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Community Impact: Camp Twin Lakes

For more than 25 years, Camp Twin Lakes has supported fully adaptive year-round camp experiences for children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities or other life challenges.

The Jackson EMC Foundation recently awarded Camp Twin Lakes a $15,000 grant to help provide financial assistance to campers living in the Jackson EMC service area.

“Camp Twin Lakes provides everything you would experience at a typical summer camp, from horseback riding to archery,” said Cheryl Belair, chief development officer of Camp Twin Lakes, a nonprofit organization with camps in Rutledge and at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder. “We partner with 60 other nonprofit organizations across the state, providing on-site medical professionals to adapt to each child’s needs and ensure they are able to participate.”

“It’s our commitment to provide scholarships for every camper, so that no child is turned away due to an inability to pay. Camp Twin Lakes serves around 600 campers from Jackson EMC’s service area. All donations from the Jackson EMC Foundation fund our camper scholarship program,” Belair said.

The Jackson EMC Foundation has awarded almost $100,000 in grant funds supporting Camp Twin Lakes over the past decade. For campers in the Jackson EMC service area, a Camp Twin Lakes scholarship means more than a fun, summer experience, but also an opportunity for growth and community. 

“At home, these children may be the only individuals in their communities facing their specific challenges. At Camp Twin Lakes, campers are immediately surrounded by peers with the same physical and medical challenges as them. Each program is geared to encourage campers to grow in their leadership and friendship-making skills, giving them the confidence to leave camp as more successful community members,” Belair said. 

“Camp Twin Lakes is grateful, not only to the Jackson EMC Foundation, but to the members whose continued support of Operation Round Up allows for such generous contributions.”

To learn more about Camp Twin Lakes, visit camptwinlakes.org.