An Environment of Unconditional Acceptance
Camp 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.
By Camp Spearhead
Eligible Ages: 8 and older
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 Fall 2018 Weekend Program!
Fall 2018 Program Schedule:
- September 15 Pool Party at Camp Spearhead
- September 22 Pizza & Bowling 1
- September 29 Family Day at Greenville Zoo
- October 6 Movie Day
- October 13 Furman Football
- October 20 Hollingsworth Outdoor Center
- November 3 Spooktacular Dance Party
- November 10 Pizza & Bowling 2
- November 16-18 Family Retreat
- December 1 Swamp Rabbits Hockey
Summer Camp Information
Eligible Ages: 8 and older
Location: Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center
2019 Program Schedule:
Week 1: May 27 – 31
Week 2: June 3 – 7
Week 3: June 10 – 14
Week 4: June 17 – 21
Week 5: July 1 – 5
Week 6: July 8 – 12
Week 7: July 15 – 19
Week 8: July 22 – 26
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 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
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.
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.
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.
To help ensure a safe, fulfilling, and fun week of camp we maintain a staff to camper ratio of better than 1:2.
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.
Every camper receives a camp t-shirt at the end of their Camp session.
Yes, but we cannot promise that we will be able to place your camper with their friend; however, we promise to do our best.
Please make sure you call or email us to inform us of your camper’s early departure.
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].