What are the differences between the programs?
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: An Experiential Christian Community
- Outpost: Small Groups, Big Adventure
- Sparrowwood: Where All Abilities Are Celebrated
If you have any questions about a particular program, feel free to contact us.
When is Summer Camp, and how much does it cost?
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?
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.
Does everyone do every activity?
We hope every camper has the best week of their summer; our goal is for each camper to have a transformational experience of Christian community. Activities that are safe, age-appropriate, and fun are a huge part of that. Even more important than activities, though, are the relationships formed in Living Groups during and after those activities (as well as at meals and chapel services). Because our focus is on forming faith and friendships, no two weeks of Glisson are exactly alike; each Living Group has its own schedule. And because we have more activities than we have activity blocks in that schedule, Living Groups cannot possibly do every activity in a single week. Our counselors are trained to craft their group’s schedule with traditionally popular activities in mind (e.g. creek hike) and also with a goal of getting campers in-the-air (e.g. Challenge Course) and wet (e.g. pool) each day (weather-permitting). There are certain activities that are age-dependent and/or program-dependent. Notable examples include but are not limited to “The Blob” waterfront activity (middle school and high school Village only) and Outpost’s adventure trips (whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, etc). If you or your camper have any questions at all about our program activities, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-864-6181.
How do I register?
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 CircuiTree.
I registered last year. How much info do you have on file?
For Summer 2019, we’ve transitioned to a new registration system we believe parents will find considerably more user-friendly moving forward. Unfortunately, it was not possible to transfer accounts over from our previous system. Returning camper families will need to create new accounts and fill in all required info (insurance, health history, etc) from scratch. Once you’ve created an account for Summer 2019, that info will be retained in your account for Summer 2020 and beyond, requiring only updates from year-to-year.
What is the difference between the "Register" and "My Account" links?
Clicking Register will lead you through the registration process, which is managed by our online registration software, CircuiTree.
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?
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
What is the Cancellation Policy?
- 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 if my camper takes medications?
All medications are collected by a member of our healthcare team during check-in inside its original container. During the week, our staff ensure that campers receive their medications at the correct time. Village and Sparrowwood campers are escorted to visit our healthcare team at the infirmary. Outpost camper medications are stored in a secure location, then distributed by each camper’s counselor.
Can my camper arrive late or leave early?
Neither late arrival nor early departure is allowed.
All of our one-week camps are Sunday to Friday. Mini Camps are either Sun-Tue, or Wed-Fri. 10-day trips either start on Sun and end on the following Tue, or start on Wed and end on the following Fri.
Removing a camper from their living group early or adding a camper after the week has begun are highly 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 Store account?
The camp store sells a range of items including: snacks, water bottles, t-shirts, stuffed animals, 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 afternoon.
What forms do I need to fill out and bring with me?
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.
Why is the closing celebration at noon on Fridays?
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, staff, and family members who attend closing celebration).
When is Cane Creek Falls open to the public?
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).
What is Glisson's mission statement?
“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.”
What does "Cho Boi" mean and why do we say it?
“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.