The mission of Camp Viola, Inc. is to construct, maintain, and operate camps, playgrounds, and recreational facilities for the promotion of the spiritual, mental, and physical welfare of the children residing in Troup County, Georgia, and the surrounding area. Further, Camp Viola will prioritize camp schedules to accommodate children and youth who would otherwise not be able to afford a week of recreational camp due to socio-economic limitations.
What We Do
Camp Viola is a multi-purpose facility that reaches deep into the local community to identify and provide social, recreational, and educational services that support the parent-child relational development of children and their families.
During the summer we provide summer camp opportunities for children whose families may have economic barriers to accessing camp otherwise. An opportunity is provided for participants to enjoy swimming, canoeing, and other recreational activities such as basketball, biking trails, volleyball, softball, archery and soccer. In keeping with the founder’s vision, Camp Viola provides a safe environment for the promotion of spiritual, physical, and emotional development of each child that participates in camp.
Fall & Winter Retreats
During the fall and winter months Camp Viola is available for other inter-departmental activities such as retreats and team building activities, as well as providing other non-profits a facility and opportunity to care for the needs of their staff and families.
Camp Viola conducts annual Community Camps, bringing together children from several local communities to provide recreational activities while simultaneously promoting social values that encourage both individualism and tolerance of the community’s differences. This camp allows participants an opportunity to develop relationships with other local and international children in the community as well as expose their parents to networking opportunities that will assist them in adjusting to the local community.
Weekend Retreats for Teen Moms
Camp Viola provides weekend retreats for teen mothers and their babies as they participate in seminars and recreation designed to enhance individual parenting skills.
Disaster Victim Shelter
The Camp Viola Board of Advisors may open the camp to victims of natural disasters and families displaced by personal circumstances in order to provide safe shelter to them until they can return to their communities or are able to move into more permanent lodging.
Team Building and Other Facilitation
Depending on your group’s event needs, Camp Viola can provide staff facilitators trained specifically in recreational and team building activities, which are easily tailored to ensure an exciting adventure for those participating in your group’s scheduled activities (event planning, team building curriculums, food services, and staff facilitators are available for additional costs).
Other Activities at Camp Viola
- Corporate outings
- Team building retreats
- Community sponsored celebrations
- Special presentations that benefit both Troup County and the many West Georgia Communities
- Family reunions
Camp Viola is a private, non-profit organization first envisioned in 1926 by Miss Viola Burks. Miss Burks was the Director of the LaGrange Welfare Association, organist, and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church on the Square in Downtown LaGrange, Georgia. In 1928, Camp Viola was founded on 180 acres as a fresh-air camp for children. Incorporated on June 18, 1928, the camp now serves over 600 children each year.
Ms. Vi, as she was lovingly known, desired to provide camping opportunities for children, at no cost to their families, that would give children the opportunity for outdoor activities and spiritual enrichment. Her legacy continues today through the hearts and activities of many local churches and community volunteers.
Camp Viola has been managed by Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc. since 1997, with oversight provided by the Camp Viola Board of Trustees. The camp continues to grow and expand community services through the generous donations from United Way, The Community Foundation of West Chattahoochee Valley and gifts from both area churches and private donors.
Camp Viola is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). The camp was first accredited in 2004 by the ACA and was last reaccredited in June 2013. ACA Accreditation ensures the facility is providing both the highest standards in outdoor camping activities as well as complying with industries most rigorous professional staffing and safety standards.
As part of Twin Cedars, Specialized Foster Care is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
Organizations, churches, and individuals can either reserve the use of the facility or refer individual children to a scheduled camp. Although our summer camps are organized and facilitated by area churches, it is sometimes possible to participate in one of the scheduled camps depending upon availability that a specific church camp sponsor may have during their week. All inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.