With this post on the 1960s, we are half way done with our Countdown to the 100th - I can’t believe it! You are going to love learning all about life at camp during the 1960s. What a FUN time to be a camper. Camp was really growing and girls had more opportunities than ever to try new classes, to take trips out of camp, and to just have fun.
Two monumental changes occured at camp during the 1960s. First, camp reduced from an eight-week camp down to a seven-week camp in 1965. This was the first reduction in length, and the 1960s would be the last decade that Greystone operated only one session.
The second big change was in leadership: Libby and Jim officially came on board in 1967, ensuring the continuation of Greystone into the future. With this assurance of Greystone moving forward, Virginia invested back into the facilities, leading to growth in camp overall.
Let’s dive in and learn about life at camp in the 1960s!
The 1960s were a decade of many out-of-camp trips. Popular trips included:
1962: I Came to Carolina and I Saw Greystone 1964: Camp Greystone, Camp Greystone, Ain’t It Great To Be Back Home? 1966: Pines So Bold 1967: Pep Smile, You Can Tell A Greystone Girl 1969: Greystone Spirit Ever Lingering
Once Libby and Jim joined Virginia and she knew that Greystone would continue after her retirement, Virginia invested in the property in numerous ways:
Greystone celebrated its 50th summer in 1969, with many of Greystone’s past campers and counselors visiting, including Greystone’s first head counselor Jane McGauhey and first nurse Lucy Wright. Campers loved meeting these beloved Greystone staff of early years.
The Green and Gold was dedicated to Virginia that anniversary summer, with campers and counselors also gifting Virginia an engraved silver pitcher to honor her on the momentous occasion. The circular felt emblems given to all campers in 1969 were gold with green numbers, as opposed to the traditional green with gold numbers.