Camp Rock of Georgia all began with the relationship of two board members who shared a passion for helping children through adoption. The idea for an organization to help meet the needs of underprivileged children in South Georgia grew from this friendship. In 2011, an opportunity presented itself through the combined efforts of local churches for Camp Rock to go from dream to reality. With the realization that many children would never get to experience a traditional sleep away camp, the founders of Camp Rock began to make plans for an exciting and fun packed summer camp.
The camp is held during the month of July at varying locations. This sleep away camp allows children to just be kids and have a safe, fun, and spiritual week living in the outdoors. Over the past five years, Camp Rock has provided an fun camp experience for over 600 children from high risk environments.
After a successful firstsummer, Camp Rock representatives were eager to find ways to better serve the children in our community. Camp Rock met with the Department of Family and Children Services in Lowndes County to talk about a partnership and how they could help. Because of the hard economic times, DFCS was in need of Christmas funds for the foster children and their foster families. They also expressed need of necessities such as suitcases, pillows, and blankets. Camp Rock got to work and in December 2011, the first Christmas Time at Camp Rock was held. This event is a day of fun and activities for Georgia foster children and their families. Christmas breakfast and lunch is served and every child receives an age appropriate gift as well as a necessary item such as a duffel bag or blanket donated by generous contributors in our community. The first Christmas Time at Camp Rock event included foster children and parents from 8 local counties and served over 500 people. In it’s second year, Camp Rock expanded to 18 counties and over 700 people! In 2017 every county in the state of Georgia and North Florida will be invited and over two thousand participants are expected to attend.
In 2016 major expansion of the campus began including a 3,000 square foot bunk and meeting house that will sleep well over 50 children, an exotic animal stable, a 200 feet slip and slide, digging of a lake, renovation of the original bunk house, a dining hall, an administrative building, a separate bath house, and kitchen. In 2017 additional land was purchased with plans for further property development including cabins.