The Athens Y Camp for Boys was founded in 1898 by Walter T. Forbes. Mr. Forbes also founded Camp Chattooga for Girls in 1933 as a sister camp to AYC. The camps are owned by the Athens YMCA and are accredited by the American Camp Association.
The mission of the Athens Y Camps is to provide a safe atmosphere for young men and women to aid them in maturing and growing as they learn and excel in various physical activities and social interaction, all based on Christian principles. Our mission drives our programming and daily schedule. Competitive games, out of camp trips, activities and devotions are offered in both timeless and creative ways to achieve our mission.
We are Christian summer camps and retreat centers in Tallulah Falls, GA. The camps include traditional (day & resident), adventure and leadership programs. It is our goal for your child to have the best possible camping experience during their stay with us. Although the camps are only separated by a few thousand yards, each camp has its own private facilities and programs. Our tenured, stable leadership and rustic but modern camp setting are second to none. Our traditions and programs make us a benchmark in the camping industry.
Safety is a priority. An RN or MD resides in the fully equipped infirmary that is open 24 hrs and is centrally located on the grounds. All medication is stored and dispensed through the infirmary. Most of the camp staff are CPR and First Aid certified, and all waterfront staff are certified lifeguards. Both camps are ACA accredited which means we have successfully fulfilled the requirements of over 200 standards that are the benchmark for a safe and well-operated camp program and facility. The positions of camp leader, supervisor, assistant director, and director are never taken lightly. The opportunity to work with a child is a wonderful privilege which the staff treasures.
The majority of camp staff attended camp as campers and have come back to serve as returning staff. A week long leadership training session further prepares the staff for their summer responsibilities. Most staff members are certified by the Red Cross in First Aid and CPR, and all of our waterfront staff are certified lifeguards. A 6:1 camper to staff ratio ensures campers will get the individual attention they need.
Because of the importance experience has on job placement, camp leaders are young men and women ranging from high school juniors to college students. All camp program staff must be at least 21 years old and have prior experience in camping. The rest of our staff is composed of college students and graduates. Each day of camp, the staff has a meeting that ends in prayer to ask for guidance and protection as they lead their campers through the day.