Giving youths the opportunity to experience outdoor activities and spiritual enrichment.
Camp Viola is a private non-profit Christian organization founded by Miss Viola Burks.
Miss Vi, as she was lovingly known, desired to provide a camp for children, at no cost to their families, that would give them the opportunity for outdoor activities and spiritual enrichment. Her legacy remains in the hearts and activities of many local churches and volunteers.
Twin Cedars entered into a management contract that continues through today. As with many endeavors, without the support of invested partners, an organization’s mission cannot be successfully carried out. Troup County and LaGrange’s faith community, particularly the following churches; First Baptist Church on the Square, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Lloyd Presbyterian Church, Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church, Rosemont Baptist Church and Western Heights Baptist Church, have been stalwart in their dedication to Camp Viola’s mission “to construct, maintain and operate camps, playgrounds and recreational facilities for the promotion of the spiritual, mental and physical welfare of the children and older persons residing in Troup County and the adjoining territory.”
These churches and their leadership have provided week-long, overnight and day camp experiences to up to sixty, eight to twelve year olds, enabling these youngsters to have a life long relationship with Jesus Christ. Since the mid 90’s more Christian schools, churches and other organizations, such as the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren have hosted retreats at Camp Viola. With the recent donation from the Callaway Foundation, Inc. allowing for much needed renovations, camp is now available year round.