What are the differences between the programs?

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For a quick overview, watch our Summer Programs Overview video. To learn more about a program, click its link below to find more info and a program-specific overview video.

  • Village: a traditional sleep-away camp
  • Outpost: an adventure camp focused on the outdoors
  • Sparrowwood: a camp experience for people with mild to moderate developmental disabilities

If you have any questions about a particular program, feel free to contact us.

When is Summer Camp, and how much does it cost?

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Summer Camp runs from the last week of May or the first week of June through July for nine weeks. Different programs are offered for different age group each of the nine weeks of Summer Camp. Please visit the Registration page to browse the Village, Sparrowwood, and Outpost schedules and costs.

What is a Living Group?

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To facilitate a transformational experience of practicing Christian community together, our programs use a small-group camp ministry model.  The core of this experience is the Living Group, a group of 10-12 campers and two counselors who do “everything” together for the week.

How do I register?

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First, go to the Register page to view the schedule and decide exactly which week and program you wish to register for. You will then need to read and confirm that you have read our Registration Waiver. At that point you may proceed to our registration website, managed by Campwise.

I registered last year. How much info do you have on file?

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If your camper registered online for summer camp, his or her health history should be complete in our online registration system.  However, we will need you to verify or update any information that has changed since last summer.

What is the difference between the "Register" and "My Account" links?

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Clicking Register will lead you through the registration process, which is managed by our online registration software, Campwise.

After you have fully registered, you may click on My Account to re-login to your account for one of the following reasons:

  • to edit information previously entered
  • to make a payment
  • to add cash to your camper’s account at the camp store

What is the Cabinmate Policy?

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Campers grow most in self-sufficiency and self-esteem by attending camp alone, but we recognize the benefit of allowing a camper to request one cabinmate.

A camper may submit only one cabinmate request, and each request must be mutual. Even if several friends are attending the same session, we will honor only one cabinmate request per camper. The following conditions must be met for any cabinmate request to be honored:

  • both campers must request each other, and parents must agree
  • only one request per camper—no “circles” or “triangles” of requests
  • both campers must be in the same grade level or only one grade removed from each other

When is full payment due for Summer Camp?

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Full payment is due by May 1st. If this deadline is not met, your registration spot will be offered to the next registrant on the waiting list.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

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  • If you cancel 30 or more days before camp starts, we will refund the amount paid minus the deposit.
  • No refunds for cancellation within 30 days of the camp session.
  • Full refunds will only be given when we receive a signed doctor’s note.  We must receive this note within 3 days of the cancellation.

What is the Transfer Policy?

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Registered campers may transfer to a different session for a $25.00 fee. This must be done at least 30 days before the opening day of their initial camp session.

What if my camper takes medications?

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All medications for all campers are to be checked in at the car line or at the infirmary with our registered nurse for the week.  Each camper who has medications will be taken to the infirmary at the correct time to take their medications.

Can my camper arrive late or leave early?

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Neither late arrival nor early departure is allowed. 

All of our one-week camps start on Sunday and go through Friday, and all our Mini Camps start on Sunday and end on Tuesday. Our 10-day camps start on either Sunday or Wednesday and end either Tuesday or Friday respectively.

Both removing a camper from their living group early and adding a camper after the week has begun are disruptive to the group process and to the other campers in the group.  If you know that your camper cannot attend the entire week, please select a different camp week.

How much money should I deposit in my camper's Camp Store account?

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The camp store sells a range of items including: snacks, water bottles, t-shirts, stuffed animals, disposable cameras, friendship bracelet string and more.  We recommend at the most $25 for the week.  You can now deposit money into a store account for your camper online during registration.  You may also choose to deposit to your camper’s store account at anytime after registration until your camper arrives at camp.

If you would prefer to mail a check or cash for your camper’s store account prior to the camp week, please include your camper’s name and the session that he or she is attending.  Each camper will go to the camp store with their living group more than once during the week.  If your camper brings cash to camp, there is no place it may be used. At check-out parents may choose to request a refund or to donate remaining camper store account balances. Parents will also have the opportunity to visit the store on Sunday and after closing celebration on Friday evening (Tuesday evening for mini-camp parents).

Where can I find a packing list?

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Packing Lists vary according to which camp your child is attending. Go to the Packing Lists page and select the list for your child’s camp.

What forms do I need to fill out and bring with me?

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Every camper must have a filled-out Check-In Form.  However, please DO NOT mail the form to us.  Instead, we ask that you print out the form, provide the requested information, and then bring the form with you when you check in your camper.  For speedier check-in, ensure the form has been signed and fully filled-out.

Upon arrival, Outpost parents will need to sign an Outpost permission form allowing their campers to leave the site and participate in planned activities. We will have additional copies of the form on-site.

Why is the closing celebration at noon on Fridays?

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Closing celebrations are now held at 12 noon on Fridays (does not apply to certain mini camp and 10-day experiences that end on days other than Friday). Gates open 30 minutes beforehand at 11:30am.

Shifting to an earlier closing significantly reduces travel times for families driving around or through metro Atlanta to get to and from camp easier by letting out well before peak congestion times. An earlier closing also moves closing celebration out of the hottest time of the afternoon in the un-air-conditioned Holland Building (our only facility large enough to accommodate the 900 or so campers campers, staff, and family members who attend closing celebration).

When is Cane Creek Falls open to the public?

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During the retreat season (August to mid-May), visitors are welcome to check-in at the Welcome Center during business hours (8:30-5:00) then walk down to view the waterfall. To ensure your visit will be a smooth one, please email us a few days ahead of time to make sure access will be open for your visit.

Cane Creek Falls and Glisson are entirely closed to the public while Summer Camp is in session (mid-May to August).

I left something behind. Do you have it?

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Please fill out our handy-dandy Lost & Found Form with as much info as possible, and we’ll do our best to find it for you and then we’ll get back to you with an update.

How can I support Glisson?

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Glisson could not operate without the devoted support of people who have contributed their time, energy, and gifts since 1925 and up to the present day.  Visit our Serve page to find out about the various opportunities to serve and support Glisson’s ministry.

What is Glisson's mission statement?

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“Glisson joins with the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to nurture leadership by creating experiences in Creation and in Christian community that encourage transformation, growth, and renewal for all people.”

Where did the Glisson name come from?

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Rev. Fred Glisson, founder of the camp ministry here. To find out more, visit our History page.

What does "Cho Boi" mean and why do we say it?

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“Cho Boi” is a cheer that our staff sings to campers during opening celebration each week. Literally translated, Cho Boi means “Welcome home!” The Cho Boi story and chant were brought to Glisson by former director Bob Cagle.

Bob was big on camp being a place for campers to come home to year after year — a place where everyone could feel at home. The way he told the story was that he worked at a camp one summer with an international counselor named Victor. When Bob shared with the staff and campers that year about camp being a place to be welcomed home to, Victor shared with him about a chant he knew from his home country of Ghana. He said that there was a tradition in some Ghana villages where the community would sing a song called Cho Boi as warriors returned home from battle, and that over time the chant had come to be used as a way to welcome anyone home from wherever they had been.

Bob thought Victor was spot-on in connecting that kind of welcoming tradition with the welcoming spirit of camping. In fact, he liked it so much, he took it with him throughout his camp ministry and brought it to us at Glisson. And so it goes that for hundreds of campers since, Cho Boi not only means “Welcome home!”…but evokes that unmistakable feeling of actually being home.