If you are looking for Christian summer camps, fortunately, there are quite a variety of great options for parents. Many young Christians find that they deepen their faith by spending their summer partaking various volunteer activities such as serving others who are in need or even heading out various mission trips. Likewise, some may be interested in Christian Summer camps or Church Camps that can assist them grow as strong believers. Some of the main goals of attending Christian Summer Camps are:
- To allow your child to interact with the fellow Christian children,
- To learn more about their faith,
- To strengthen their relationship with God, and
- To practice the discipline and structure while still enjoying a traditional experience of summer camp
Choosing the Best Christian Summer Camp for your child:
Choosing the right Christian summer camp or church camp begins with the assessment of the child’s needs and their interests, while still assessing the overall beliefs of your family. Keep in mind that the needs and interests are likely different for younger children, while the Christian summer camps for high school students may follow a different course. Some Christian family camps offer intensive or immersive programs, while others vary in programming intensity. You will have to decide whether you need a learning adventure, something more physically challenging, a character building experience, plain summer fun or skill building. There are some Christian Music Camps, Christian Art Camps, etc., but most people will go for a church camp that will satisfy more than one need.
Furthermore, you should consider whether you prefer a day camp closer to your home or an overnight summer camp, as well as the type of activities your teen or child will enjoy during the stay.
Your best bet is to check out the church camp website, as well as social media mentions on Facebook and any unofficial reviews written by previous campers. These will all be a great source of testimonials and comments.
You’ll also want to talk to the camp representatives with a list of questions that are important to you. Many church camps that are already affiliated with a church have year round staff you can talk to. You should also ask whether there is a camper or camp parent you should talk to as a reference.
Scholarships for Christian Summer Camps
There are camps that offer scholarships, total or partial scholarships and financial aid to the camper and the family. The camps may not list such programs on their printed materials or websites, so a good idea will be to just ask. There are also many independent philanthropic groups which offer financial aide for the summer campers including to individuals with special needs.
Christian Summer Camps in Georgia:
Camp Rockmont for Boys
375 Lake Eden Rd. Black Mountain, NC 28711
Camp Rockmont’s focus is male development in an intentional Christian community. Activities include camping, kayaking, blacksmithing, homesteading, and more! Campers live in a cabin of 8-12 boys, select 4 skills to learn and develop, and participate in large-group activities with their age group. Rockmont seeks to foster a better understanding and respect for self and others through group living and shared experiences; an appreciation and concern for the environment; greater self-reliance, self-respect, self-confidence, and self-esteem; stronger Christian values; and a greater understanding of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen, Preschool
Co-ed. One-week. The Calvin Center has offered Christian camping since 1960. They offer residential camping, horse camps, as well as a variety of activities, Bible study, and worship.High School Leadership. ACA accredited.
Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen
Camp Cherokee is a Christian camp located on Lake Allatoona and offers a variety of Christian summer camps for children from rising 1st graders to young adults.
Children who are rising 1st – 4th graders can take part in their Day Camp and participate in activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, archery, cooking, gardening, canoeing, Bible study and more! Christian Summer Camps for High School Students also include Counselor In Training Programs that allow students to practice their leadership skills and techniques under close supervision.
Co-ed, ages 6-18. Four-, five- and six-day sessions. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen
Camp Kaleo is a Christian camp for Boys located in a rustic setting. They offer three-day (grades completed 1-3) and one-week sessions (grades 4-12). Camp Kaleo is owned and operated by Georgia Baptist Men’s Ministries. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen
Camp Westminster is a co-ed Christian Camp that offers weekly overnight and day camp sessions. Horseback riding, sports, crafts, outdoor skills, climbing tower, paintball and more with a Christian perspective are what are offered during the camp.
Appropriate for: Teen, Elementary
Community Christian School
2001 Jodeco Rd., Stockbridge, GA
Community Christian School are an extension of Community Bible Church and Community Christian School. These church camps, Adventure Zone and Camp Joy, offer weekly themes. Swimming, movies and age appropriate field trips.
