Faces of 2018

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Faces of 2018

In lieu of our recruiting staff going on their fall college tour this month, we wanted to share some of the cool stories we are posting on our Instagram page. Check out what it’s all about below.

Ben Camp, a former full-time staff member, came up in the middle of the summer to do a film photography series of summer staff. He didn't warn them that they were about to have their photos taken and the idea was to give them the prints on the last day of camp. He told them, "I want you to take these home so that you can remember that the person in your photo is the real you and what Christ did in you this summer doesn't have to end because you are leaving camp."

Camp isn’t a place where we pretend to be perfect. Camp is where vulnerability is encouraged, relationships based on authenticity are formed, and we embrace the unexpected. If you want to see more photos and read the stories from our summer staff, check out our Instagram page @camphighland. Keep checking in over the next few weeks to see their reflections and some of our #Facesof2018!

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A summer job that WILL change your life FOREVER

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A summer job that WILL change your life FOREVER

Have you ever thought about working for a summer camp before? …

Are you wanting a job where you will gain real-world experience while also having a lot of fun? …

Do you enjoy working with kids and teenagers and going on outdoor adventures? …

Do you love Jesus and enjoy sharing the gospel with others? …

But how does working at a summer camp compare to that corporate internship that my parents really want me to get? …

Will this look good on my resumé and help me get a job later? …

I’m sure that many of you are asking these types of questions while making your plans for next summer. And we can help answer them! It’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to invest your time next year. Making decisions that will impact the trajectory of your life are often not made lightly. In fact, most decisions that you make in life will have some lasting impact on the direction you choose. Investing in others, having a positive influence, learning and developing leadership skills, managing risk, and discovering passion are all principles you will have an opportunity to experience by working at Camp Highland. And it’s an experience unlike any other!

If you want to know more about Camp Highland and what it’s like to have the best summer job ever, then come see us! Join our recruiting team as we tour many of the universities around the southeast during the month of October. We will be hanging out on campuses and would love to meet you. See below for dates and times, or contact Caitlin Pease at caitlin@camphighland.com

Oct. 15-16…Samford University

Oct. 17…UGA Wesley

Oct. 18-19…Anderson University

Oct. 22…Covenant College

Oct. 23…UTC

Oct. 29-30…UGA

Oct. 30…Toccoa Falls College

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What Motivates You to Get Out of Bed Each Morning?

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What Motivates You to Get Out of Bed Each Morning?

Camp Highland (CH) is bustling these days as we’ve been hosting quite a few groups just since the last day of summer camp. Starting August 1st, we’ve welcomed 14 middle and high schools, 4 football teams, 3 churches, 2 family events, 2 corporate retreats, and 1 college team! If you’ve spent any amount of time at CH during the months of August or September you were almost guaranteed to run into one of these groups. Most of these groups will overlap one another. As one is arriving, two are departing, or as 2 are happening simultaneously, two more are on their way. It’s truly miraculous to watch everything that needs to happen in order to prepare for each one (ie - clean cabins, cut grass, prep food, arrange schedules, etc.) just happens. We are so fortunate to have some really incredible staff who not only manage, facilitate, lead, engage, feed, and care for each guest, but they do it with good attitudes, pure intentions, and smiling faces.

I often read articles that talk about the latest statistics relating to the benefits that can help attract and retain good employees. As many of these lists are probably pretty accurate, one thing I know is certain in order to accomplish this. Figure out your company’s Why. Why is what motivates us to get out of the bed each morning. It's our reason, cause, and purpose for what we do. Many companies get this right. Many don’t. The Why at CH is this - We seek to create impactful experiences that motivate leaders and build families. Of course each person has their own iteration of this for themselves, but as a team this is what we do, it’s who we are, and it’s how we are committed to each of our guests.

If you’d like to see for yourself what CH is all about let us know. We’d love to host your group! If you’d like to check it out for yourself contact us to plan a personalized tour of our home away from home.

We want to give a HUGE THANKS to all of the following groups who have come up to CH over the last few months!

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#OneArista

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#OneArista

On Friday, September 21st, we had the pleasure of welcoming 15 executives from Arista Consulting Group to Camp Highland for a day of service, fun, and team building. Arista is out of Alpharetta, GA, and their mission is to help lead people to financial security by designing and delivering benefit programs that give employees the best possible opportunity to become financially secure. This was not Arista’s first visit to Camp Highland, however it was their first time incorporating team development and leadership training.

The day began bright and early as everyone met at a central location near Canton, GA to jump onto a charter bus and head north. Over the years we’ve consistently observed the times in which teams spend traveling to and from Camp Highland (CH) as being some of the most valuable. This day proved to be no different as we kicked it off with introductions of each person. This is a pretty close-knit group and everyone already knew each other, but ironically everybody seemed to learn at least one new thing that they didn’t already know about one another. The time quickly passed and pretty soon we were turning onto the 3 mile stretch of gravel road that led to our destination.

