About Us

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.

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Camp Swamp Q&A Fact Sheet

Camp Swamp Q &A Fact Sheet

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.”

 

Our Vision

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.

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Our Mission

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.

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Our Values

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 Staff

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DEBBIE CLARK | KITCHEN/ EVENT MANAGER

Debbie Clark has been with the camp since 2003 and serve as the Kitchen/Event Manager. Debbie acts as on-location event manager coordinating all facets of the client's needs including meals and staff with full responsibility for over 60,000 meals annually. She holds a bachelor degree in education and currently is an elementary school teacher in her "spare" time. She enjoys serving and takes extra care in working with and getting to know the staff and volunteers who serve Camp Swamp.
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ERWIN CLARK | FACILITIES MANAGER

Erwin has been with the camp since 2003 and serves as the Facility Manager overseeing all physical assets with full responsibility for the maintenance, upkeep and improvements of the 188 acres. Prior to Camp Swamp he was a successful business owner in the construction and cable business. He is an amazing care-taker and believes that all his previous experiences have led and prepared him for this position, which he treats not as a job but as an extension of his vast knowledge and love for children.
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LAURA OLENICK | SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING MANAGER

Laura is a proud alumnus of Camp Swamp, having been a camper for many years from the age of 9, and returning as a worker in her teen years. She is forever grateful for the influence the Swamp had on her decision to follow Jesus, and treasures the experiences she had there. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina. She spent many years working in the full-time ministry with college students. She has also worked as a teacher in an early education center. Most recently, she has been the social media manager for a sports photography company. Laura is passionate about using her skills to help spread the gospel and helping non-profits through social media.
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JEFF RORABAUGH | EXECUTIVE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jeff comes to Camp Swamp with over 25 years of service, working with youth of all ages. He has been involved in the planning and leadership of Camp Swamp for most of those years. He has been a full-time and volunteer youth minister and has worked with kids in the Greater Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City and Athens areas. He holds a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Science in Operations Management from Georgia State University. Jeff has worked with the likes of The Coca-Cola Company, Scientific Atlanta, Atlanta Church of Christ, Frito-Lay, and Power Partners holding various operations management positions and comes to Camp Swamp with much needed project management, train-the-trainer, budgeting, and leadership skills. His passion is to see the world made a better place by working with tomorrow's leaders today.
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JENNIFER RORABAUGH | PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jennifer comes to Camp Swamp with over 25 years of service, working with youth of all ages. She has been involved in the planning and leadership of Camp Swamp for most of those years. She has served alongside her husband as a full-time and volunteer youth minister and has worked with kids in the Greater Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City and Athens areas. She holds a Bachelor degree in Math Education from the University of Georgia and has held teaching positions in both public and private educational systems. She currently devotes full time to Camp Swamp and all its endeavors--much to the joy of her husband, Jeff.
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DONA STEPHENSON | SWAMP ADMINISTRATION & SWAMP CORPS PARTICIPANT COORDINATOR

Dona comes to Camp Swamp with over 20 years of experience serving the youth and their families in Dallas, Oklahoma City and Kansas City. Her camp experience includes being a camp counselor, activities coordinator, registration administrator and youth leader. She has also served in campus, singles and married ministries, and in church administration. Dona is extremely excited to be able to work with Camp Swamp and to be able to learn and grow and see God working through Camp Swamp around the world.
 

Our Board of Directors

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JEFF MUELLER | PRESIDENT

Jeff was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1962. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where he studied Architecture and Civil Engineering, culminating in a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He has worked as a Civil Engineer for 20 years in both the public and private sector. He presently serves as the City Engineer for the City of Norcross, Georgia. He has been married for 25 years to Jessica Mueller and has two college aged children, Leslie and Henry, who thoroughly enjoyed The Swamp during their teen years.

Jeff Mueller
City Engineer of Norcross, Georgia
476 Westhampton Drive
Tucker, Georgia 30084
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JEFF REESE | VICE PRESIDENT

Jeff, after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics in 1984, worked in the insurance industry and financial services in various capacities until entering the full time ministry with his wife Ashley in 1994. They served the church in Nashville, led the church in Memphis, and then ultimately were called to serve in Atlanta in late 1996. They served the members in the southern part of Atlanta until 2004. Jeff served on the board of Faith Fellowship Christian Church (now Atlanta Metropolitan Christian Church) while living in McDonough, GA. Since moving to Marietta, Georgia, Jeff and his family are part of the North River Church of Christ.

Jeff has been married to Ashley for 18 years and they have two teenage children together, Kennedy and Sydney, who are both raving fans of The Swamp. In addition, Jeff also has a daughter, Hilary, who is a junior opera major at the University of Tennessee. Jeff holds the position of Executive Director with LegalShield. He specializes in offering legal plans and identity theft protection to employers and employees all over the southeast. Jeff is also an active real estate investor in the Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding county areas.

