Overnight Camp Information

General Information

The summer camp schedule is designed entirely around the idea that life-change happens most effectively within the context of relationships. Many camps utilize a “choose your own adventure” approach to activities scheduling for their campers, wherein campers choose activities based on their interests and have a unique schedule from their cabin mates for the week. We’ve taken a very different approach, believing and seeing that an amazing camp experience has very little to do with what you do, and everything to do with who you do it with. 

Campers spend their week at Camp Highland entirely with their cabin group. All activities are scheduled for them as a group and the campers never know for certain what activity is coming up next. This lets kids be kids and not worry about the details of the week, but it also gives our summer staff an abundance of time with each camper. This is time that allows our staff to truly get to know each camper and be able to disciple them in the most effective and personal way possible.

With that said, we want every camper to leave camp at the end of the week telling stories of all the amazing activities they did! Our hope and prayer for all campers is that they leave camp telling stories of all the challenges they tackled and of the fears that they overcame. Most importantly, we want campers telling stories about what they learned about the character of God through their counselors, what they learned about trusting Jesus through the ropes course, and that, sometimes, following the Lord can be challenging and sometimes feels like getting your raft stuck on that rock going down the river.

DatesSessionPriceNotes
June 3-8Week 1$695Rising 4th-9th Grades
June 3-8Leadership Summit Week 1$900Rising 10th-12th Only
June 10-15Week 2$695Rising 4th-12th Grades
June 17-22Week 3$795Rising 4th-12th Grades
June 24-29Week 4$795Rising 4th-12th Grades
July 8-13Week 6$795Rising 4th-12th Grades
July 15-20Week 7$795Rising 4th-9th Grades
July 15-20Leadership Summit Week 7$900Rising 10th-12th Only
July 22-27Week 8$795Rising 4th-12th Grades

Space Available

The table reflects a current summary of space available for each age and gender based upon which campers have already been assigned to their respective cabins; it does not take into account campers who have already applied but have not yet been slotted into cabins. For that reason, this should only be used as a guide to find the weeks where we’d most likely have space for your child rather than a promise that space is available for a specific age or gender at the time of your application. As always, please let us know if you have specific question about availability.

Please Note: To make sure that you and your child have the best possible camp experience, registering a camper involves a manual process of assigning them into the very best cabin situation, considering their age, gender, and all available cabin mate requests.

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Financial Aid

It is our heart and desire that no child will ever be left out because of an inability to pay the full tuition cost of camp. We are committed to working with you to figure out a way to get your child to Camp Highland, even if you’re in a tight financial position and even if it takes some creativity on both of our parts to make it happen. So, we’ve put together the following as a means to communicate how we think about financial aid and some ideas that you can use to make sure your child joins us at camp this coming summer.

HOW DOES THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS WORK?

First, you do not necessarily need to apply for financial aid before apply for summer camp for your child. Deposits/Tuition are charged only upon enrollment (not upon submission of the application), so if you’re applying for financial aid, simply make note of that in the application and we’ll handle your application accordingly.

Full and partial scholarships are awarded on an as-needed basis and determined on a sliding scale. To apply for a scholarship, submit a completed Financial Aid Packet. We’ll contact you with a decision or any further questions once we review the information.

We do ask everybody to make some investment towards the tuition, even if it’s small. Even in the tightest of situations, with a “full scholarship” towards overnight camp, we will generally ask parents to cover the $75 deposit. 

POLICIES for LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Due to the higher cost of Leadership Summit and considering the ability of a high school student to earn money towards the program, we generally keep the minimum family investment in Leadership Summit at $200. Again, please contact us if this is still beyond the means of your family.

High School Camps

WATERSPORTS CAMP

The Watersports Program is the newest way that we are continuing to Engage the Heart of our high school campers by providing another opportunity for older campers to grow in their faith. This program will allow the campers to be on the water almost every day they are at camp. They will be wakeboarding, wakesurfing, skiing, tubing and more behind world class boats. Our partnership with Nautique and Watersports Central is making this possible. The primary focus of the Watersports program is for campers to learn how to grow in their faith while getting to be on the water the whole week.

