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‘Best week of their life’: Dawson County Young Life to continue adventure camps this summer
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Last year Young Life of Dawson County took a group of students to Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, Colo for the group's annual summer camp event. - photo by submitted

With Georgia officials releasing restrictions each week on what citizens can do, high school ministry Young Life Dawson County has announced that its summer camp program at Sharptop Cove in Jasper will continue this summer. 

Last week, Young Life Dawson County Area Director Ben Barrett shared some of what the camp will be doing to keep high school students that attend the trip safe and healthy. 

  • Every teenager and Young Life Leader will be screened and tested “negative” for COVID-19 within 7 days of the trip.

  • While at the camp, participants will be screened each day. Campers exhibiting symptoms will be quarantined until parents can be contacted to pick up the camper.

  • No one will leave camp during the five-day adventure.

  • The total number of campers will be reduced to remain consistent with state and local guidelines. 

  • Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be utilized throughout the week.

  • SharpTop Cove will leave 36 hours between each week of camp to allow for deep cleaning and sanitizing of camp facilities.

The trip will be held from July 19 to 23 and will cost $385 per student, with discounts offered for special circumstances. 

Though Young Life camps generally have around 600 students in attendance every week throughout the summer, this year, Young Life is allowing less than 200 students to be in attendance during the course of the week. 

“There will be opportunities to experience Young Life clubs, the outdoors, a rope swing into a lake, a pool, giant slide, ropes course, amazing food, and more,” Barrett said. “It’s the best week of their lives in a place that was made for them.”

Young Life has been in Dawson County for over ten years and has taken students to a different summer camp every year. Last year, Barrett and a group of volunteer college leaders took a group of students to Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, Colo. However, Barrett is particularly excited about still getting the opportunity to go in 2020. 

“Especially given what has taken place in our country over the past three months, I am most excited for the students to experience a week away in an environment made for them, process, and hear the good news of Jesus Christ,” Barrett said. 

Parents and students can find out more information by visiting yldawson on Instagram or by going to