Below are a few frequently asked questions arranged by category. If your question is not answered below, please feel free to Contact Us.
Glisson offers a variety Summer Camp programs. The simplest best way to decide which program is right for you or for your camper is to start at our New To Glisson? page, which offers an overview of our six main categories of programs: 1) Village, 2) Adventure Outpost, 3) Sparrowwood, 4) Leadership, 5) Summer Staff, 6) Day Camps. From there, you will be able to click links to more information about each program. If you have any further questions about a particular program, feel free to contact us.
Summer Camp runs from the last week of May or the first week of June through July for 9 weeks. Different programs are offered for different age group each of the nine weeks of Summer Camp. Please visit the Dates, Rates, & Registration page to browse the Village, Sparrowwood, & Outpost master schedules.
Village Camp operates on a small group camping model. The Living Group, a group of 10-12 campers and two counselors who do "everything" together for the week, is the foundational piece of this model. For more information, follow this link: What Are Living Groups?
All of our camps start on Sunday and go through Tuesday (for our Mini Camps) or through Friday for our one-week camps. Our 10-day camps start on either Sunday or Wednesday and end either Tuesday or Friday respectively. Neither late arrival nor early departure is allowed. Both removing a camper from their living group early and adding a camper after the week has begun are disruptive to the group process and to the other eleven campers in the group. If you know that your camper cannot attend the entire week, please select a different camp week.
Please visit our Registration Waiver page, read the waiver, then click the Register link at the bottom of the page.
If your camper registered online for summer camp, his or her health history should be complete in our online registration system. However, we will need you to verify or update any information that has changed since last summer. You should update any changes in health, medicines and doctor's contact info. You will be required to verify accuracy of the information with a drop down "yes" and your name.
Glisson uses an online registration software called CAMPWISE. Clicking on any of the "Register" or "Register Here" links will take you to the Registration Waiver. Once you have read that information, the Register link at the bottom of the page will take you to the CAMPWISE login screen. Please note that once you begin registering, you must complete the process. Please check to see that you have the pieces of information listed on the waiver page at-hand before you begin.
Once you have fully registered, you might wish to re-login to your account for one of the following reasons:
All medications for all campers are to be checked in at the car line or at the infirmary with our registered nurse for the week. Each camper who has medications will be taken to the infirmary at the correct time to take their medications.
A central, long-standing objective of the camp experience is to foster self-sufficiency, and thereby self-esteem, in each camper. While campers grow most by attending camp alone, we recognize the benefit of allowing each camper to request one cabin mate.
A camper may submit only one cabin mate request, and each request must be mutual to be honored. Even if several friends are attending the same session, we will honor only one cabin mate request per camper. Cabin mate requests not made during registration must be made no later than two weeks prior to the start of the camp session. The following conditions must be met for any cabin mate request to be honored:
Requests that do not meet these conditions will not be honored.
Payment is due in full by May 1st.
The following guidelines apply to refunds:
Please note: No refunds will be made for any reason after the start of the camp session.
After registering, campers may transfer to a different camp session for a $25.00 fee prior to 30 days before the opening day of their initial camp session. No transfers may be made less than 30 days prior to the session.
Visit our Contact & Directions page for directions to camp and contact information (phone, email, fax, address, etc.)
The camp store sells a range of items including: snacks, water bottles, t-shirts, stuffed animals, disposable cameras, friendship bracelet string and more. We recommend at the most $25 for the week. You can now deposit money into a store account for your camper online during registration. You may also choose to deposit to your camper's store account at anytime after registration until your camper arrives at camp. If you would prefer to mail a check or cash for your camper's store account prior to the camp week, please include your camper's name and the session that he or she is attending. Each camper will go to the camp store with their living group more than once during the week. If your camper brings cash to camp, there is no place it may be used. At check-out parents may choose to request a refund or to donate remaining camper store account balances. Parents will also have the opportunity to visit the store on Sunday and after closing celebration on Friday evening (Tuesday evening for mini-camp parents).
Starting in 2017, closing celebration will be held at 12 noon on Fridays (does not apply to certain mini camp and 10-day experiences that end on days other than Friday). Gates will open 30 minutes prior at 11:30am. Our hope is that shifting to an earlier closing will significantly reduce travel times for families driving around or through metro Atlanta to get to and from camp easier by letting out well before peak congestion times. Additionally, an earlier closing will move closing celebration out of the hottest time of the afternoon in the un-air-conditioned Holland Building (our only facility large enough to accommodate the 900 or so campers campers, staff, and family members who attend closing celebration). If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 864-6181.
"Glisson joins with the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to nurture leadership by creating experiences in Creation and in Christian community that encourage transformation, growth, and renewal for all people." For more on the origin of our mission statement, visit Our Mission page.
Glisson is named for its founder, Rev. Fred Glisson. Learn more about Rev. Glisson and the camp's story here: Glisson History
"Cho Boi" is a cheer that our staff sings to campers during opening celebration each week. Literally translated, Cho Boi means "Welcome home!" The Cho Boi story and chant were brought to Glisson by former director Bob Cagle. Bob was big on camp being a place for campers to come home to year after year -- a place where everyone could feel at home. The way he told the story was that he worked at a camp one summer with an international counselor named Victor. When Bob shared with the staff and campers that year about camp being a place to be welcomed home to, Victor shared with him about a chant he knew from his home country of Ghana. He said that there was a tradition in some Ghana villages where the community would sing a song called Cho Boi as warriors returned home from battle, and that over time the chant had come to be used as a way to welcome anyone home from wherever they had been. Bob thought Victor was spot-on in connecting that kind of welcoming tradition with the welcoming spirit of camping. In fact, he liked it so much, he took it with him throughout his camp ministry and brought it to us at Glisson. And so it goes that for hundreds of campers since, Cho Boi not only means "Welcome home!"...but evokes that unmistakable feeling of actually being home.
Cane Creek Falls and Glisson Camp & Retreat Center are entirely closed to the general public while summer camp is in session. Glisson will be closed to the public mid-May through early August.
During the summer, Cane Creek Falls serves as a stunning and constant reminder of God's beautiful Creation to our campers, staff, and -- on Fridays -- camper parents and family members. During the retreat season (August to mid-May), visitors are welcome to check in at the Welcome Center during business hours, then walk down to view the falls.
"Our son looks forward to camp all year long. He is already asking when he will be going back. We are so appreciative of the amazing job you do with our special kids!"
Anne, parent of a 2013 Sparrowwood camper