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2125 Elachee Drive
Gainesville, GA 30504



Camp Elachee

campers having fun in creek

Elachee has hosted quality environmental education day camps for over 30 years. Each week of camp uniquely blends traditional outdoor camp activities and inquiry-based learning opportunities. The pace is slow and child-friendly. Our campers study nature while walking trails, wading in creeks, creating crafts, and singing songs. Their adventures and educational experiences increase their knowledge and appreciation of nature.

Our Staff & Group Sizes:

We pride ourselves in attracting and selecting experienced, enthusiastic, friendly, and knowledgeable camp staff who enjoy and respect children. Our counselors have degrees or are pursuing degrees in science, education or related fields. Excellent staff to camper ratios are the rule. Pre-K ratios are 1 to 5. Elementary and middle school ratios are 1 to 12.

Extended care available. Pre-registration is required and spaces are filled on a first-come basis.

Register Online, Fill out the Registration Form and mail in, or call 770-535-1976 to register.

If you are registering on a Friday or Saturday for the coming week's camp, Please Call to Register. Online Registration is not guaranteed.


Camp Programs

child looking through microscopePre-K Camp

For 3, 4, and 5 year olds not entering kindergarten this fall. All campers must be completely toilet trained. Camp is from 9 am - 12 pm daily. Activities include: an age-appropriate condensed version of each week’s description along with mini-hikes, songs, creative play and movement, story time, crafts and special visits from Elachee staff, and visiting creeks.

Elementary Camp

For children entering grades K-5 this fall. Camp is from 9 am - 2 pm. Activities include creek wading and walks, woodland hikes, nature study, songs, crafts and games, and special visits from Elachee staff and special guest presenters. All camp activities may vary due to group age, group interest, and weather conditions.

bike camp

Middle School Camp

Young people entering grades 6-8 this fall Camp is from 9 am - 2 pm. Activities vary by camp week. Some camps are physically challenging or require specific equipment or gear. Camps may include special visits from Elachee staff and/or special guest presenters and a special evening program. An off-campus field trip or special overnight adventure is included in the middle school camp weeks.

Camp Elachee 2014- Counselors in Training

Youth entering grades 9-12 may apply for Counselor- in- Training (CIT) positions and assist counselors for a minimum of two weeks of camp. A nominal fee of $60.00 covers training, supervision, and t-shirts.

C.I.T.’s will report to and work under the direction of the Camp Director.  C.I.T.’s will work closely with the Camp Counselors to provide younger children with valuable summer experiences, to stimulate curiosity about the natural world, encourage exploration and discovery, and promote a love of and respect for the outdoors through experiential activities. 


  • Following all safety procedures to insure the safety of all campers and staff. 
  • Assessing and responding to the needs of each camper.
  • Working as a team with other Elachee staff members.
  • Maintaining good communication with Elachee staff as to early pick ups, and other special needs or circumstances.
  • Assist in taking attendance and ensuring that all campers in his/her group are well supervised and with in sight or sound of a staff person at all times.
  • Arriving at Elachee on time and staying to make necessary preparations for the next day as needed.
  • Maintaining the facilities, equipment and supplies in a clean and orderly manner. 
  • Assisting instructors with daily education, craft, and recreation activities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the camp director.

Training: one day of training is required prior to registered camp weeks.
Pick two weeks or more of camp, Monday - Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Click here for the CIT Application- CITApp.pdf

Before & After Camp Care

Our morning and afternoon care for campers is a low-key extension of the camp day. Supervised play, games, crafts, and individual activities before and after camp are entertaining for campers and a convenient child care solution for working moms and dads. Morning Care: 8-9 am, After Care Elementary: 2-5:30 pm, Aftercare Pre-K: 12-2 pm

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2014 Spring Break Camp

April 7-11       Spring Sampler     Pre-K & Elementary

Get an early taste of summer at Camp Elachee: hike to Vulture Rock Creek, set off water rockets, learn about chemistry & physics, identify bugs & explore the worlds of fungi & lichen. Celebrate spring during this unforgettable week of camp.


2014 Summer Camp
for Pre-K & Elementary

June 2-6          Water Week I
Kick off your summer exploring the creeks in the Chicopee Woods, searching for aquatic animals, and learning why clean water is important to everyone.
June 9-13        Wilderness Survival
Campers will learn to identify edible plants and other food sources, build shelters, use a compass, and identify animal scat and footprints. Campers will also learn valuable first aid skills to use in any emergency and safe fire building practices.


June 16-20      Space/Sun/Energy
3…2…1 Blast off! Look at the stars and planets in the summer night sky in our Starlab planetarium and learn about the only star in our solar system, the sun, and view it through a special telescope. Also learn about the different forms of energy through hands-on demonstrations and visit our energy efficient E-house.

June 23-27      Herps/Bugs/Birds
Discover the critters that crawl and slither on the ground and fly through the sky in the Chicopee Woods. Plenty of hands-on animal presentations and lots of time to find different animal species on the trails.


*June 30th- July 5th Camp. But will resume the week of July 7-11.


