Summer Camp Parent's FAQ's

What general program areas do you offer at Camp Greenville?

Can I have contact with my camper while they are at Camp?

The YMCA is a Christian Organization.  How religious is Camp?

What are the cabins like?

Are there any additional costs?  Does my camper need money for anything?

What is the physical environment like?  How is the weather during the summer?

Will my child be in a cabin with"friends" his/her age?  What kind of spread of ages is there within the cabins?

How do you decide who gets what morning activities?

Is there a medical staff at the camp?  What happens if your child gets sick?

What kind of food is served?  What about special dietary needs?

How do you handle homesickness?

How are your staff trained and what is the ratio of campers to counselors?

What is the process used for hiring counselors and doing background checks on them? 

 

What general program areas do you offer at Camp Greenville?

Camp Greenville offers a wide variety of programs including horseback riding, aquatics in both of our spring fed lakes, Arts and Crafts, Indoor and Outdoor Climbing, Target Sports, High Ropes Course and Zip Line, various sports/athletics, and hiking/outdoor skills.

Can I have contact with my camper while they are at Camp?

There are multiple ways that you can have contact with your camper while they are at camp.  You can send mail by US Mail or drop off mail for the whole week on Check-In day.  You can also send e-mails through Bunk1.com.  Care packages are welcomed, but absolutely no food is allowed in them. Your child will not be able to call you and we are not able to bring them to the phone.  We will handle emergency situations on a case by case basis. Cell phones do not get service at Camp so they should be left at home.

The YMCA is a Christian Organization.  How religious is Camp?

Camp Greenville is a non-denominational Christian camp.  We welcome campers from all religious backgrounds.  While at camp, campers are will participate in Christian graces before each meal, a nightly vesper that is designed to feed the mind and spirit, and if staying over for the weekend, a chapel service at Pretty Place.  Campers are allowed to respectfully and quietly stand and not participate in the graces if they so choose.

What are the cabins like?

We have three different villages of cabins: The Ridgetops, The Lakesides, and The Adventure Cabins.  The Ridgetops and Lakesides are used by our traditional program and have similar amenities.  Running heated water, electricity, heat, private, individual showers, and toilets are all present in each of the cabins.  Air-conditioning is not needed due to the cooler temperatures in the evenings here at camp.  The Adventure Cabins are used for our Adventure programs and are much more primitive than the other cabins.  Adventure cabins have running water, toilets, and electricity.  They utilize shower houses that are in close proximity of the cabins.  Shower houses have private, individual stalls for camper use.

Are there any additional costs?  Does my camper need money for anything?

Camp Greenvilleís fees are all inclusive.  There are no additional fees for any activities within programs.  Your camper will not need to bring money with them as all expenses have already been covered.  They will get three snacks and a cabin picture as part of the overall camp fee.  You will have to set up a charge account in the Camp Store if you want them to be able to buy camp souvenirs as we do not accept cash during the week (cash is accepted during check-in and check-out).

What is the physical environment like?  How is the weather during the summer?

Camp Greenville is located on 1600 wooded acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  We have two spring fed lakes, several waterfalls, and a beautiful view of the South Carolina Upstate from Pretty Place Chapel.  The weather is typically mild Ė 80ís for highs and 60ís for lows.  We do occasionally go outside those norms.  It is not unusual for us to have storms move through in the afternoons.  We continue with programming if it is just raining, but move everything indoors if we start to experience lightning.

Will my child be in a cabin with"friends" his/her age?  What kind of spread of ages is there within the cabins?

We encourage you to put cabin mate requests on the application. We do look at those and are able to honor the majority of them.  We group the cabins by our division ages Ė Division 1 (7-9), Division 2 (10-12), and Division 3 (13-15).  If your camper is requesting someone outside of their own age range, it is very difficult to accommodate that request.  One of the campers will need to be moved up or down a Division, so they are in the same division.  We also try to limit the number of friends in any one cabin as this can cause problems with cliques or some campers being excluded.

How do you decide who gets what morning activities?

