Summer Camps 2015

With summer right around the corner, parents are looking for opportunities to keep their families productive and entertained for the summer. 

The Upstate offers an abundance of camp options ranging from science and fine arts focused to sprawling outdoor adventures including zip lining, nature hikes, and canoeing.  

Y Camp Greenville

Y Camp Greenville is known for their stunning Blue Ridge mountaintop setting, supportive staff and variety of activities offered. Y Camp Greenville is the 5th largest camp in the country and welcomes campers ages 5–17. Sessions begin June 14 and run through August 14, 2015. YMCA members are eligible for a discount on Camp Greenville sessions. A variety of family-centered camps are also offered at the Greenville location:

Spectrum Family Camp offers weekend camps for families with children on the autism spectrum.

Pretty Place Stargazers offers weekend options for families with children with Down syndrome.

 Other summer camp options offered by The Y upstate include: 

Anderson County YMCA

Cherokee County YMCA

Laurens County YMCA

Pickens County YMCA

Spartanburg County YMCA

Lawson Academy Fine Arts Day Camp 

Situated on the beautiful, friendly campus of Converse College, the Lawson Academy Fine Arts Camp provides engaging art classes, games, and food during five sessions. Each of the sessions revolves around a selected theme, including: art, music, theater, creative writing, and dance. Sessions begin June 1 and run until August 7, 2015. A 5% tuition discount is available for payments received in full by April 30, 2015. For additional information contact Jane O’Shields at 864-596-9607 or 

Asbury Hills Summer Camp

Based on Christian principles, Asbury Hills provides a summer camp experience that blends fun with fellowship. Serving 2nd graders through 12th graders, Asbury Hills camp, located on 2000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, keeps campers active with a variety of age-appropriate activities. Days are filled with an abundance of outdoor experiences including canoeing, hiking and zip lining. Worship opportunities are also provided throughout the day. Sessions begin June 7 and run through August 7, 2015. 

Camp Spearhead

Camp Spearhead, located in Marietta SC, is a residential special needs camp for children 8 and up, and adults with special needs and disabilities. The camp, founded by Greenville native Barbara Stone, boasts nearly 60 outdoor activity centers and trails and provides a variety of special events for both campers and their families. The camp offers a variety of week-long day camps with sessions running from June 1 to July 31, 2015. 

Roper Mountain Science Center

Roper Mountain blends fun and learning with their innovative activity-based programs. The center offers more than 90 camp opportunities, with sessions ranging from movie making and STEM-based learning, to animals and robotics. The camp boasts professional educators who provide a hands-on, interactive, and fun learning experience. Members of the Science Center receive a 10% discount on camp tuition. Sessions run from June 8 through August 7, 2015. 

Clemson University Summer Camps

Clemson University isn’t just for college students! In the summers they offer a wide variety of youth summer programs ranging from technology and marine science to lacrosse and tennis camps. Clemson offers traditional camp experiences as well as academic programs and sports-related camps for campers ages 5 and up. Summer programs run from June 7 through August 8, 2015. 

Creating Artists for Tomorrow 

Creating Artists for Tomorrow (CAT) provides summer art education programs allowing campers the opportunity to experience various elements of art. CAT provides children an understanding of art through auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning styles. Full and half day options are available. Classes run from June 15 through August 14, 2015.

Eden Farms

Start your day with a riding lesson or trail ride, then it’s off to the stables for grooming, saddling, horse safety, and healthcare. Eden Farms Horse Camp offers 3-day and 5-day sessions. Campers also participate in horse-related arts and crafts, a Bible devotional, and snacks.  Friends and family are invited to an end-of-week horse show, where certificates and ribbons are awarded. Sessions begin June 8 and run through July 24th.


*This is not a comprehensive list of summer camps offered in the upstate, if you know of other summer camps please send the information to Ashley Downing at



Article by Deb Peluso.