The Weekend Program
Camp Spearhead
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Camp Spearhead is more than just a camp. It’s a place where children and adults with special needs are able to escape the social isolation they often experience; in this extraordinary place, they are understood, included, appreciated.  Here, our campers intuitively sense they belong.  Camp Spearhead offers opportunity, choice, self-determination and delivers experiences we all value and treasure – challenges to try new and exciting things, the development of new friendships, and the chance to “get away from it all” for a few days.

Founded in 1968, Camp Spearhead offers 8 one-week-long residential camp sessions in the summer and two different seasons of The Weekend Program throughout the school year. The camp facility is nestled in beautiful northern Greenville County off scenic highway 11 and was specifically designed to meet the wide-ranging needs of our campers. If you’re interested in getting involved at Camp Spearhead, please familiarize yourself with the details on our programs below.

The Weekend Program

Camp Spearhead’s fall and spring program provides fun, structured, and fulfilling social/recreational activities within the community.

Date Event Time
2/10 Pizza & Bowling I 11 am – 3 pm
2/17 Valentine’s Dance 11 am – 3 pm
2/24 Swamp Rabbits Hockey Game 6 pm – 10 pm
3/2 Furman Basketball Game 1 pm – 5 pm
3/9 Down on the Farm Dance Party 11 am – 3 pm
3/23 Chemical Capers 11 am – 3 pm
3/30 Pizza & Bowling II 11 am – 3 pm
4/6 Movie Day 10 am  – 2 pm
4/13 Take Off Mini Golf 9 am – 1 pm
4/20 Family Cornhole Tournament 11 am – 3 pm

Eligible Ages: 8 and older

*Fee for non-residents is 25% more

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Eligibility: Children and adults with special needs ages 8 and older. (No upper age limit)

Location: Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
4232 Hwy 11, Marietta, SC 29661

Camper Registration: Camper Registration: 2024 Camper Applications are now available. All applications are completed online. Please note that this is an application NOT a registration.

Activities: Canoeing, kayaking, giant swing, zip line, high ropes course, alpine tower, nature activities, archery, fishing, bowling, swimming, basketball, crafts, group games, and much more!

Contact Us:
(864) 288-6470 (year-round office)
(864) 836-8028 (summer camp office)

SUMMER 2024  Dates and Rates

Week 1    May 27-May 31

Week 2    June 3- June 7

Week 3   June 10- June 14

Week 4   June 17-June21


Week 5   July 1-July 5

Week 6   July 8- July 12

Week 7   July 15- July 19

Week 8   July 22- July 26

• Greenville County Residents:   $370/week
• Non Greenville County Residents:   $463/week
• Out-of-State Residents:   $860/week

Please contact us at or (864) 288-6470 with questions.


Do you have a scholarship program?

If you need scholarship assistance, please contact us by calling 864-288-6470 or emailing

Who takes care of medical needs?

Campers’ medical needs are met by our healthcare team which includes an RN and four Medications Technicians.  Additionally, all camp staff are certified in CPR/AED/First Aid.  Some campers have needs that may technically be considered medical needs but are so routine for them that they are met by non-medical caregivers regularly in the home setting.  In such cases we prefer needs like this to be handled in the cabin by our Cabin Counselors as matters of daily, routine care.  Please contact us for discussion about your camper’s particular need.

What is the ratio of staff to campers?

To help ensure a safe, fulfilling, and fun week of camp we maintain a staff to camper ratio of better than 1:2.

Can I do a tour before signing my camper up for camp?

We love meeting potential new campers and their families and it is our pleasure to share with them the Spearhead story and the wonderful facilities we are fortunate to have.  Please email us at if this is of interest to you.

Can campers request cabin mates?

Yes, but we cannot promise that we will be able to place your camper with their friend; however, we promise to do our best.

Where can I find more information about camp?

To learn more  – please read our 2024 Summer Camp Guide for Parents & Caregivers.


Because of Spearhead, our daughter has a community where she is embraced, nurtured, included, and encouraged.”

“From the camp counselors, food service personnel, healthcare staff, maintenance and all the staff who run this wonderful place. Thank you!!! You are all a blessing to our campers!” 

“The smallest acts compound into life altering changes. I cannot even begin to express my gratitude enough for the work you put in to provide this opportunity for this population and their families.” 

“I thank God for the good people that want to give their time so that my son and others can feel the great freedom that they so deserve to feel, and the special love that Camp Spearhead to graciously gives.”

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