Build strong families & friendships with our Parent-led Outdoor Program

A unique camping experience blending community, friendship, leadership values, stewardship, quality time and lots of fun.

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
  • Pillows
  • Camp Chairs
  • Water Bottle/Coffee Mug
  • Lanterns/Headlamps
  • Personal items
Camping equipment rentals available

Program costs

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)
Adult: $60
Child: $40

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.

Campout Calendar

2024-2025 Season

Sep
06-08
Fall Campout 1 Location TBD
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
$100 Family
Oct
11-13
Fall Campout 2 Location TBD
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
$100 Family
Nov
08-10
Fall Campout 3 Location TBD
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
$100 Family
Dec
07
Christmas Parade Downtown Greenville
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
FREE
Jan
17-19
Winter Campout 1 Location TBD
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
$100 Family
Feb
07-09
Winter Campout 2 Location TBD
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
$100 Family
Mar
14-16
Spring Campout 1 Location TBD
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
$100 Family
Apr
25-27
Spring Campout 2 Location TBD
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
$100 Family
May
16-18
Spring Campout 3 Location TBD
Hosted by CampDads Adventures Adventure Guides - Greenville
$100 Family

Typical campout agenda

FRIDAY

Blaze Community dinner.  
Community dinner for all Fire groups will be coordinated by a host Fire Group.

SATURDAY

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.

Chief’s challenge.
You get to cheer your Fire Chief in a tournament with a different challenge each campout.

Blaze Gathering.
Fire groups come together to celebrate our kids with live music, skits, dance parties, and life lessons.

Movie (optional).
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.

Midnight Meat.
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. 

SUNDAY

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!

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