We’ve compiled a list of over 100 summer camps and recreational programs taking place across the Chattahoochee Valley and beyond. This list is updated as we receive new information so be be sure to check back often.
Camp JOYCamp JOY Contact: Emily McLendon
Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Hamilton, Georgia, Camp JOY has offered a one-week camping experience for boys & girls between the ages of 7-11 since 1974. Camp JOY operates 6 weeks during the summer months and can accommodate up to 75 children per week. There is no fee for children to attend camp JOY; instead, their camping experience is provided by generous donors at a rate of $50 per child per week.
For most of the kids, the week at Camp JOY is definitely the highlight of their summer, as they come off the city streets and into nature at its finest. They enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, crafts, recreational time, singing, Bible studies, and guest speakers. Three nutritious meals are served to the children each day, along with snacks. A camp administrator oversees the program and is assisted by counselors and staff members from the Mission.
Camp JOY is equipped with recently renovated cabins, chapel, an arts-and-crafts room, campfire area, basketball court, in-ground swimming pool, and game room. Three hiking trails surround our 4-acre lake.
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