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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

By Camp Spearhead

Eligible Ages: 8 and older

Fall 2019 Weekend Program Schedule:

  • Sept. 14: Pool Party at Camp Spearhead ($34), 2p-6:30p
  • Sept. 20: Family Night  at Greenville Triumph ($10/person), 7p
  • Sept. 28: Movie Day ($34), 10a-2p
  • Oct. 5: Pizza & Bowling I ($34), 11a-3p
  • Oct. 12: Fisher’s Orchard ($34), 11a-3p
  • Oct. 19: Furman Football ($34), 11:30a-5p
  • Nov. 2: Spooktacular ($34), 5p-9p
  • Nov. 16     Pizza & Bowling II ($34) 11a-3p
  • Nov. 23-24   Winter Retreat ($100)   2p Sat-2p Sun

*Fee for non-residents is 20% more

Camp Spearhead

Summer Camp Information

DETAILS

Eligible Ages: 8 and older

Location: Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

2020 Program Schedule:

Week 1: May 25 – 29
Week 2: June 1 – 5
Week 3: June 8 – 12
Week 4: June 15 – 19
Week 5: June 29 – July 3
Week 6: July 6 – 10
Week 7: July 13 – 17
Week 8: July 20 – 24

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

Camper Registration: Opens on March 1

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

TESTIMONIALS

As each year goes by I see why the staff and campers collectively agree, “I JUST LOVE THIS PLACE.”  You all are amazing young people to spend your summers making lasting memories in the lives of these special campers!  THANK YOU!   ”

-Vaughn Family

“He LIVES for camp every summer and it gives him a sense of home when he is at camp.  He is always telling us camp is his second home.  Thank you all SO much for your loving kindness you show him, your time and efforts you put into the summer for the campers like JJ. “

-Michelle

“Her counselors were fantastic.  She said that they were very sweet and took great care of her and the rest of the cabin.  She always comes home feeling very special and loved. ”

-Debbie and Bob

“Your dedication and hard work make it possible for a kid to believe he CAN be a success out of his comfort zone and make a friend along the way.  YOU GUYS ROCK!  “

-Richard and Donna

FAQ

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].

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