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Leadership Summit is a program we have been offering Week 1 and Week 7 for the last several years. This year we are excited to announce that in addition to those weeks we are going to offer a two week program over Weeks 3 & 4. 
 

During our Leadership Summit Program we focus on developing leaders from a biblical perspective. Our founder, Bill Chapman, leads this program with the help of guest speakers. He facilitates leadership development sessions practice opportunities and holds Q&A times for the students to ask all kinds of questions. The campers still participate in fun camp activities like Teams Course, tubing on the lake, rappelling, Jacob’s Ladder and white water rafting on the Ocoee. The sessions will challenge them to start thinking about leadership before they thrust into those types of positions. They also take the Myers Briggs Personality Assessment. 

For the 2 week program, campers will stay with us over the weekend and following week for even more exciting excursions and in-depth leadership and discipleship training! We’re so excited about having campers for two whole weeks this summer!

GO

Our GO program is designed for campers who learn best on the move! Through high adventure on rivers and ropes courses and intimate conversations around the campfire, GO campers will be challenged to put their faith in action both at camp and back at home! While GO campers still get to experience classic camp traditions such as high ropes, tubing, and tribal, they also have the unique opportunity to spend much of their time with us on off-site excursions. These adventures include a day long hike, kayaking, overnight camping, and white water rafting on the Ocoee! If you’re ready to grow closer to God and your friends through adventure this is the program for you!

Prepare for Camp

If you’ve already registered your child for overnight camp or just want to dig into the details of how to prepare for your child’s week of overnight camp with us? The information below answers the most common questions regarding preparation for the week.

THINGS TO BRING
  • Bible (Example: NIV – Adventure Bible) 
  • 1 notebook or journal 
  • 2 pens or pencils 
  • 6 t-shirts 
  • 1 long sleeved shirt 
  • 4 pairs of socks 
  • 6 pairs of underwear 
  • 1 pair of long pants 
  • 3 pairs of shorts 
  • 1 bathing suit (One-piece only, girls must bring shorts to wear while swimming) 
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes (closed toed) 
  • Pillow 
  • 2 towels 
  • 1 one-quart water bottle 
  • sleeping bag or bed sheets
  • Bug spray 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries) 
  • 1 pair of shoes to wear rafting (must have backs, no flip flops! Water shoes, crocs, or old tennis shoes work great)
  • Backpack or fanny pack
OPTIONAL
  • 1 pair of hiking boots 
  • Camera
  • Spending money for snacks and merchandise
THINGS NOT TO BRING
  • Cell phones
  • Jewelry/watches
  • Electronics – iPods, games, hairdryers, etc.
  • Books or magazines that are not Christ-centered
  • Junk food
  • Personal sports equipment, including climbing/safety gear
IF FOUND, THESE ITEMS WILL BE TAKEN AND NOT RETURNED
  • Fireworks
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Knives

Possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs will lead to police notification and immediate dismissal.

Should you choose to drive your child to camp on Monday morning, the front gate will open at 10:00AM. Ahead of 10:00, you may find yourself in a bit of a line waiting to get to through the gate while our staff makes final preparations inside the gate to ensure your arrival is as smooth as possible. They will then direct you to the luggage drop-off once the gate opens. Between 10:00-11:00, you’re welcome to help your child get settled into their cabin, browse the camp store, ask questions of our staff, or otherwise simply enjoy the morning with coffee and snacks. We will have a 30 minute orientation beginning at 11:00AM inside the gym to welcome campers and introduce the staff. Immediately following, campers will be invited to get into their cabin groups and will be shuttled out to begin their week of camp, while parents are invited to stay for a parents-only briefing and information session about what to expect from the week.

REGISTER FOR BUS PICKUP THROUGH YOUR CAMPINTOUCH ACCOUNT

DROPOFF – MONDAY, 7AM

Publix Supermarket
980 Birmingham Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30004-4416.

PICKUP – SATURDAY, 10AM

Camp Highland
1250 Camp Highland Road
Ellijay, GA 30540

At the end of the week in Ellijay and parents are encouraged to be at the closing ceremonies at camp on Saturday at 11:00am.

