Grady Spruce opens gates for open house events
The new summer camp director at YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, Nevin McCoy, likes the camp so much that he and his wife got married there. This spring, he’s taking the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for the facility with the general public during two open house events.
The first open house was April 30, but there will be another one Saturday, May 21. The event will be free and open to the public.
At the first open house, families filtered in throughout the day to view the campsites situated on a total of 800 acres directly across from Hell’s Gate.
The camp’s staff offered a sample of activities, including archery, riflery, canoeing, barge rides, hay rides and a short trail ride on horseback. The barge ride included a rare trip to Devil’s Island, where passengers disembarked and hiked the trail to the top of the island to view Hell’s Gate Cove from a different angle.
At noon, the staff provided a lunch at the main camp’s dining hall.
YMCA Camp Executive Director Mary Helen Franko was also on hand to meet and greet visitors and answer questions.
“As opposed to past years, Grady Spruce will no longer have use of the facilities at Frontier Camp,” said Franko. “The teenage group, ages 13-16, will still be co-ed during the day, but in the evening will be split between Main Camp and Ray Bean for their sleeping quarters. Teenage girls will go to Ray Bean and teenage boys will go to Main Camp.
“On Saturday, May 21, we will host another open house and we hope everyone will come out and enjoy the day. The itinerary will be the same.”
There are a variety of camps to choose from, including a day camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information about scheduling day camp, call 214-628-9055.
For questions about camp programs, call 214-319-9944, or visit the website for more information at www.CampGradySpruce.org.