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SWIMMING

Camp Kingfisher maintains a junior-Olympic size pool for use by all of our campers. The shallow end of the pool has 2 sets of wide steps that allow campers to enter and exit the 3.5 foot deep water. The shallow and deep ends are separated by a rope at the 5 foot mark; at the deepest point, the pool is 12 feet deep.

  • There are 2 American Red Cross trained lifeguards, on duty at all times when campers are swimming.
  • In addition to the certified life guards the camp counselors are either swimming with campers or are an extra set of eyes on the pool.
  • We do have noodles for beginners in the shallow end.
    • Swim Test: (available for Barn, Barred and Great Horned Owls) In order to swim in the deep end, campers must pass the deep end swim test. If they fail the test and then improve, they can request to take the test again. First, campers must swim back and forth across the shallow end of the pool without stopping or touching the bottom. Second, campers must tread water for 60 seconds.
  • If your child does not wish to swim we offer limited self-directed activities in the shade.
  • Note: If you require that your child use a flotation device, please send it with him/her. If a flotation device is not provided, your child will not be permitted to swim that day.

A sincere thanks goes out to the May P. and Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust for a $100,000 donation made in 2015 in memory of Peter Abreu, a former CNC trustee and local philanthropist. The funds were used to make critically needed improvements to Camp Kingfisher’s pool and locker-room. Bernadette Mendez, a BB&T Business Recovery Officer arranged an additional $7,000 donation, through the annual BB&T Lighthouse Project, to help with acquiring landscape materials as well as pool furnishings. BB&T also provided volunteers to install the pool landscaping and repairs prior to our Summer 2015 season. Learn More!

How many kids are at the pool at a time?

On average, there are 65 kids at the pool during any given period.  In addition to 2 trained life-guards consistently on duty, we require our group counselors to observe and interact with the children. The camper’s safety is always on the fore-front of our minds during pool time.

If you have any additional questions about the swimming at Camp Kingfisher, please contact us at 770-992-2055 x222.

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CANOEING

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Camp Kingfisher runs a total of 3 different canoe ponds.  The pond your camper canoes on will be determined by his/her age group.

  • Screech Owls canoe on Kingfisher Pond 2 times a week with a counselor or trained member of our Leadership in Training (LIT) program. LIT’s are high school volunteers.
  • Barn Owls canoe on Beaver Pond 2 times a week with a counselor or trained member of our Leadership in Training (LIT) program. LIT’s are high school volunteers.
  • Barred and Great Horned Owls canoe on Heron Pond 4 times per week. Both age groups canoe with a partner to develop their paddling skills.

Staff is always present on the ponds during canoe periods. Each one of Camp Kingfisher’s canoe ponds is staffed by an American Canoe Association certified canoe instructor.  All campers and members of the staff are required to wear fitted PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices).  Campers in the Great Horned Owl program will take one trip on the Chattahoochee River (during the second week of their session), these trips start and end from the property of the Chattahoochee Nature Center.

  • What if the canoe flips? Canoes are fairly stable and flipping on one of the ponds is unlikely.  In the case of a canoe flipping, our canoe staff and LIT’s are trained to safely help swimmers get back in to the canoe.
    • Campers in the Great Horned Owl program will learn how to safely flip and re-enter a canoe.
  • How many kids canoe at a time? Only one group canoes at a time, unless the group has less than 10 campers.  The maximum number of campers at a pond at any given time is 21.

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If you have any additional questions about the canoeing at Camp Kingfisher, please contact us at 770-992-2055 x222.

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