• Photo by Mary Richardson
    Families take a canoe ride at the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce open house Saturday, April 30. Visitors can have a second chance to visit during open house at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The event is open to the public and free for all.
  • Photo by Mary Richardson
    The YMCA Camp Grady Spruce offered a barge ride to Devil’s Island on April 30, at the open house. Passengers can disembark and go on a short hike. During open house on Saturday, May 21, visitors can have a second chance to ride the barge and visit the island. The event is open to the public and free for all.
  • Photo by Mary Richardson
    Looking back, a view from the cliffs on top of Devil’s Island show the entrance through Hell’s Gate into its cove and Possum Kingdom Lake on the other side. During the open house on April 30, a barge ride from Camp Grady Spruce included a rare trip to Devil’s Island. Passengers disembarked and hiked the trail to the top of the island to view Hell’s Gate from a different angle. On Saturday, May 21, the open house will allow visitors to participate in several activities and also have a second chance to ride a barge and visit the island. The event is open to the public and free for all.
  • Photo by Mary Richardson
    Visitors take a short trail ride on horseback at the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce open house Saturday, April 30. There will be a second open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The public is encouraged to attend and take part in the activities offered. The event is free for all.
  •  Little cowboys enjoy  “riding the bulls” while others take a trail ride on horseback at the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce open house Saturday, April 30. Visitors can have a second chance to visit during open house at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The event is open to the public and free for all.
    Photo by Mary Richardson

Grady Spruce opens gates for open house events

Second open house will be May 21
On Saturday, May 21, we will host another open house and we hope everyone will come out and enjoy the day," YMCA Camp Executive Director Mary Helen Franko said. "The itinerary will be the same.”

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. 

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