What are you doing about COVID-19?

We’re glad you asked. Here’s our latest update: COVID-19 and Camp

What is the Cancellation Policy?

Our Cancellation Refund Policy is largely the same as in recent years, with a key distinction being the addition of a section covering what happens if Glisson decides to cancel sessions and/or programs to ensure camper and staff safety. See below:

MORE THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR CAMP SESSION

  • Notice of cancellation must be received by a Camper Coordinator in writing (email or postal mail).
  • Refund will be the amount paid minus the deposit (deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable).
  • If camp fees are not paid by the Friday prior to your camper’s check in day, your registration will be canceled.

WITHIN 30 DAYS OF YOUR CAMP SESSION

  • There will be no refund for cancellation within 30 days of the camp session.*
  • *Medical Exception: Full refunds will only be given if, prior to the camp session, a Camper Coordinator receives a signed doctor’s note within 3 days of the cancellation.

DURING/AFTER YOUR CAMP SESSION

  • No refund will be made for any reason after the start of your camp session.

IF YOUR SESSION IS CANCELLED

  • If Glisson is unable for any reason to offer the camp session for which your camper is registered, we will offer a full refund of any deposit and/or fees paid toward that session.

What is Tiered Pricing?

Glisson’s summer camps have been underwritten spiritually and financially for decades by the family of congregations called the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Through their annual collective support of ministries called “apportionments”, the Conference has made ongoing impact for Christ around the world. Glisson and her sibling camping ministries have benefited from conference support of millions of dollars across decades of ministry. Glisson has returned that support by partnering with churches to form faith and develop leadership in young people, and by being a place of discerning call and direction for ministry for thousands of people all year round.

Now, as all our churches and other ministries face challenges presented first by the pandemic, and next year by internal denominational strife, the ability of the conference to offer financial support has diminished, and that will likely continue. Rather than directly pass along this anticipated funding gap to families as it occurs, we’ve developed a way of continuing to make camp more affordable for those families who might be “priced out” of camp by a sharp fee increase.

We’re introducing a “Tiered Pricing” model for the summer of 2021. We’ve added two pricing “tiers” to our “Tier 1” normal subsidized rate, representing 1) “Tier 2” – the actual cost of the summer camp experience, and 2) “Tier 3” – the actual cost of the summer camp experience and of the annualized depreciation of our facilities.

We know that families have differing abilities to pay for a summer camping experience and that you know your family’s financial situation better than we do. It’s our hope that by sharing the true costs related to the camp experience, our families can select the level of payment most appropriate for their financial circumstances. Of course, regardless of the tier chosen, every camper will receive the same camp experience. And, as always, our intent is that no camper be unable to attend camp because of money and so our Campership Fund is available to families facing financial hardship this year. See the Campership Fund page on our website for more information and an application form.

During the registration process each family will have the chance to choose to participate at the Tier 3 (Tier 1 plus $300) or Tier 2 (Tier 1 plus $150) levels, or to remain at the default Tier 1 level. The additional fees for Tiers 2 and 3 will be added to your camper’s account after completion of registration. These are considered optional fees and not donations, and are therefore not tax deductible.

More questions about Tiered Pricing?

Why is Tiered Pricing happening now?

We’ve been considering the possibility of introducing a pricing model that honors the giving that makes camp more affordable but that also is transparent about the true costs of camp. For years at closing celebrations our directors have been sharing that the true cost of camp is about $150 more than is charged and that you should “hug the neck “ of your Methodist friends. We have been planning for over a year to introduce this model for the 2021 summer, knowing that a reduction of conference apportionment support for camping ministries was planned for next year.

Why is Tiered Pricing a fee rather than a donation?

If this $150 or $300 were given by a third party who received no benefit from the gift, it would qualify as a donation. But since we’re asking families to pay the portion of their campers’ fees that had previously been supported by third party donations, it doesn’t qualify as a donation. It’s a choice to “pay full price”.

What about camperships?

Camperships continue to play an important role in ensuring that camp is accessible to everyone. We encourage every family whose children would be unable to attend camp without support to apply for a campership, and every family who would like to make camp available to campers in need to give to the campership fund. Tiered pricing is our effort to avoid a “hard stop” of subsidized fees that our families have grown accustomed to over decades. As with everything else we do, it’s all about the campers and making sure they get to camp, no matter what.

 

If you have additional questions, please contact info@glisson.org or 706-864-6181.

