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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Camp Twin Lakes?
What is the relationship between CTL and its Partners?
Who comes to Camp Twin Lakes?
How old are the campers?

Where is Camp Twin Lakes?
How much does it cost for camp groups to use Camp Twin Lakes?
Do campers have to pay?

How is Camp Twin Lakes funded?
How does Camp Twin Lakes address campers' medical needs?
Is Camp Twin Lakes accredited?
Is Camp only in the summer?

How can I help/get involved?
Where can I purchase a Camp Twin Lakes t-shirt?

What is Camp Twin Lakes?
Camp Twin Lakes is a unique nonprofit organization in Georgia with campsites, day camps and hospital-based camp programs designed specifically for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and life challenges. In collaboration with its Camp Partners, Camp Twin Lakes provides a life-changing camp experiences for children who might otherwise be unable to attend camp. CTL was founded in 1991 and began camp operations in 1993 with seven Camp Partners. Since 1993, Camp Twin Lakes has served more than 100,000 campers. For 21 years, Camp Twin Lakes has partnered with nearly 60 different Camp Partners to offer year-round programs serving more than 9,900 campers. 

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What is the relationship between CTL and its Partners?
Camp Twin Lakes partners with nearly 60 nonprofit community organizations across the state of Georgia. We collaborate with these Camp Partners to customize programs specifically for their campers. CTL brings the expertise in therapeutic and adaptable programming, the camp facilities, food service, activities staff, camp knowledge and resources. Camp Twin Lakes also provides an 80% subsidy ($800), which covers direct camp costs, for every camper. Camp Partners bring the expertise in the specific challenge facing their kids and recruit all of the campers as well as volunteer cabin counselors and volunteer medical staff. This collaboration ensures that we are not duplicating efforts and that we are maximizing resources to meet the needs of each camper.

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Who comes to Camp Twin Lakes?
Camp Twin Lakes has programs year-round at its three overnight campsites, as well as in children's hospitals and at other locations throughout Georgia for day camp programs. Through collaboration with our Camp Partners, we make camp possible for thousands of kids with various illnesses, disabilities and life challenges including asthma, spina bifida, cancer, HIV, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, brain injuries, hemophilia, Tourette syndrome, autism, arthritis, visual impairments, developmental disabilities, sickle cell disease, celiac disease, Crohn's and colitis, as well as kids in foster care, transplant recipients and kids who have lost a loved one- just to name a few!

Camp is a happy place and often campers tell us that this is the best week of their year. It’s not about being sick or being different; it’s about kids being kids, learning new skills, making friends, gaining confidence and having fun! Some kids pack for camp months in advance. As one camper explained, “I look forward to camp more than Christmas!”

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How old are the campers?
It varies by Camp Partner, but typical camper age is 8-16. We do have Partners who serve kids as young as age 4 and as old as age 21. We also work with Partners who have programs for adults, siblings, and families.

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Where is Camp Twin Lakes?
Camp Twin Lakes provides camp programs at three state-of-the-art facilities throughout the state of Georgia, including camps in Rutledge, Winder, and Warm Springs; children's hospitals; and more!

Our camp at CTL-Rutledge is 50 miles east of Atlanta.

Our camp at CTL-Will-A-Way is located in Fort Yargo State Park in Winder.

Our camp at CTL-Camp Dream is located in Warm Springs.

Camp Twin Lakes also brings camp to local children’s hospitals and day camps in Atlanta though our Camp-To-Go programs.

Partners Place is CTL’s Atlanta community center at the Sally J. Hale Center in Decatur. 

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How much does it cost for camp groups to use Camp Twin Lakes?
CTL charges Camp Partners a nominal fee per person and subsidizes the rest. It costs just over $4 million to run CTL annually. Fees paid by our Camp Partners cover 20% of this cost. Camp Twin Lakes raises the remaining funds through generous support from individuals, corporations, foundations and events in order to provide a 80% subsidy to each camper.

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Do campers have to pay?
That’s up to our Camp Partners! For the most part, no. However, it does vary. Some of our Partners do charge for their camp programs; some provide camp programs free of charge; others just ask families to pay a small deposit to reserve their child’s space at camp.

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How is Camp Twin Lakes funded?
We rely solely on generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and special events, as well as fees paid by our Camp Partner organizations. Camp Twin Lakes does not receive any funding from the government or United Way.

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How does Camp Twin Lakes address campers' medical needs?
Because Camp Twin Lakes' campsites were designed to serve children with special medical needs, relatively serious procedures that once required a hospital visit are done on-site. For example, campers who need chemotherapy or dialysis treatment can get their treatment at the medical lodge. Additionally, campers receive all of their regular medications from the doctors and nurses, who are on-site 24 hours a day.

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Is Camp Twin Lakes accredited?
Yes, Camp Twin Lakes is accredited by the American Camp Association!

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Is Camp only in the summer?
Not at all. In fact, we see more people during the school year than we do during the summer months. We have weekend retreats for campers, adults, siblings, and families nearly every weekend during the school year, and we have several weekday programs for school groups and senior citizens as well.

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How can I help/get involved?
Camp Twin Lakes has several special events throughout the year that help us reach our fundraising goals. Check out the rest of our website and sign up below to be on our email list so that you’ll stay informed of upcoming events.



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We also have various volunteer needs throughout the year. Check out our Volunteer Page for a volunteer application and more information about volunteer opportunities.

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Where can I purchase a Camp Twin Lakes t-shirt?
Please check back with us soon as we update our new online Camp Store!

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