Welcome back to another of our Countdown to the 100th blog posts. Today, we are looking at the 1990s - such a great decade in Greystone’s history! The 1990s were filled with fun (and funny) activities. From llamas to helicopters, from Jimboy t-shirts to radio class, many events that happened in the 1990s only occured during that one decade, which made being a camper during the 1990s extra special and unique. Ready to learn all of the cool things that happend during this decade? Let’s jump into the 1990s fun!
The 1990s continued much like the 1980s - Jim and Libby, and then Jimboy and Margaret, improved the Greystone campus with many facility updates. During the 1990s, campers enjoyed these new improvements:
The 1990s officially started the fourth generation of leadership at Greystone. Jimboy came on as an Assistant Director in the early 1990s and official took over directing camp by the mid-1990s. Jim and Libby stayed on as Senior Directors throughout the decade.
Katie Miller Grant began the Junior Camp session, adding camp’s fourth session to the summer. Serving as Director of this session, Katie gave young campers the opportunity to try camp for one-week, getting a great taste of the Greystone experience. Through her work at Junior Camp, a steady stream of young campers then re-enrolled in longer sessions, thus creating full sessions and the start of the camp Wait List.
In 1995, Stuart Miller (Jim and Libby’s son), along with his fellow marines, landed helicopters on the soccer field. The Marines greeted the campers and performed an impressive flag ceremony.
In an effort to delight the campers, Jimboy released peanuts from a plane across camp’s property. Girls then searched for the “golden peanut” to win a grand prize.
For a short period of time in the 1990s, cabin groups would go on an overnight with llamas. Sleeping in tents, and hoping the llamas wouldn’t spit on you, it was quite the memory for many campers.
During the mid-1990s, campers had the option to sign up for a hot air balloon ride. These balloons were stationed on the soccer field, and campers could go straight up and down with their friends.
Campers of the 1990s enjoyed visits from many influential Christian speakers and writers including Elisabeth Elliot, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Edith Schaeffer. Campers loved learning about each of these women and their love of the Lord, often seen despite immense hardship in their respective lives.
Greystone celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 1994 with a large alumnae reunion during Main Camp. Through the hard work of Elizabeth Abernathy, in culling Greystone’s alumnae mailing list, and Deanie Walburn Strength, in organizing the reunion events, Greystone welcomed over 800 alumnae and their families for the event. Campers performed for the guests, and alumnae enjoyed participating in events like the flag ceremony. It was a wonderful celebration of what God had faithfully done at Greystone for 75 years!
The Corn Roast celebration received a fun upgrade in the 1990s. While food had been a big part of the Evening Program for many years, campers in the 1990s enjoyed live bluegrass music as part of the fun. With musicians like Silars Bald performing for the girls, campers feasted on hot corn and juicy watermelon down at the blob dock area.
Located in the middle of the Fine Arts Center, Radio class allowed for girls to run their very own radio station. Campers in other classes would tune into the station to learn the inside scoop going on in camp, most importantly, what was for lunch!
A popular class started in the 1990s was Street Dance, whose name later changed to Greystone Groove. Camper Kristy Webb brought this choreographed dancing to camp, with campers and counselors learning the dances on Sunday afternoons to dances such as “Gloria,” “Free Your Mind,” and “Sweet Dreams.”
Sweetie Seifart Stewart and Dr. David Jones took advanced paddlers on river trips throughout the 1990s. For those girls who loved the water, these trips were a highlight of their camp experience.
With the buildling of the pool in the late 1980s, campers began flocking to the Synchronized Swimming program. Campers worked all session to perfect their routines, performing their “water dances” at the Watershow at the end of the summer.