We are jumping into the 1970s today as part of our Countdown to the 100th - what a pivotal moment to be a camper at Greystone. For the many decades before the 1970s, Greystone made small changes along the way to its facility and program to ensure that camp was a fantastic experience for the campers. Camp essentially moved along in the same way that it had for many years before, and the girls were happy. However, in the early 1970s, Greystone made huge changes to its philosophy and mission - changes that still influence the way that camp functions today.
The 1970s was also a time of great excitement and fun - let’s dive in!
During her years as Director, Virginia Hanna kept Greystone connected to its founding Christian roots, those instilled by Dr. Sevier, when he founded Greystone as a Presbyterian minister. However, over time, while campers attended church services on Sundays, counselors rarely spoke of their Christian faith. The Bible was only really mentioned at these Sunday services, and nightly devotions consisted of moral teachings.
As Libby Miller joined the Greystone leadership team in the late 1960s and was experiencing a personal renewal of her own faith in the early 1970s, she realized that it was not safe to assume that Greystone counselors were Christians. In 1972, Libby made a stand for Christ, recommitting Greystone to its Christian roots. Many staff and campers were upset about Greystone’s new emphasis on Bible teaching, with a focus on personal relationships with the Lord. However, Libby did not waver, and today, Greystone reaps the fruit of Libby’s hard decision and commitment to the Lord during the summer of 1972.
In 1973, Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom spent two weeks at Greystone. Her visit marked a monumental moment in Greystone’s history, as many alumnae fondly remember her influence and love of the Lord.
Greystone added a second session for the first time in 1974 with the start of June Camp.
Fun facts about those first June Camp years:
In 1979, Greystone added its two-week August Camp to the end of the summer.
1970: The World of Pooh 1972: Oliver 1973: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown 1974: Alice in Wonderland 1976: Tom Sawyer 1977: Snow White 1978: Oklahoma 1979: Camelot
The newly formed hillbilly band Greystone Pickers began in the 1970s under the leadership of Val O’Flaherty, Cynthia Sturges, and Sue Johnson. Campers played washboards, saws, spoons, toilet seats, and more.