A Brief History of YMCA Camp Greenville
Camp Greenville had its beginning in 1912 at a site near Cedar Mountain, North Carolina. About 25 boys attended August 1-15, under the direction of Charles J. Kilbourne, first physical director of the Greenville YMCA. In 1913 the campsite was at Glen Echo, near Brevard, NC, on the property of D. M. Hoke. There followed three 2-week seasons 1914 - 1916 on property of H. P. McGee and W. C. Hagood "on the bend of the West Saluda River just above Blythe Shoals," where a permanent camp was established under the direction of Kilbourne, Charles Dushan (who succeeded Kilbourne as Y physical director) and John M. "Uncle Johnny" Holmes (General Secretary of the "Y" from 1914 to 1942) directed the camp in 1915 and 1916.
Due to complicating
factors brought about by World War I, the Greenville Y had no summer camp for boys in
1917, but Camp Greenville was reborn in 1918 and continued at Blythe Shoals through 1924.
One frame building served as kitchen, dining hall, infirmary, camp office, and recreation
hall in inclement weather. Floorless army pyramidal tents provided shelter for 60 to 150
campers for as long as seven weeks in the later seasons. An active program of baseball,
field hockey, hiking, river hiking, swimming, sliding on the shoals, and campfire programs
and initiations provided summer fun, instruction, and inspiration for several hundred
Monk and Sudie Mulligan were instrumental