Session # 5- Senior Citizens

Session #6- Black Light Rave

Session #7- American Redneck

Session #8- Cowboys & Indians

    Traditional Camp                          Adventure Program
   $695 + $45 store fee                       $775 + $45 Store fee
  Boys and Girls Ages 7-14               Boys and Girls Ages 12 -14
Session 1 June 1 – June 7                 Session 1 CLOSED
Session 2 June 8 – June 14              Session 2 June 8 - June 14
Session 3 June 15 – June 21            Session 3 June 15 – June 21
Session 4 June 22 – June 28           Session 4 June 22 – June 28
CLOSED JUNE 29 – JULY 5             CLOSED JUNE 29 – JULY 5
Session 5 July 6 – July 12                 Session 5 July 6 – July 12
Session 6 July 13 – July 19               Session 6 July 13 – July 19
Session 7 July 20 – July 26              Session 7 July 20 – July 26
Session 8 July 27 – August 2            Session 8 July 27 – August 2
  
           Day Camp                                      Leader in Training
      $345 + $45 store fee                       $1400 + $150 store fee
Monday thru Friday 8:00 – 5:30        Boys and Girls Ages 15 – 16
           Sessions 1 – 8                           Session 1 June 1 – June 28
                                                                 Session 2 July 6 – Aug 2

Mike Castronis, or Coach Mike to Y Campers, is head of alumni relations for the camps. Growing up a Y Camp has been a huge influence on his life. Mike is from Athens, GA and spent his entire childhood at AYC. After playing football and graduating from UGA, Mike earned a DMIN from Columbia Seminary and retired from the ministry in 2009. He, his wife Danielle and son Nic are proud to call AYC home once again.

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Girls Camp Alumni

Boys Camp

Typical daily schedule. League games and classes are replaced with trips and special activities on those days. Weather has a lot to do with it:)
Chattooga
Chattooga
7:45 Wake up
8:20 KP
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Cabin Clean Up
9:10 Morning Cabin Devotions
9:45 Class #1 (or trip)
10:40 Class #2 (or trip)
11:35 Class #3 (or trip)
12:25 Cabin Time
12:50 KP
1:00 Lunch
1:45 Rest Time
3:15 Afternoon Activity or Trips
4:15 Free Time
5:30 Cabin Time
5:50 KP
6:00 Dinner
6:45 Cabin Choice
7:30 Eveving Program
8:30 Evening Vespers
10:00 Lights Out (youngest girls have a 9pm lights out)

Classes consist of 30-45 minute activity periods lead by instructors that teach new skills or improve on existing ones.
aerobics
archery
arts n crafts
baseball (AYC only)
basketball
Bible study (AYC only)
canoeing
cheerleading (CC only)
dance (CC only)
diving
drawing and painting (CC only)
football (AYC only)
golf
guitar
jewelry making (CC only)
horseback riding (ages 9-14; CC only)
kayaking (ages 10-14 AYC, 11-14 CC)
nature study
outdoor living skills/camping
praise team (CC only)
riflery
ropes course/climbing wall (ages 10+)
scrapbooking (CC only)
soccer
skateboarding/rollerblading (bring your own gear and safety equipment; AYC only)
swimming/beginner (required for beginning and non-swimmers)
swimming/swim team (instructional strokes)
tennis
theatre arts/drama (CC only)
volleyball (CC only)
wrestling (AYC only)
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Activities
These are some of the fun things there are to do at camp!
AYC
Lodge Meetings
The Blob
Morning Assemblies
100 ft. Silver Bullet Slide
Evening Vespers
Swimming
Variety shows
Fishing
Ping Pong
Canoeing
Zip Line
Kayaking
Pushball
Slip-n-Slide
League Games
AYC field day
Co-ed events with Chattooga

CHATTOOGA
Daily Cabin Devotions
Cabin Choice
Evening Vespers
Girl's Leg Wrestling
Canoeing/Kayaking
Variety shows
Swimming
Teambuilding
Diving
The Blob
Water Sports Competition
Scavenger hunts
Hiking
Sports and Games
Chattooga field day
Co-ed events with AYC
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Trips
Trips are taken almost everyday by some group of campers. Sliding Rock Gorge trips happen on Tues and Thur for the boys, Fri for the Girls and are limited to 50 people each time by the State of GA DNR. Older campers have priority on this trip.
Tallulah Gorge State Park
Sliding Rock in Tallulah Gorge
Watersports on Lake Rabun
Tubing in Helen
Panther Creek Falls
Minihaha Falls
Cabin Campouts

Classes consist of 30-45 minute activity periods lead by instructors that teach new skills or improve on existing ones.


