2022 Covid-19 Mitigation Plan
Summer 2022 FAQs


DEC 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 December 2021 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.

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 “Water Day” experiences 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 Autumn (below) or call the North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries office at (706) 864-6181.

Stephen’s first experience with the NGCRM family of ministries was serving multiple years on summer staff at ELI’s sibling ministry, Glisson. After graduating from Kennesaw State with a Bachelor’s in History 2012, he began a year-long internship with Glisson, then joined the year-round team as our first-ever Program Director focused on our expanding Outpost program. As Co-Director of Summer Ministries, Stephen’s role with NGCRM now includes coordinating all aspects of our summer programming. Stephen, his wife, Ellen, and their sons, Micah and Owen, live in Dahlonega and attend Dahlonega UMC.

Autumn began her camp ministry journey as a Glisson camper in 2005. She went on to participate in ELI and Crew. In 2016, Autumn served on Summer Staff as a Village counselor and a Site Director for Grow+ELI+Shoreline from 2017-2019. Autumn graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Psychology. She returned to North Georgia Camp and Retreat Ministries in 2020 as a Program Intern focused on Grow+ELI, then joined our year-round team as a Camper Coordinator in September 2021.

After multiple summers as a camper and counselor at Grow’s sibling ministry, Glisson, Cameron came back to camp in ’08 and never really left. What began as an internship morphed into various roles and jobs titles since. His latest title is Director of Communications & Program Advancement for NGCRM’s family of ministries. It’s a bit long-winded, but so is Cameron. He’s hoping this one might last longer than the others since it captures what he’s been up to all along: sharing camp’s story and dreaming up ways to help make camp even more impactful and possible for more people in more places. Prior to his time on staff, Cameron served in youth ministry and worship leadership roles at United Methodist Churches while studying at the University of Georgia (Psychology & Religion), then later Georgia State University (Public Administration). He and his wife, Britt, a dietitian at Emory Decatur Hospital, live in Decatur with their children, Eli and Callie, and are members of Decatur First UMC.