Message From Our Director:

It is with deep regret that I share we have cancelled all Grow Day Camp sites for our 2020 summer season. For ninety-five years, our family of ministries has placed the safety of our campers and staff at the forefront of all we do. That priority for physical and emotional safety is one of the fundamental reasons our programs are so effective and why we have become so trusted by generations of families. Each camper we serve is a sacred trust…

We have determined that the variability of conditions and accessibility across our 40 day camp sites presents a challenge for COVID-19 exposure mitigation and, ultimately, unacceptable risks for our campers and staff. Please know that this decision comes after a great deal of research, exploration of other options, and prayerful consideration.

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Our Mission

SPIRITUAL GROWTH – develop deeper roots in your faith
SOCIAL GROWTH – learn to work as a team
INDIVIDUAL GROWTH – gain self-confidence as a loved child of God

Summer Theme

Grow is designed as experiential faith formation. Counselors plan each day’s activities with the theme of the day and week in mind – from chapel and Bible story time to archery and field games and everything in between. Each summer’s theme is based on professionally developed camp ministry curriculum that is age appropriate, based on scripture, and respectful of creation.

“The Site Directors and ELI Leaders were professional, creative, responsible,
and caring in their interaction with both the children and parents.”

– Grow Host Church

Two counselors and 3-10 campers (grouped by age) build relationships while experiencing camp together. All of camp is together for certain events such as chapel and lunch, then campers experience activities as a living group the rest of the day.

While most activities are open to all ages, only rising 5th-6th grade campers will participate in belayed tree climbing (pending tree availability). Certain activities are also subject to weather conditions in order to ensure safety.

Each of our Grow sites is customized to its particular church site and surrounding community. Dates, times, rates, contact info, available activities and field trips vary from site to site.


For questions about a particular Grow site, contact the site coordinator listed by location above. For questions about registration, email Caroline or call the North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries office at (706) 864-6181.


Stephanie joined the year-round NGCRM team in 2015 after multiple years on summer staff with Glisson, Grow, and ELI. She served on Glisson’s summer leadership team for four summers (’09,’10, ’12, ’13), then joined Grow Day Camps and ELI as a Program Director for the ’14 and ’15 summers. Stephanie’s role with NGCRM includes coordinating all aspects of Grow Day Camps and the Experiential Leadership Institute (ELI). Prior to her role at NGCRM, Stephanie taught high school science and Spanish in North Carolina and Georgia and served for a year with a ministry organization in Kenya. Stephanie lives in Dahlonega and attends Dahlonega UMC.


Some people collect baseball cards; Cameron collects camp job titles, apparently. After multiple summers as a Glisson camper and then counselor in ’05, Cameron came back to camp in ’08 and never really left: Challenge Course Director in ’08, Program Intern from ’08-’09, Day Camp Director in ’09, Project Manager from ’09-10, Worship & Media Coordinator in ’11, Director of Communication & New Initiatives from ’11-13, and Director of Emerging Ministries from ’13 to ’15. Cameron now serves as Director of Communications for the NGCRM family of ministries (Glisson, Grow Day Camps, Experiential Leadership Institute, Shoreline Camps). Cameron is married to Britt who is a dietitian at DeKalb Medical. They live in Decatur with their children, Eli and Callie, and are active members of Decatur First UMC.