Appropriate for: Preschool, Elementary, Teen
Connection Pointe Christian Academy
888 East West Connector SW., Austell, GA
Connection Pointe Christian Academy offers Christian Summer Camps for elementary school students. Students enjoy field trips, Chapel, arts and crafts
Appropriate for: Elementary
Greater Atlanta Christian School Summer Camps
Greater Atlanta Christian Summer Camps have over 30 summer enrichment programs in athletics, arts, academics, in a Christian environment. Appropriate for: Preschool, Elementary, Teen
Mount Paran Christian School Summer Camps
1275 Stanley Rd., Kennesaw, GA
Mount Paran Christian School offers church camps for students of varying interests. Students who are into gaming will enjoy their “3D Game Design” class or a “Minecraft Server” camp. There are camps on baking, gardening, a Pinterest camp, LEGO camp, and even a fishing camp. Athletic camp offerings include volleyball, cheer, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and others. Appropriate for: Elementary, Preschool, Teen
Mount Pisgah Christian School, 9820 Nesbit Ferry Rd., Johns Creek, GA
Mount Pisgah Christian school offers both full time (6 weeks or more) and part time church camps. Camper activities include field trips, swimming, shaved ice truck and culinary lab lessons.
Appropriate for: Elementary
Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp
5901 Hugh Howell Rd., Stone Mountain, GA
Smoke Rise Baptist church offers a Christian summer day camp program for kids serving kids, teens and youth of all ages. Their day camps include field trips and academics, while teens have a steady diet of team building, community service, academics and summer fun. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen
Strong Rock Camp
Co-ed. Offers 6-day and 13-day experiences for campers. Activities include Horseback riding, canoeing, archery, riflery, climbing, art, drama and more.
Appropriate for: Teen, Elementary
The Day School at Sandy Springs Christian
301 Johnson Ferry Road, Sandy Springs, GA
The Day School Adventure Camp is a four-week camp offered for children from ages 1 to preschoolers (Rising 1st graders) during the summer. Creative minds will be stretched through arts, crafts, sports, games, songs, stories, science, and more.
Appropriate for: Preschool
Whitefield Academy Summer Camps
1 Whitefield Dr., Mableton GA
Whitefield Academy Christian day camp, basketball, volleyball, strength and agility, football, driversí ed, SAT prep and sign language.
Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen
I mentioned Winshape Camps that are affiliated with Chick Fil-A in an earlier post. http://www.lovepeaceandtinyfeet.com/backstage-at-chick-fil-a-hobst/ These are the Co-ed camps, though separate programs are offered for girls and boys. Available as a day camp or overnight camp in one and two-week sessions. Appropriate for: Teen, Elementary
Christian Summer Camps Nationwide
Missouri and Colorado
This camp is owned by Debbie and Joe Jo White and is located in both Missouri and Colorado. The camp have served teens since the year 1926. Currently, they offer more than 70 sports and activities which include hiking, backpacking, hiking, rafting, and mountain biking, waterskiing, rafting and rappelling. They are also known for teaching kids on how to develop Christian-like attitude. All of the sports in this camp are residential. The camp offers 7 days, 13 days and 25 days terms.
Rockaway Beach, OR
Camp Magruder is located along the state’s spectacular coast and their events range from weekend retreats to 7 days camps. All camps are organized and also led by professionally trained and qualified volunteers and supported by the professional staff at the camp. At this United Methodist affiliated camp, Christian teens are able to reflect on their identities in Christ, play group games, take a swing on a tall spruce tree and learn archery. .
Near Sacramento, CA
The camp offers one day adventures, week long summer camps and multi-day retreats. It offers adventures for juniors and high school students and for Christian youth groups, families and schools. The camp uses backpacking, rock climbing, team building retreats and white water river-rafting to draw Christians closer to God. The camps aim is to draw the youth into the natural environment since most of the Christian youth and teens spend most of their time indoors.
LIFE TEEN Summer Camp
According to LIFE TEEN summer camps, the Holy Spirit has already anointed every camp with blessings and uniqueness. All camps hold a special place in the camper’s heart. The camps have 100% Catholic focus and include music, growth and ministry opportunities for the Christian teens and leaders. Some of the camps are located in Missouri, Arizona and Georgia.
North Central Florida
This is a Seventh Day Adventist owned Christian camp which is ACA accredited. The camp situated in North Central Florida offers many activities such as go-carts, horseback riding, swimming, zoo management, canoeing, drama, crafts, snorkeling, archery, and skateboarding. The camps aim is to bring Christian youth closer to Christ and to allow them form memories while making many new friends in a carefree environment. Another aim of this camp is to enable the youth to develop self esteem by offering them challenging activities and teaching them on how to interact with peers positively.
This is an ongoing list, so please feel free to share any Christian Summer Camps nationwide or in Georgia and I will add to the list.
Be sure to view this full guide to Summer Camps in Georgia. Also, below are some additional camp guides to help you in making your decision for the best summer camps for your children.