We are pleased to partner with Global Youth Ministry who runs the Fort Mountain Retreat Center. They were blessed with amazing facilities in the middle of the breathtaking Fort Mountain State Park. The retreat center offers a variety of outdoor spaces and lots of recreation opportunities. There is a wonderful mix of small and large group meeting rooms. The amazing sunrise over the Cohutta Mountains are perfect for the morning people. The night owls will appreciate both the sunsets and times of gathering around the fire pit.
We remain fairly confident (as much as anyone can be these days) that we will be able to run the programs at Fort Mountain this summer. We were able to run them safely in 2020 and 2021. Here are answers to questions we’ve been asked lately.
What safety precautions will we take?
REVISED COVID Policy (7/21/21):
Due to the increased frequency in the Southeastern US of teens contracting/spreading COVID and the global exposure our group inherently brings, we are now requiring all staff and participants to take an extra measure to minimize spreading. Staff and participants must either have completed their series of COVID vaccines (any type) or tested negative for COVID 48 hours prior camp (an OTC drug store test is fine). This is on the honor system and no proof will be required.
All parents will be required to affirm their children are symptom free for 2 week prior to arrival (fevers, coughing, or other related symptoms). Additionally, all participants will be immediately screened upon arrival for symptoms by our staff. Students who show any symptoms at any point during the program will be immediately quarantined in a separate housing. Daily temperature checks will be conducted. Masks are optional and social social distancing will not be possible in many of our contexts.
Those flying into the program, please be sure to wear a mask in airports and on planes, and wash your hands frequently.
If the participant is experiencing any concerning symptoms related to COVID prior to arriving at the camp, please drop from the program. Full refunds will be given for COVID related cancellations.
Why do you think the Fort Mountain Cultural Transition Seminars won’t be canceled? Fort Mountain has committed to being open for us unless restricted by the authorities. There are currently no restrictions in place for camps in GA. We were able to run the program in 2020 and 2021 safely in the midst of the pandemic.
What would cause it to be canceled at the last minute? The ONLY reason we foresee canceling these programs would be if authorities make restrictions for overnight camping for groups our size (likely under 50).
Two Great Programs! Same Great Place!
We are pleased to offer two different programs this summer at Fort Mountain Retreat Center in Chatsworth, Georgia. There will be a four day program for younger teens and a seven day program for older teens.
Interaction International and Compass Ministries are co-sponsoring the TCK Transition Seminars in this new location.
Younger Teens: for those aged 12-16 (generally those heading into grades 6-11, and especially if they will be returning overseas again to live)
Older Teens: for those aged 17-21 (Generally those who have won’t be returning overseas except for visits. We do accept students as young as 13.)
We love the Fort Mountain Retreat Center and think you will too! Here are some of the free time activities that you may choose to take advantage of:
– High ropes swing and climbing tower
– The Blob (It’s basically a large airbag that will launch you into the lake!)
– Hiking trails
– Indoor basketball/volleyball
– Lots of quiet outlooks to journal, read or talk
And for those who attend the 7 day program
Here’s what we are offering to help you get to the program.
Driver Accommodations: We realize some may be driving in from far away and you may need a place to sleep. Or simply want a night away. There are potentially a limited number of family cabins or hotel style rooms in the lodge that may be available if you need to spend the night at drop off or pick up. Meals will need to be on your own and you won’t have access to most of the “active” recreational activities. Contact Fort Mountain directly confirm availability and price. (877) 251-1800
Airport Shuttles: A shuttle will be available to pick and return students to the Chattanooga airport (CHA) in Tennessee for a $35 fee. Sorry, Atlanta is too far away and traffic is unpredictable. It is not recommended to try and use a ride-hailing company like Uber as the distance from the airport is quite far and would likely be quite expensive.
Other 2021 Staff
Bill and Jen Hildebrand
Jean-Samuel and Haddie Lampron
Chandler Tu (not pictured)
Paige Kolb (not pictured)
*NOTE on Refunds* Due to the special circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we have revised our refund policy for 2021. If you have paid and will not be able to make it for any reason, full refunds will be issued up until June 25th and a 50% refund up until July 9th.
If we have to cancel the program due to government restrictions (or any other reason) we will offer full refunds. Those who are flying, we encourage the purchase of additional travel insurance to minimize potential risk.