The basic philosophy of the Athens YWCO Camp is to provide a quality residential camping program for girls, which will present them with opportunities to broaden and grow mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially.
The Athens YWCO Camp for Girls is located on 150 acres in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Gently rolling terrain, wooded trails, warm days and cool nights, mountains, and a 15-acre lake add up to the most beautiful of worlds for generations of young girls to come. Originally located in Athens and named Jennie Arnold Edwards, our camp has been in continuous operation since 1925. In 1987, due to urban growth, the YWCO moved Camp to our present location in Clarkesville.
Campers stay in one of our eight cabins with 12 to 14 girls of similar ages and 3 to 4 counselors. The girls use a centrally located bathhouse - lovingly called “Paradise.” Other facilities include a dining hall, large horse park with 18-stall barn and riding rings, 15-acre lake, large soccer field, group initiatives course, hiking trails, health center, and administration building.
We offer a wide range of activities including swimming, hiking, canoeing, drama, archery, pottery, games, sports, photography, horseback riding, overnight campouts, arts and crafts, and performing arts. Some of our campers’ favorite special events are the $1.98 “Beauty Pageant,” Dinosaur Egg Hunt, Capture the Flag (pictured above), 4th of July Celebration, Luau, and our infamous end-of-session themed banquets.
The adventure of camping enhances the developing personality of the child as no other experience. We see each camper as a unique individual with her own needs, aptitudes, and interests which can be further developed by the camping experience. Camp is a child-oriented world, totally different from the adult-oriented society. In this expansive and beautiful outdoor environment, it is possible to build confidence through the development of new skills and relationships.
As one would expect, the safety and the well-being of our campers is a top priority. Therefore, our staff participates in a week of pre-camp training to learn supervisory and teaching skills - as well as First Aid and CPR. We also train our lifeguards on-site through the American Red Cross. A registered nurse is on camp throughout the summer and a doctor is on call. In addition, we are located within 15 miles of a local hospital (Habersham County Medical Center).