Why do the images on this website lack masks/social distancing?

We’ve adapted nearly every aspect of how we’ll operate camp this summer – we just don’t have pictures or videos of it yet. We are in the process of updating the text across the pages on this website to match our updated practices and policies. Beyond that, please note that the pictures and videos found on this site were taken during or before Summer 2019 and therefore may or may not reflect our adapted practices and policies for Summer 2021.

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: 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?

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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 up to 8 campers (reduced for Summer 2021) and two counselors who do “everything” together for the week.

Does everyone do every activity?

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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 summer@glisson.org or 706-864-6181.

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 CircuiTree.

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

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If you registered a camper for Summer 2019 or 2020, your camper’s info is saved in your account. Please check to ensure all information is still accurate and then update any information that has changed since last year.

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, 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 Request Policy?

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While campers grow most in self-sufficiency and self-esteem by attending camp individually, we recognize the benefit of allowing campers to request one (1) cabinmate. In order to offer this option without negatively impacting the camp experience for other campers, we are very intentional about our Cabinmate Request Policy and process:

  • SAME SESSION: Both campers must be registered for the same program, age group, and week.
  • REQUESTED THROUGH REGISTRATION: The request must be sent and accepted through our online registration system.
  • “CAMPER A” SENDS REQUEST: During registration, you will reach a window for “Roommate Requests”. Enter the name of the camper you would like to request along with the parent/guardian’s email address. The system will then send an invitation email to the requested cabinmate’s parent/guardian.
  • “CAMPER B” ACCEPTS REQUEST: The requested cabinmate’s parent/guardian must accept the request through our online registration software. Once accepted, a confirmation email will be sent to the person who sent the request. Once “Camper A” has requested “Camper B”, and then “Camper B” has accepted the request, the process is complete. “Camper B” does not need to request “Camper A”.

When is full payment due for Summer Camp?

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Full payment is due one week (7 days) prior to your camper’s arrival date. If this deadline is not met, your registration spot will be offered to the next registrant on the waiting list.

How do I set up a scheduled payment?

Once you have registered your camper, you have the option to set up scheduled payments:

  • Log in to My Account
  • Under the list of registrations, find the session for which you would like to schedule payments
  • Under the camper’s name on this registration listing, click “Schedule Payment”
  • Select whether you would like “Calculated Payments” or “Fixed Payments”
  • Select the months you would like included in the payment schedule
  • Select an existing credit card on file or add a new account
  • Click “Create Schedule” to schedule the payment

What is the Cancellation Policy?

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MORE THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR CAMP SESSION

  • Notice of cancellation must be received by a Camper Coordinator in writing (email or postal mail).
  • Refund will be the amount paid minus the deposit (deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable).
  • If camp fees are not paid by the Friday prior to your camper’s check in day, your registration will be canceled.

WITHIN 30 DAYS OF YOUR CAMP SESSION

  • There will be no refund for cancellation within 30 days of the camp session.*
  • *Medical Exception: Full refunds will only be given if, prior to the camp session, a Camper Coordinator receives a signed doctor’s note within 3 days of the cancellation.

DURING/AFTER YOUR CAMP SESSION

  • No refund will be made for any reason after the start of your camp session.

IF YOUR SESSION IS CANCELLED

  • If Glisson is unable for any reason to offer the camp session for which your camper is registered, we will offer a full refund of any deposit and/or fees paid toward that session.

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 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?

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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?

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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.

How do I add money to my camper's store account?

If you did not add money to your camper’s store account during the initial registration process, you can still add money to your camper’s account through a two part process:

PART 1: ADDING TO ACCOUNT

  • Log in to My Account
  • From the Registrations Dashboard, find the camper/camp session for which you would like to add money to the store card
  • In the list of registration steps listed below this registration listing, click “Store Card”
    Fill out required info and click “Save”

PART 2: MAKING PAYMENT

  • From the Registrations Dashboard, click “Make Payment” under the correct camper/camp session
  • Select your payment method and confirm the payment amount is correct
  • Select an existing credit card on file or add a new account
  • Click “Pay”

Money is only applied to the account once both steps have been completed.

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.

Why does camp end early in the day on Fridays?

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Camper pickup is early (mid-to-late morning) on Fridays in order to reduce 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 (does not apply to certain Mini Camp and 10-day experiences that end on days other than Friday).

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.

When is Cane Creek Falls open to the public?

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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.