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Greenway Camps

For more than 15 years, the Greenway has offered summer camps to local children of all ages and interests. The Greenway provides 2,100 acres of preserved land to hike, bike, fish, and kayak your way to a summer full of exploration and adventure. Greenway Summer Camps allow kids an opportunity to put down the gadgets, get outside, and explore something awesome - the great outdoors!

In 2018, nearly 5,000 campers came through Greenway camp programs and experienced a summer getting close to nature, whether it be by fishing in the Greenway lakes, taking to the trails on mountain bikes, splashing in the creek, sharpening archery skills, or getting competitive in the Gaga Pit.

It is the mission of Greenway Summer Camps to give children a chance to experience and celebrate nature. They arrive home muddy and tired, full of outdoor experiences they won’t soon forget.

Adventure Seekers Camps:

Tiny Timbers (3-4 yr.) & Little Critters (5-6 yr.)

Our youngest adventurers will get to choose between several themed weeks as they learn to love the Great Outdoors. Each day will be filled with crafts, activities, and plenty of adventure along the way. Pick your favorite theme or choose to come for all of them! Register your five or six year-old in a morning and afternoon session on eligible weeks, pack a lunch, and let them stay the day! Children must be three prior to the first day of camp and must be able to change and use the bathroom without help. Camp meets at the Rush Pavilion at the Lake Haigler Entrance, located at 2593 Lake Haigler Dr.

Morning Sessions, 9am–12:30pm

Afternoon Session 1pm-4:30pm (Little Critters only)

Seekers (6-8 yr.) & Trekkers (9-11 yr.)

Kayaking, fishing, hiking, and stream stomping are some of the adventures you’ll “seek” out on the Greenway. Rise to new heights as you challenge yourself on the low ropes course, discover archery, and learn some basic survival skills. Actual activities may vary between the age groups to ensure age appropriate experiences, but all campers will experience a wide range of outdoor activities. In addition to regular camp hours, campers will also be able to have fun in pre (7:30am-9am) and post (4pm-6pm) camp! Adventure Seekers is accredited through the American Camping Association. Camp meets at the Adventure Center, 104 Adventure Road.

Camp meets Monday-Friday from 9am–4pm.

Adventurers (12-14 yr.)

Our Adventurer camps expand on basic camp activities through themed weeks, allowing your camper to grow their skills in a number of areas. This camp will meet at the Adventure Center at the Adventure Road entrance.  Themes include:

Survival:
Learn how to start a fire, build a shelter, filter water, make a fish trap and more! This camp includes an overnight camping trip on the Greenway from Thursday to Friday.

Mountain Bike:
Expand upon your mountain bike skills with more time spent in the saddle exploring and by taking on new obstacles at our skills track! This camp includes a field trip to another mountain bike destination.

Adventure Sports:
This week will expose campers to a variety of adventure sports and will include one field trip to a unique adventure sports place such as Kinetic Heights, Inner Peaks, Southtown Wake Park and others!

Water:
This week is all things water! Students will have an opportunity to try out the challenging sport of log rolling as well as go on a kayak adventure on the Catawba River.

Camp meets Monday–Friday from 9am–4pm.

Leader in Training (LIT Program)

Our Leader-In-Training program is designed for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders. This program serves as an excellent transition from “Camper to Counselor” for Adventure Seekers Camp and is a very meaningful way to spend the summer. LITs assist the Counselors in leading groups of campers while participating in the many camp activities offered.

LITs must be responsible with strong leadership abilities. Prospective LITs must complete an application which includes a letter of reference from a non-relative such as a teacher, mentor or group leader that states why they should be considered an LIT for our summer camp this year. A letter of reference should speak to why they would be a good fit for camp. LIT’s will be required to attend a one week training June 10-14. After that they will be required to volunteer for at least two weeks of camp but are welcome to volunteer for as many as they want.

Rising 10th–12th Graders

Winter Trek

Embark on a 3-day adventure to finish off your winter break! Archery, disc golf, campfire, and a few rounds of Gaga Ball are just some of the things we will do during Winter Trek! Daily drop off and pick up will be located at the Adventure Center with the option to drop off early at 7am and/or pick up late at 6pm.  Winter Trek is available to children ages 6-14 years old.

Winter Trek is a 3-day event.  We do not offer single-day or drop-in options.

Adventure Schedule

Wednesday:  Adventure Center participating in some Greenway adventures.

Thursday: Field trip to Charlotte for a day at Discovery Place for hands-on, science fun.

Friday: Field trip to Sky High and more Greenway activities at the Adventure Center.

Cost: $220,  Greenway members receive 10% discount. 

REGISTER

Please note that we are using a new registration system called EZ Child Track. If you have not logged into this before you will need to click on ‘open a new account’.

Additional Camps:

Mountain Bike Camp

Join us for three days of instruction in technical trail riding, slow handling skills, and proper positioning. During this time, campers will improve these skills, gain assurance on their bike and enjoy the adrenaline rush of riding trails with confidence. On Thursday, we will bike to the Recreation Complex, swim and return for a “show the skills” at 4pm for the parents, followed by ice cream. Your child must already know how to ride a bike. Each camper must provide their own mountain bike that is a 24” wheel size or larger.

Pick up/drop off: Field Trial Barn, located at 195 Adventure Road.

Instructors: Patty Smith and Doug Satterwhite.