Jeff Reese
Executive Director
Legal Shield
3415 Devoe Court
Marietta, GA 30062
404-384-8064
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PAM HANNAH | TREASURER

Pam was born in Glens Falls, NY although primarily grew up in Melbourne, FL, where she met her husband, Jim, in Jr. High School. They have been married for 46 years. They have two adult sons together, Douglas and Charles who both attended many years at Camp Swamp (beginning with Camp Woodmont in the early years). In addition, Pam also has two sons, Robert and Darrell. All of their sons reside in Georgia. Jim and Pam moved to Atlanta in the Spring of 1983. They are members of the Cornerstone Church of Christ. Pam is retired from Gwinnett County Public Schools where she worked for 25 years. Pam started her career as a Substitute Teacher and eventually worked in teaching and technical positions wherein she taught teaching staff how to best use technology for the benefit of teaching the student population. She also repaired all technology components (hardware and software) and was responsible for network administration. Prior to that time, Pam worked at Harris Corporation in Melbourne, FL where she was an integral part of many Space Industry Contracts for the government, working as a Program Manager over the budgetary aspects of government contracts.

Pam Hannah
5425 Dunwoody Mill Court
Dunwoody, GA 30360
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KEVIN WILSON | SECRETARY

Kevin is currently a Managing Principal in the Atlanta office of Sullivan, Cotter, and Associates, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm specializing in executive and provider compensation strategies. Kevin serves as the Physician Services Practice Leader, with deep expertise in physician integration, physician enterprise optimization, and compensation and FMV assessments. Kevin has an Economics degree from Millikin University and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University. His family includes his wife, Manda, and two children, Alex and Katie. Kevin and his family all love attending The Swamp and are honored to serve this ministry.

Kevin Wilson
Managing Principal
Sullivan, Cotter, & Associates, Inc.
12770 Oak Falls Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30009
404-915-0277
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RACHEL BLOOM | DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Rachel grew up in Athens, Georgia and earned her undergraduate (ABJ in telecommunications) and law degrees at the University of Georgia. She moved to Atlanta with husband Derrick in 1995 to start their careers and a family. After a short stint in litigation, Rachel began working in-house with a Real Estate Investment Trust. She left the workforce in the early 2000s to raise their young children, and went back to commercial real estate in the 2010s in partnership with Derrick. She handles acquisitions, dispositions, and investment management for residential and commercial properties throughout the southeast. Rachel and Derrick have lived in Marietta, Georgia since 1995. They served in the campus ministry at UGA, and are actively involved in the children’s ministry and Building Advisory Committee at North River church of Christ. Rachel has been married to Derrick for 24 years and they have three children – Kayla (18), Hunter (16) and Mya (12). Family Camp is their favorite and the Blooms been going since its inception in 2006.

Rachel Bloom, General Counsel
DRB Investments, LLC and Myhuka, Inc.
3770 Riverly Trace
Marietta, GA 30067
770-973-4705
ISAAC LEE | OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

Isaac was born in South Korea, but grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated Georgia State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Isaac started his career as a Police Officer for the City of Decatur in Georgia. In 2001, he began his career with State Farm and has been there for 18 years. His current position is a Learning Delivery Facilitator. Isaac has been married to Jamie for 18 years and they have 3 sons: Sam (14), Nathan (9), and Eli (8). Isaac and his family are part of the Cornerstone Church of Christ in Duluth, Georgia. He is excited about serving this ministry and building memories for our youth for years to come.

Isaac Lee
782 Old Cumming Rd
Sugar Hill, GA. 30518
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CRYSTAL PAYNE | STRATEGY COMMITTEE

Crystal, a native of Georgia, attended Emory University and The University of Georgia School of Law. She practiced administrative law for several years before joining the HOPE for Children, Inc. staff in 1996. She then began a life-long love of service to children around the world. She began aiding development of HOPE's international adoption arm becoming Program Director, International Programs Director, and finally serving as Interim Executive Director before her retirement to private practice and motherhood. Crystal has also served the State of Georgia in the child support recovery program under the Special State Attorney General's office. In addition, she has maintained her own private practice specializing in private international and domestic adoption. She is wife of Kevin Payne and together they have 3 children, Chandler, Carter and Ashley, all three who love and treasure their experiences at camp.

Crystal Payne
177 Rocky Creek Trail
Woodstock, GA 30188
404-786-8542
 

Our History

FIRST WEEK

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.

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1993
Camp Swamp Being Built

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS

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.

1998
 

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