Get Involved – Summer Camp

Summer Spectacular

Each summer, Friends of Refugees hosts “Summer Spectacular,” a whole summer-long day camp. Summer Spectacular exists for two distinct purposes: to provide opportunities for children’s well-being, education, and employment and to establish relationships that connect youth and their families to Jesus and His followers.

Elementary campers participate in rotations including literacy studies, character education, arts and crafts, activities, and music where campers can learn new skills that help them to be all God created them to be.

Middle school campers have a flexible schedule that includes field trips in the Atlanta area such as the Carter Center and Emory University. They also take opportunities to serve their community and learn how to work on teams to solve problems.

High School Helpers “age out” of being campers and return to give back to the program. They serve meals, assist camp counselors, and are mentored in job skills to prepare them for the workforce where they can contribute more to their families.

There are four simple ways to get involved with summer camp:

Summer Internship–College students have the opportunity to spend 10 weeks this summer loving and serving Clarkston families through Summer Spectacular. Click here to Go to the Summer Internship Page!

Volunteer–Tutor elementary or middle school students, provide a field trip, help us fundraise, chaperone a Friday Funday activity, coordinate crafts or games, and other small projects as needed. Click here to Volunteer!

Help Cover the Cost–Because many refugee families in our community have low incomes, we only charge parents $40 to send their child to our camp for the entire summer. However, the expense to Friends of Refugees is much greater than $40. Please help us keep the cost low for the parents and continue running a quality summer camp. Sponsor a camper for $240 and give the gift of a quality summer program. Click here to Give to Summer Spectacular!

Donate or Purchase Items–Along with the cost of operating our summer camp, we are always looking for supplies to facilitate camp activities. These tax-deductible donations can be new or used. Contact Josh Smith (Phone: 864-909-2954, Email: for our most current list of donation needs and drop-off details.

Items Needed:

  • First Aid supplies (Band-Aids, Gauze pads, Rubber gloves)
  • Hool-a-hoops
  • Craft beads
  • Craft string (plastic or clothe)
  • Hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Trash bags (55 gallon)
  • Toilet paper
  • Tape (Duct, masking)
  • Hand sanitizer (large bottles)
  • Zip lock bags (Quart and gallon)
  • Large bags of rice (150lbs total needed)
  • Set of novels for Middle School Academics
  • Kids’ scissors
  • Pencils
  • Nail polish
  • Play dough
  • Jump ropes
  • Personal photo albums
  • Bug catchers
  • Lanyards
  • Small paint brushes
  • Craft paint
  • Playing cards for math games (new or used) – 50 sets needed
  • Uno card decks
  • Scrimmage jerseys
  • Craft supplies