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Where All Abilities Are Celebrated...

Sparrowwood is a chance for campers with different developmental needs to be accepted for who they are and celebrated for all they have to offer. Focusing on abilities rather than disabilities fosters the shared sense of radical acceptance that helps define the Glisson experience. Campers are not only included in the greater community by being part of Village living groups and visiting Outpost, they lead the way at can’t-miss events like Sparrowwood chapel, dance, and talent show – causing all involved to see we are more alike than we are different.


Program Details

Sparrowwood is a vital and cherished part of our camp ministry designed specifically for campers with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Campers are cared for by trained counselors with a 1:2 counselor-to-camper ratio. Sparrowwood campers join up with a Village living group for multiple activities each day including creek hikes, arts and crafts, swimming and events such as the Sparrowwood Dance and Sparrowwood's Got Talent. Sparrowwood campers also join Outpost campers one afternoon and evening for hiking, games, and dinner and s'mores. Our hope for Sparrowwood is to show God’s great love to all of our campers. In all we do, we pray that each person involved -- parents, caregivers, campers, and staff -- will be touched by God's love.

Camper Highlights

Their counselors!  Sparrowwood counselors receive specialized training on how to care for campers with a range of different disabilities. They are dedicated to keeping campers safe and involved in the many exciting activities each week.

  • Hiking, dinner, and games with Outpost
  • Sparrowwood Dance
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Riding the zip line
  • Being part of a Village living group
  • Planning and leading morning chapel
  • Sparrowwood's Got Talent
  • Arts and crafts
  • And much more...

Age Groups

  • Youth: Ages 9-13 
  • Senior High: Ages 14-17 
  • Young Adult: Ages 18-39 
  • Adult: Ages 40+

Paper Registration

View our Summer Schedule to pick out the Sparrowwood week that best fits your summer calendar. Please note that our closing celebration time on Fridays is now 12 noon (more).

To register you must complete and send in the Sparrowwood Application and Health Form 1. Note that Sparrowwood does not use our online registration system. Please print out those two Sparrowwood-specific forms, fill them out, and then fax, mail, or email them to:

Glisson Camp & Retreat Center
Sparrowwood Program
690 Camp Glisson Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Fax:  706-864-9352
Phone: 706-864-6181

Horse Program

The Horse Program option is available for Young Adult campers signed up for Sparrowwood at Outpost and one other week for Senior High and Young Adult campers. During these weeks, campers have the opportunity to ride trained horses under the supervision of a professional horse trainer. If you have any questions, please email the Program Team or call the front office (706-864-6181).

Sparrowwood Horse Program


Application and Forms

"This was my 5th or 6th year and I have even more fun each summer! Thank you for making me feel safe and at home at Camp Glisson."

2013 summer camper