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 1-6Week 1$695Rising 4th-12th Grades
June 1-6Leadership Summit Week 1$900Rising 10th-12th Only
June 8-13Week 2$695Rising 4th-12th Grades
June 8-13Watersports Week 2$900Rising 10th-12th Grades
June 15-20Week 3$795Rising 4th-12th Grades
June 15-20Leadership Summit Week 3$900Rising 10th-12th
June 22-27Week 4$795Rising 4th-12th Grades
June 22-27Watersports Week 4$900Rising 10th-12th
July 6-11Week 6$795Rising 4th-12th Grades
July 13-18Week 7$795Rising 4th-12th Grades
July 13-18Leadership Summit Week 7$900Rising 10th-12th Only
July 20-25Week 8$795Rising 4th-12th Grades
July 20-25Watersports Week 8$900Rising 10th-12th

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
(rising 10th-12th graders)

WATERSPORTS CAMP

The Watersports Camp 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 camp 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 camp is for campers to learn how to grow in their faith while getting to be on the water the whole week. For pricing and dates head back to our Overnight registration.

LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Leadership Summit is a program we have been offering for several years now and it’s become one of favorite programs. It will be offered again this summer Week 1 and Week 7! We are also adding Week 3 because of the high demand for this program! 
 

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. 

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! For dates and pricing head back to our Overnight registration.

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 (we also have some for sale in our store)
  • 2 pens or pencils 
  • 6 t-shirts 
  • 1 long sleeved shirt & sweatshirt 
  • 4 pairs of socks 
  • 6 pairs of underwear 
  • 1 pair of long pants (for rising 4th-6th grade girls)
  • 4 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 (one for showers and one for water activities) 
  • 1 one-quart water bottle 
  • sleeping bag or bed sheets (for a twin size bed)
  • Bug spray 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Toiletries
  • Flashlight 
  • 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 (for carrying bible, journal, closed toed shoes and water bottle around during the day)
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  
  • E Cigarettes  
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Knives

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

Monday DROP-OFF
10AM- Gate Opens
11AM- Opening Ceremony

The gate will open at 10AM, should you arrive early you may find yourself in a bit of line waiting for the gate to open. Once you come through the gate you will be directed to the luggage and care package drop-off. Between 10-11AM, 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 11AM 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 lead out to begin their week of camp. Parents are invited to stay for a parent-only briefing and information session about what to expect from the week.

Saturday PICK-UP
10AM- Gate Opens 
11AM- Closing Ceremony

The gate opens at 10AM and you will have the chance to pick up their luggage, hang out at the gym and shop in the store until the Closing Ceremony starts at 11AM. The campers will be in their last cabin time until they come down to the gym at 11AM for the Closing Ceremony. 

If you did not add the bus during the registration process please contact us to add it for you.

DROP-OFF – MONDAY, 7AM

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

PICKUP is at CAMP – 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 11AM.

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 camp stamps (a way to send messages to your campers while they are with us). 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 at all. 

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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