Upon arrival, the Arista team took a short time to take care of some internal business before the Camp Highland team stepped back in to set the pace and expectation for the day’s events. Arista’s goal for this retreat was not just to do the typical “team building”, but rather to intentionally dial in their focus as one unit, one team, One Arista! This meant that they were going to have to become a little vulnerable at times and even be challenged physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Before getting started, the CH team presented the group with their first real challenge of the day which was to hand over their phones until they got back on the bus to leave. For most Americans these days this doesn’t come easy by any means. The mobile devices that we keep close by have essentially become extensions of our everyday lives. They can be really wonderful tools that allow us to manage and communicate with family, work, emails, emergencies, play games, check the news, monitor their home, and a long list of many other items. This is why it can be a big challenge to actually disconnect from these devices for a time so that our attention and focus can be on the people and tasks at hand. It’s also a challenge that the CH staff present to everyone who comes to camp, and one in which Arista embraced.

When planning for this retreat began months prior to today, the Arista Charity Committee (made up of a handful of their employees) wanted to choose an organization that is making a real difference in the lives of children and where they themselves could play a meaningful role by giving back their time, resources and even some of their own finances on a consistent annual basis. When Camp Highland was chosen out of the long list of incredible organizations, we were all ecstatic and couldn’t wait to join hands with them in this partnership!

The first physical activity of the day was a service project. The team was led down a trail into the woods behind the main building until they came upon a clearing where an amphitheater was recently constructed. Out in front of the stage stood 44 wooden benches, enough to hold around 300 people. As they approached the stage, laid before them were stacks of paint brushes, sandpaper, and stain. This was no surprise to the group as they were prepared for some manual labor, however the actual project had not been revealed before this point in time. Everyone was excited and got to work right away. It took no time at all and the benches were sanded and cleaned of the dirt that they were covered with. Then, buckets of stain were poured and each person took a brush and got going. Before we knew it, the benches were complete! They looked incredible with their light, natural brown color and a water protection that will help extend their life. As high fives got passed around so did the bbq! Everyone took a seat on the stage and enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by a local restaurant called Mr. P’s BBQ. Everyone got to sit back and not only enjoy the good food but, also the big accomplishment that stood before them.

After lunch the group made their way just a short distance to one of the high rope elements called The Team’s Course. Once the course came into view immediately all kinds of mixed emotions began flying. We heard things like, “Sweet, this looks awesome!” and “uh.. are we seriously going way up there”? At any rate, they listened to the briefing and all agreed that they were up for the challenge. So they suited up with harnesses and helmets and headed to the entrance of the course. The rest of the afternoon was spent balancing, stretching, leaning on one another for support, encouraging, and there may have been a few choice words thrown around, but low and behold everyone made their way through each obstacle until they all ended up at the top of the tower (about 60 feet up in the air). One of the employees actually went through the entire course with a boot on her foot from an injury the week before. There was no stopping the Arista team! Hootin and hollering filled the afternoon air as each person zip-lined their way out of the course and back down to solid ground. SUCCESS!

By this point the day was coming to a close. Right on time the bus pulled up and the Arista team piled back on for the journey home. After about half an hour of getting caught back up on missed calls, emails, and text messages, we debriefed the day and managed to pull out some really insightful take-aways. The group realized that the activities could not have been accomplished without everyone’s input and buy-in. It took each person’s unique set of skills and talents to successfully complete all that they had accomplished that day. They also realized that without becoming a little vulnerable and learning that each other’s strengths and weaknesses made them better as a team!

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Explosions in the Sky!

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Explosions in the Sky!

This past weekend was another one for the books as we welcomed over 100 families from Whitefield Academy down in Smyrna, GA. The campout has become a highly anticipated annual event for the Whitefield crew of dads, their sons, and daughters. The time spent away at Camp Highland is meant to be relaxed, unscheduled, very intentional, and of course a lot of fun.

Dads and their kids began rolling into camp on Saturday afternoon. Once settled into their cabins they hiked their way around the property as a handful of activities such as the Mammoth rock wall, zip lines, the Drop Zone, and swimming down at the lake were available and staffed for the families to enjoy with their kids. Not only was this fun and exciting, but proved to offer some good challenges as well.

At Camp, we encourage everyone who steps foot into our gates to put away all distractions such as cell phones and work-related tasks, and to be fully present with each other. As always this never disappoints and allows for something incredible to unfold - Engaging the heart!

All of the dads embraced our counter-culture ideas and in turn got to be fully present with their kids. As the day’s activities winded down, everyone made their way to the wrap around porch for a feast of delicious local bbq from the one and only Pooles BBQ. After good conversation and bellies full of pork and mac and cheese, what better thing to do than play an intense game of kickball on the field - kids vs dads! An hour or so of competitive, heart pounding plays and close calls, the dads came out on top with the win. As laughter filled the air, the real win was realized with joy on every kid’s face as they embraced their dads with hugs and smiles.

The night concluded with a BANG as a spectacular fireworks display (one that rivals the likes of Stone Mountain and even the city of Atlanta!) lit up the beautiful north Georgia sky. One of the dads whose kids are too old now for the campout, actually still comes back each year just to serve the group with his amazing explosions in the sky.

After a long night’s rest, a gorgeous Sunday morning welcomed everyone with coffee, breakfast and even some worship. We hope everyone who came up to the campout was refreshed and renewed and can take home with them some great memories.

You know, sometimes there’s nothing better for the soul than a weekend away with some of the ones you love the most. Thanks Whitefield Academy for another wonderful weekend!

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