5 reasons to send the kids to summer camp

In my own words: Cory Harrison

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Charles Eliot, former president of Harvard University, once said, “I have the conviction that a few weeks in a well-organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal school work.”

If Charles Eliot is correct, then we at YMCA Camp Greenville say this: Instead of spending the summer at home and indoors, parents, give your kids a chance to explore adventure and nature at the YMCA’s well-organized Camp Greenville located in Cleveland, S.C. YMCA campers gain new experiences, develop essential social skills and create lifelong friendships, while enjoying camp adventures along the way.

Children and teens have camped through our YMCA since 1912. When at Camp Greenville, kids are given new responsibilities, and they learn independence. As a result, they become more confident, open to trying new things and grow as individuals and as part of a group.

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, YMCA Camp Greenville works to help children and teens discover their full potential by providing opportunities to learn, grow and thrive amidst caring, supportive adults.

So as the executive director, I would like to present to you five reasons you should send your child to YMCA Camp Greenville for a week.

1. For adventure

Summer camp is all about fun adventures in the outdoors. Camp Greenville has a new adventure for every child and teen. Whether you are trying out archery, kayaking, tubing or high ropes; from a hike to Pretty Place or even an adventure at Rainbow Falls, you are bound to have an incredible adventure-filled time at YMCA Camp Greenville.

2. For new experiences.

Overnight camps are about learning outside of school, exploring and appreciating the outdoors, developing new skills, making friends and showing leadership. Every activity is a new experience, and every experience offers a new lesson.

3. For personal growth.

While being away from the routine back home, youth have a chance to develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Every activity is a challenge by choice, so the camper explores and challenges at their pace.

4. For new friendships.

Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, kayaking and talent shows, campers meet new friends. In just a few short days at camp, lasting and lifelong friendships are made and developed.

5. For memories.

Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and campfire stories!) that will last a lifetime.

At YMCA Camp Greenville, campers are given the opportunity to play, laugh, learn, compete, reset, enjoy, sleep (maybe), talk, grow, create, unite, share, discover and encourage. This and much more is what campers experience at Camp Greenville. And this is what ultimately creates the one week they will continue to talk about all year and will remember for a lifetime.

At Camp Greenville, we say, “Playing isn’t everything unless you’re playing everything!” So give your child or teen the opportunity to play, fly, jump, ride, swim, zip and shoot. For more information about YMCA Camp Greenville or to register, contact Cory Harrison at coryharrison@ymcagreenville.org.


Cory Harrison is the executive director of YMCA Camp Greenville.

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