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Dates & Rates

Registration

Registration for 2021 season will begin in early September. We give priority to returning campers and new campers who were enrolled in 2020 until September 20th and we process all applications in the order in which they are received. On September 21st, 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.

Campers who rolled tution over from 2020 must complete an online application. Your spot will not be confirmed until we receive an application. Your previous payments will serve as your deposit. If we have not heard from you by October 1st, we will give you a call to confirm your intentions.

We are excited and looking forward to our 2021 season. As we can all appreciate, we may have to make adjustments as we get closer to opening 2021 and we all learn to live with the pandemic. However, we are assuming the best and will continue to be transparent and open with our campers and families.

2021 Camp Season

Session Days Dates Rates Grades
Session 1- Rookie Camp 5 Sun, June 6 – Thu, June 10 $1,705 Rising 1-5
Session 2 12 Sun, June 13 – Thu, June 24 $3,600 Rising 2-8
Session 3 19 Sun, June 27 – Thu, July 15 $4,875 Rising 4-9*
Session 4 12 Sun, July 18 – Thu, July 29 $3,600 Rising 2-8
Session 5 6 Sun, August 1- Fri, August 6 $1800 Wait List
Session 6 12 Sun, August 1 – Thu, August 12 $3,600 Rising 2-8

Check out our Expeditions Dates and Rates for High School Aged Campers and NEW Base Camp Expeditions for rising 6th graders and up

Exception is rising 10th graders enrolled in 3 week for 2020

Rookie Camp & Session 5

Rookie Camp and Session 5 are designed as a starter camp for first-time campers in rising 1st through 6th grades. Intentionally crafted to help hesitant campers, we ease into camp life with a mixture of mentor hikes on the Preserve and a variety of afternoon activities. At night, they will experience Council Fires, Predator-Prey, a Variety Show, and Pirate Night. Our goal is to build confidence in campers while giving them a “real” GRP experience.

Session 2, 4, & 6

The two week camp sessions are designed for rising 2nd through 8th graders. Packed with fun, the two week session is a natural progression for one-week campers or eager first-time campers. These sessions offer a good balance of morning mentor hikes on the Preserve, a selection of afternoon activities, and other specialized programming (including advanced theater and mountain biking options).

Additionally, two week campers plan and participate in a three day, two night backpacking trip on the Preserve. There are 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 a variety of 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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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.
  • Stay-over fee: If your child is signed up for two consecutive sessions, you may have the option for them to stay over at camp between the sessions for a fee of $200/night. Please contact the camp office to make this arrangement.
  • 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 and Refund Policy

In the event of withdrawal, tuition is refundable, minus a $500 cancellation fee, if written notice is received by the camp office by February 15th (extended from February 1st). For cancellations after February 1st, tuition is non-refundable. If a participant withdraws voluntarily or is sent home as a consequence of unacceptable behavior, no refund will be granted. As of June 1st, any past due accounts will result in cancellation of camper’s enrollment and no refund of any tuition.

In order to protect Camp for future generations, as a result of binding commitments that the Camp must enter into in order to conduct camp with appropriate levels of staff and medical personnel and the cost of readying the Camp to open, no refunds will be given in the event of an Act of God, War, Terrorism, Civil Unrest, Pandemic, other matters beyond the control of the Camp, or any other non-personal situation that, in the Camp’s sole judgment, could lead to significant cancellations that would have a negative financial impact on the future of Camp.