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YMCA Camp High Harbour offers overnight summer camps, day camps and year-round retreats at two beautiful camp locations on Lake Allatoona and Lake Burton. At YMCA Camp High Harbour, campers forge friendships, strengthen confidence, sharpen character, and create lasting memories. YMCA camp allows children to escape their screens and life’s everyday stress, and just enjoy the great outdoors! We look forward to providing a safe and engaging sleep-away camp experience for your children this summer!

Find all the details you need about Summer 2023 below in the All About YMCA Camp High Harbour section!
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Availability at Lake Allatoona 

Availability at Lake Burton

Y Camp High Harbour at Lake Allatoona

Located only 30 minutes northwest of Atlanta, Y Camp High Harbour at Lake Allatoona features 84 acres of scenic beauty for campers to explore. Experience our outdoor climbing wall, full ropes course with zip line, archery range, athletic field, sports court, nature trails and waterfront equipped with pontoon boats, kayaks, paddleboards, and everyone’s favorite BLOB! Our Lake Allatoona location features traditional camp, watersports camp and the Advanced Leadership Academy. We are also basecamp for YMCA BOLD & GOLD.  

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Y Camp High Harbour at Lake Burton

Nestled in the North Georgia mountains of Clayton, Y Camp High Harbour at Lake Burton is a 74-acre camp with a mile of shoreline on the banks of one of our state’s most beautiful lakes. Your children can experience our full ropes course with climbing wall, archery range, athletic field, sports court, nature trails and waterfront equipped with pontoon boats, kayaks, paddleboards, and of course the BLOB! Our Lake Burton location features traditional camp programs as well as watersports camp, our high adventure Trailblazer program, and the Advanced Leadership Academy. 

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All camp registration takes place online through this website. You’ll need to set up an account in Camp In Touch, and then you’ll be able to register. Please review the complete registration process by clicking here: 2023 Registration Instructions

PATHFINDERS 
This program is for boys and girls who have completed 1st-7th grades and features all the fun in camp activities. Pathfinders are exposed to a variety of activities and learn new skills under the supervision of our qualified counselors. Pathfinders will experience morning and night devotions with skits, games, singing and dancing. Night program will feature camp-wide games and activities for all ages. Programs and activities are age/ability specific. In-camp activities include but are not limited to: Tubing, Archery, Team Sports, Arts & Crafts, Ropes Course, Paddle Boards, Kayaking/Canoeing, Swimming (Blob and Trampoline), Drama, Dance, Nature Study and STEAM.  

WATERSPORTS  
This program is for boys and girls who have completed 7th or 8th grade and features boating activities. Watersports participants spend all their skill time on the waterfront. Campers are exposed to new water activities and are introduced to many water sport activities that include but are not limited to: tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing and knee boarding. Their schedule, other than skill time, is in step with Pathfinders. Water safety is emphasized to help campers become more aware of precautions and polices in, on and around bodies of water.  

TRAILBLAZERS (Lake Burton Only) 
This program is for boys and girls who have completed 7th or 8th and is an adventure-based program geared towards our older campers who are ready to take the next step in their overnight camping experience. Trailblazer camper’s schedule is different from our Pathfinders or Watersports campers. Trailblazer campers will experience two out of camp adventure trips during the week. These trips will include camping out under the stars. Outdoor ethics will be taught to help our campers protect the outdoors for future generations.  

BOLD & GOLD (Lake Allatoona Only)
BOLD & GOLD stands for Boys Outdoor Leadership Development and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development. This program consists of a 5- day single-gender wilderness trip off-site. These adventures give young people the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and explore the natural world. Participants will disconnect from technology and focus on connecting to those around them and nature. During this time, teens will learn outdoor skills while engaging in the BOLD and GOLD curriculum to develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and make lifelong friends.  

NAVIGATORS  
This program is for boys and girls who have completed 7th or 8th grade and is a hybrid of our leadership and adventure programs. The Navigators program is for the teen who wants to experience all that camp has to offer in one week. Campers will participate in specialty camp skills (ropes course, boating activities, etc.), work together to complete a service project, participate in leadership training each day and debrief by the campfire at night. Navigator campers will have the unique opportunity to grow their leadership skills while enjoying the friends, fun, and fellowship that only YMCA Camp High Harbour can offer. An interview is NOT required to participate in the Navigators Program.  

ADVANCED LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (ALA)  
Year-round leadership programs for young men and women completing grades 8th-10th. Available at Lake Burton and Lake Allatoona, ALC campers stay in cabins with other ALC campers only, while LITs are assigned cabins for each of their 3 weeks at camp.  

Leader-In-Training (LIT) - LITs must be at least 15 years old and currently in 9th grade or 10th.  

Advanced Leadership Academy (ALC) - ALCs must be at least 14 years old and currently in 8th grade, or 9th. 

*NOTE: An interview is required to participate in the ALC and/or LIT programs.  

