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Cultivating Environments of Acceptance for Special Needs

Camp Spearhead logoCamp Spearhead is more than just a camp. It’s a place where children and adults alike can escape social isolation; a place where they’re seen as people, not just as a disability. The camp adds a bit of normalcy to the lives it touches, bringing to life the types of experiences that many of us cherish.

Founded in 1968, Camp Spearhead offers 8 week-long residential camp sessions in the summer and the Weekend Program throughout the school year. The camp is held at the Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center, a space specifically designed to meet the needs of our campers while providing the best summer camp experience possible. If you’re interested in getting a family member involved at Camp Spearhead, familiarize yourself with the details on our programs below.

Camp Spearhead

Summer Camp Information


Eligible Ages: 8 and older

Location: Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

Program Schedule:

Week 1: May 28-June 1
Week 2: June 4-8
Week 3: June 11-15
Week 4: June 18–22
Week 5: July 2-6
Week 6: July 9-13
Week 7: July 16-20
Week 8: July 23-27

Costs: Camper fees are based on residency as follows:

$340/week for Greenville County residents
$425/week for residents of other SC counties
$787/week for residents of other states

Registration: Registration for Camp Spearhead 2018 is now full. However, you may still submit a Camper Application if you would like to be included in the waiting list. To be added to the waiting list we must receive a completed Camper Application.  Click here to submit an application.

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

What to Bring: Packing List


“To sum up our ‘thanks’ to you is not possible considering the joy, laughter, smiles, and love you have given to our kids this summer. Our ‘kids’ may be any age, but you have looked through their challenges and seen them for who they are.”


“Thank you for your help in giving many people the highlight of their summer. My son Andrew started talking about camp in April, then started counting the days after school was out. He decorates our refrigerator with his collection of photos from Spearhead and regularly watches videos from camp. I hope you all appreciate your camp memories as much as he does!”


“I just wanted to thank all of you for all you do to make Josie’s camp experience sooooo fun! When I mention camp, she beams. As a parent of a special needs child, it definitely takes a special person to do what you all do. We look forward to many years of Camp Spearhead experiences for Josie.”


“The love my child has for you, and the joy you give to him with your hugs and attention, are ingrained in his mind. Kalen can’t always express his thoughts, his joys, his emotions, but he has a lot upstairs that he is thinking about, and one of those big folders is CAMP SPEARHEAD. And Camp Spearhead isn’t just a cabin, a pool, or a campfire. Camp Spearhead is YOU! So thank you for being ‘you’ and for taking an interest in all of the children/adults who ‘live’ to come back every summer!”

-Connie, Jim, Preston, & Carson

Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center is proud of our latest addition. The Dr. Cary E. Stroud Camper Care Center is open and providing outstanding medical services to campers.


Do you have a scholarship program?

If you need scholarship assistance, please contact Randy Murr by calling 864.288.6470 ext. 127 or emailing [email protected]

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.

How do I send someone's medications to camp?

Two weeks before your camper arrives, you will be sent information for registering your camper’s medications.  Please plan to bring all medications in original packaging including the prescription labeling.  Up-to-date and accurate medication information will help expedite the medication check-in process on arrival day.  All medications are checked in with our Medications Technicians upon arrival.

Can we phone or visit loved ones at camp?

An integral part of the camp experience is the sense of “getting away from it all.”  In effort to protect this component of the camp experience we ask that visits be limited to our Thursday night Talent Show when family, friends, and former staff are invited to share in the fun.  If you would like to send notes of encouragement to your camper during their week you may email them to [email protected].  Your email will be printed and given to your camper’s counselor who will either give it to your camper or read it to them.  We, of course, also encourage notes or letters sent by old-fashioned postal mail.  Please send to 4806 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors, SC 29687.

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 Randy Murr at [email protected] if this is of interest to you.

Will my camper receive a t-shirt?

Every camper receives a camp t-shirt at the end of their Camp session.

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.

My camper has to leave camp early. What is the notification process?

Please make sure you call or email us to inform us of your camper’s early departure.

I will not be the person picking up my camper at the end of the camp week. Do I need to notify the camp office?

There is a section in the Camper Application for listing people approved for picking up your camper.  If the person who will be responsible for picking up your camper at the end of their camp week is not listed in the Camper Application, YES, you will need to notify the camp office in writing – please send to [email protected].

Weekend Program

By Camp Spearhead

Register for the Camp Spearhead Weekend Program:
Waiting all year for summer camp to return is excruciating, so make the wait easier by registering for the 2018 Weekend Program!

Program Schedule:

  • February 3 Pizza & Bowling
  • February 10 Carnival
  • February 17 Valentine’s Day Dance
  • February 24 Movie Day
  • March 3 Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • March 10 Swamp Rabbits Hockey
  • March 24 Furman Outdoor Day
  • April 7-8 Spring Retreat
  • April 14 Spearhead Family Picnic
  • April 21 Pizza & Bowling

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