Morning activity selection happens after the campers arrive at camp.  Each age group or division will do their selection process together.  The campers are told what options they have for first period.  They are then instructed to go stand in line in front of the activity they would like to select.  Each class has a maximum number.  If there are more campers in line than the maximum number, we will use the date of registration as the deciding factor.  Those who signed up earliest will be admitted into the class.  The extra campers who did not make it into that class will then have to sign up for another class for that period.  This same process is used in selecting the remaining two periods worth of classes.

Is there a medical staff at the camp?  What happens if your child gets sick?

Safety is something that we take very seriously at Camp Greenville.  Every session will have two registered nurses present, plus a Paramedic or EMT.  The medical staff are responsible for giving all medication and treating any injuries or physical problems that should arise during your camperís stay at camp.  Campers who have Epipens, inhalers, or other medication for immediate administration can carry it with them at all times.  We have 4 different isolation rooms in the Health Center, should a camper need to be pulled from their cabin to recover (i.e. fever, severe vomiting or diarrhea, other contagious condition). Any time that your camper is held over night, is required to visit the nurse multiple times for the same problem, has to be seen by a physician, or get a prescription, you will be notified. We work closely with a Family practice in Brevard, NC, should a camper need to be seen by a physician.

What kind of food is served?  What about special dietary needs?

 Camp food is served family style in our Dining Hall. Breakfasts consist of either eggs, pancakes, or french toast with other breakfast sides.  A cereal bar and fresh fruit is also available at every breakfast. For lunch, typical lunch type meals are provided (grilled cheese,chicken nuggets, soft tacos, etc.).  We also offer a complete salad bar and fresh fruit bar with lunch.  For diner, we offer a variety of delicious items such as chicken legs, pasta, ham, turkey, etc.  All dinners are also served with vegetables and other sides that compliment the main dish. A dinner salad bar is also available. We end dinner with the highlight for many campers Ė dessert.

For campers who have special dietary needs, we have several options available.  A vegetarian option is available at every meal.  Those who have allergies or other limitations will have to call and talk to our food service manager to work out a specific plan for your camper.   In severe cases,we are not able to clear certain items out of the dining hall or guarantee that there has not been any accidental cross-contamination.  If your child falls into the severe category, please contact the food service manager to see what accommodations we can provide your camper.

How do you handle homesickness?

Homesickness is one of the most common things that we deal with as camp.  All staff are trained on how to help campers through the feelings of homesickness.  Homesickness usually subsides after the first night or so. We help the campers live in the here and now and accept the feelings they are experiencing, but also show them how to put them aside so they donít interfere with the fun that they could have at camp.  Only in severe cases, and at the discretion of the Director, do we have campers call home when they are homesick.  Calling makes the feelings of homesickness worse in most cases.  We also ask that parents donít promise their campers that they will come and pick up their child if they are not having fun.  This gives the camper an out and doesnít allow camp staff to help the camper through the homesickness and deprives them of the camp experience.

How are your staff trained and what is the ratio of campers to counselors?

Staff are trained during a 10 day intensive training before camp starts.  Training covers all areas necessary for the staff to perform their individual jobs. Staff are observed during the training sessions to make sure that they are a good fit.  In the cabins, there is at minimum, a 1 counselor to 6 campers. When including other staff not in cabins, the overall ratio is closer to a 1 staff to every 4 campers.  Campers are always supervised, with special attention being put on potential problem areas such as the shower houses.  We take the safety and supervision of your camper very seriously at Camp Greenville.

What is the process used for hiring counselors and doing background checks on them?

Staff are thoroughly screened and background checked before working with children.  The staff member has to fill out a lengthy application that includes disclosure of criminal history and a complete background check - state, federal, and sexual offender databases.  Three references are also checked on every candidate.  Each applicant has to go through a personal interview with one of the camp administrative staff.  We use a very thorough interview form to identify any areas of concern. Once the applicant has passed all of these steps, an employment offer can be extended.  They are continually observed during their employment to make sure that they are continuing the level of professionalism that was portrayed during the interview process.