YMCA Camp High Harbour

Found in the North Georgia mountains on Lake Burton, Camp High Harbour is a wonderful summer camp with so much to offer!

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YMCA Camp High Harbour was discovered and developed in 1970, by “Pop” Pearson with Barbara and Frank Inman. Primarily, the camp was developed as a Camp for Girls, but that it later became a boys and girls camp with a change of ownership. In 1985, the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta purchased the camp. YMCA Camp High Harbour has been under the direction of Ken O’Kelley since 1988 as the executive director. Camp High Harbour has 74 acres of land on Lake Burton just two hours from Atlanta in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The camp has approximately one mile of shoreline and is completely surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Appalachian Trail and three whitewater rivers are within 50 minutes of the camp gates. YMCA Camp High Harbour is a growing camp and now has three sites: Lake Burton, Cha-la-kee, and the Golden Isles.

During the summer, Lake Burton operates ten one-week sessions for girls and boys ages 7-17. Campers live in large cedar cabins on Lake Burton for a rustic camping experience. All programs and activities are designed with one thing in mind...offering a life changing camping experience. I have been going here for 13 years, and these are some reasons why I love it SO much...

Lake Burton

The above picture is a view of Lake Burton early in the morning...incredible!

Fun Times at the Waterfront!

The waterfront is where many of camp's daily activities take place. The waterfront has an ampetheater, swimming area, blob, water trampoline, and much more to ensure good times for all!

Camp High Harbour offers many a variety of programs for its campers. They offer two general camping programs, four specialty camps, a day camp and an Advanced Leadership Academy. Here are some of the exciting activities that are offered...

Here is an example of a routine day: 7:45 Rise and Shine/ Morning Exercise 8:00 KP/Meds. 8:15 Breakfast 8:45 Back to Cabins for Cleanup 9:45 Morning Assembly at Chapel 10:00 First Skill 11:00 Second Skill 12:00 Free Swim / Camp Store 12:50 All Activities Cease 1:00 KP/Meds. 1:15 Lunch 2:00 Rest Hour 3:00 Third Skill 4:00 Fourth Skill 5:00 Free Swim / Camp Store 5:50 All Activities Cease 6:00 KP/Meds. 6:15 Dinner 7:15 Cabin Activity 8:15 Night Program 9:30 Get Ready for Bed/Meds. 9:45 Devotion 10:15 Lights Out

Wednesday is Adventure Day and camp runs on a completely different schedule. Campers have the option of going on several exciting trips for the day. They include the Tallulah Gorge, rafting down the Chattahoochee River in Helen, going to a water park, going to Gold City, and Water Day (they stay in camp and play on the boats all day). After the campers return from their day trips, each cabin camps out for the night.

Throughout the week, each cabin competes for several awards, the most notorious being the spirit stick. The cabin who has shown the most spirit through cheering, signs, etc. will gain the honor of being holders of the wonderful spirit stick. There are also awards given out for the cleanest cabin and camper of the week for each cabin. These awards are presented at closing ceremonies, right after the jammin' dance.

Hopefully you were able to see what a great place Camp High Harbour is and all that it has to offer. Thanks for reading my web page and I hope you enjoyed it!!!

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