It's Better Than Camp! 2023 - Overnight Camp July 9-23
It's Better Than Camp!
Registration Is Open!
"My daughter got exactly what I was hoping out of the experience: independence, new adventures, and even a touch of dealing with adversity. She has already asked to return next year – and I’m already looking into signing up." - Parent, Chattanooga, TN
Our residential sleep-away camp for boys and girls 11-15 provides an intimate approach to traditional camp as it combines instruction in a variety of specialty sessions with summer favorites all kids love. Each camper enjoys their own schedule as they live in our air-conditioned dorms, dine in our Hogwarts-esque dining hall, and swim, hike, bike, and play as they take advantage of our 550-acre campus - named one of the most beautiful in the southeast. Camp will follow CDC and ACA guidelines and protocols for Covid-19. Our special programming, small group settings, and unique campus offer a relaxed one-of-a-kind "better-than-camp" summer experience!
DATES: July 9-16, 2023
DATES: July 16-23, 2023
DATES: July 9-23, 2023
COST: $2,072 (discount for second week!)
In our third year, SAS It's Better Than Camp! offers two morning specialty sessions in an array of pursuits that have included American Sign Language, ceramics, computer technology, woodworking, culinary arts, music lessons, dj sessions, dance, painting, mountain biking, karate, and theater. This year, we will offer one outdoor adventure afternoon block for everyone. Also added to this year's schedule will be a two-night campout departing Thursday afternoon and returning Saturday morning.
Cost of the camp includes specialty session instruction, air-conditioned accommodations, all meals, camp t-shirt and lanyard, laundry facilities, off-campus excursions, and all transportation during camp. The snack canteen and school store will be available on certain days for purchases. (Every residence hall is equipped with a complimentary washer and dryer for campers to do their own laundry.)
Participants will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to arrival and will be tested at check-in. At this time it is strongly recommended that all participants be fully vaccinated - please note this policy may change. Check-In is on July 9 or 16 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (CST). Departure is Sunday morning, July 16 or 23. You may contact our Camp Director if adjustments are needed regarding arrival or departure times/dates.
Registration and Cancellation Policy
If you would like to receive an information packet in the mail prior to registering, you may request one HERE. While it is best to register online, we accept printed registration forms that can be sent via email or US mail. Payment may be made with personal check via the mail or credit/debit cards. A non-refundable deposit of $150 secures your child's placement with the remaining fees due by June 30, 2023. The full cancellation policy can be found on the registration form.
Getting to SAS
Please contact the SAS Summer Auxiliary Office if you have transportation questions and/or need assistance with airport pick up / delivery. Groome Shuttle offers service from the Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Nashville airports with a convenient stop in Monteagle. Pick up from Monteagle is complimentary. We are more than happy to provide airport service in official SAS vehicles for an additional fee paid separately from registration. If your child will be flying, please contact us to coordinate airport transfer.
Below are drafts of this year's schedule.
Campers are allowed to bring personal devices however for use only during specific times. Campers may be in touch with family outside of these times with permission. We understand the importance of staying connected but also know the the value of unplugging!