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Camp Session Dates   

Session 1: June 4 - June 10  

Session 2: June 11 - June 17  

Session 3: June 18 - June 24  

Session 4: June 25 - July 1  

Session 5: July 2 - July 8  

Session 6: July 9 - July 15  

Session 7: July 16 - July 22  

Session 8: July 23 - July 29  

Session 9: July 30 - August 5  (Lake Burton Only) 

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PATHFINDERS (Traditional Camp)
One-week traditional camp sessions for kids who have completed 1st-7th grades. 
Fee: $1,340 per session  

WATERSPORTS  
One-week camp sessions focusing on boating activities for kids who have completed 7th or 8th grade. 
Fee: $1,340 per session  

TRAILBLAZERS (Lake Burton Only)
One-week high adventure camp sessions for kids who have completed 7th or 8th grade. 
Fee: $1,340 per session  

BOLD & GOLD (Lake Allatoona Only) 
Five-day outdoor, wilderness expedition focused on leadership development for kids ages 11-16. Fee: $960  

NAVIGATORS  
One-week sessions of a hybrid programming combining leadership and adventure camp for kids who have completed 7th or 8th grade. 
Fee: $1,340 per session 

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Session 1: June 4 – June 10  
Surfs up Summer! Join us as we heat things up this summer surfer style.  

Session 2: June 11 – June 17  
Time Warp by the Decade! Travel back in time and experience the music and culture from past (or future) decades - go to a sock hop disco, make tie-dye and build a time machine to get back to the present day.  

Session 3: June 18 – June 24  
Movie Magic! Movie Magic is a theme to take our campers on a journey into many different genres and classics of movies that have existed over time. Kids could reminisce on Disney films, enjoy the excitement of adventure films, and many more possibilities.  

Session 4: June 25- July 1  
Carnival! Our annual High Harbour Carnival is a camper favorite! Enjoy, snow cones, cotton candy, carnival games and lots of fun! It’s time to celebrate session 4 carnival style with all of your new camp friends.  

Session 5: July 2 – July 8  

Party in the USA! The Fourth of July makes this a true celebration! Bring your red, white and blue attire for the field party. The whole camp will join together to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The session will not disappoint!  

Session 6: July 9 – July 15  
Camp’s Got Talent! Similar to the television show, America’s Got Talent, we are bringing that excitement of the stage to camp! Camp’s Got Talent will allow campers to showcase an individual strength or be a fun member of their cabin’s talented group.  

Session 7: July 16 – July 22  
Holiday Week! Holidays are usually spent with your family...this year we wanted our campers to have a chance to celebrate a holiday with their camp family!  

Session 8: July 23 – July 29  
Blast Off! We take off into this outer spaced themed week. Your future astrophysicists and astronauts will love exploring the galaxy or they can completely use their imagination to invent other planets and worlds. Either way this week of camp is always a “blast”.  

Session 9: July 30 – August 5 (Lake Burton Only)  
Sports Week! Time to support your favorite team or player during your session at camp! Whether it’s football, baseball, soccer or basketball, show your team spirit by wearing your favorite jersey, t-shirt or cap (but no hats in the dining hall)! 

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Yes, we are fully accredited by the American Camp Association.  

Our staff complete a required staff training course each year before camp begins and must be certified in CPR, First Aid, AED and emergency water safety. All staff who work in or around water must be lifeguard certified. Our camper to staff ratio is 7:1. This number does not include our program directors and professional staff who live on-site.  

Yes, each site has at least one medical personnel who lives on-site full time. We hire physicians, physician’s assistants, paramedics and registered nurses to administer medications and first aid to your camper. Any prescription medications that need to be administered must be packed out by parents as noted in our parent information handbook. Our infirmary is fully stocked with all over-the-counter medications that campers might need.  

Our goal is to offer a life changing camping experience to as many campers as possible; however, our camp is not designed for a special needs camper. We can accommodate some special dietary needs, such as vegetarian; however, we cannot accommodate campers with life threatening food allergies that require special cooking processes. Also, due to the large number of campers who attend camp, we cannot accommodate campers who require one-on-one supervision. We do not knowingly serve peanut products at camp. However, we do purchase our food from large food vendors who mass produce food products in the same factories as peanuts. Also, we cannot monitor all food brought to camp by campers. If you need help finding a camp that can accommodate your camper’s needs, call our office.  

YMCA Camp High Harbour is open to and serving all campers while ensuring that everyone who enters the gates of camp has a safe and fun experience. All campers are entitled to experience and enjoy all aspects of camp. Out Camper Code of Conduct is as follows: 

As a camper, I will:  

  • Respect the other participants and treat them as I would like to be treated.  

  • Show respect to the camp staff and cooperate with their instructions.  

  • Communicate in an appropriate manner, not using foul language or gestures, harsh words or tone of voice.  

  • Responsibly conduct my behavior and refrain from unwelcome teasing, bullying or other unkind behaviors.  

  • Refrain from causing bodily harm to others. This includes pushing, kicking, hitting or fighting as this will not be tolerated at camp.  

  • Be respectful of the camp property and the property of others.  

  • Leave my cellphone and other communication devices at home.  

  • Not enter into another cabin other than my own.  

  • Not bring any tobacco products, alcohol, non-prescribed drugs or weapons to camp.  

  • Take full responsibility for my actions and understand that irresponsible behavior will result in disciplinary action.  

To read the full Camper Code of Conduct, click here.

Y Overnight Camp helps your child...

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Build Confidence & Character
We focus on instilling the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. At overnight camp, kids try new things, learn what they can do, and take pride in what they accomplish.
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Gain Independence
For many kids, overnight camp is their first time away from home. Y camp is a safe and supportive environment where kids learn to stand on their own feet and make their own healthy decisions.
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Develop Leadership Skills
Young people leading young people is what makes YMCA Camp High Harbour so special. At Y overnight camp, children learn initiative and leadership while having the time of their lives.
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Make Lasting Friendships
Camp friends are the best friends! Friends met at camp share in a unique experience and create bonds that can last a lifetime. At camp, your counselors and campmates are family!
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