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.
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. 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. Please do not block any gates or other cars!
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: If you have not submitted all forms, or have medication to drop off, please arrive at 8:30 on the first day. All others may arrive between 8:30 and 8:45. 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. After the first day, staff will come to the parking pasture to greet your camper.
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 entering the same grade. 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!
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.
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 us immediatelyvia text and or email, and set up a time to talk with us on the phone in the 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.
Group riding for all campers is planned for Monday and Wednesday mornings, weather permitting. (Archery is generally offered Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings.) Campers who have signed up for an additional lesson (extra fee) will ride on Tuesday during regular camp hours. Riding will take place in a light rain, but not a thunderstorm or high winds. Please send your child ready to ride on these 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. Note: this is meant to be a general outline of activities; With over 20 animals on the farm, events may be rescheduled for reasons other than weather!
We want to hear from you! We would prefer to be contacted via (ranked in order of our preference):
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org general/non timely questions, 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 that camp 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 us immediatelyvia email or text* if you choose, and set up a time to talk with us on the phone in the evening.
- *Please ALSO email us summarizing any special requests, such as permission to ride home with a friend, info regarding late arrival/early dismissal, messages or instructions given verbally at carpool, sent via text or over the phone.
Once you have completed online registration, you will automatically receive a confirmation email from us at email@example.com. Please check your SPAM, and if possible, permit this email address to be received in your general email inbox, not SPAM, going forward. We will send you important email reminders going forward from this address.
Magnolia Farm Camp Waiver 2018. Please also print and sign a copy of this to bring with your camper the first day.
3231 Immunization Form. Provided by your child's physician; please have them email/ mail it to us.
Click here to upload these forms, make payments, and update your account with us (preferred.) ~OR send forms as an email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. ~OR mail to 14325 Birmingham Hwy., Alpharetta, GA 30004. Please note what sessions your camper will be in.
We encourage you to please submit all forms by May 31, but no later than two weeks before your campers first day of camp.
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 April 1 and May l. We accept Visa and MasterCard cards. Registration made after May 1 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 deposit per camper per session. Please submit requests to us via email. We are not able to give refunds after May 1 on summer camp registration or lessons.
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.
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 optionto buy these services during registration.
If you 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 via email 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.