Angela Gordon Sullivan
Director of Programming & Staff Development
Barry and Angela Sullivan have three children and have had foster children. They live in Powdersville, SC in the off-season. Angela received her degree in Elementary Education from Clemson University. She is the daughter of Chatuga founder Nield Gordon and grew up at Camp Chatuga
Director of Site & Staff Development
Rick and Sherry Moxley have six children and live in Mountain Rest, SC. Rick received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and has over 25 years in the camp industry. Sherry is the Marketing Coordinator for Chatuga.
Lucy Gordon Barnett
Director of Business
Henry and Lucy Barnett have two children and live in Westminster, SC in the off-season. Lucy is a former teacher and speech therapist with a degree from Winthrop University. She is also the daughter of Chatuga founder Nield Gordon and grew up at Camp Chatuga.
After working as summer counselors at a boys’ camp in North Carolina, former Furman University roommates and basketball teammates Nield Gordon and Everette Pigg envisioned their own boys’ camp in 1956. The coaches and their wives found farm property for sale ten miles up the Blue Ridge foothills in picturesque Mountain Rest, SC. With the purchase of this property, now 60 acres completely surrounded by Sumter National Forest, they were on their way to establishing Camp Chatuga.
The farmhouse became the camp dining hall and is the only original building still on the site–with numerous additions. The cornfield with a spring-fed creek winding through it became the lake. The old apple orchard became tennis and basketball courts.
Chatuga was named for, though spelled differently from, the nearby Chattooga River and the Chattooga Ridge on which the camp is located. “Chattooga” is a word the Cherokee Indians adapted from the Creek, “Tsa-tu-ge”, which means “we crossed here.”
Since Coach Gordon had three daughters and many parents were requesting a place for their daughters to also attend camp, Chatuga became a boys and girls camp in 1979. Ten girls joined the boys that first coed summer. Today the numbers are evenly split between boys and girls, and many children of former Chatugans (even 3rd generation!) have enjoyed Chatuga vacations.
Coach Gordon’s daughters, Angela Gordon Sullivan and Lucy Gordon Barnett (and the late Kelly Gordon Moxley) and son-in-law Rick Moxley have now operated Camp Chatuga for over 25 years. We have also been accredited by the American Camp Association since 1990.
Our love for Chatuga and commitment to continuing its tradition are reflected in the fun-filled vacations still being enjoyed by new generations of Chatugans!
Camp Chatuga is a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 1st through 11th grade.
Our mission is to:
- Bring campers and staff closer to God through relationships and nature.
- Create an envelope of safety for campers both physically and emotionally.
- Teach skills in a fun and encouraging way that campers will use throughout their lives.
Because Chatuga is committed to quality, we voluntarily participate in the American Camp Association’s accreditation program to ensure we are doing our best to provide your child a safe and enriching camp experience.
Food Service Coordinator
2017 Counselors and Support Staff
Working at Chatuga can help you experience new and exciting things. You’ll make a difference in a child’s life, get valuable job experience for any career, expand your friendships, and treasure a summer you’ll remember the rest of your life. It’s the hardest job you’ll ever love!
NEW STAFF: You must have graduated high school in 2017 or earlier to work at Chatuga. You also must have a belief in God, strong character and a desire to work with children. Click Here for the Counselor Job Description. To start your summer adventure, fill out this Staff Application. After we receive your completed application, we will contact you to set up a Skype or Face Time interview.
For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RETURNING STAFF: For staff previously employed by Camp Chatuga, fill out the Returning Staff Application below and scan/email to Angela at the above email address.
“Chatuga has been an experience of a lifetime. I struggled here at first, but after four days I fell in love with this place. Some of the people I met will forever be my best friends. The administration is perfect and so organized. You know there is something special about this place when campers are crying and begging to stay, when you see counselors dancing and singing on stage, and when you see the bond among everyone here. I LOVE this place and I never in a million years would give up my time/experience here.”
– Rebecca Reel, Counselor 2015
“The genuine love I had the privilege of sharing with campers is something I will never, ever forget. These children have left their mark on my heart forever.”
– Monica Rozman 2016
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agricultural policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).
Camp Chatuga is ideally located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina and completely surrounded by the Sumter National Forest. We have our own private lake for swimming, waterskiing and canoeing. Our environment is a beautiful place of nature and peacefulness away from modern technology; a perfect place to be a child.
From Greenville, SC take I-85 S to exit 40. Continue on Hwy 153 to Easley. At end of 153, take Hwy 123 S through Easley, Clemson and to Seneca. In Seneca, take Hwy 28 W through Walhalla, then ten miles to Mountain Rest and see below.
From Asheville, NC take Hwy 26 E to 25 S. Way before Greenville, take Hwy 11 S. Near Walhalla, turn right onto Hwy 28 W, then ten miles to Mountain Rest and see below.
From Atlanta take I-85 N to the first SC exit which is Hwy 11 N. Near Walhalla, turn left onto Hwy 28 W, then ten miles to Mountain Rest and see below.
ONCE YOU’RE NEAR MOUNTAIN REST: Be sure to stay left on Hwy 28 when it forks with Hwy 107 at Dollar General. Three miles past the fork, look for a camp sign (on left) directing you to Village Creek Road on the right. Follow Village Creek Road to the next fork (sign posted) and stay right on Camp Chatuga Road. At the white church turn left (sign posted). Follow this road straight into the camp and park on the small field to the right. Welcome!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What kind of religious emphasis does Chatuga have?
Chatuga places importance on treating people with respect and love no matter what their beliefs. Our values are based on the Ten Commandments and we sing about God in our meal blessings and campfire songs. We offer optional worship services during the two-week sessions for both Christian and Jewish faiths.
- Does your staff get background checks and training?
The success of camp lies in its leadership. Before a staff member is hired, each one undergoes reference, criminal background and national sex offender registry checks. Staff attend an intensive week-long pre-camp training with safety workshops, including American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification.
- How do you handle homesickness?
Although homesickness does happen on occasion for some children at the beginning of a session, it is generally rare after two or three days of busy and fun camp activities. Our staff are trained to recognize and handle homesickness and campers usually adjust with both counselor and parent support. Telling your campers before they arrive “I know you can do it!” helps tremendously in this area.
- Why is Chatuga’s price so reasonable? What about quality?
Chatuga strives to keep costs down without compromising quality or care because it’s our desire to make camp affordable for your family. We own our property and buildings and have no debt obligations that add to our cost, plus we keep our advertising costs down by relying on our loyal and satisfied customers to spread the word about us. Cost of living in SC is also reasonable and we produce our own brochures and DVDs.
- How are campers grouped in cabins?
Campers are grouped by grade level with some exceptions for cabinmate requests that don’t displace another camper of that age. Our ratio of campers to staff is an outstanding 4 to 1, and we are able to keep our cabin groups small to assure personal attention and a great cabin bonding experience. No more than 6 campers per cabin for “Greens” (younger campers) and no more that 8 per cabin for “Blues” (older campers).
- My child is ready for camp but I’m not! What are the benefits of sending him/her?
There are too many benefits to list! Here is a great article that explains several of them!
If there are any questions you may still have that were not answered here or elsewhere on our website, please don’t hesitate to give us call.