About Camp Strong4Life
At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, our mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Strong4Life is one of the many ways we deliver on that promise. Armed with a team of Children's doctors, therapists, nurses, registered dietitians and other wellness experts, Strong4Life has resources to help busy families raise healthy, safe, resilient kids.
We are thrilled to announce that Camp Strong4Life, in collaboration with Camp Twin Lakes, will open for summer 2022. While the impacts of COVID-19 are not yet behind us, Children’s values these programs and has carefully considered many factors to allow us to move forward
To maintain safety for campers and volunteers, and to align with the CDC and American Camp Association’s guidance for returning to camp, we will implement a number of health and safety precautions before and during the camp session.
What is Camp Strong4Life?
An exciting overnight camp where our Strong4Life healthy habits meet your favorite outdoor activities: archery, rock climbing and more! It's where campers feel an instant sense of belonging, discover their own strengths and make memories to last a lifetime.
At Strong4Life, we know that healthy habits are the key to feeling good, performing our best and being healthy inside and out. Our camp teaches kids and parents about the four Strong4Life healthy habits:
- Eat smarter, drink water
- Screens away, go play
- Get rest to be your best
- Emotions are real, express how you feel
For kids 8 to 12 years old who are above a healthy weight (BMI greater than the 85th percentile), Camp Strong4Life provides a unique opportunity to help jump-start a healthier future through a traditional summer camp experience.
Our Strong4Life healthy habit sessions blend into the camp experience and help your child build skills and boost confidence. Some examples:
- A ‘Be Active Day’ full of fun games
- Cooking challenges and nutrition demonstrations
- Opportunities to try new activities and find things your camper enjoys
- Swimming, archery, rock-climbing, fishing, talent shows and more
Camp Strong4Life includes a mandatory orientation day for both campers and caregivers, where families receive education and set goals around the Strong4Life healthy habits. The orientation day occurs a few weeks prior to Camp Week. Family participation is considered key to success for campers and the program.
To encourage continued social support systems and maintenance of healthy behavior changes among campers and their families, Camp Strong4Life hosts a camper reunion in the fall and a Facebook group that provides a support network for camper families.
Camp Strong4Life takes place at the beautiful Camp Twin Lakes (Will-A-Way) in Winder, Georgia located inside Ft. Yargo State Park. The camp features 16 camper cabins, a state-of-the-art swimming pool and a beachfront perfect for boating and other activities.
Camp Twin Lakes is a network of camps providing life-changing programs to children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges. To learn more about Camp Twin Lakes, visit camptwinlakes.org.
Camp Strong4Life team
Camp Strong4Life has a full team of healthcare professionals and camp counselors, working together to support your child.
Our camp staff includes:
- Exercise physiologists
- Physician assistants
- Licensed therapists
- College students pursuing degrees in health promotion, public health, recreational therapy and more.
Camp Strong4Life is also supported by the Camp Twin Lakes summer staff.
Dates and deadlines
Camp Strong4Life will be held June 19-24, 2022.
Applications for the 2022 Camp Strong4Life are now open! Click here to apply today.
Cost of camp
Thanks to generous donations and our partnership with Camp Twin Lakes, we are able to offer camp at the reduced cost of $350 per camper.
Please note that no refunds will be given for missing any parts of the program; all parts are required.
Financial scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Financial scholarships are offered to families when the cost of camp prohibits them from participating in the program or they qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid.
Financial scholarships can be applied for when completing your camper’s application form. Your submission will be reviewed once all documentation is received, and you will be notified of your scholarship award.