North Georgia Bible Camp is the result of much vision, prayer, planning, hard work, sacrifice, and hope. It all started in 1969 when numerous members of the Church of Christ in the North Georgia area saw the pressing need for a Bible camp each summer in the area. A Board of Directors was formed and consisted of Christian brethren throughout the North Georgia area. The intention was to provide an annual encampment that would include daily chapel, daily Bible teachings and applied Christian principles in activities for all who attend.
We started out by renting camps through the North Georgia area for two weeks each year. This continued until the 27 beautiful acres where Camp Wetoga is now located was made available by the generosity of Jim and Ann Searcy in the early 1980s. The late Brother Lawrence Stanley gave it the name, which is an old Cherokee Indian word meaning “We pull together.” This land is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, between Blairsville and Blue Ridge, Georgia, just off the Appalachian Highway and U.S. 76. It is bordered on three sides by the beautifully preserved Chattahoochee National Forest.
In 1983, a spacious well-equipped dining hall, a boys’ and a girls’ village each having four cabins and a modern bath house, a swimming pool, a large ball field and recreation area, a crafts area, and two staff cabins were added on several years later. The first week at Camp Wetoga, we had 125 campers per week. Since then, we have had between 100 and 225 campers who are from 8-18 years old each week, but we have grown to having 3-4 weeks of camp. These numbers aren’t the ones that matter to us, however, because our objective is to help boys and girls know God as Creator, Father, and Friend and to lead each camper who is at an understanding age to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Each week, during Worship, we have campers who want to want to be restored and we gladly help them with that need. Every week since North Georgia Bible Camp began in 1969, no matter where we were meeting and if we had a pool or a river, after a long Bible study with each student the angels have rejoiced as another name has been entered into the Lamb’s book of life. Over the years, there have been over 500 baptisms and countless people restored.
The camp’s primary objective is to help get people to Heaven, but it’s not just for the children. Many men and women have sacrificed hundreds and thousands of hours of their lives for Camp Wetoga or put up everything they had against the mortgage and say they would do it again in a heartbeat. The journey to Heaven is not meant to be taken alone .We hope you consider Camp Wetoga, as we strive to to make each person aware of his or her social responsibility and to influence them to help make their community and country a better place in which to live.