Be part of a ministry team committed to fostering Christian community and spiritual growth while ministering to children across the state.


Be a counselor and young Christian role model as part of a team reaching out to hundreds of day campers at local churches this summer.


Be challenged as you discover your God-given strengths and learn servant leadership theories, small group dynamics, and how to cast a vision.

“I have learned to have a deeper understanding of myself and how I operate, and that has immensely helped me in school, work, and anywhere else where I am working with other people. I have learned to cooperate and get along with everyone, not just the people that I share the same views with.”

– ELI Participant

Become an ELI Leader

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Apply by the next deadline for inclusion in the next round of applicants. $500 leadership awards are available to first 50 accepted applicants.

1st Round: by Oct 11, 2020
2nd Round: by Nov 29, 2020
3rd Round: by Jan 10, 2021
4th Round: by Mar 7, 2021
Final Round: by May 16, 2021

Schedule an interview and submit references.

1st Round: Oct 16-30
2nd Round: Dec 4-11
3rd Round: Jan 15-29
4th Round: Mar 12-26
Final Round: May 17-21

Once accepted, register by deadline to receive award. Following deadline, unclaimed awards will be offered to other applicants.

1st Round: Nov 4-18
2nd Round: Dec 14-18
3rd Round: Feb 3-17
4th Round: Mar 31-Apr 14
Final Round: May 24-28

May 30-June 4, 2021
Location: Glisson
Discover your natural strengths, then learn about servant leadership theory, small group dynamics, and how to cast a vision.

Be commissioned for a summer of ministry.

Practice servant leadership as a counselor at one or more Grow Day Camp sites.

End-of-summer celebration with fellow ELI participants to commemorate leadership growth and ministry impact.

Continue to practice servant leadership at your home church.


Before you leave for ELI Leadership Week, please be sure to print out a Packing ListCheck-In Form, and, if needed, Medication Administration Form.


The first 50 accepted ELI participants receive an automatic $500 leadership award toward the actual cost of ELI ($850) reducing the ELI fee to just $350 for a summer of leadership coaching and experience.

Special thanks to our 2020 program sponsor who helped make our 2020 leadership awards possible: Young Harris College (Host Sponsor)

“What I’ve taken from ELI has allowed me to thrive in my school, my community and my church these past few months, and I am so excited to see where else it takes me!”

– ELI Participant


For questions about ELI, contact Stephanie or Cameron. For questions about the application or registration, contact Ian. To reach Stephanie or Ian by phone, call the North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries office at (706) 864-6181.

Stephanie joined the year-round NGCRM team in 2015 as Director of Grow+ELI+Shoreline after having served on the summer leadership team for ELI’s sibling ministry, Glisson Camp & Retreat Center (’09, ’10, ’12, ’13) and then as a program director for Grow and ELI (’14, ’15). As Co-Director of Summer Ministries, Stephanie’s role with NGCRM now includes coordinating all aspects of our summer programming. Prior to her role at NGCRM, Stephanie taught high school science and Spanish in North Carolina and Georgia. Stephanie and her husband Ian live in Dahlonega and attend Dahlonega UMC.

Some people collect baseball cards; Cameron collects camp job titles, apparently. After multiple summers as a Glisson camper and then counselor in ’05, Cameron came back to camp in ’08 and never really left: Challenge Course Director in ’08, Program Intern from ’08-’09, Day Camp Director in ’09, Project Manager from ’09-10, Worship & Media Coordinator in ’11, Director of Communication & New Initiatives from ’11-13, and Director of Emerging Ministries from ’13 to ’15. Cameron now serves as Director of Communications & Program Advancement for the NGCRM family of ministries (Glisson, Grow Day Camps, Experiential Leadership Institute, Shoreline Camps). Cameron is married to Britt who is a dietitian at Emory Decatur Hospital. They live in Decatur with their children, Eli and Callie, and are members of Decatur First UMC.