Camp To Belong Georgia


Camp Twin Lakes at Camp Dream, Warm Springs, GA

Camp To Belong Georgia held its first camp in 2008 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA with 22 separated siblings.  Camp Twin Lakes remains a wonderful and supportive camp partner. Camp To Belong Georgia was started by a handful of caring individuals who remain dedicated to Georgia’s separated sibling.  The Camp To Belong Georgia Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to reuniting siblings who are separated in foster, adoptive and kinship care. The board works year-round to plan the week of camp, to raise funds for camp and to plan sibling connection events that bring separate siblings together for an afternoon of fun.

Camp To Belong Georgia is again preparing to bring Georgia’s separated siblings another exciting camp which, for many, is their first summer camp experience.  Our last camp had 77 separated siblings and our goal for 2014 is to host 80 separated siblings.  Separated siblings from throughout Georgia participate in such fun activities as kayaking, horseback riding, and conquering the climbing tower with their brothers and sisters.

Camp To Belong Georgia is pursuing counselors who are willing to volunteer for one week of life-changing service to Georgia’s siblings in care. We promise you that will never take your sibling for granted again!  Counselors will work in teams with family groups to break the ice among brothers and sisters who have long been separated and participate in the joy of new and renewed bonds.  Counselors should be team players with a positive attitude who enjoy working with children.  Counselors will take part in a two-day training, which will be immediately followed by the week of camp (beginning June 14, 2015). Counselors must be at least 19 years of age, must have been out of high school for at least one year and must be able to pass a comprehensive background check.  For those unable to commit to an entire week, our day volunteers join us for a day of camp and help with our CTB signature activities.  If you are interested in becoming a counselor or a volunteer, please contact Melody Akaraskul or John Carty-Campbell, Co-Directors of Volunteer Recruitment, at makaraskul@gmail.com or jace4436@gmail.com

Camp To Belong Georgia is free for all separated siblings who attend camp.  Camp To Belong Georgia works tirelessly to raise funds and welcomes in-kind donations to make our next annual camp as rewarding as possible for the campers.  If you would like to sponsor Camp To Belong Georgia monetarily or through in-kind donations, please contact Traci Bensley, at Executivedirector@camptobelong-ga.org

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