Since SWIMMING is basic to safety on the waterfront, we want all
campers to be at least at an intermediate level; those who are not
take lessons at least once a day. Since ours is a non-competitive
program, the emphasis is on form and endurance - not on speed. All
swimming is supervised by lifeguards.
and KAYAKING begin on the lake, where we
work on safety and basic strokes. When ready, campers take river trips,
training at first on easy Class I and II rivers, then moving up in difficulty
and challenge as they are able. We take easy river and lake trips for
the inexperienced paddlers, and one to five day trips on Class III and
IV rivers for those ready. We spend lots of time teaching how to read
water, ferry, catch eddies, and play in the river's many waves and hydraulics.
We especially emphasize river safety and judgment.
BIKING is a wonderful way to cover a lot
of wild country quickly, and lends itself to our trail system beautifully.
We have 800 acres of woodland, with many miles of easy to difficult
trails. Most children bring basic skills from home and can apply
them to our environment quickly. We take lots of day trips, and
quite a few overnights as well. There are BMX bikes also, for those
not ready for 21 speeds.
The SAILING fleet includes Y-Flyers, Lightnings, Snipes, one
Thistle, five Flying Scots, and several other types. We like a variety
of boats - that way, you learn to manage different rigs and different
handling characteristics. Experienced sailors often take a couple of
the boats to other, larger, lakes (like 9,000 acre Lake Jocassee) to
sail and camp for several days.
RIDING begins with a good string of school
horses, good facilities and systematic instruction. We own and have
trained almost all of our horses. This enables us to maintain a
good balance of mounts suitable for the needs of beginning, intermediate
and advanced level riders. Facilities include rings of varying sizes,
fields equipped for intermediate to advanced instruction, and many
trails. We teach hunter / jumper type riding.
for us, includes backpacking and rock climbing - sometimes separately,
sometimes hiking and climbing on the same trip. It also includes a climbing tower. We like to teach young people to be at
home in the woods, rain or shine, on the trail or off. Pisgah Forest,
the Great Smokies National Park and a number of other wilderness areas
is an activity that teaches a lot - but requires little skill to begin.
Most trips go out for one to five nights. You carry everything you need
with you, cook as a group, set up your own shelter, help find the trail
and the campsite.
might begin at our new 50 foot Climbing Tower, with challenges for all
levels... and progress to nearby areas such as Linville Gorge, Looking
Glass, and many other less well known areas. There are one day trips
to nearby climbing sites, as well as week-long advanced expeditions
to more remote areas. The Climbing Tower is also an incredible builder of self-confidence as well as being
a wonderful place to cheer on your friends.
PROGRAM aims to teach awareness and appreciation
of the environment. The program bases its activities at the Nature Lab,
but spends quite a bit of time out of camp as well, observing, collecting,
TENNIS we like for its long-term value - it's a game
for young and old. Lessons are offered twice daily for each skill group. They will include games and drills, plus occassional mixed
doubles with our brother camp, Mondamin. We also play counselor/camper
tournaments in our Main Session. There are four hard surfaced courts.
CRAFTS at Green Cove include a good weaving program, pottery, macrame,
copper enameling, silk-screen printing, and drawing. There is also
leatherwork, candlemaking, and woodwork. We almost always find something
new to do every year.
ACTIVITIES include archery, riflery, and a variety of ball
games. We are not a sports camp though these activities are
offered on a limited basis.
ACTIVITIES are varied. One night we have a campfire, another might
be a cabin overnight. We have movies one night a week, and on Saturdays
there's a square dance or other co-ed event with our brother camp, Mondamin.
Other evenings might include games, or special events like skit night
or a special interest night, when we share our hobbies and unusual interests
with each other.
levels of major activities (like advanced whitewater paddling, extended
rock climbing trips, etc.) are normally attainable only in the longer
Main Session... and may require more than one summer to fully experience
what there is to offer. However, even the shorter session packs
a lot of adventure and we believe, gives kids a great opportunity
to develop some skill.
At camp, we
have a regular daily routine that includes about 7 hours of activity
time, divided into morning, afternoon, and evening periods. We do
a lot of teaching during this time, but we also have loads of fun
and play games often.
are eaten family style in the dinning room. There's an hour of rest
time after lunch during which we return to cabins; you can read
or write letters if you're not catching up on your zzzzz…
When you're not on a trip, most days look like this:
(Singing and announcements; maybe a performance by the Camp Band)
a camper, you have a lot of
choice in what you do at Green Cove.
choose canoeing over horseback riding, tennis over sailing, etc. We
emphasize setting goals and working towards them -but you set the goals.
You also set your own pace. In every activity, there are lessons as
well as fun trips for even the most inexperienced young camper. (The
only exceptions are canoeing, kayaking, and sailing, where we must insist
that you swim well).
think the rewards of
outdoor adventure are sweeter
when they are earned.
counselors will be your coaches when it comes to making choices,
and then following through with your dream summer, whether that
be learning to trot on a horse, reaching group IV swimming, taking
your first overnight sailing expedition, climbing to the top of
Table Rock (our Mt. Everest), or even kayaking the difficult narrows
of the Nolichucky River. All of these goals will take some work
and personal commitment, but that doesn't mean we don't have a blast
on the journey to achieving them! Most campers set two or three
major goals for their summer, and with a bit of determination it's
quite possible to achieve them.
activities and instruction
here at camp build up to overnight
trips from one to five days.
trips that we do at camp are often the most memorable part of a Green
Cove experience. On the next page called "Activity Trips,"
we'll tell you a little about this part of our program.
Overview | Activity Trips