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 over 1,000 day campers at 38 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 100 accepted applicants.

1st Round: by Sep 22, 2019
2nd Round: by Nov 3, 2019
3rd Round: by Jan 5, 2020
4th Round: by Mar 8, 2020
Final Round: by May 10, 2020

Schedule an interview and submit references.

1st Round: Sep 27-Oct 11
2nd Round: Nov 8-22
3rd Round: Jan 10-24
4th Round: Mar 13-27
Final Round: May 11-17

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

1st Round: Oct 14-27
2nd Round: Nov 25-Dec 8
3rd Round: Jan 27-Feb 9
4th Round: Mar 16-29
Final Round: May 18-21

Discover your natural strengths, then learn about servant leadership theory, small group dynamics, and how to cast a vision.

May 24-29, 2020
Location: Young Harris College

Be commissioned for a summer of ministry at a special service on the Friday of ELI Leader Week.

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

Celebrate with fellow ELI participants at an end-of-summer banquet.

Continue to practice servant leadership at your home church.


Before you leave for ELI Leadership Week, please be sure to print out a Packing List and a Check-In Form.


The first 100 accepted ELI participants receive an automatic $500 leadership award toward the actual cost of ELI ($795) reducing the ELI fee to just $295 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 Caroline. To reach Stephanie or Caroline by phone, call the North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries office at (706) 864-6181.

Stephanie joined the year-round NGCRM team in 2015 after multiple years on summer staff with Glisson, Grow, and ELI. She served on Glisson’s summer leadership team for four summers (’09,’10, ’12, ’13), then joined Grow Day Camps and ELI as a Program Director for the ’14 and ’15 summers. Stephanie’s role with NGCRM includes coordinating all aspects of Grow Day Camps, the Experiential Leadership Institute (ELI) and Shoreline Camps. Prior to her role at NGCRM, Stephanie taught high school science and Spanish in North Carolina and Georgia and served for a year with a ministry organization in Kenya. Stephanie lives in Dahlonega and attends 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 DeKalb Medical. They live in Decatur with their children, Eli and Callie, and are active members of Decatur First UMC.