Looking for the perfect summer camp for your family? YMCA Camp Greenville offers multiple family camps, including the Spectrum & Stargazers Camp for kids who have Down Syndrome or Autism and their families.
Thanks to our partner YMCA of Greenville for sponsoring this article.
YMCA of Greenville has owned and operated Camp Greenville for 110 years. With 1,400 acres, a mountain top setting located directly in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and multiple adventurous programs for members of all ages, Camp Greenville provides unforgettable experiences and a lifetime of memories.
Spectrum & Stargazers Family Camp is for families with members who have Down Syndrome or Autism
Following the example of Christ, the Y builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. In this spirit, Camp Greenville offers Spectrum & Stargazers Family Camp for families with members who have Down Syndrome or Autism over a weekend in both the Spring and Fall. Activities are steered towards parent and child participation, all while providing a fun and safe environment to have unforgettable family adventures alongside others who understand how amazingly unique and talented we all are in our own different ways.
Bridget Walter, whose daughter Addi has Down Syndrome, looks forward to participating in Stargazer Camp with her family year after year. She says, “Stargazers is more than a camp. It’s a community of families, camp counselors, and staff who truly ‘get it’. It’s a time and place where individuals with special needs, along with their siblings and parents can unwind, have fun, and enjoy connecting with others on a similar journey in life. At this camp, you can 100% be yourself, go at your own pace, and create your own adventure! You will find accommodations and acceptance for all ages and abilities. I’ve always said if you could bottle up and share the energy, enthusiasm, love, support, and smiles from the weekend, it would make the world a better place. My daughter, Addi, says her favorite part of the weekend is the talent show. She and her sister also look forward to canoeing, archery, crafts, hiking, and square dancing.”
“Stargazers is more than a camp. It’s a community …”Bridget Walter, parent
Camp Greenville has a Prisma Health Center on campus
Something that makes Camp Greenville unique is its state-of-the-art Prisma Health Center on campus. When camp is in session, the center is staffed 24/7 with Prisma Health RNs, paramedics, and a health center coordinator. This feature helps parents feel at ease knowing that there are qualified health professionals onsite to help with something as small as a scraped knee to managing more complicated issues so that all children can experience the joy of camp.
When is Spectrum & Stargazers Family Camp?
Spectrum & Stargazers Family Camp Spring weekend is scheduled for May 6-8, 2022 and Fall weekend is scheduled for September 16-18, 2022.