Please call the sanctuary at 706-276-2980 to discuss a camping program. The following information relates to programs conducted in prior years when Craig "Grizzly" Cylke was still alive. We are trying to resurrect our camping programs for the enjoyment of animal lovers.
Each summer the sanctuary offers children ages 8-16 the opportunity to become immersed in wildlife rehabilitation and nature while enjoying all the fun activities offered by ordinary summer camps. Camp sessions last for five days and four nights, but can be attended as a day camp if desired. Campers get to sleep in authentic teepees and participate in hayrides, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, white-water tubing, team-building obstacle courses and much more. Most importantly, they obtain hands-on experience helping to care for needy animals, observing veterinary technicians at work and participating in the release of rehabilitated animals.
The week of July 4th is our very unique "Family Camp" in which entire families can attend camp together. There is no age limit for Family Camp.
Cub Camp Ages 8-9 --- June 7-11
Living in a real Teepee learning about the critters living around us and learning about our Native American Indian friends. Experiences of a lifetime as you get to play with the animals, go on creek hikes and river swims, fish in the native streams, learn Indian skills and meet real Indians
Jr. 1 Camp Ages 10-12 --- June 14-18
Living in a real Teepee learning about the critters living around us and learning about our native American Indian friends. Now as a older more experienced camper you will have an experience of a lifetime as you get to learn to work and play with the animals, go on creek hikes and river swims, fish in the native streams, learn Indian skills and meet real Indians. Also you will get to learn many pioneer living skills such as basket weaving, candle making, and gold pan in a real stream or slush box finding real gold.
Jr. 2 Camp Ages 10-12 --- June 21-25
Twice the fun all over again as Jr. 1 Camp if you should decide to come back for a second week, or if Jr. 1 Camp is full, or this date just works better for you. Living in a real Teepee learning about the critters living around us and learning about our Native American Indian friends. Now as a older more experienced camper you will have an experience of a lifetime as you get to learn to work and play with the animals, go on creek hikes and river swims, fish in the native streams, learn Indian skills and meet real Indians. Also you will get to learn many pioneer living skills such as basket weaving, candle making, and gold pan in a real stream or slush box finding real gold.
Tween Camp Ages 12-13 ---- June 28 – July 2
An awesome summer camp just for our almost teens. Having all the fun of teen camp but getting the best of both camps at a younger age. You will get to stay in an authentic teepee village learning the culture and skills of our Native American brothers. If you choose an extra activity you might even tube / raft down one of our north Georgia mountain rivers or go horseback riding over a mountain trail. And don't forget about the animals, learning to care play with and release some cool critters.
Family Camp (All ages w/Adult) July 5- 9
The coolest family camp ever imagined as you get to experience a little touch of all our camp programs. Spending time with America’s most endangered mammal, the Eastern Panther, and many other animals that live in our north Georgia Mountains. Learning things from veterinarians and vet-techs about wildlife that you never dreamed of. Many of our daytime activities such as our Native American program, Pioneer living skills, Rain forest program, and Channel 9's Ben Roy and the Science Theater will be doing dynamic programs throughout the camp. Don’t forget about horseback riding down a mountain trail, or cooling off tubing / rafting down a mountain river. Last but not least is our theme, Independence Day banquet with special prize for best-dressed couple, bring own outfit, we supply the fun. Then end each evening with one of our super FUNTASTIC campfire theme programs including our July 4th Independence Day American Spectacular, complete with music & fireworks, It's FUNTASTIC! Families will stay in real T.P.s, 2 families’ per T.P. sleeps 12 or so depending on size of campers. T.P. will be divided in half with curtain. Note- a family may pay an extra $75.00 if you want whole T.P. to self. Families may bring their own tents if you prefer. You will be assigned one of our 6 man tent camping areas. Please send sleeping preference on separate sheet of paper with application & explain. Only spaces for 12 families so sign up early!!!
Teen Camp 1 Ages 13-16 ---- July 12-16
Teen camps like never before offered. This special camp will have a Native American theme, complete with a pow-wow each Wednesday night, and a live Native American concert. Indian crafts and classes such as Indian jewelry, blowguns, drums, and wild edible plants to mention a few. Of course there’s always the animals to enjoy and work with. Teen camps allow sign up for horseback riding and white water tubing / rafting. See camp activity choice with fee. Last but not least is our Native American theme banquet with special prize for best-dressed couple, bring own outfit, we supply the fun.
Teen Camp 2 Ages 13-16 ---- July 19-23
A dynamic camp with special emphases on wildlife rehabilitation, care and release of several of Georgia's critters, working close with our veterinarians and vet-tech. Our wildlife safari theme banquet. And all the above activities mentioned in Teen 1.
Registration is at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays. Please, no request for early registration. Our staff is involved in many duties until the announced registration time. It is important that your camper does arrive on time, due to the time it takes to register and get settled and get assigned to their classes and lodges. Checkout time is Fridays at 3:00 p.m. sharp. Our staff will be preparing camp for the next week of camp, so we must request timely pickup of campers.
Visitors are asked to save visits till Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Due to the nature of a summer camp program we ask that all parents and guardians save their visits till the end of camp. We have made special arrangements for a small donation of $7.50 per person for a 45 minute mini tour at 3:30 Friday afternoons. Members of the E.W.R.S. are allowed to use this as one of their family day tours.