“The kids came home happy every day. Keeping kids outside and busy,” Beata, mother of E age 5 & K age 8. “I like Snickers, the rabbits, & duck, duck, goose,” E., age 5. ~Beata & daughters E age 5 & K age 8.
Our staff is the best! We choose individuals that are experienced and enthusiastic about working with children. They may include teachers and current college students. We offer staff training prior to camp. All staff are:
CPR and First Aid Certified.
Provide three references, which we check.
Undergo a background check, which includes a check of the national child offender registry.
Camp Hours: 9 AM to 3:15 PM* Morning drop off: 8:45 to 9 AM. Afternoon Pickup: 3:00 to 3:15 PM. Extended Day: 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM. Extra fee. *Fridays: Parent Open House from 2:30 to 3:15 No extended day on Fridays; all campers are to be picked up by 3:15. Session E only: Thursday 7/2: Parent Open House from 2:30 to 3:15 No extended day on 7/2; all campers are to be picked up by 3:15.
Carpool Drop Off: Once on our driveway, proceed several hundred feet, then turn right to come through the open double gates and down the gravel drive into the "Parking Pasture". (Please DO NOT park by the garage of the private residence.) As you enter the "Parking Pasture" please stay to the right going down hill. To exit, make a U-turn and exit coming up the hill to the right near the large pine tree. If you are the "first in line," please pull all the way up to the big pine tree to unload. Please note we have a narrow driveway; if possible, please wait for all campers to arrive before leaving. Cars exiting should yield to cars trying to enter off the road. You may parallel park, single file, along the fence on either side, although if you park on the side with the pine tree, you should be facing up hill. We will have staff to direct you. Please do not block any gates or other cars! Exception for low sports cars: you may drop/pickup your camper by the garage.
Carpool Drop Off/Pick Up Inclement Weather: Please follow the same instructions as above. Staff will walk campers to your car. Please do not all try to drive to the private residence by the garage!
First Day: Please arrive at 8:30 on the first day, and bring the printed & signed Waiver, & any prescription medications (in the prescription bottle with your campers name on it.) Carpool is similar to other days, except please park perpendicular to the arena. Once parked, you and your camper may enter through the large gate that faces to the barn on the gravel driveway, and walk with your child to join the other campers in the barn area. Please close all gates behind you.
Yes, your camper may request one friend to be in his or her group. Please enter the friend's name where requested in online registration. The friend must also request your camper. Campers are generally grouped based on the grade they are entering in the fall, so friends will need to be the same age, and/or entering the same grade. Please remind campers in groups with friends that just like at school, everyone is to be welcoming and inclusive of new friends. Note: Most campers do not come to camp with a friend, and make new friends and have a great time! We are a very friendly place!
Friends, Siblings & Relatives: May request to be in the same group only if they are the same age or entering the same grade, similar to at school.
No, unfortunately we will not be offering transportation this year. We are happy to share your contact information with parents of other campers during your session if you would like to arrange a carpool. Registration is required by May 1 to be on the carpool list.
We have not had a “problem” with either in the past. That said, we will be OUTDOORS! We DO NOT spray the property with insecticide, for environmental considerations. Below please find some things parents can do to help repel ticks & mosquitoes from their campers:
Tick-repellent clothing. While at camp, we recommend campers wear light colored clothing treated with permethrin, an insecticide that repels and kills ticks and mosquitos on contact. Its formula is safe and EPA-approved, and can be used on clothing. Parents can spray it on their child’s clothes at home or can purchase pre-treated clothing and gear with the Insect Shield label from retailers such as LL Bean or REI. Parents can also send clothing directly to Insect Shield to be treated. https://www.insectshield.com; https://www.acacamps.org/news-publications/blogs/camp-connection/tips-lyme-disease-prevention-camp
EPA-approved tick repellent (such as DEET or picaridin) and insecticide (such as permethrin) to skin, clothing, and shoes as directed. EPA-approved, CDC-recommended repellents containing 20% Picaridin, 20%-30% DEET, or 30% natural Lemon Eucalyptus oil are the most effective. See ACA, link, above.
