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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
2/4 Pizza & Bowling I 11 am-3 pm
2/11 Furman Basketball 1 pm-5 pm
2/18 Magic Show 11 am-3 pm
2/25 Movie Day I 10 am- 2 pm
3/4 Super Cold Science 11 am- 3 pm
3/11 Pizza & Bowling II 11 am- 3 pm
3/25 Family Cornhole Tournament 11 am- 2 pm
4/1 Swamp Rabbits Hockey 6pm- 10pm
4/8 Movie Day II 10 am- 2 pm

Eligible Ages: 8 and older

*Fee for non-residents is 25% more

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Camp Spearhead

Summer Camp Information


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

Location: Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center

Camper Registration:To allow more time to recruit and hire summer staff, we have pushed back our application date. We hope to have Camper Applications available in early April. Please continue to check back for updated information.

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!

Contact Us:
(864) 467-3398 (year-round office)
(864) 836-8028 (summer camp office)


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. “


“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


Do you have a scholarship program?

If you need scholarship assistance, please contact Randy Murr by calling 864-467-3398 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.

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  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 also accept notes or letters sent by old-fashioned postal mail, but recommend mailing week prior to your camper’s week of camp to ensure they are delivered on time.  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 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

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2022 Camp Rates:

    • Greenville County Residents:   $360/week
    • Non- Greenville County Residents:   $450/week
    • Out of State Residents:   $835/week

Please contact Randy Murr at  or (864) 304-1919 with questions.

Dates of Operation

May 30 – June 3                   Week 1
June 6 – 10                            Week 2
June 13 – 17                           Week 3
June 20 – 24                          Week 4
             **OFF June 27 – July 1**
July 4 – 8                               Week 5
July 11 – 15                             Week 6
July 18 – 22                           Week 7
July 25 – 29                           Week 8

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