Information for Parents
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Blog posts addressing questions you may have about your CampIn Touch Account.
One week session
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. It follows the basic camp program outline with morning mentor hikes over the Preserve and a selection of up to 24 afternoon activities. A variety of evening programs highlight the session.
Two week session
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 over the Preserve and a selection of up to 24 afternoon activities.
In addition, two week campers plan with their counselors and participate in a three day, two night camping trip on the Preserve. Two Group Learning Project (GLP) Days, in depth daylong activities, allow campers to explore a specific skill set or interest. GLP projects include hikes to DuPont State Forest, Mountain Biking days, a day of canoeing at Cascade Lake, fly fishing on the Green River, Pioneer Cabin Primitive Skills and Crafts, a day at the Carl Sandburg home as well as many more.
Evening programs highlight the camp session with such activities as campfires, games (Capture the Flag and Predator Prey), a variety show, an Appalachian Shindig (contra dance), counselor hunt, Pirate Night, and much more.
Three week session
The three week session is the pinnacle of the Green River Preserve Base Camp experience. It is a natural progression for two week or one week campers as well as first time campers to the Preserve. The three week session is designed for rising 5th through 9th graders. The unique, close-knit community bonding of the three week session makes it extremely popular for our campers who 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 is spent on campout planning, Leave no Trace Ethics, and the session campout. In the final week of the three week session, campers embark on “The Three Week Journey,” a week of Group Learning Projects. 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, Pioneer skills and crafts, location drawing and painting and many more.
Camp store fees
Campers can “charge” purchases against their credit line. Parents set the credit line amount on their camper’s CampIn Touch Store Charge Authorization Form prior to opening day. (See the Forms section of your camper’s account.) The recommended camp store credit line of $50.00 per week is assigned to campers whenever parents are unavailable or do not make their wishes known. Campers should not bring cash to camp. Camp store accounts should be settled when picking up your camper.
Parents are responsible for all camper medical fees. Any medical bills incurred during the program will be billed, whenever possible, directly to the parent’s insurance carrier. A medical form and proof of health and accident insurance coverage are required for admission. A camp nurse or one of the directors will communicate with parents by phone in the event of a significant illness or injury.
Packages and mail at camp
All campers love to receive mail from family and friends, so write often! Campers are encouraged to write home at least once per session. Each session our counselors send a letter to parents about their camper. We ask you not to send commercial packages to your camper. It can lead to unintended competition within the cabin group and sometimes even hurt feelings. Please limit packages to the basic necessities for camp and reading books. Food in our cabins may attract critters including rodents and bugs. We reserve the right to return, at your expense, any food or candy sent in violation of this rule.
Green River Preserve
301 Green River Road
Cedar Mountain, NC 28718
Our email policy is an extension of our effort to slow our campers down. While emails are convenient for parents, too many emails may lead to homesickness, so we ask that you please use snail mail. We welcome emails to us regarding your camper.
Visitation policy and phone calls
When a camper leaves home, he or she needs to be allowed the space to develop his or her own personality. Therefore we discourage phone and visitation interruptions from parents or relatives during the camp session. Our office gladly accepts phone calls from parents interested in their child’s progress at camp. We can arrange for your child’s counselor to call you with a progress report. Children should not be called during a session except in the case of emergency.
Birthdays at camp
We feel that birthdays are very special and we will enjoy celebrating them with your child. Homemade goodies are prepared by our cooks, so please do not send baked goods or sweets. Counselors will enjoy decorating with balloons, crepe paper, etc. We welcome any additional table or cabin decorations.
Cabin groups are determined according to age and grade level to ensure compatible levels of maturity. Please let us know if your child has a cabin mate preference via the camper application. We cannot guarantee that your child will be placed in the same cabin with his or her preference(s), however we will try to honor special requests. Please try to limit your requests to one other person. The directors reserve the right to make the final decisions on cabin assignments.
What to Pack
We play a lot at Green River. We will get wet and dirty. Sometimes it is hot; sometimes it gets cool, even cold. We want our campers to be comfortable and equipped, so we recommend bringing durable and inexpensive clothes. A packing list is available on your CampIn Touch page or you can download them here:
A professional cleaner provides laundry service once a week for the two week and three week campers. Nevertheless, clothes are sometimes stained or lost. Please do not send new or valuable clothes or clothes that will bleed. Laundry fees are included in the tuition.