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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 2015- 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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2015 Spring Break Camp

April 6-10       Spring Sampler     Pre-K & Elementary

Get an early taste of summer at Camp Elachee. Daily themes will highlight summer's fun activities including live animal encounters, treks in Chicopee Woods and splashing in our creeks. Come and celebrate spring during this unforgettable week of camp.


2015 Summer Camp
for Pre-K & Elementary

June 1-5 Splash Into Summer         
Jump into summer in the creeks of Chicopee Woods. Explore our creeks and identify awuatic animals and plants that live at Elachee.
June 8-12 Out of This World       
Prepare for takeoff!! Join us as we study the night sky and planets in our portable planetarium. Gaze through telescopes and blast off handmade rockets.

June 15-19 Wilderness Survival
Join Elachee for this "SURVIVOR" themes week as you and your "tribe" learn skills like plant identification, building shelters and team building.

June 22-26 The Art of Flight     
Earm your wings as we study the animals that fly high above Chicopee Woods and the people who lived here. We will investigae the art of flight in birds, bugs and airplanes!

June 29-July 3 Georgia Explorers
Explore the history behind Chicopee Woods and the people who lived here. Learn to be a pioneer, live off the land and plant your own food.

July 6-10 All About Animals
Join Elachee on an exploration of all the critters that call Chicopee Woods home as well as animals across the globe. This week is all about animals!

July 13-17 Wilderness Survival II
One week just wasn't enough! Join us for our second "SURVIVOR" themed week as we learn more survival skills as first aid, map reading and responsible fire building!

July 20-24 Crafty Campers Art Week       
get crafty as we use resources from Chicopee Woods to make the perfect crafts to complete your Pinterest board!
July27-31 Extreme Water Week    
Close out the summer with a week of watery fun as we splash away the days in the creek and celebrate an incredible summer with a "mud day"!

2015 Summer Camp
for Middle School & CIT

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


June 8-12 Extreme Water Week
Creek hikes, Lake Lanier exploration, water purification, and tubing on the Chestatee river.

June 15-19 Wilderness Survivial     
SURVIVOR style! "Tribes" will compete in team building activities, low ropes courses and an overnight adventure at Elachee!

June 22-26 Elachee Mountain Bike Camp
Learn the thrills of trail riding and improve your bike handling skills. Beginners through advance bikers.

July 6-10 All About Animals
Come and explore the wild and wonderful creatures that inhabit the Chicopee Woods and beyond. End the week with a special trip to a local zoo.

July 20-24 Outdoor Adventures
Explore all types of outdoor sports; rock climbing, hiking, trail running, biking, kayaking and geocaching.

July 27-31 Advanced Camping Skills
No-trace camping, identify edible plants, responsible fire building. first aid, and an end fo the week campout at 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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