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Dates & Rates


Registration for the upcoming summer opens on the first Monday after our Base Camp sessions end. We give priority to returning campers until October 1st and we process all applications in the order in which they are received. On October 1st, we will start to accept any new campers whose applications are complete. We will notify accepted campers with an email to the parent or guardian and a letter addressed to each individual camper. There is no application fee, however, we do require a 25% deposit within two weeks of acceptance.

2020 Camp Season

Session Days Dates Rates Grades
Session 1 6 Sun, June 7 – Fri, June 12 $1,625 Rising 2-6
Session 2 13 Sun, June 14 – Fri, June 26 $3,400 Rising 3-8
Session 3 19 Sun, June 28 – Thu, July 16 $4,600 Rising 4-9
Session 4 13 Sun, July 19 – Fri, July 31 $3,400 Rising 3-8
Session 5 6 Sun, August 2 – Fri, August 7 $1,625 Rising 2-6
Rookie Day A 1 Wed, June 10 $100 Rising 2-6
Rookie Day B 1 Wed, August 5 $100 Rising 2-6

Session 1 & 5

The one week base camp sessions are designed as a starter camp for first time campers in the rising 2nd through 6th grades. The one week session is an excellent confidence builder and introduction to summer camp with over half of the campers being brand new to GRP. It follows the basic camp program outline with morning mentor hikes around the Preserve and a selection of up to 24 afternoon activities. Council Fires, Predator Prey, a Variety Show, and Pirate Night provide an introduction to camp-wide evening programs.

Session 2 & 4

The two week camp sessions are designed for rising 3rd through 8th graders. The two week session is a natural progression for one-week campers or beginning campers. These sessions offer a good balance of morning mentor hikes on the Preserve, a selection of up to 24 afternoon activities, and other specialized programming including advanced theater and mountain biking options.

In addition, two week campers plan and participate in a three day, two night backpacking trip on the Preserve. There are two Group Learning Project (GLP) Days which are daylong, in-depth extensions of camp activities. GLPs allow campers to explore a specific skill set or interest. GLP days include hiking in DuPont State Forest, Mountain Biking, canoeing at Cascade Lake, fly fishing on the Green River, learning primitive skills and crafts at the Pioneer Cabin, exploring the Carl Sandburg home, geocaching, and as well as many more.

Evening programs highlight the camp session with the following activities as campfires, games (Capture the Flag and Predator Prey), a variety show, an Appalachian Shindig (contra dance), staff hunt, Pirate Night, and many more.

Session 3

The three week session is the penultimate Green River Preserve Base Camp experience. The three week session is designed for rising 5th through 9th graders who are both new to and veterans of GRP. The unique, close-knit community bonding of the three week session makes it extremely popular for our campers and they return to it year after year. Campers leave this session appreciating their own inner growth and maturity, truly feeling they are “their best me at GRP.”

Advanced hikes on the Preserve as well as up to 24 afternoon activities are offered during the first two weeks of the session. More time for specialized programming—advanced theater and mountain biking—is also available. Additional time is spent on campout planning, Leave no Trace Ethics, and the session campout to ensure a memorable experience. Three week campers also experience unique evening programs including Coffee House, Fourth of July Extravaganza, Long Rock Sunset, and Science Fair.

In the final week of the three week session, campers embark on “The Three Week Journey,” a week full of Group Learning Projects, Dupont Day, and a sunrise exploration. Highlights of some of the three week Group Learning Projects may include day trips to neighboring lands including Dupont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest, mountain biking, canoeing on Cascade Lake, rock climbing, creek stompin’ for salamanders, fly fishing, geocaching, learning pioneer skills and crafts, drawing and painting and many more.

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Rookie Day

This is the perfect opportunity for your child to experience a taste of the GRP program. A one day, one night experience is the chance for new campers to see if GRP is the right camp for them. To learn more, visit here.

The Wait List

If your camper is placed on the wait list, their position will be determined by the order in which the application was received. Our wait lists are generally fluid as families change their plans and spaces open up throughout the year. We admit on a first come, first serve basis, so the earlier you apply, the better your chances are for admission. If at any point you choose to withdraw from the wait list, you may call, email, or write your request. Please note that in withdrawing from the wait list, you lose your spot, therefore, if you are considering Green River Preserve for a future year, you might want to stay on the wait list because priority may be extended to wait listed campers as it is to return campers.

Payment Information

Upon acceptance to Green River Preserve, you have agreed to the following payment parameters:

  • Pay 25% of the tuition within two weeks of receiving notification of acceptance.
  • Pay 25% of the tuition by February 1st.
  • Pay the tuition balance by April 1st.
  • After April 1st, full tuition is required upon acceptance.
  • We accept only personal checks for tuition payments. Please make out checks to “Green River Preserve.”

To discuss alternative payment arrangements, please call the camp office at 828.698.8828.

Cancellation Policy

In the event of withdrawal, tuition is refundable, minus a $200 processing fee, if written notice is received by the camp office by April 1st. No refunds will be made after April 1st for early withdrawals, session changes, late arrivals, or no-show campers, except in the event of documented physical illness of the camper. In the case of such an event, 50% of unused tuition will be refunded.