Excitement Soars at Camp Elachee

Is there any better way to launch the 2021 summer school break than at Camp Elachee? Not according to young campers attending the Taking Flight themed day camp, June 1-4, that launched the summer day camp season at Elachee. Even better, Camp Elachee offers a much-needed outlet for children ready to socialize and just be kids. This beloved camp is expecting a record-number of children and youth throughout its nine-week camp schedule. Camp Elachee 2021

Parents’ Perspective after Week 1

“This was our first experience with Camp Elachee and we will definitely be back and recommend to our friends!”

“I just wanted to tell you thanks for a great first day! You know it’s a great first day back at camp when your kid is that tired!”

“Our children love Camp Elachee! We are moving out of state later this summer and we will miss Elachee. Thank you for giving the kids a great experience.”

We sincerely appreciate these awesome endorsements for Camp Elachee, named 2021 Best of Hall Summer Camp by readers of The Gainesville Times.

Camp Elachee 2021: Taking Flight Week 1 Highlights

Camp Elachee 2021 week one science experiments and owl pellet dissection!Weekly themes allow campers to engage in nature encounters and activities that introduce concepts in many ways.

To reinforce the Taking Flight concepts, this week campers learned how birds, bats and insects fly. During a special visit from University of North Georgia’s Dr. Jason Lang, they compared their ‘wingspans’ to that of many winged creatures and so much more. Exercising their ingenuity and problem solving muscles, campers performed simple experiments that included making and testing their own paper airplanes. Elachee Senior Naturalist Cindy Andrews also guided campers in an owl pellet dissection as she explained the ways in which this bird of prey’s adaptations help the species’ survival. As a bonus, campers visited Elachee’s Great Horned Owl, Chewie, to visualize what both instructors were teaching.

Water play is a vital part of each Camp Elachee adventure. Creek play at Camp Elachee 2021

Through creative discovery and unstructured play, campers can let loose and have fun. While creek days are typically a highlight for every camper, first-time camper Eduardo made SURE everyone knew how much he enjoyed it, telling his counselor repeatedly that he couldn’t wait to “get soggy.” Eduardo, along with fellow campers and their counselors, explored Walnut Creek, finding macroinvertebrates (and learning what that means!). Stoneflies, salamanders, crawfish and frogs were among the living creatures our campers encountered... talk about a ribbet-ing good time! 

Embracing things that are new and different.

Camp Elachee 2021 AdventuresAnother satisfying aspect of each camp week is seeing young campers blossom and gain confidence after trying something new.

As an example, 9- and 10-year-old campers this week were, at first, hesitant to interact with Elachee’s resident animal teaching ambassadors. However, with a counselor or Elachee naturalist guiding them, each camper touched at least one Elachee critter – whether box turtles, a king snake or lizards.

Giving young people information that they can understand about wildlife, to help them overcome nerves and trepidation, is one of Elachee team’s primary goals during every lesson and camp week experience. It’s no coincidence that after creek play, visiting with Elachee’s animals ranks a close second!

Wow! There is a HUGE woodland in Gainesville. Camp Elachee 2021

Lest we forget, though, right up there with water and animals is hiking. Camp Elachee is all about hiking in and exploring one of north Georgia’s most incredible treasures, the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. Counselors reinforce the weekly camp theme concepts as they trek through this ecologically diverse forest. Unplugging and getting outdoors quickly becomes the fabric of each camper’s memories... in this place where they experienced adventures in nature during their summer break. 

Camp Elachee: Looking Ahead

 Camp Elachee 2021 Registration


The following June and July camp weeks are filling up, so register your camper today online or add them to a wait list. Questions? Call 770-535-1976 or EMAIL the Camp Elachee DirectorNOTE: Weekly camp registration closes at 4 p.m. the Wednesday BEFORE each camp week.

Camp Week 4: June 21-25, 2021

  • Pre-Kindergarten: Green and Growing
  • (Elementary) K-6: Green and Growing

Camp Week 5: June 28 – July 2, 2021

  • (Elementary) K-6: Aquatic Adventures 
    Parents, this Elementary camp week is full. Call 770-535-1976 to add your camper(s) to the wait list.
  • (Middle) 7-8th: Careers in Nature

Camp Week 6: July 5-9, 2021 

  • Pre-Kindergarten: Aquatic Adventures
    Parents, this Pre-K camp week is full. Call 770-535-1976 to add your camper(s) to the wait list.
  • (Elementary) K-6: Backwoods Explorers
    Parents, this Elementary camp week is full. Call 770-535-1976 to add your camper(s) to the wait list.

Camp Week 7: July 12-16, 2021

  • (Elementary) K-6: Prehistoric Palooza
  • (Middle) 7-8th: Camper vs. The Wild

Camp Week 8: July 19-23, 2021

  • Pre-Kindergarten: Curious Crawlers
  • (Elementary) K-6: Curious Crawlers

Camp Week 9: July 26-30, 2021

  • (Elementary) K-6: Camp Rewind

Tell a Friend Camp Elachee 2021 is presented by Northside Hospital.

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