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Welcome to Camp Greider!

Since 1978, YMCA Camp Greider has provided a safe place for campers entering 1st through 8th grades to explore, learn, and grow. Creating memorable, engaging, and educational experiences for campers is our goal and we can’t imagine a better setting than 80-acres of beautiful land in the West Salem Hills.

Throughout a week at Camp Greider your camper will create lifelong memories, develop new friendships, improve their confidence, and build social-emotional skills. Our play-based, nature focused programming will introduce campers to the four core values of the Y: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

Located on the Oregon 4-H Center property, Camp Greider includes:

  • Large multi-purpose lodge
  • Small pond for boating and pond study
  • Archery range
  • Open fields for games
  • Miles of hiking trails
  • Heated pool

Camp Greider Goals: 

  • Model the YMCA mission and cause for all campers.
  • Help campers increase their sense of self-worth and responsibility.
  • Assist campers with increasing their social skills.
  • Provide the opportunity to learn a variety of traditional camp skills.
  • Expose participants to the natural world in safe and engaging environments.
  • Teach campers they are part of a larger community.
  • Campers will have fun!

2023 Summer Dates and Themes

Session 1 - Space Travel - Jun 26th-30th      

Session 2 - Blast from the Past - Jul 5th - 7th  (SHORT WEEK)

Session 3 - Spies - July 10th-14th        

Session 4 - Winter in July - July 17th-21st       

Session 5 - Medieval - July 24th -28th        

Session 6 - Carnival - July 31st - Aug 4th        

Session 7 - On the Big Screen - Aug 7th -Aug 11th        

Session 8 - Olympics - Aug 14th - Aug 18th      

Session 9 - Wizards - Aug 21st - Aug 25th         

Session 10 - Mad Science - Aug 28th - Sept 1st      

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For all questions,
please call the YMCA at 503.581.9622.

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  • Campers and staff ride the bus out to camp together! The pick-up and drop-off location is the NEW WITHNELL FAMILY YMCA at 685 Court Street NE Salem, Oregon 97301. We will have staff on site at 7:30 AM and begin to load the busses at 8:00 AM. We will return at 5:00 PM and have staff on site until 5:30 PM.

Cost to Attend Camp Greider

  • Traditional camp with bus transportation: $350 (for members) / $400 (for community members). A $20 deposit is required. 

Leadership Development Program (2 Week Programs)

Counselor in Training (Entering grades 9 and 10 grade OR completed Leader in Training/CIT I) 

  • July 10th - July 21st, 2023


Welcome to Camp Greider

Days at Camp Greider

A typical day at Camp Greider allows campers the chance to participate in a variety of outdoor activities similar to those at overnight residential camps including swimming, archery, arts and crafts, gaga ball, hiking, canoeing, outdoor skills, large group games, nature study, kayaking and more. We encourage our staff to think creatively and facilitate activities campers may not have the chance to do in town.

Weekly Themes

Each week has a special theme and on Friday Camp Greider transforms into another world with special games, events, and themed activities to help campers embrace their creative side. Campers may be tracking mythical creatures through the woods, practicing archery to protect camp from a fearsome dragon, or designing their own game destined to be a classic alongside Sorry, Connect 4, and Clue. Costumes and dressing up are welcome and encouraged, but not necessary.

Exceptional Summer Staff

Your camper will be in a group of about 15 children and 2 counselors. Our summer staff is made up of the best young leaders in our area who are dedicated to helping your child have the best week of the summer. Our high school and college aged leaders are selected after undergoing a full interview process including reference and background checks. Before each camp season they complete a full week of training on site at Camp Greider which is focused on child development, program facilitation, and general safety. All Greider staff are First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified and will be following all recommendations by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), American Camp Association (ACA), and Center for Disease Control (CDC).