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Review for Green River Preserve, Cedar Mountain, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Green River Preserve is a unique co-ed summer camp for children. Four of our children have attend GRP as campers; three as expeditioners ; and all six of them have served on the staff at different times. All felt nurtured and challenged; more importantly all of our children felt acceptance and enthusiasm from people around them. The staff encouraged them. We watched as some of our children emerged from their shells and became the young adults they are today.

Green River Preserve prepares young people for the future. It provides children with a safe environment with excellent standards. The staff are outstanding role models and are carefully selected for their academics and their extra curricular achievements. Their camper to staff ratio is three to one. I knew my children would get plenty of attention at GRP with this type of ratio.

Green River is one of the few camps with a farm to table program. The majority of the produce served the children is grown organically on their farm. It was very refreshing for me as a parent to know that GRP practiced sustainable ethics and that the foods prepared for my children were fresh and without preservatives.

Green River Preserve gave my children lifetime leisure skills. They all love to hike today because of the daily morning field study hikes. Each day at GRP, campers experience a three hour morning hike with a professional naturalist on the 3400 acre Preserve. They explore caves, snorkel in the river, learn about edible plants, polar bear in waterfalls and all without leaving the Preserve to travel to another destination. They love the outdoors and they love to hike. They all have a greater appreciation for plants, trees and wildlife. Two of our children were natural resource majors in college and are now environmental scientists and foresters.

It is by far one of the best kept secrets in the world of summer camping and it should not be. Green River is teaching our young people to be better stewards of the land and preparing future leaders for our communities. This is something we should all want for our children today.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The growth and development of my children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I could have a wish for the day for GRP, it would be to help them find funding for building needs and scholarship funds. I would not change a thing about the program model. It is wonderful the way it is.

Role:  Client Served & Staff and camper recruitment. Program planning.