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.
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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, 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.

All parents should plan to depart camp by 10:15 a.m.

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 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.

Opening Day Schedule

Once parents depart, cabins will go as groups to take a cabin picture and then will have a swim check together.

Swim Check

Junior Camp

Campers will be required to tread water for two minutes. If your daughter cannot do this and wants to take Waterpark, she will only be able to do the small slide. Campers who do not pass the first time will be allowed to retake the swim check.

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.

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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.

The rest of the day will include a wonderful buffet lunch, an opening camp meeting, fun afternoon activities, our famous spaghetti dinner, and the first of many outstanding Evening Programs!