The Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center is owned and operated by Greenville County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism (Greenville County Rec). This facility was built based on a belief that everyone deserves a place to go to camp regardless of their physical or mental condition. When you book your next special event with us, not only will you have a great time in a beautiful setting, your support will benefit our mission related programs like Camp Spearhead, Camp Courage, MDA Camp, and other great programs.
Camp Spearhead was created in 1968 to provide camping experiences for youth and adults with special needs and disabilities. Camp Spearhead began as a program of the Department of Special Needs & Disabilities and was taken over by the Greenville County Rec in 2006. The facility Camp Spearhead leased for many years was sold and Camp Spearhead needed a new and permanent home. Through local and state funding, grants, partnerships, and individual contributions, Camp Spearhead’s new home is a reality at the Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center.
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Camp Courage is a program of the Greenville Children’s Hospital and serves youth with cancer or other health conditions. Camp Courage also needed a new home. The Children’s Hospital and the Greenville County Rec forged a unique partnership that has been praised by local philanthropic foundations as a “best practice” model of collaboration and efficient use of philanthropic investment.
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MDA Camp is a program of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases. MDA also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. MDA summer camps offer a wide range of programs for youngsters ages 6-17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease, including week-long camps with fun activities like fishing, swimming, boating, arts and crafts, nature study, talent shows, cookouts and entertainment.
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Greenville County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism
Greenville County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism (Greenville County Rec) provides public parks and recreation for Greenville County. Greenville County Rec manages over 55 facilities including the Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, 3 waterparks, an ice skating rink, a greenway trail, and 5 community centers.
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