We understand that you’re entrusting to us the most important part of your lives, and we do all we can to ensure the health and safety of your children. We commit to you that we’ll be proactive in pursuing you in the event that something happens to your child to ensure you’re getting the information you need as a parent to make decisions about your child’s health. We do understand that you might not want to know about every bump or bruise, but if our nurse and/or camp director feels that the incident is significant, you will receive a phone call alerting you of the situation. Generally, if your child has to sit out of an activity for even a short period of time, and definitely if the injury/illness requires medical care beyond what our nurse can provide, you will be notified.

At the overnight camp, we have a nurse on our staff on property full-time to handle any medical needs, including disbursement of medication, and injuries. He/She also acts as a consultant to our day camp location in the event of need. In addition, all of our staff at both camp locations, are trained in first aid and CPR before the start of the summer

Medical History

All campers are required to fill out a comprehensive health history form, located in your CampInTouch account, before arriving at camp. This form ensures that we have all the information we need to provide the best possible care for your child while at camp, as well as any information a doctor might need to assist your child in the event of an emergency. While it may take a few minutes to fill out, it is essential that we have complete record of any medical concerns so we can provide the best possible care!

Allergies

Please let us know if there are any allergies or intolerances that you would like us to know before your child arrives at camp. If your child has an allergy that is potentially anaphylactic, we do not generally have epinephrine injectors on-hand so we ask that you send one with your camper. All of our staff are trained in the use of epinephrine injectors and we’ll work with you to decide who you’re most comfortable with carrying it.

Our kitchen can handle the most common food allergies (celiacs/gluten-free, dairy, eggs, nuts of all kinds, etc.) without any trouble and can provide in-house options without any planning. However, for more rare allergies, please contact us at least a week ahead of your child’s week at camp and we’ll work with you to figure out a best plan of action to provide the best food options for your campers. 

Medication

Medication will only be distributed under the specific instructions of the camper’s physician and with written permission from a legal parent/guardian. All medication, including over-the-counter meds, needs to be given to the nurse (at overnight camp) or camp director (at day camp) upon arrival; for the safety of all of our campers and staff, we do not allow medication in the cabins or camper groups. The camp nurse will follow the distribution schedule in the camper’s medical history form, and in the event that a camper needs medications at night (insulin injections, etc), we’ll work with you to determine the best plan for the week to ensure you’re comfortable with the arrangement.

Parents are encouraged to put together a small “care package” of goodies that we will give out in the middle of the week (no bigger than a shoe box). These are thoughtful reminders of home and of the people who love and miss them while they are away at camp.

  • Great items for a care package are: glow sticks, bandanas, resealable snacks, sports drinks, notes from family members, battery-powered mini spray fans, silly bands, homemade cookies.
  • Bad items for a care package are: candy with wrappers, any food item that is not in a sealed container, electronics, sling shots, toy guns, etc.
Our staff will be available to take your camper’s care package at the luggage drop-off on Monday morning.

If the cost of sending your child to camp is prohibitive to your child experiencing a week of camp, we have created a scholarship account specifically designed with you in mind. Through our Scholarship Program, parents can still send their children to Camp without breaking their wallets! No child should be turned away from Camp because their family cannot afford it. If you find the need for financial assistance then this scholarship is for you. Instructions to apply for financial assistance are below; please return all forms to information@camphighland.com before registering for camp.

Accessible through the “Parent Login” link above, your CampInTouch account gives you access to your information, your child’s information, secure online applications, as well as summer photos, news, and email. This also gives you the ability to update your information: addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, billing info, photos of your child and more. After your application has been processed you will be notified of your enrollment status and you will receive an enrollment confirmation email.

For directions to camp please click here:  Google Maps

Please note that your registration includes a $75 non-refundable enrollment fee. All cancellations after May 15th will not include a refund. 

For campers with disciplinary problems, we do our best to coordinate with parents to help solve problems as early in the week as possible. We truly want every camper to be able to stay the whole week and will do our best to navigate any underlying circumstances that might be causing the problem. However, in the unlikely event that we’re unable to resolve discipline issues with a camper, sometimes the only option is to ask a parent to come pick up their child early. In this case, no refunds will be offered.

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