WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT COVID-19?

We’re glad you asked. Here’s our latest update: COVID-19 and Camp

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

Our Cancellation Refund Policy is largely the same as in recent years, with a key distinction being the addition of a section covering what happens if Grow decides to cancel sessions and/or programs to ensure camper and staff safety. See our policy below, which is also included on our Registration Waiver page:

MORE THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR CAMP SESSION

• Notice of cancellation must be received by a Camper Coordinator in writing (email or postal mail).

• Refund will be the amount paid minus the deposit (deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable).

• If camp fees are not paid by the Friday prior to your camper’s check-in day, your registration may be canceled and opened up to a waiting list.

WITHIN 30 DAYS OF YOUR CAMP SESSION

• There will be no refund for cancellation within 30 days of the camp session.*

• *Medical Exception: Full refunds will only be given if, prior to the camp session, a Camper Coordinator receives a signed doctor’s note within 3 days of the cancellation.

DURING/AFTER YOUR CAMP SESSION

• No refund will be made for any reason after the start of your camp session.

IF YOUR SESSION IS CANCELLED

• If Grow is unable for any reason to offer the camp session for which your camper is registered, we will offer a full refund of any deposit and/or fees paid toward that session.

WHY IS THERE MORE THAN ONE PRICE? (TIERED PRICING)

For decades, the family of camping ministries to which Grow Day Camps belongs has been underwritten spiritually and financially by the family of congregations called the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Through their annual collective support of ministries called “apportionments”, the Conference has made an ongoing impact for Christ around the world. Grow Day Camps and its sibling ministries have benefited from conference support of millions of dollars across decades of ministry, along with other contributions and capital investments from its sibling camping ministries. Grow Day Camps has returned that support by partnering with churches to form faith and develop leadership in children and youth throughout the conference.

Now, as all our churches and other ministries face challenges presented first by the pandemic, and next year by internal denominational strife, the ability of the conference to offer financial support has diminished, and that will likely continue. Rather than directly pass along this anticipated funding gap to families as it occurs, we’ve developed a way of continuing to make camp more affordable for those families who might otherwise be “priced out” of camp by a sharp fee increase.

While there are no increases in the default camp fee for Grow Day Camps for Summer 2022, we’re introducing a “Tiered Pricing” model consistent with what was introduced at Glisson for Summer 2021. In addition to our default camp fee, during registration you will see two additional pricing tiers: “Tier 1” – our normal, subsidized rate; “Tier 2” – the actual cost of the day camp experience, “Tier 3” – the actual cost of the day camp experience and of the annualized depreciation of our mobile day camp resources.

We know that families have differing abilities to pay for a summer camping experience and that each family knows their financial situation better than we do. It’s our hope that by sharing the true costs related to the camp experience, our families can select the level of payment most appropriate for their financial circumstances. Of course, regardless of the tier chosen, every camper will receive the same camp experience. And, as always, our intent is that no camper be unable to attend camp because of the cost of camp, and so our Campership Fund is available to families facing financial hardship this year. Use the following link to find our Campership Application or contact our office.

During initial registration, all campers will be charged the Tier 1 “default” camp fee. As part of registration, families can select to proceed with the default camp fee, Tier 2 to donate $35 in addition to the default fee; or Tier 3, to donate $70 in addition to the default fee. If applicable, the change in fee will be made by adjustment to your camper’s account by our staff within 10-14 days after completion of registration. The amount paid beyond the default fee in Tier 2 and Tier 3 is considered a donation, and is therefore tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt in January of 2022 or in January of 2023 for your donation, depending on the year in which your account is paid in full.

If you have additional questions, please contact growdaycamps@ngcrm.org or 706-864-6181.

Is financial support available? (Camperships)

Even with the introduction of Tiered Pricing (see above), Camperships continue to play an important role in ensuring that camp is accessible to everyone. We encourage every family whose children would be unable to attend camp without support to apply for a campership, and every family who would like to make camp available to campers in need to give to the campership fund. Tiered pricing is our effort to avoid a “hard stop” of subsidized fees that our families have grown accustomed to over decades. Funds raised by tiered pricing do not directly support the Campership Fund, which is why we’ve made it possible to contribute separately to that fund during registration and on our website. As with everything else we do, it’s all about the campers and making sure they get to camp, no matter what.

If you have additional questions, please contact growdaycamps@ngcrm.org or 706-864-6181.

WILL THERE BE A GROW LOCATION NEAR ME THIS SUMMER?

As we continue to recover from setbacks sparked by the pandemic, we will be running a limited number of Grow sites per week again for Summer 2022. Even with fewer sites, our target remains to host at least one site in each district of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

As for whether or not specific locations from previous summers will be part of our Summer 2022 schedule, locations will be listed on our homepage as details for each site become finalized. If you attended a Grow site in 2021 that isn’t currently listed as a finalized location, consider contacting the host church to inquire about current status for 2022.

WHAT IS A LIVING GROUP?

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.

DOES EVERYONE DO EVERY ACTIVITY?

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.

ARE ALL GROW SITES ALIKE?

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.