You can find a day camp for just about anything. What about one focused on forming faith and friendships?
Grow brings the powerful experience of camp ministry to local churches. Packed with activities that contribute to learning new skills and building Christian community, the focus throughout is for each camper to grow deeper roots in their faith (grow spiritually), in their ability to work as a team (grow socially), and in self-confidence as a loved child of God (grow individually).
We know how to have fun – our passion is forming faith in the process. We put 90+ years of experience into creating an environment where every moment – whether in morning chapel or 20 feet up a tree – is about practicing faith in Christian community.
NOV 2021: After getting back to Growing again with 560 campers at 19 locations last summer, we’re excited to share that plans are well underway for another 8 weeks of Grow in 2022! Our schedule of 20 sites is currently being finalized, with a goal of at least one location in each district of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, and with the majority currently projecting to be returning sites from 2021. Registration is currently targeted to begin in January 2022 as details are finalized for each site. Check back here for more info this winter or, if you attended a location in 2021, consider contacting the host church to see if plans are in-process.
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
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.
Staff & Counselors
Each site is led by college-age site directors and high-school-age counselors. This on-site team is supported by Grow’s roving program interns and co-directors. Extensive staff training includes Grow programming and the UMC’s Safe Sanctuaries child safety policies. Site directors also receive training from professional vendors on ropes course facilitation and First Aid+CPR.
Grow counselors hail from its sibling ministry, ELI, a leadership development program for rising 11th-12th graders. Participants apply, interview, and are accepted into the two-part program that begins with intense leadership training and culminates in serving as counselors at Grow sites.
MORE ABOUT ELI
“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 “Water Day” experiences vary from site to site.
“My children loved this camp. The counselors were amazing.
We are so grateful! It was truly the highlight of their summer!”
– Grow Parent
For questions about a particular Grow site, contact the site coordinator listed by location above. For questions about registration, email Autumn (below) or call the North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries office at (706) 864-6181.