Representatives and capital campaign donors from the YMCA of Greenville broke ground on the first of several new facilities to be constructed on the 1400 acres of Y Camp Greenville, located in Cleveland, SC. The historic groundbreaking represents the first phase of the “Heart of Camp” capital development program. YMCA Camp Greenville has served campers and families from all over the world for over 100 years with fun and adventure! The facilities being constructed will allow an additional 3,000 campers to continue experiencing the mountains, streams, as well as trails, and create lifetime friendships during their time on the mountain. 

“Our family has benefited from our relationship with the Y and from time spent at Camp Greenville over many years,” said Steve Timmons, Capital Campaign Chair. “We personally invested in Camp Greenville because it is the perfect place for youth and families to come for life-changing experiences and we want to share this great property and the YMCA’s values with future generations.” In 1912, visionaries came to the property and found a one-of-a-kind place and dedicated it for traditional, wilderness camping for children. The “Heart of Camp” campaign involves 21st-century visionaries who believe in the reservation of the past, yet ensuring that future generations will know and experience the beautiful, pristine, mountaintop camp, through rebuilding infrastructure.

Y Camp Greenville renovations includes the immediate construction of the:

• Water/Sewer Infrastructure
• Guest House
• Office and Welcome Center
• Thomas Parker Lodge Renovation
• Nature Center
• Program Treehouse
• Activity Center
• Lake Sudie Swimming Area
• Wet Willy Slide
• Greenville Health System Health Hut

Future construction includes the following:

• New Boys and Girls Adventure Cabin Units
• New Skeet Shooting Range
• New Plaza Green

“YMCA Camp Greenville is a place where thousands of youth have enjoyed summertime fun discovering their strengths, building self-confidence and deepening their faith,” says Scot Baddley, President & CEO of YMCA of Greenville. “These new facilities and upgrades will enhance the Camp while protecting traditions and reclaiming magnificent views”. 

During the construction period, Y Camp Greenville will continue to host traditional summer residential camps, family camps, and military camps, along with special needs camps, team building, and group-dynamic camps. To date, $5.3 million has been raised. Donations have been from individuals, foundations, companies and corporate supporters with a love of camp. Donations are still being accepted for additional initiative elements for the Heart of Camp. 

For additional information or to donate, contact Jamie Inman at (864) 242-1111, ext. 21. 

New offices & Welcome Center

The Administrative Office is one of the first buildings that camp visitors see when approaching Camp Greenville. The proposed site of the office will be a part of relocating the primary entrance of Camp and will provide safer traffic flow and better control of access to the main camp program spaces and Symmes “Pretty Place” chapel. This location will also be closer to other program functions. The new 2,688 square foot facility will allow for increased efficiencies in the camp operation by bringing all of the full-time camp staff members together in one facility. The new facility will provide improved welcome space for camp visitors with parking for a few guests and staff. Adequate conference room space for staff meetings will also be included in the design. 

Adventure Cabins

The current Adventure Cabins are the oldest structures in the camp. As a part of moving the heart of camp to be aligned with the activity fi eld and Lake Sudie, there will be separate boys’ and girls’ Adventure Villages. These will be clusters of three duplex cabins with a deck and central pavilion for a gathering space. Each cabin building will be a 1,900 square foot facility and will include sleeping space for 12 on each side. Each side of the cabin will have its own restrooms, showers and storage space for luggage. The upgraded cabins mean that campers no longer need to go to another building for showers. The design also provides more space for family camping, group camping and lodging for school groups in the non-summer months. 

Greenville Health System Health Center

Construction on the new 3,235 square foot health center is underway at Camp! The state-of-the-art facility is made possible through the generous support of the Greenville Health System. The health center is designed to meet camper health needs complete with modern exam rooms, safe medications dispensing area, and isolation areas. The health center also provides comfortable living space for nurses and physicians who oversee medical care during the summer camp season. The current Stone Health Lodge will be repurposed for other camp programming.

Thank You

Many thanks to our Y friends and families who have made this possible (as of 2/9/16):

Jeffrey Allen
Steve Armaly
Ray and Dee Bingham
Archibald W. Black
Mercer Burns
Camp Greenville Blue Jean Ball
William McNeill “Mac” Carpenter, Jr.
Claiborn Carr
James Harvey Cleveland, IV
Daniel Mickel Foundation
Herb Dew
Jeff Dishner
Laura E. duPont
F.W. Symmes Foundation
Gary Forte
Fielding and Gally Gallivan
Dr. John Witherspoon Gilpin
Greenville Health System
Allen and Nikki Grumbine
Dixon and Jennifer Harrill, Jr.
Josh and Jenna Howard
Dru James
John I. Smith Charities
Jolley Foundation
Michael Lee
Erwin Maddrey
Maura Maness
Sandra McAvoy
Murray and Foster McKissick
G. Bruce McPherson, Jr.
Sara Morris
William S. “Will” Nelson II
Louise E. Oxner
Joe and Ginny Pazdan
John and Emilie Pazdan
Bill and Laura Pelham
Elvin Sandel
Sanders Family
Andy Satterfi eld
Reid and Carrie Sherard
Roger and Deborah Stone
The Allstate Foundation
The Bedenbaugh Family
The Goldsmith Family
The Graham Foundation
The Hollingsworth Fund
The Louise and Perry Earle, Jr. Foundation
Steve and Cris Timmons
Rick Timmons
Steve Timmons
Sydney Timmons Taylor
Terry Wall
Hunter and Chandler Weekes
Weekes Construction
Wells Fargo
Kim and Rory Whelehan
Bruce Williams
Porter Williams
Cindy Wilson
Donald “Chip”Wiper
YMCA of the USA