July 7-11         Animals Across the Globe
Come and explore the wild and wonderful creatures that inhabit the Chicopee Woods and beyond. Campers will learn key characteristics of the animals that form the five animal kingdoms, as well as their habitat requirements.  This camp week is all animals!

July 14-18       Elachee Mad Scientists
An entire week devoted to hands-on experiments! Explore the realms of biology, chemistry and physics.

July 21-25       The Nocturnal World
Discover what goes bump in the night in Chicopee Woods. See critters that prefer the dark sky and learn about their special adaptations that help them survive and thrive at night.

July 28-August 1        Water Week II
Spend the week playing in the water and celebrating the end of a great summer! Campers will spend time at the creek playing with friends and discovering the amazing creatures that call the Chicopee Woods home.
August 4-August 8      We All Need Plants
Special presentations from GA Master Gardeners and Elachee’s Preserve Manager will immerse campers in the world of plants. Learn about invasive species and the importance of the local wildflowers in Chicopee Woods. **See our special partial week pricing for this camp week**

2014 Summer Camp
for Middle School & CIT

An off-campus field trip or special overnight adventure is included in the middle school camp weeks.


June 9-13        Extreme Creek Week
Campers will spend the week hiking and exploring the different streams in the Chicopee Woods. Determine water quality, conduct an aquatic study on Lake Lanier, and kayak/tube down the Chestatee River.

June 16-20      Outdoor Leadership
Participate in team-building activities, rock climb at REI and end the week with a special overnight adventure at Elachee.

June 23-27      Elachee Mad Scientists
An entire week devoted to hands-on experiments! Explore the realms of biology, chemistry and physics.


July 7-11         Animals Across the Globe
Come and explore the wild and wonderful creatures that inhabit the Chicopee Woods and beyond. Campers will learn key characteristics of the animals that form the five animal kingdoms, as well as their habitat requirements.  End the week with a special trip to a local zoo.

July 15-19       Mountain Bike Camp
Join us for a week of cycling fun and adventures on some of North Georgia’s best mountain bike trails. End the week with a special trip to Woody’s Mountain Bikes near Helen, GA.

July 21-25       Camping Skills
 Learn basic camping skills, identify edible plants, basic first aid, and what to do in an emergency situation. Campers will end the week with a campout in Chicopee Woods.



Camp Fees













Off-campus field trip / overnight adventure included in middle school camp.

Full or partial scholarships based on need are available - call for more info

Extended Care: AM $20/week   PM $50/week   Both $60/week

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Other Information


Thanks to the generosity of many of our donors, full or partial scholarships based on need are available. Scholarships are awarded for one week of camp per child. Deadline for application is June 1st. Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis, as funding allows. Please call us for a copy of our guidelines and application.

Membership Discount

Elachee family level members receive a discount off the price of camp.
Your membership must be current for the camp week(s) attended in order to receive the member's discount.

Forms/Procedures/What to Bring

All campers must have completed registration, health, and waiver forms on file at Elachee in order to attend camp. Campers requiring any medications to be administered by camp staff are required to complete an additional medication permission form available from camp staff personnel. A checklist of appropriate clothing, food, and personal gear may be found on the What to Bring? list.

Changes, Cancellations, Refunds:

We will gladly accommodate your request for a change in camp weeks or Before & After Camp Care, provided space is available. Changes made with less than two weeks notice will include a $10 administrative fee. Cancellations made two weeks or more prior to your child’s camp session are eligible for a refund minus a $20 administrative fee for each week per child. No refunds are made for cancellations with less than two weeks notice except in the case of doctor-documented illness. Elachee reserves the right to dismiss any camper to ensure the safety/health of all campers. In such a case, we will refund pro-rata for any time lost.

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campers singingA Typical Day at Camp Elachee

8:45 am Arrival, join your group and enjoy pre-camp activities with your Counselor and your camp friends.

9:00 am Begin the Camp Day: Join your group, sing camp songs, and learn about the day’s activities – swimming, guest presenters, crafts, and learning games. “Elachee, Camp Elachee . . . the place we love to be”

9:30 am Join your counselor and your friends in the Education Hall for the week’s guest presentation.  “I didn't know Georgia had so many reptiles!”

10:00 am Change into your swim suit, grab a net and don’t forget to pack your lunch and your water shoes. It’s time to head for Walnut Creek for some stream sampling. "I found cool crawfish, salamanders, and dragon fly nymphs!"

11:30 am Lunch and hike back to the Nature Center. "Wow! Look at the size of that Black Rat Snake crossing the trail!”

12:15 pm Change out of your suit and then join your group as an Elachee Naturalist answers your questions about Rat Snakes. Visit the Live Animal Room to meet “Gopher Boy”, our resident Gopher Tortoise, and learn more about these important animals from an Elachee naturalist.

1:00 pm Craft time. Let’s make an alligator out of pieces of mountain bike tire.

1:45 pm Collect your craft, backpack, and all your personal things and hike with your counselor to front pavilion for pick-up.

2:05 pm  “Hi Mom and Dad! I had the best time and you won’t believe what I saw!"

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