Every campout has lots of outside time, scheduled group meals, fun and skill building activities, a club bonfire, opportunities to spend time with other families, and chances to foster independence and love for nature. Try your first campout for free!
We camp with our children for a weekend, once a month, to build community, instill values and create unforgettable memories.
Our club is rooted in the history and traditions from the YMCA Adventure Guide program, specifically from one of the largest groups in the country our director participated in, led and supported for many years on the west coast.
Our season starts in September and is based around the school calendar. We will have 9 organized campouts and activities in the season, ranging from forests, mountains, lakes and everything in between. You can attend as many campouts as you want.
CampDads has fun traditions on every campout.
We learn camping and survival skills. We learn and live by the ‘Six Aims’, which are principles to help us care for our body, our planet and to love our family. We do community service activities. We play trading games to meet and interact with other children. We go on great hikes, swim, climb, kayak, sit by the fire, and spend quality time with our children.
Our Little Sparks are in the 5-11 age range (K-5), and come from schools throughout the greater Greenville area.
Our Fire groups consist of 10-20 dads and are generally grouped by school or neighborhood.
What you will need
You only need basic camping items to enjoy our campouts!
- Tent and ground tarp
- Sleeping bags
- Sleeping pads
- Camp Chairs
- Water Bottle/Coffee Mug
- Personal items
Each campout has registration fees plus the cost of food and supplies.
Financial Assistance is available for families who need it.
Annual Registration Fee:
$100 per family
Average Registration per campout (varies by campout)
Fire group Dues
$100 per family
Meals and shared trip costs per campout
$40-$60 per family
Meals are always coordinated with your Fire group.
Typical campout agenda
Blaze Community dinner.
Community dinner for all Fire groups will be coordinated by a host Fire Group.
Individual group breakfast.
Your Fire group will coordinate all meals for the campout. Spend quality time with your group.
Skill building activities, hikes, games.
Every campout will have different organized outside activities for having fun or building skills.
Bead trading (tradition to build communication skills).
Kids can trade and negotiate with beads and trinkets to meet others and get them talking.
You get to cheer your Fire Chief in a tournament with a different challenge each campout.
Fire groups come together to celebrate our kids with live music, skits, dance parties, and life lessons.
Some campouts have a movie for the kids. Grab a blanket and enjoy.
Fundraiser (optional for dads).
Dads can participate in activities to raise funds for our CampGuides program, which benefits single-parent families and those in need of financial assistance.
For those who stay up, a tasty midnight snack that never disappoints. From wagyu sliders to ribs, lobster or just tacos, there is something for everyone.
TreadLightly! hike and cleanup.
An activity to teach the kids to leave the campground better than they found it.
Closing ceremony and patch awards.
Reflect on our weekend, and earn patches!