At the end of the day, once at home, please:
- Check your camper for ticks
- Put clothes in the dryer for 15 minutes
- Have your camper take a bath, especially before being with children under age 5 or the elderly.
- See other recommendations for tick awareness at: https://globallymealliance.org/education-awareness/be-tick-aware/
Lost & Found Basket: Please label EVEYTHING!! Lost and found will be at carpool daily and during the Parent Open House on Friday. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of camp. Magnolia Farm is not responsible for lost or damaged items.
We have a fun, action packed week for your camper outdoors on the farm! With that in mind, it is very important that all campers:
- Get a good nights sleep each night before camp.
- Stay well hydrated before and after camp. Drink at least one glass of water, juice or sports drink each morning before camp, and several in the evening. (Not tea or chocolate milk, as these dehydrate.)
- Eat a full nutritious breakfast each morning before camp.
- In the unlikely event your camper says things are not going as he/she expected or there is an area of concern, please inform the Director immediately via text and/or email, and we’ll arrange a time to talk on the phone that evening.
All activities occur rain or shine! In the event of a thunderstorm, high winds, tornado watch/warning, or other inclement weather, campers will be moved indoors. We have fun rainy day activities planned, such as arts and crafts, board games, skits and more! For your safety, in the event of a tornado watch or warning, do not come get your camper until the watch/warning passes.
Horseback riding lessons are generally offered in the morning during regular camp hours. The riding schedule will be emailed to campers several days before each week of camp. Riding will take place in a light rain, but not a thunderstorm or high winds. Please send your child ready to ride on the scheduled days, even if rain/thunderstorms are forecast. Please see “What to Bring List,” where we strongly suggest campers have clothes for all our activities at camp everyday, especially during weeks with bad weather, as we will work programs in as we can. With over 20 animals on the farm, events may be rescheduled for reasons other than weather!
We want to here from you! We would prefer to be contacted via (ranked in order of our preference):
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for general/non timely questions, i.e. changes for the next day or later in the week. During camp, we check/respond to email Monday to Friday between 6 pm and 8 pm.
- By text* at 770.337.4785 on timely issues that we need know about before the end of camp that day.
- If you must speak to us on the phone during camp hours, please text* us to request we call you.
- In the unlikely event your camper says things are not going as he/she expected or there is an area of concern, please inform the Director immediately via email or text,* and we will set up a time to talk on the phone in the evening.
- *Please ALSO email us summarizing any special requests, such as permission to ride home with a friend not mentioned on the registration form, info regarding late arrival/early dismissal, messages or instructions given verbally at carpool, sent via text or over the phone.
- Please do not send messages on a note via your child.
Via Email: Once you have completed online registration, you will automatically receive a confirmation email from email@example.com. Please be sure the email you provide are ones you check regularly, and update your account if you start using a new email address. Please check your SPAM, and permit our email address to be received in your general inbox going forward. We will send you important email reminders.
During camp, in the unlikely event your child gets sick or injured, we will contact the camper's parents by phone. If we are unable to reach the campers' parents, we will contact the emergency contact numbers. Please add our contact to your phone NOW so we will be able to reach you in the unlikely event of an emergency: Magnolia Farm 770.337.4785. During camp, please keep your voice mail clear. Kindly ask the camper’s other parent to do the same!
NOTE: Our registration is coordinated through Active Works: if you have used this vendor to register for other events in the past, please be sure to update your account information to reflect your current email, phone and other contact information. You may update your existing Active Works account for Magnolia Farm thru this link:
Magnolia-Farm-Waiver-and-Release-of-Liability-Day-Camp-2020 Please read, print and sign a copy of this and bring with your camper the first day, in addition to the online signature.
