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Q: What is Camp Gailor-Maxon?
Camp Gailor-Maxon is a week-long, residential Episcopal Summer Camp for kids held at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle TN.
Q: What are the facilities like?
Campers sleep in bunk-style cabins, eat together in the dining hall of historic Claiborne Hall, and take advantage of the beautiful grounds, with swimming pool, art barn, chapel facilities, pavilion and other amenities.
Q: What are the recreational activities?
We travel by bus to nearby hiking trails, including the Fiery Gizzard trail, Foster Falls, and other sites in and around the South Cumberland State Park. We also have opportunities for rock climbing or rappelling, with appropriate supervision and gear provided by the South Cumberland Park Rangers.
Q: What time is drop-off & pick-up?
For Camps I, II, and III: Drop-off for campers at DuBose is between 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. on the Sunday of your session. Please know that early arrivals will be instructed to wait for the drop-off window. Pick-up is 9:00 a.m. sharp on Saturday. DuBose is in the Central Daylight Time zone.
For Pre-Camp / Mini-Maxon, the check-in window for campers & their guardian begins at 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday. Please know that early arrivals will be instructed to wait for the check-in window. Departure is at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. DuBose is in the Central Daylight Time zone.
Q: Can kids who are non-Episcopalians come to Camp?
Yes – Camp Gailor-Maxon is a welcoming and inclusive Christian community, and there have been many campers over the years from other denominations who have felt completely comfortable and welcome. We worship together using the Book of Common Prayer, and our program encourages kids to explore their faith honestly and without pressure.
Q: What is the food like?
The kitchen staff strives to make the menu as kid-friendly, yet healthy, as possible.
Q: What’s special about this camp?
For many of us who are camp alumni, Camp Gailor-Maxon is the place where we first felt we were part of our own Christian community. Many of us made lifetime friends here, and found camp to be an important part of our spiritual journey.
Q: What else can my child expect from his/her camp experience?
Lots of silly camp songs, laughs, and long active busy days.
Q: Who leads the spiritual program?
Camp Gailor Maxon is served by a full time clergy member-in-residence at each camp session.
Q: What kinds of training does your staff receive?
All of our staff receive American Red Cross First Aid and CPR training and also complete the Episcopal Church "Safeguarding God's Children" program. Any time we are involved in a water activity, either at the pool or a swimming hole, a counselor who is a certified lifeguard is present (we currently use the Red Cross's Lifeguarding course with the Waterfront skills module). Camp counselors must have completed at least one year of college, and each session we have a medical volunteer.
Q: Can I send letters/packages to my camper?
YES – our campers love to get mail and care packages! Please don't send food, though, since other campers in the same cabins may have food allergies.
Q: Does my child need spending money?
A: All meals and snacks are provided during a camper’s time on the mountain, but there will be one opportunity when we will go to Sewanee for a day trip to hike and worship at All Saints Chapel. There is a bookstore on the campus, and many campers like to buy a souvenirs (Sewanee shirt or hat) or snacks. If you would like to send money for your camper to have for the bookstore, you are welcome to do so. For Camps I and II, campers keep up with their own money. For Camp III, we will collect money at registration, keep it in our office, and help them at the Sewanee bookstore.
Q: What is the GAP program?
The GAP program is for high school graduates who are not yet eligible to apply as counselors. The program runs concurrent with Camp I and includes special programming as the campers prepare for college in addition to training for future staff responsibilities. There are some volunteer staff positions available for GAP participants during Camp II and Camp III. For more details, see either the application page or the GAP FAQs.