Everyone from the directors to the volunteers to the campers to the head dishwasher has to feel valued; each has the right to feel like somebody. The culture of the camp is to make everyone feel like they are important.
Camp Swamp is a year-round overnight camp facility hosting retreats, special events and, during the summer, week-long overnight camps for children from 9-18 years of age. The camp is located in a rural setting in Penfield, Georgia just two hours east of Atlanta and 45 minutes south of Athens on 188 acres of wooded land and open fields, where campers enjoy a variety of activities such as basketball, soccer, Laser Tag, Ultimate Frisbee, swimming, fishing, 300' Slip N Slide, 12' pool slide, paddle boating, Low Ropes Course, ping-pong, arts and crafts, hayrides, and more. Unforgettable memories are made during cabin challenges, night activities, devotionals and Bible classes.
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Camp Swamp is a 501(c)3, Publication 78 listed organization under the name of Swamp Camp Services, Inc.
At Camp Swamp, we have a long-standing commitment to our families and friends to be “the safest place on the planet.” A lot goes into living up to that standard, so as a part of this commitment we want to ensure each of you understand as much as possible about the camp and its management. With this in mind, we have put together this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document as an easy to reference guide to some of the not-so-obvious-and-curious topics. May it increase your knowledge and comfort to our commitment to indeed make Camp Swamp “the safest place on the planet, besides your home.”
The Camp Swamp culture is available within 300 miles (482 km) of any person on the planet, especially children, and every person within this sphere gets the opportunity to experience this culture, year after year, so they can reap the benefits of its safe, fun, and life-influencing values.
We are a unique camp culture offering "a little taste of heaven" in a way that:
Fosters life-long memories and relationships,
Extends respect & hospitality to each individual,
Builds godly character, and
Creates a physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually safe environment
so that any one person—especially a child—has fun and is positively influenced.
Truly, these concepts epitomize the heart of camp and the essence of the Camp Swamp culture.
Everyone (parents, volunteers, counselors, and campers) has to feel mentally, physically, and emotionally safe in order for the spiritual self to be realized. Set an environment of respect; deal with bullies of all kinds, and create a culture of love. (Imagine an atmosphere where last names weren’t important; thus you were known for who you are and not all the ties to your parents, brother, sister, money, position, etc.) Thus our motto: “The Safest Place on the Planet, Besides Your Home.”
Our first week of summer camp at Camp Woodmont saw 64 campers from around the southeast get to taste what would become the Swamp camp culture.
After searching for almost two years, the right property was found in Penfield, Georgia and construction began. It rained so much materials had to be hand carried to the site because the trucks couldn't make it. To see a complete set of construction pictures click here.
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