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Gravatt has Given so much to all of us!
Let's celebrate how we can give back

From lasting leadership skills to friends for life, Gravatt gives so much to so many: Fun, Faith, Fellowship, Role Models, Self Confidence, Laughs, Memories, and so much more! Let us know how #GravattGives to you by using the hashtag and sharing your story on social media!
 
 
 
 
 
Magic at Gravatt:
written by a Military Christmas Retreat participant, Crystal Tyson

There is a hidden, magical place off of Interstate 20, Exit 29, where families build bonds and form memories. A place that ensures you leave with more love and happiness than when you came. Located in Aiken, South Carolina, Gravatt is an Episcopal, year-round retreat center and summer youth camp that offers so much more. Founded in 1949 by the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Gravatt’s mission is to be a sanctuary for the ministry of faith formation, hospitality, leadership development, and environmental stewardship.

Gravatt offers space for retreats and meetings. There are hotel style accommodations as well as rustic camping areas, which are available for guest rental in the fall and spring. They host church groups, nonprofits, businesses, youth groups, sports teams, family reunions and more. Group sizes range from 10 to 200. There’s also space for primitive campers, team building exercises, and environmental education for school groups. Gravatt runs a one-acre farm used to educate and serve vegetables and eggs to their guests. However, they are most known for their summer camp program, which is faith-based, co-ed, and residential. They serve about 1000 1st through 11th graders each summer, along with a family camp session available. Because Gravatt wants to serve as many as possible, they offer scholarships and military discounts.

In addition to their many offerings, every December Gravatt hosts a Christmas retreat for military families. When interviewing former staff-member Lauri SoJourner, she explained the story of how this annual event began. “This retreat started in 2011. We used to do a lot of wonderful Strong Bonds events with the WTB and had a contract with them {WTB} for a military retreat at Christmas. The government funding for it {Christmas retreat} fell through at the last minute. I happened to tell a friend of mine at Rotary about our disappointment that the retreat was canceled. He happened to be an Aiken Standard reporter and said, ‘That sounds like something people in Aiken would support if I wrote a story about it.’ So he did, and we put on the retreat ourselves – with the help of a lot of volunteers. It was such an amazing gathering of the community that we decided to continue the retreat. Being able to serve the military families was something our staff looked forward to – it really breathed life into our ministry. Though we no longer have those {WTB} retreats, being able to give this gift to service men and women once a year has become a favorite tradition. Military families sacrifice a lot, and it feels good to be able to provide this for them. We have received a lot of positive feedback from the retreat participants, and our staff and volunteers love it.”

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Gravatt Deeds & Needs
A place to show gratitude to faithful supporters and acknowledge current need. 

Deeds:
We want to extend a HUGE thank you to the Wood family, whose generosity helped us build our newest camp facility: the Wood Chaplain's Cabin. Clergy will be able to use this facility throughout the year as a place of respite and relaxation among the Gravatt pines.

Needs:
  • Truck for maintenance use 
  • Bucket truck
  • 4x4 Gator or Mule
  • Commercial grade wood chipper
  • Gas powered chain saw
  • Gas powered weed eater
  • Dehumidifiers 
  • 4 drawer filing cabinet
  • Canoes/kayaks/paddle boards
  • Wood chips/mulch

Are you willing to donate or have any information on where to acquire these items? Let us know at director@campgravatt.org!

 
 
 
 
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And don't forget, summer camp registration opens November 1!
 
 
 
office@campgravatt.org | (803) 648-1817 | 1006 Camp Gravatt Road Aiken, SC 29805
 
 
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