To see in depth information about Camp Grady Spruce's Summer Camp: Parent Handbook
2013 Camper Forms
The following forms must be completed for your child to attend camp. Please bring to Camp or Bus Check-in.
See pictures and stay connected with what is happening at camp by visiting Bunk1 and our Facebook page
Passwords for Bunk1 will be sent with the camper confirmation packet, or you can call the camp office, 214-319-9944. Passwords are not published on the website.
Character development has been a part of the YMCA for more than 150 years. The Y has embraced four core values: honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility. Through the programs and leadership camp staff provide, campers naturally embrace & practice these values and retain them long after camp has ended.
The YMCA Rags and Leathers Program is centered on personal growth. Through goal setting, commitment, and positive values, campers learn to assess their strengths as well as areas in their personal lives needing improvement, usually with a focus on behavior or spiritual growth. This is an optional program for campers wanting to dedicate themselves to continued self improvement.
Campers are organized into cabin groups by age. We will honor up to two friend requests provided that the requests are made in advance and the campers are within one year in age. Most of our campers come without a buddy and make friends quickly.
Food is fuel out at camp! Campers are playing hard all day long. Therefore, camp menus are carefully selected to provide a balanced diet. Meal times are 8:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Below are a couple sample meal options. Fresh fruit and a peanut butter and jelly station is available at all meals. A supplemental cereal bar is offered at breakfast and a salad bar is available at lunch and dinner.
Breakfast Sample Meals
- Biscuits, Eggs, Sausage
- Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon
- Cereal bar
- Barbeque Sandwich, French Fries
- Fajitas, Rice, Beans
- Salad Bar
- Baked Chicken, Bread, Green Beans
- Spaghetti, Broccoli, Garlic Bread
- Salad bar
Special Dietary Needs
If your child has any food allergies or dietary needs, please note these on their medical forms. If you want to speak with the Food Service Director or Camp Director about these needs, call 214 628 9055 at least a week in advance. We will do our best to accommodate all required dietary restrictions.
Campers are engaged in enriching activities and opportunities to learn age appropriate curriculum while at camp. Skill development and progression recognition is provided through a Spruce Badge and activity bead program. To start the program, every camper receives a Spruce Badge (a tree cookie or a slice of cedar). Campers are encouraged to add Activity Beads to their Spruce Badge through progressive achievements, or by using the 4 Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
We are excited for you to see what your child has accomplished and participated in while at camp. We hope the activity beads become a “talking point” for parents and campers and encourages further skill development and progression.
Each camper's swimming ability will be evaluated upon arrival at camp. Swimming is a camp activity however swim lessons are not. If you are interested in swim lessons, please contact your local YMCA for swim lesson information.