3231 Immunization Form. Provided by your child's physician; please have them email/ mail it to us.
Camper Picture: to help us learn your child's name in advance!
Click here to upload these forms, make payments, and update your account with us. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept these forms via email/ mail/hand delivery (Except for the Waiver.) How to Upload Forms
All forms are due by May 1. For those registering after May 1, please submit forms ASAP, and no later than two weeks before your campers first day of camp.
Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning Exemption: Magnolia Farm Day Camp program is not required to be licensed and is not licensed, as it qualifies for Exemption as a day camp program. Such exemption does not affect the authority of local, regional or state health department, fire, building or zoning officials to inspect and approve facilities and locations.
Summer Camp and LIT Payment: $100 non-refundable deposit is due per camper per session at the time of online registration. The remaining tuition may be paid either in full at the time of registration; or as an automatic draft from your credit card, or two installments: one on March 15 and April l5. We accept Visa and MasterCard. Registration made after April 15 will need to pay in full at time of registration.
Cancelations made prior to May 1 will receive a refund of tuition paid, less the $100 non-refundable deposit per camper per session. Please submit requests to us via email. You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours noting credit returned to your credit card on file. We are not able to give refunds after May 1 on summer camp registration.
Transfer of Sessions: Campers may transfer to another session, space available, at no additional charge prior to May 1. There is a $20 fee to change sessions after May 1. Please submit requests via email at least 7 days before the start of the session to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours.
Am I required to pay extra to join Active Advantage or buy the Booking Protection when I register for camp?
No! Magnolia Farm has used ActiveWorks, a third party registration service, for many years to handle our registration and billing. You are not required to join Active Advantage or buy Booking Protection; these are additional services ActiveWorks is selling. It is our understanding that you have the option to buy these services during registration.
If you have questions about these products, or purchased these services and wish to cancel them, with a refund, you may do so as follows:
Active Advantage: Please contact consumer support via email@example.com.
Booking Protection: Please contact Booking Protection: https://bookingprotect.com/refund/
Unfortunately, we are not able to give refunds for campers that miss camp due to illness. If a camper misses 2 or more days during a session due to illness, those days may be made up during another session, space available.
Campers with contagious illnesses (excluding a mild case of the common cold), are not to be sent to camp. If a camper has a fever, stomach virus (vomiting and /or diarrhea), or any other contagious illness, they must be "well," that is fever and stomach virus free, for 24 hours before sending them to camp. (Just like at school!)
In the even your camper gets sick with a contagious illness at camp, we will call you or the emergency contact to come get your camper. Parents of the other campers in attendance that week will be informed that day if a camper is sent home with a contagious illness. We will include the nature of the illness, but of course the name of the ill camper is confidential. For helpful information on keeping your camper healthy, please see this link: https://www.acacamps.org/sites/default/files/resource_library/parents/parentflyer.pdf.
We ask that campers not bring food or snacks to camp containing ingredients from peanuts. If staff observes peanut products, they will be sent home with campers. While we discourage the bringing of peanut products, we do not have a formal means of enforcing this policy.
Campers are expected to follow camp rules and treat other campers, staff, animals and property with respect; bullying and other disrespectful behavior is not tolerated. Discipline procedures will follow a progression: first a verbal correction from staff, then a 5 minute time out from activities, and if the misbehavior continues, being removed from the activity, sent to the director and notification of parents. Magnolia Farm reserves the right, at its discretion, to dismiss any Participant who violates Magnolia Farm rules or whose conduct is determined by Magnolia Farm to be detrimental to him or herself, other Participants, or the general welfare of the Farm. No refund will be made in case of dismissal.
While we would like to welcome all campers, our program may not be suitable for campers with special needs. Our days combine structured activities with unstructured time to allow children to have creative play. The daily schedule may vary, as some activities are offered on a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday rotation. As we are offering camp, and not school, the environment will by nature be louder than a classroom. Please contact us to discuss if our program would be suitable for your child.