A weekend summer camp experience for students entering 5th and 6th grade in the Fall of 2020.

The world of a preteen presents many choices. New temptations are around every corner. It’s easy to want to follow the crowd and do what everyone else is doing, but as followers of Jesus we are called to live different than everyone else. Following Jesus is what we are made for. We are His disciples and we have the opportunity to daily live out what we say we believe. James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Living Inside Out means living like Jesus and experiencing the great rewards of being a Christ follower.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Camp Jackson has decided to close for the entire summer.  That’s the bad news. But we have good news – there’s a plan B!  We are planning a mini retreat that we will do locally in Appling.  Since we just received the news that our camp has closed, we don’t have a complete schedule for you just yet, but here is what the Appling version of the 5th & 6th Grade Retreat will look like:

Friday, Sept 18 from 6-10:15 pm – Cookout, Teaching Session 1, Small Groups, and Retreat Games. (German Spotlight and Laser Tag) We’ll finish out our night with a Bonfire and Smores

Saturday, Sept 19 from 9 am 9:30 pm – Retreat Games, Crafts, Lunch, Swimming, Water Slides, Movie and Popcorn, Teaching Session 2, Small Groups, Inflatable Obstacle Course, and a Color Run.

For The Retreat, will be meeting at our church Pavilion on Friday night and Saturday activities will rotate between our Church Campus, Pavilion and the Pollard Family Home in Appling for swimming and water slides.  We will be using the church bus on Saturday and will transport children in groups to abide by the 6 ft. Social Distancing Guidelines.

Registration cost has been reduced to $20.  If you have already registered and paid the original $45 fee, we will be issuing you a refund.

We will be sending out a full schedule of the times for all Friday and Saturday activities as well as a list of snacks, food that will be served for meals, and the name of our movie.

Although we would really like to include a “spend the night” option in our retreat schedule, Covid-19 guidelines are preventing us from feeling like that is doable this year.  As an alternative, parents might want to consider hosting one or two 5th & 6th graders that their child is friends with at their home on the Friday night of the Retreat for a sleepover.

It is our hope that you will encourage your child to be a part of The Retreat even though we are not going to camp.  We have seen for many years now the relational and spiritual benefit of our 5th & 6th graders having a time devoted specifically to their age and stage of life. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail me at 706-541-1086 or sherry@kiokee.org.  I look forward to seeing your child on Fri, Sept. 18!

Declaring Him Great,

Sherry Matherly
Director of Children’s Ministry
Kiokee Baptist Church

Frequently Asked Questions

Many years ago, our rising 5th and 6th graders attended VBS each summer. As we noticed a decrease in attendance for this age group, we wondered if an alternative summer ministry event that was planned specifically for their age group might be more beneficial. This marked the start of a new ministry called The Retreat. During this weekend camp experience, we take tweens who don’t always feel like they fit in VBS but may still be too young for a student ministry camp and spend 3 days pouring into them at their age and stage of life. The Retreat is a first step towards some students being prepared to attend a week-long camp in Student Ministry.

Large group teaching sessions, small group discussions, recreation, theme games, crafts geared to their age, swimming and pool games, inflatables, laser tag, archery, fishing, campfires and more!

Busy! We start at 8:00 a.m. and stay active all day. A complete minute by minute schedule for each day is mailed to parents once a child is registered to attend.

We typically have 2 counselors for every child.

High school students through adults.

Absolutely! But please note that we will not assign a parent to be a counselor in the same group with their own child. This allows you to be at camp in close proximity to your child while also giving your child some freedom to experience what camp is like on their own.

Campers are assigned to teams by color. Upon arrival at camp, we have a welcome time where children are 1) told the color of team, 2) given an arm band to wear that matches their team color, and 3) introduced to their team counselors.

We have a separate girl/boy dorm. These buildings are across camp from each other. Male/female counselors are housed in these same dorms. Bathrooms with showers are located inside each dorm building.

We typically have a nurse on site with us at camp. If a nurse is not available to attend, we have a minimum of 3 First Aid/CPR certified counselors trained to handle minor injuries and dispense medication as needed.

Although it’s not common, we have had a few children become homesick from time to time. Typically, campers are having such a good time that they don’t think of home. But if a child does become homesick, we have many years of experience and a well-trained staff to handle these situations. If for some reason your child cannot be consoled when feeling homesick, the camp director will contact you.