Fayetteville summer camp to open 2014

January 10, 2012 by  

Country music singer Zac Brown and his wife Shelly are bringing a new form of recreation to Fayette County, Georgia in the form of a summer camp.

Camp Southern Ground will cater to roughly 250 special needs children who have behavioral or learning disabilities. 36 acres of the 106 acre site will be used for equestrian activities. Other portions of the land will be designated for such activities as swimming, hiking and rope climbing. The goal of the camp is to improve nutritional habits and physical fitness while providing therapy designed to help children cope with their disabilities and improve their self esteem.

Gaining zoning approval for the camp ground was no easy task, however. Concerned neighbors cited increased traffic congestion and noise levels at the county commission rezoning meeting. Representatives for Camp Southern Ground countered by offering to stagger pick up and drop off times to reduce traffic in addition to designing the camp in a manner that will minimize noise levels on neighboring homes. The county commission approved the rezoning proposal unanimously after careful consideration.

According to plans, the camp will operate from May through September. In offseason months, the grounds will be open to local schools and civic groups. Fundraising efforts are expected to commence in the spring. The Browns hope to open the camp officially in the summer of 2014.

The eventual grand opening of Camp Southern Ground in the city of fayetteville will no doubt provide area print shops the opportunity to provide banner printing and other marketing services to commemorate the occasion.