Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp Scores ACA Re-accreditation

The goal of Cohutta Springs Youth Camp is to be the very best we can be. Much goes into making this goal become a reality—from hiring and training staff to the all-important accreditation through the American Camp Association (ACA) to the ultimate goal of bringing campers and staff into a closer relationship with Jesus.

Many institutions are accredited—hospitals, universities, etc.—and it is important for Cohutta Springs to get measured by the best-known industry standards every three years. It was time again in 2012 to go through the accreditation process for the camp program. Here are the results: 
  • Transportation…………….........……100%
  • Health & Wellness…………....….....100%
  • Operational Management……....100%
  • Human Resources………….......….100%
  • Program Design & Activities.....100%
  • Aquatics…………………….............…..100%
  • Trip & Travel………..........……………100%
  • Site & Food Service……….......……..95%
While there is always room for improvement, we are thankful for a great team effort and praise God for such an affirming report. Jesus gave His very best for us—how could we settle for giving anything less for Him?

As the group of ACA inspectors wrapped up a long accreditation day, one of them (a camp director from a special-needs camp near Atlanta) asked if he could spend some time talking with me about our nighttime programs. We spent an hour talking, and then he asked if he could bring his staff back to observe our campfire program. 

He and his staff did later visit, their cameras and note pads capturing everything they could as they watched and marveled at the Cohutta Springs Youth Camp staff. They could not believe that teen campers would sing “like that!” They appeared refreshed and blessed by every aspect of the program and looked like our campers do at the end of a great day at camp. After the program, they joined us for our staff circle and watched our team finish the day with thanksgiving and prayer, as we always do. And then they wanted to visit more! 

It’s reassuring to know we are running professionally, but even more fulfilling is knowing that we are spiritually relevant in the lives of those who come to camp, whether they are teen campers or non-Christian camp professionals from Atlanta.

As we look forward to this coming summer, let’s all join in our annual campaign for young people. Everyone can play a role—encourage someone to come, assist with finances for those in need, or provide transportation if necessary. It’s worth our very best because camp is a place where faith comes into focus!

Written by Rob Lang, Cohutta Springs Youth Camp director
Photo contributed