With scripture as our map, and Christ as our guide, our single purpose at Camp Grier is to engage your child's Mind, Body, Spirit and Heart on a courageous journey toward Good Judgment, Strength, Resilience and Compassion.
The Journey Camp experience grows with your child as s/he matures and her/his skills increase. With program components such as study, adventure, challenge, fellowship and service, your child will earn strong character traits and the tools to apply those traits wherever s/he goes.
When challenged at camp, school, home or anywhere in life, a Journeyer will engage rather than withdraw. The outcome is miraculous! The Journey starts here.
Camp Grier was founded on July 15, 1952 by Robert D. Grier of Statesville, NC. During the 1940s, Concord Presbytery used Camp Fellowship, owned by Barium Springs Orphanage, on the Catawba River. When Duke Power revealed plans to build Lake Norman, the Presbytery was in danger of losing its camping facilities.
Mr. Grier purchased 600 acres of land in Old Fort, NC, in the summer of 1950 in order to start another camp for the Concord Presbytery. Mr. Grier set up a saw mill on the camp property and volunteers from the churches built the buildings in Main Camp. These buildings included Hemlock (dining hall), Rhododendron, Poplar, Oak, Holly, Dogwood, the Trading Post, and Beech Pavilion. The camp was named in memory of Mr. Grier's father, the Rev. John McDill Grier.