Review This Information
It is important that you and your child review all of the information given to you on this page. Please talk with your child about our camp policies as well as what they should expect when they arrive at camp. Also, make sure that your child is aware of the transportation arrangements for leaving camp at the end of the week.
Arrival & Departure Times
The arrival and departure times give our staff time to prepare to greet campers and parents.
Arrival Time for All Camps: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Check-in will be at our gym at Harvest Christian Church (on the left once you turn onto Harvest Church Road - there will be plenty of signs pointing you in the right direction!). Please park here and enter the gym to check-in. We will also be shuttling campers to the cabins from the gym this year, so please do not drive up to the camp. Parents are welcome to take the shuttle to the cabins with your camper(s) to help them get settled in. We will allow you to check in before 5:00 PM if our staff is able to do so, but campers will not be shuttled to the cabins until 5:00 PM.
Departure Time for Beginner, Middler, Teener, Senior, and Adventure Camps: 10:00 AM
Departure Time for Buddy Camp: 12:00 PM
Departure Time for Music & Drama Camp: 6:00 PM if you wish the attend the performance, official departure time TBA
Most of our camps will hold a closing program that sometimes include baptisms. This will occur about 30 minutes before our Departure Time. Families are welcome to attend. Pick-up will be at the camp (not at the gym), and campers will have already brought their belongings down from their cabins to a designated pick up spot for each cabin. Please be on time to pick up your camper(s). We will have staff directing traffic and will get the campers to you as quickly as possible to keep the flow of traffic running smoothly. All campers must be checked out with our Director before they can leave campus, so please have photo ID ready and stop at the gate as you depart.
When You Arrive At Camp
Report to the gym for check-in and fever check/medicine drop-off. Any camper with a temperature above 98.6 F will need to stay home until 24 hours of being fever free. All medicine and necessary instructions should be left at the check-in area. Please note that we do not have medical personnel on staff. A designated adult staff member will be responsible to dispense medicine as necessary.
What To Bring
Bible, pencil, paper, bedding (twin-size), pillow, toiletries, towels, casual clothing/sportswear, shoes (a pair of sneakers and a pair of sandals would be great!), swimming suit (girls: swimsuit must cover stomach), and a flashlight.
Involve your child in selecting clothes. Do the packing together so that your child will be aware of what is in his/her suitcase. At the end of every week, we are always left with a large number of unclaimed towels and clothing, so it is sometimes helpful to mark beach towels, jackets, or other important items with a laundry marker. It is also a good idea to send a plastic bag so that your child can separate their clean and dirty clothes.
Spending Money & Canteen Operation
Canteen will be open twice daily for Teener and Senior campers to buy soft drinks and snacks. Drinks and snacks are 50 cents to a dollar each. Canteen is included in the cost of Buddy, Beginner, and Middler Camps. We are excited to have a Camp Store this year as well, which will have camp branded items such as water bottles, frisbees, stickers, and t-shirts for sale (ranging in price from $1 to $20). The Camp Store will be open during canteen throughout the week, as well as during arrival and departure times. The only other money your child may wish to bring is for the missions offering.
Last year, in 2018, North Georgia Christian Camp’s Executive Board collectively decided to take a new approach to how we as a camp would take on the ever-connectedness and distractions caused by the use of cellphones and smart devices that seem to constantly disrupt and distract campers from experiencing the fullness of a camp session. Not only were we finding that campers were more and more distracted by these devices year after year, but we also found ourselves facing more and more liabilities as photo/video sharing has become more and more prevalent. So, we acted — knowing that parents value their ability to reach their child while away at camp, we decided we would allow students to have their cellphones and smart devices during the day, while not in the cabins… We did this to eliminate sensitive photos/videos being taken and/or shared in the cabins, but we allowed campers to keep their devices on them in the daytime when they weren’t in the cabins — this way they could freely talk to their parents as wanted/needed throughout the day. While this policy was successful at mitigating the risks of smart devices in the cabins, we believe (and received feedback from campers and parents) that the camp’s programming as a whole would vastly benefit moving to a total and complete no cellphone/smart device policy at NGCC.
