“Gravatt is the place where we discover our best selves,” is a sentiment shared to summer staff by Executive Director Scott McNeely. This phrase adequately portrays the experiences of the thousands of campers served at Camp Gravatt over the 69 years of summer camp ministry, not to mention the experiences of the 37 staff who spent this week preparing for a summer of counseling youth.Read More
“I spent Saturday night in heaven on earth,” –this is a direct quote in response to Gravatt’s first-ever Under the Tent event at Gravatt, May 5, 2018. Hundreds of Gravatt staff, volunteers, friends, and campers spent the evening under the stars, enjoying the community and genuine atmosphere of their favorite place.Read More
Over the Christmas holiday, the cottages received new carpet, paint, beds, and furnishings, and Gravatt has recently started the process of renovating the exterior of the buildings with new roofs and soon to be screened in porches.Read More
After an incredibly busy start to 2018 preparing for upcoming fundraisers (not to mention campers), hosting current groups, and planning for future events, Gravatt staff used March 27 and 28 to bond as a group and remind each other of the powerful things that happen in this place.Read More
Narball is a Gravatt-born tradition, created by former staff for the enjoyment of campers throughout their time at camp. The activity has become so popular that we're holding a Charity Narball Tournament to benefit Reach Out Camp, a camp session specifically for children of incarcerated parents.Read More
We Love Gravatt Week is ALMOST HERE! February 11, is the perfect time for your parish to lift up the value of summer camp at Gravatt. We don’t want you to forget to include Gravatt in your scheduling, which is why we want you to know that “We Love Gravatt” Sunday is February 11, 2018! Children need the faith formation and leadership development found at Gravatt now more than ever. Gravatt has been serving youth since 1949, a place where teams are built, leadership skills are developed, communities are formed, and faith is experienced.Read More
On January 13, 2018, Gravatt hosted its annual Friends of Gravatt Oyster Roast. This is a time for Gravatt Friends to gather for staff to say ‘thanks’ to the people who support Gravatt daily through, time, talents, prayers, donation dollars, and so much more.Read More
A number of different places and programs will tell you that they specialize in leadership development, but Camp Gravatt will show you that development before your very eyes. Gravatt Camp and Conference Center is an Episcopal camp and conference center that offers respite from the tumultuous world to children and adults throughout the year, but summer camp is something different. Summer camp at Camp Gravatt is a place where children come to be challenged with something new, while being loved and accepted exactly as they are.Read More
August 21, 2017, will long be remembered as a day of majesty, fellowship, food, and fun among the 917 people that gathered at Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, partnering with the USC Aiken Ruth Patrick Science Center, to witness the 2017 solar eclipse.Read More
Camp Gravatt has had a tremendous impact on my life, as it has for many others. So much so that it made me change my major in college, made me decide to be an intern after graduating, and to undertake the wonderful responsibility of helping spread the magic that is Gravatt to all of our campers this summer by being the summer camp director. With campers arriving Saturday for our All Ages 1 session, I could not be any more excited to begin what I believe will be the best summer Camp Gravatt has ever seen. Last summer, as assistant director, I was fortunate to learn from Scott, a director that transformed camp into what it is today, and to absorb so much knowledge and appreciation for all of the minute details that have to occur for camp to be successful. When he asked me to take the reins, it was an honor that I had never thought possible. Scott had told his staffs that he wanted to be camp director for the rest of his life, so him choosing to pass down the tremendous honor to me was something I honestly had never expected. I knew that this place was my calling and I needed to do whatever I could to give back to a place that had given me so much.
With campers arriving Saturday, I couldn’t be more confident in saying that we are ready for them. The Staff of 2017 is very close and excited for the first batch of campers. This staff training has been excellent, with most of the staff picking up where we left off in 2016. All of our new staff have been welcomed with opened arms, and have had the opportunity to learn from current staff and speakers we’ve had throughout our training. We’ve all been hard at work to prepare camp, along with the help of some wonderful Shalom Circle members, and as always, Camp looks amazing! Our staff is ready to share what experiences they have to offer to each child that steps foot on these hallowed grounds.
A big question is, why Gravatt? Fletcher Spigner came and spoke to us today a phrased it brilliantly. It is impossible to explain really why Gravatt makes us feel they way we do. Other camps have air conditioning, swimming pools, state of the art equipment. The way Gravatt makes us feel is why we keep returning. The bonds with each other we form, the thought of being able to influence countless campers, and just the fact we are doing it by spreading the love of Christ makes the long, hot, stressful days worth it. Like I mentioned before, we couldn’t be more ready for campers to arrive! We hope you will keep us all in your prayers as we embark on a life-changing summer for all who experience Camp Gravatt.