Cradled in twenty-beautifully wooded acres, Josh Powell Summer Day Camp has operated just inside Cherokee County on Wade Green Road since 1972. Designed for rising first, second and third graders, the camps goal is to provide a safe and happy summer experience, devoid of classroom pressures and competition. Parents can drop children off at the camp, or at pick-up locations at West Paces/Northside and I-285/Riverside.
Josh Powell Summer Day Camp has swimming classes in the pool (lifeguard on duty), canoeing and paddle boating on a three-acre lake, shooting bows on two archery ranges and all sorts of sports including whiffleball, kickball and tether ball. In the craft cabin, kids can construct products of clay, wood and other natural materials. In the woods, kids build forts and enjoy the abundance of nature that surrounds the camp on their own or during nature walks or haunted bus hikes. Each day there is a rest period and free time.
Fun, energetic schoolteachers and college students with a counselor-to-camper ratio of 1:12 staff all activities. Campers must bring a bathing suit, lunch and a towel (camp provides the drinks and popsicle).
History of Josh Powell Summer Day Camp
After earning his degrees from Georgia Tech, Emory Law School and a brief tenure with an Atlanta law firm, Josh Powell “chunked it all” in 1972. He purchased this parcel of wooded land and began carving out his camp. Clearing the land with a bulldozer, sawing his own lumber with a sawmill that he operated on the land and then individually constructing each of the camp’s buildings, including his residence at the camp, he felt justified in naming his effort the “Josh Powell Summer Day Camp”. For the summers that followed, Josh operated the camp. For all those winters, he rested.
Josh Powell Summer Day Camp Sessions
May 31-June 3. June 6-June 10, June 13-June 17, June 20-June 24, June 27-July 1, July 5-July 8, July 11-July 15, July 18-July 22, July 25-July 29
- 3-5 years old
- 6-10 years old