So, starting this summer, in 2019, North Georgia Christian Camp will be implementing such a policy. No cellphones or smart devices are to be brought to camp by a camper. We understand that sometimes students have special needs that give cause for having a device (i.e., medical reasons like diabetes), but we ask that you will make us aware ahead of time if this is the case. (Note: “Needing to listen to music or watch Netflix” to fall asleep are not valid reasons to bring a cellphone or smart device to camp.) Our camp has always existed as a safe place for people of all ages to “get away” or “unplug” from the distractions of everyday, normal life, but the connectivity that accompanies the constant use of cellphones, internet, and smart devices does not allow for that separation to happen…
We are so excited to see what God does at our camp when we truly allow ourselves to separate from the distractions caused by constant connectivity. Parents are welcome to call the camp or the head cabin-mom/cabin-dad at any time to check in on their campers. Contact phone numbers will be sent to each parent after registering their child and before the camp session begins. The camp will provide phones to a designated head cabin-mom/cabin-dad in advance who will ensure parents’ ability to connect at any time with their camper. We will be posting updates, blogs, pictures, and videos of each camp session throughout so you can see all the action online. And or course, feel free to send mail to your camper to encourage them and tell them how much you love and miss them!
Lastly, please understand that by signing the registration, you are agreeing to these new terms and that if you choose to make your camper bring a cellphone or smart device, or if your camper brings a cellphone or smart device on his/her own volition, that upon its discovery it will immediately be confiscated, locked in the camp office, and will not be returned until check-out on the last day of camp. We will not be responsible for lost or damaged cellphones.
Please understand and support our intention with this new policy. We want campers to experience camp — to be somewhere new, exciting, different, surrounded by peers who are in the same exact boat — all learning, loving, worshipping, praying, laughing, and living together for as long as the camp session lasts.
Cell Phones and Devices
Mail is a big part of camp during lunch times. When our mail is delivered, any mail you send will be given to your child. You are welcome to send pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelopes with your child so that he/she will have the option to send mail back home to you. We will also have postcards and postage available for purchase in the Camp Store. Please send letters and packages to the following address:
North Georgia Christian Camp
c/o “Camp Session”, “Name of Camper”
531 Christian Camp Lane
Clarkesville, GA 30523
If you would like to save some money on postage and ensure that your mail gets to your camper on time, you are welcome to drop off mail/packages at the Camp Store on the first day of camp. You can also purchase items at the Camp Store to be delivered to the camper during camp, if you wish!
Visiting the Camp
Visitors are discouraged from coming to the camp because the program is usually disrupted. If you do need to visit, please check with the dean immediately upon arrival and plan to keep your visit to within one hour. Meals are $3.00 per plate. The camp is not open to the public during summer camp programs.
Sidestep the Separation
We ask that you do not suggest that your child can call home if he/she gets homesick. That statement is something your child will remember if feeling homesick at camp. Do not introduce a conversation about homesickness in getting ready for camp, as this may just set your child up for it. If this does happen, the camp staff is prepared to work with your child and make a phone call for your child if we need to involve a parent.
In Case of Emergency
The phone number for the camp office is (706) 754-4513. Please call or text this number if you need to reach the camp. If you do not reach anyone at that number, you may call the camp kitchen at (706) 754-3562. Please only use this number if absolutely necessary. If your child needs to talk to you, permission will be given to use the camp phone.
North Georgia Christian Camp Policy
For the safety and benefit of your child, please discuss this camp policy together.
Please do not bring any food or snacks to keep in the kitchen or in the cabins, unless your diet requires that you bring food to supplement the camp menu.
You will be expected to follow the schedule given to you.
You will not be permitted to leave our camp grounds.
All sickness and accidents should be reported to the designated adult first aid staff member promptly.
Swimming activities will only take place under lifeguard supervision.
The world's standards are not that of NGCC's in matters of dress - please dress modestly.
Do not bring phones, smart devices, laptops, iPods/CD players, or video game systems of any kind.
In case of willful disobedience or character unbecoming of a Christian, the Camp Director and Dean reserve the right to dismiss and exclude such person from camp without refund of money.