 (truddy’s!) to the different instructor led activities. Campers can choose as many activities as they would like and we encourage just that. This helps campers learn autonomy of choice which is a great life skill.

All activities are staff led and supervised. Activity goals include making the activity interesting and fun for the camper; helping the camper develop and refine skills in the activity area; and encouraging the camper to set goals and challenge themselves.

Evening programs provide opportunities for fun, new experiences and inspiration. Each night there is a program for the interaction of the cabin group, the division group, or the entire camp. Some nights offer events for small group bonding with the others in a camper’s cabin. Other nights bring the entire camp together as one large family: talent shows; group games like Capture the Flag or Revenuers & Moonshiners; or fun filled campfires with songs, skits, sharing and special memories. Finally, the last part of each camper’s day is spent in the cabin just before lights out. This time is used for campers and counselors to go over the days events or discuss topics of interest. Inspirational vespers help put closure to the end of each camper’s day and adds a very special meaning to camp for everyone.

Dates and Rates

There are a couple of options for you to chose from if you’d like to consider Base Camp for your camper. And don’t forget to check out the ‘Dates and Rates and Discounts’ page to read more about what discounts you may qualify for.  Just $100 saves your spot for the summer and payment options and plans are available!

Non-Member *YMCA Member

One Week

This is our most popular option with most campers choosing to come for one week. New this summer: One week of D4 base camp July 1-7, 2018

$835 $705


The best of both worlds! Attend one week of Adventure and one week of BASE camp.

$1,670 $1,410


If you want a 2 week experience but would would like to switch it up a bit, then a stay-over is what you need

$50 fee $50 fee

*Greenville YMCA Member Rate (15% discount)