Athens Regional Health System

Health Matters Camp

Health Matters Camp is a new summer day camp program sponsored by Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services, Athens Regional Health System, and the UGA Extension, Athens-Clarke County. It is designed to promote physical activity and good nutrition among young teens who are at-risk for health problems.

The program runs Monday through Friday for six weeks during June and July. Campers will participate in a variety of activities (both indoor and outdoor) focusing on physical health and nutrition, as well as some general day camp activities, such as games and arts/crafts.

In addition to the day program, Health Matters Camp has a family education component. Weekly parent/child classes are designed to help bring what is learned at camp into the camper’s home. Participation in these classes is mandatory for all campers (and at least one parent/guardian). A maximum of 20 campers may participate.

Health Matters Camp Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in Health Matters Camp?
Any child between the ages of 11-14 (as of June 1, 2014) in Clarke or the surrounding counties who is at-risk for obesity or other health-concerns related to fitness and/or nutrition is eligible to apply. You do not have to be in excellent shape to enroll in this camp. We’ll help get you there!

Where is Health Matters Camp located?
The day camp portion of Health Matters Camp will take place at Sandy Creek Park (400 Bob Holman Road). Offsite field trips may be planned as part of camp.

The location for the family classes is still being determined.

What are the dates and hours of the Camp?
Health Matters Camp will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 2 to July 11, 2014. Camp will not be held on Friday, July 4.

A pre-camp meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Sandy Creek Park.

Is early drop-off or late pick-up an option for Health Matters Camp?
We are still finalizing the details of this, but yes, early drop-off (as early as 7:30 a.m.) and late pick-up (as late as 5:30 p.m.) will be available for an additional fee.

What is the attendance policy for Healthy Matters Camp?
The basic attendance policy for Camp is to be there. Of course, we do understand campers may experience illness or family emergencies during the camp session. However, camp enrollment covers the full six-week time period. Week-by-week enrollment is not an option. We will not likely be able to accommodate campers who are planning to take extensive time off (for vacations, etc.) during the camp.

What is the cost of participating in the Health Matters Camp?
The fee for Health Matters Camp is $250 for Athens-Clarke County (ACC) residents and $375 for non-ACC residents. This fee covers all six weeks of camp, including staffing and all materials. It does not cover field trip costs. This program is NOT eligible for Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services scholarship. (You may claim this camp registration fee in your Child Care Credit for 2014 taxes.)

Are there payment options or is there a payment schedule?
Payment to Athens-Clarke County may be made in the form of cash, check, money order, debit or credit card. There is an additional $3 fee assessed if you choose to pay with a credit card.

An initial payment of at least half the total amount ($125 for ACC residents, $187.50 for non-ACC residents) is due from accepted campers by Tuesday, April 22. The balance is due no later than the pre-camp meeting on Tuesday, May 13.

How do I apply for the Health Matters Camp?
Applicants must complete a Health Matters Camp application, which includes a physician’s form (requiring signature), a short essay, a behavior contract, a parent agreement, and waivers. 

Applications are due to Memorial Park no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 18. Late applications will not be accepted unless available spots remain after reviewing all applications submitted prior to deadline.

How is admission to the Health Matters Camp determined?
An anonymous review of applications (without knowledge of name, age, sex or address) is conducted by a committee of representatives from ACC Leisure Services, Athens Regional Health Education and the Cooperative Extension. Only completed applications will be considered. Consideration is given to the potential impact of the program for an applicant and the applicant’s professed interest in the program (per the essay). This program is NOT filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We must have a minimum of 10 qualified applicants register in order to operate the camp this summer.

When will Health Matters Camp applicants be notified regarding their admission status?
*This information may be different since the application deadline was extended.
Applicants who are offered spots in Health Matters Camp will be notified no later than Wednesday, April 9. Applicants who are not initially offered a spot will be notified with a letter that is mailed no later than Friday, April 11. (If you are registered for any other ACC Leisure Services summer camp or program prior to learning of your admission to Health Matters Camp, we may transfer your registration and any prior payment you have made can be used towards the cost of Health Matters Camp.)

If I apply and am admitted to Health Matters Camp, what is required of me?
Campers offered spots in Health Matters Camp are required to make a payment of at least half the total amount no later than Tuesday, April 22 and to attend the pre-camp meeting on Tuesday, May 13. 

Do you maintain a waiting list for Health Matters Camp?
Yes, we will maintain a wait list for Health Matters Camp. If a spot becomes available for any reason, we will contact the next applicant on our list as soon as possible.

What is the refund policy for Health Matters Camp?
If the sponsoring agencies cancel the program for any reason, full refunds will be granted. If a camper withdraws from the program prior to seven business days before the program begins, a 25% assessment will be charged. (In other words, a 75% refund will be given.) Medical related withdrawals taking place after camp begins may receive a pro-rated refund. Any other withdrawals taking place less than seven business days prior to the first day of the program will NOT be eligible for a refund.  If a camper’s participation is terminated due to poor behavior, poor attendance or failure to meet all requirements of the program, no refund will be given.

All refunds are issued in the form of a check from Athens-Clarke County to the person who provided payment. Refunds typically take 1-2 weeks to process.

Additional Questions?

If you have any additional questions, contact Leslie Trier, ACC Leisure Services Program Specialist, at 706-613-3580 or

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