Athens YMCA Camps

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June 2, 2024

Athens Y Camps for Boys

Fun traditions and Christian values in a rustic setting - that's what makes us so special, along with over 800 rolling, wooded acres in Tallulah Falls, GA. Our programs provide opportunities for personal development and spiritual growth with lots of fun - in a safe, protective environment both kids and parents feel good about. The boys camp setting is a lovely valley with a private lake that is complimented by surrounding mountains.. There are opportunities to develop friendships, build self esteem, improve abilities and develop greater strength of character and personality. Of course, the health and safety of each camper is top priority; our 1:6 counselor-to-camper ratio assures close supervision of all activities.

We offer several camp programs that are designed to give every camper a unique experience. Click the program links to find which one may be right for you. If you already know then register today!


Campers are placed in a cabin with campers their own ages. This is their home while they are at camp. Cabins house between 8 and 13 campers. Each cabin has a bathroom located in the building and campers are responsible for keeping their living quarters neat and tidy. Twin size bunk beds are used for sleeping and sheets are recommended.We do our best to honor cabinmate request and can usually honor them as long as the campers are within ONE year of age of each other. Be mindful that it is difficult to put four or more boys that know each other in the same cabin due to the negative affects of the cabin dynamics. This will be their home while they are at camp. Each cabin has a bathroom located in the building and campers are responsible for keeping their living quarters neat and tidy. Twin size bunk beds are used for sleeping and sheets are recommended.

Campers are kept very busy during their time at camp. A typical day consist of cabin cleanup, league games, rest hour, classes, free-time, morning and evening assemblies, evening activities and cabin devotions. Three meals are squeezed into the daily routine.



Classes consist of 30-45 minute activity periods lead by instructors that teach new skills or improve on existing ones.

Archery, riflery, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, wrestling, golf, canoeing, diving, guitar, kayaking (ages 10-14 AYC nature study, arts-n-crafts, Bible study, outdoor living skills/camping, ropes course/climbing wall (ages 10+), skateboarding/rollerblading (you may bring your own gear and safety equipment), swimming/beginner (required for beginning and non-swimmers), swimming/swim team (instructional strokes)


The Waterfront: Swimming, The Blob, 100 ft. Silver Bullet Slide, Zip Line and Dive Tower
The Lodge: Morning Assemblies with praise and worship, Evening Vespers with camp songs and worship, Variety shows
The Lake: Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking
The Gym: Ping Pong, Basketball, Wrestling
The Field: Pushball, Capture the Flag, Slip-n-slide, Indian War Games
Other Activities: League Games (competitive sports), field day, coed events with Chattooga


Tallulah Gorge State Park
Sliding Rock in Tallulah Gorge
Watersports on Lake Rabun
Tubing in Helen
Panther Creek Falls
Minihaha Falls
Cabin Campouts


Traditional camp is for children ages 7-14. A camper's stay will be very similar to the experience of a camper from years ago. We draw campers back to a time that is often remembered but not often experienced. Campers will learn and experience many of the old fashion values and truths that make our camp programs unique. Personal responsibility, maturity and friendship are all life skills that are learned and honed at camp.

Cost: $895 + $45 Store Fee
Ages: Boys and Girls Ages 7-14

  • SESSION 1 June 2 – June 8
  • SESSION 2 June 9 – June 15
  • SESSION 3 June 16 – June 22
  • SESSION 4 June 23 – June 29
  • SESSION 6 July 7 – July 13
  • SESSION 7 July 14 – July 20
  • SESSION 8 July 21 – July 27


The Leader In Training (boys ages 15-16) program has been an integral part of both camps from its inception, and has produced many fine leaders over the years. Where do great counselors come from? Great campers, of course. The LIT program is a rigorous 4-week program than focuses on authentic Christian leadership. Participants will learn about themselves and the type of leader that God wants them to be by focusing on five core areas: Values, Relationships, Purpose, Heart and Self-discipline. The program consists of intensive training in areas such as program planning and development, child development, vespers, child abuse recognition, CPR and Lifeguard training.

The young men in this program develop leadership skills such as coaching, public speaking, responsible mentoring and decision making. They also participate as a group in traditional camper activities and overnight trips. Additionally, they take several out of camp trips such as: white water rafting, hiking, caving or even traveling to a pro baseball game or amusement park. A special trip is taken the last week of the program that serves as a bonding experience for the friendships that have formed. Trips from past years include The Outer Banks of NC, Charleston SC, Cumberland Island, GA. and local mountain retreats.

The group operates as a close knit unit from which many lifelong friendships are forged. Those participants who have completed the training and have the qualities and skills required of the Y Camps leadership will be asked to return the following summer as a staff member!

The value of the LIT experience is incalculable, and the rewards are many. LITs grow not only as leaders but also as young men. With the process of learning-to-teach, comes greater self-awareness and physical, mental and spiritual maturity. Perhaps the greatest reward is the satisfaction that comes from serving as a positive influence on the lives of others not only in one summer but in many to follow.

Cost: $2,000 + $200 Store Fee
Ages: Boys and Girls Ages 15 - 16

  • SESSION 1 June 2 – June 29
  • SESSION 2 June 30 – July 27