To influence the life circumstances of at-risk children so that they develop the life skills needed to fulfill the full potential of the life God has given them.
Camp Rock Of Georgia History
Camp Rock of Georgia all began with a shared passion by our Board Members for helping children through adoption and the idea for an organization to help meet the needs of underprivileged children in South Georgia. In 2011, an opportunity presented itself through the combined efforts of local churches for Camp Rock to move 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.
This sleep-away camp allows children to just be kids and have a safe, fun, and spiritual week experiencing the outdoors. Since 2011, Camp Rock has provided a fun camp experience for over 600 children from high risk environments.
After a successful first Summer, 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, foster children from all over the South East celebrated the first Christmas Time at Camp Rock. This event is an evening of fun and activities for Georgia foster children and their families. A Christmas light show, hay rides, games, s’mores, and gifts for each child make for a picture-perfect Christmas celebration. 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 2018 every county in the state of Georgia and North Florida will be invited and over two thousand participants are expected to attend.
Camp Rock of Georgia Mission
Our mission at Camp Rock is to influence the life circumstances of at-risk children so that they develop the life skills needed to fulfill the full potential of the life God has given them.
We, at Camp Rock, work to provide an environment for children to develop a strong foundation in Christ by offering services to and for at-risk children in all aspects of their lives. To accomplish this mission, Camp Rock serves at-risk children through three initiatives:
Camp Rock Summer Camp – A week long residential camp gives low income and foster children the opportunity to spend a week enjoying outdoor activities while participating in Bible study, arts and crafts, singing, and more. The Summer camp has provided a week of adventure for over 500 at-risk children since 2011.
Christmas Time at Camp Rock – Christmas Time at Camp Rock is one-day event during which foster children and their foster families are treated to a day of fun, food, and fellowship. Christmas Time at Camp Rock also provides the children with Christmas gifts their foster families may not be able to afford. In 2016 800 children and their foster families (about 3,000 people) attended the event.
Wilderness Camp – An eight-month program for at-risk children, Camp Wilderness is held one weekend out of each month. Our wilderness campus includes outdoor activities like horseback riding and gardening. Children are also taught life skills such as first aid and personal finances.
These events are designed to create an environment where children and their families can be surrounded by a nurturing environment that enriches their home life, strengthens their spiritual life, and brings structure, hope, stability, and healing to children living in the shadows. From the seeds of possibility that are planted during a Christmas party and watered during a week at summer camp, through the pruning and nurturing of an 8 month Wilderness Camp, we see strong, confident, young adults emerge with life skills to nurture the next generation.