Opening Day

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Opening Day is one of the most exciting days of camp! On Opening Day, you will be greeted by smiling staff members, and then find out your daughter’s cabin.

We love Opening Day at camp! Even with the changes to Opening Day this summer, we are confident that the first day of camp is going to be a wonderful experience for parents and campers. We will greet you at your car like always, go over a few health questions, carry your luggage to the cabin for you, and walk your daughter to her cabin to meet her counselor and cabinmates! Parents will need to stay in their cars the entire time. Our counselors will help your daughter move into the cabin and unpack, making sure she is settled and her space feels homey.

You can read all of the details about Opening Day for this summer on our Opening Day information updates page:


For this summer, all campers need to arrive with their completed Health Log and a negative COVID test. All campers also need to arrive on Opening Day (not at a later date) so that we can close our “camp bubble” and keep our campers safe.

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You may arrive anytime between 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Opening Day, but we will not allow campers and families into our cabin area until 8:30 a.m. When you arrive on Opening Day, you will be greeted at your car and find out your daughter’s cabin. We will tag your heavier bags and carry them to the cabin for you. You will need to carry loose items, so we recommend wearing comfortable, waterproof shoes.

If you arrive prior to 8:30 a.m., we invite you to join us at our Opening Day Tent. You can meet other families, grab a coffee, drop off pre-written letters in our mail bins, and shop select items from The Greystone Store. At 8:30 a.m., you can walk up to your cabin. Your daughter’s counselor will be there to meet you!

After unpacking, you will then take all medications to the Health Hut. If your daughter is not feeling well, please come with her to the Health Hut before you leave camp. There is no need to check in at the office, unless you have a question; however, we will have mail bins on the office porch for you to drop pre-written letters for your daughter so that she receives mail the first few days of camp.

Please feel free to meet the Millers at the Parent Reception on the Dining Hall porch (8:30 - 10:00 a.m.) and then tour the camp. Alumnae, make sure to stop by our Alumnae table on the Dining Hall porch during the Parent Reception. The Greystone Store will also be open for you to shop the full selection of items available.

All parents should plan to depart camp by 10:15 a.m. as campers start cabin activities!

We ask that dogs and all other animals stay below our Lower Road on Opening Day and do not go into the cabin area. Please make sure your animal is on a leash.

Junior, June, and August Camp: We assign bunks for Junior, June, and August Camps, so there is no need to race up the hill to your cabin. At 8:30 a.m., we will have Group Leaders ready to walk campers and parents to the cabin area.

Main Camp: Bunks will be assigned for 3rd - 7th grade campers. At 8:30 a.m., we will allow campers to go up to their cabin area. For those in 8th - 11th grades, please remember, no bunk saving.

June and Main NEW campers: If this is your first summer at Greystone, you will be able to go up to your cabin prior to 8:30 a.m. to ensure that you know where to go. We will contact our new camper families to explain how this will work prior to Opening Day.

We look forward to seeing you!

Looking for some insider tips about Opening Day? Check out our Helpful Hints page, which combines some of the best advice from camp moms on all things Opening Day.

GPS Address for Opening Day Entrance

1721 Old US Highway 25
Zirconia, NC 28790

This is our back staff entrance. We will send a pinned link to this address through our Remind texting system prior to Opening Day.

Opening Day Schedule

Once parents depart, cabins will go as groups to take a cabin picture and then will have a swim check together. The rest of the day will include a wonderful lunch, an opening camp meeting, fun afternoon activities, our famous spaghetti dinner, and the first of many outstanding Evening Programs!

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Swim Check

Junior Camp

Campers must jump in the pool, tread water for two minutes, and swim one length of the pool. We will work with campers who do not pass the first time, and they will be allowed to retake the swim check the next day.

June, Main, and August Camp

Girls will need to swim one length of the pool, tread water for 2 minutes, and do a pencil dive off the diving board. If your daughter has trouble completing any of these, we will help her sign up for swim lessons, and she will need to retake the test to participate in some of our water activities.

Car or Airplane Arrival?

We need to know how your daughter will arrive on Opening Day. If you will be driving into camp to drop her off (either by car from your home or by renting a car after you’ve arrived by plane), your daughter is considered a CAR arrival. Only girls who are flying to camp and need a Greystone counselor to pick them up from the airport are considered an airplane arrival.

Scheduling

After the swim check, your daughter’s cabin will go to the Dining Hall to finalize their schedules. Campers at our Junior camp session pre-schedule their classes in the spring and will receive a copy of their schedule at this time, with the ability to make any changes to the schedule as needed. June, Main, and August campers will sign up for their classes at this time.