Ages 9–15

Advanced Mountain Bike Camp

This three-day camp will really pack in the miles of the wonderful trails at the Greenway. We will review and perfect the tough spots. We will teach derailleur adjustments as well as pass on some racing secrets. To attend this camp you must currently race mountain bikes, have attended advanced camp before, or have attended regular mountain bike camp and been recommended by Patty or Doug to attend advanced camp.

Pick up/drop off: Field Trial Barn, located at 195 Adventure Road.

Instructors: Patty Smith and Doug Satterwhite.

Ages 11–17

Fish Tales

Ever wanted to know how to rig a line or how to bait a hook? Maybe you’ve wondered what kind of fish you could catch on the Greenway? Well this is the perfect camp for you! During this week we will explore the Greenway, fishing at different ponds and lakes each day. This beginner fishing camp will cover all aspects of fishing to get you started as well as doing some fun fishy crafts and enjoying a family hot dog cookout on the final day.

Boys Wilderness Camp at Springmaid Mountain

Fishing Poles and Kayaks! Compasses and Muddy Footprints! Springmaid Mountain weeklong adventure camp runs side by side with Springmaid Mountain Equestrian Camp at Springmaid Mountain Resort located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. Wilderness campers will share meals, game time, and some additional activities with the Springmaid Mountain Equestrian Camp. Campers will unplug and get outside where they can learn new skills, build confidence, make memories and friends! From fishing and fire building to navigation and fort building, Springmaid Mountain Wilderness Adventure camp provides a variety of unique recreational and educational experiences that are sure to push campers beyond their comfort zone as they gain know-how and explore the great outdoors! Parents are responsible for transportation.

Ages 9–14

Camp meets Sunday–Saturday.

Equestrian Day Camp

Week long Equestrian Day Camps are offered on the Greenway during the month of June. Campers, from Novice to Advanced levels, will improve their horsemanship and riding skills while making new friends who share their passion for horses.

Groups include:

Novice (Western): campers will be introduced to horses and learn safety procedures around the barn. They will learn to groom, saddle and ride independently. (6 spots)

Beginner-Intermediate (Western): Campers will quickly review all skills from the novice group and will progress to slightly more advanced horses and exercises. They will also learn to ride at a slightly faster pace and begin to refine control of the horse. (6 spots)

Intermediate (English on the flat): Riders who have mastered the beginner classes may move on to this group. Campers will learn to walk, trot and post in an English Saddle. (3 spots)

Advanced (English over fences): For campers who have mastered Intermediate English skills and are ready to go over (or are already sailing over) fences. (3 spots) - requires a letter from trainer/instructor

All groups will play games, learn parts of a horse, saddles and bridles and will have a snack each day. As opportunities arise, campers will be able to help with farm chores, watch a horse get new shoes or see the veterinarian in action! We will do our best to place campers in the group where they will be able to learn and improve the most. However, campers may be moved to a more suitable group at the discretion of the Camp Director.

Ages 8–14 

Equestrian Camp at Springmaid Mountain

Week-long Residence Camps are offered at Springmaid Mountain Resort during the month of July. Springmaid Mountain Resort is located in Spruce Pine, NC and can be found on the internet at www.springmaidmountainresort.com. Campers, from Novice to Advanced levels, will improve their horsemanship and riding skills while making new friends who share their passion for horses.

Groups include:

Novice (Western): campers will be introduced to horses and learn safety procedures around the barn. They will learn to groom, saddle and ride independently. (6 spots)

Beginner-Intermediate (Western): Campers will quickly review all skills from the novice group and will progress to slightly more advanced horses and exercises. They will also learn to ride at a slightly faster pace and begin to refine control of the horse. (6 spots)

Intermediate (English on the flat): Riders who have mastered the beginner classes may move on to this group. Campers will learn to walk, trot and post in an English Saddle. (3 spots)

Advanced (English over fences): For campers who have mastered Intermediate English skills and are ready to go over (or are already sailing over) fences. (3 spots) - requires a letter from trainer/instructor

All groups will play games, learn parts of a horse, saddles and bridles, and will have 3 meals each day. As opportunities arise, campers will be able to help with farm chores, watch a horse get new shoes or see the veterinarian in action! We will do our best (before camp begins) to place campers in the group where they will be able to learn and improve the most. However, campers may be moved to a more suitable group at the discretion of the Camp Director.

In addition to everything Equine, campers will enjoy hiking, tubing, group games, an overnight camp out (weather permitting), many more outdoor activities and a dance on Friday night. Campers will perform a demonstration at 10am on Saturday morning.

Ages 9–14

Camp meets Sunday-Saturday.

FLYERS Camps:

Summer Day Camps

Come join the fun at FLYERS summer camp! At FLYERS we make summer camp exciting by incorporating as many theme related activities as we can. In addition to a themed field trip each week, your child can take advantage of activities in various areas such as Fit Kids, Field Games, Genius Zone and most importantly having fun! Our campers favorite water slide will be back this year with a water day each week for all campers to enjoy. Pick and choose as many summer sessions as you want.

Campers are expected to arrive no later than 9am. Space is limited at each summer camp site. All children who attend the day of the weekly field trip will be required to participate in the field trip; no camp counselors or children will stay behind at the site. Field trip expense is included in the weekly fee. FLYERS Summer Camp will have four locations: Springfield Elementary, Pleasant Knoll Elementary, Doby’s Bridge Elementary and Tega Cay Elementary.

Ages: Rising 1st graders through students who have completed 5th grade

Camp meets Monday–Friday from 7am–6pm.