  • archery
  • arts n crafts
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • Bible study
  • canoeing
  • cheerleading

dance
diving
football
golf
guitar
kayaking (ages 10-14 AYC
nature study
outdoor living skills/camping
riflery
ropes course/climbing wall (ages 10+)
soccer
skateboarding/rollerblading (you may bring your own gear and safety equipment)
swimming/beginner (required for beginning and non-swimmers)
swimming/swim team (instructional strokes)
tennis
wrestling (AYC only)


Activites are enjoyed during free time or as organized events

The waterfront:  Swimming, The Blob, 100 ft. Silver Bullet Slide, Zip Line and Dive Tower

The Lodge:  Morning Assemblies with praise and worship, Evening Vespers with camp songs and worship, Variety shows

The Lake:  Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking

The Gym:  Ping Pong, Basketball, Wrestling

The Field:  Pushball, Capture the Flag, Slip-n-slide, Indian War Games

Other Activities:  League Games (competitive sports), field day, coed events with Chattooga


Trips are taken almost everyday by some group of campers. Sliding Rock trips in Tallulah Forge  are limited to 50 people each time by the State of GA DNR. Older campers have priority on this trip.

Lake Rabun Outpost camp for Tubing, swimming and camping outTallulah Gorge State Park
Sliding Rock in the bottom of the Tallulah Gorge
Tubing the Chattahoochee River in Helen
Hiking and enjoying Panther Creek Falls

As a Parent, "Why Choose Our Summer Camps?"

Location:
    Nestled in the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains in the town of Tallulah Falls, GA.
Experience:
    We were founded in 1898 and 1933 for over 150 years of experience.
Christianity:
    We are committed to a Christian camping experience.
Traditions:
    The ice-cream hike, Tallulah Gorge slippery rock, apple pie ridge, Lake Rabun Gorge to name a few.

Typical daily schedule. League games and classes are replaced with trips and special activities on those days. Weather has a lot to do with it:)

7:30 Wake up
7:35 Pledge to flag & morning exercise
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Cabin cleanup - campers help tidy up.
9:15 Cabin Inspection
9:30 Morning Assembly - campwide singing of old Christian hymns and devotion.
10:15 League Games - competitive, age appropriate games. (or trip)
11:45 Supervised Free Time - general swim, store time, organized games
1:00 Lunch
1:45 Rest Time - campers are confined to their bunk to quietly read or rest.
2:45 Class #1 (or trip)
3:15 Class #2 (or trip)
4:00 Class #3 (or trip)
4:45 Supervised Free Time general swim, store time, organized games.
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Free Time - cabins occasionally play games as a group.
8:00 Evening Vespers - campwide singing of fun choruses and devotion
8:25 Evening Activity - games like pushball, campfires, and of course capture the flag!
9:45 Cabin Devotions - lead by cabin leaders after showers.
10:00 Lights Out

• Girl Scout Activity Guide

• Ropes Course Release Form

• AYC Map

• Chattooga Map

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Cabin Life

Campers are placed in a cabin with campers their own ages. This is their home while they are at camp. Cabins house between 8 and 13 campers. Each cabin has a bathroom located in the building and campers are responsible for keeping their living quarters neat and tidy. Twin size bunk beds are used for sleeping and sheets are recommended.We do our best to honor cabinmate request and can usually honor them as long as the campers are within ONE year of age of each other.  Be mindful that it is difficult to put four or more boys that know each other in the same cabin due to the negative affects of the cabin dynamics.  This will be their home while they are at camp. Cabins house between 8 and 14 campers. Each cabin has a bathroom located in the building and campers are responsible for keeping their living quarters neat and tidy. Twin size bunk beds are used for sleeping and sheets are recommended.

Campers are kept very busy during their time at camp. A typical day consist of cabin cleanup, league games, rest hour, classes, free-time, morning and evening assemblies, evening activites and cabin devotions. Three meals are squeezed into the daily routine.

The strength of a good summer camp comes from its staff, and we mean the seasonal summer camp staff. They have the most important jobs in camp. The summer staff position requires many different roles be fulfilled: role model, friend, disciplinarian, comedian and referee to name a few.

Our staff creates a fun atmosphere within a carefully controlled and tightly monitored environment that encourages campers to grow and develop. All staff members must be committed - to listen to a story, hear a joke or respond to a concern. They must feel comfortable giving a hug, maintaining order and offering words of encouragement. Most important, they must always serve as positive role models.

                                                         "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6

Hiring staff is the most important part of summer camp!

How do I become a member of the camp staff and what do I need to know? Click here to start the process and learn what it takes to the join our team.

Now Hiring:  Boys and Girls camp staff - apply today. 
Special Needs:  ACCT Cert Level I, II and CC Manager

APPLY HERE

All staff must have the following forms completed and on file before they can begin their employment with us. Just click below to download.

Here are common forms to prepare for your visit to camp!

Ask any boys or girls camp staff member what is the most important job at camp and they will reply "to keep kids safe".  We take your child’s health and safety very seriously and work to properly train our staff to handle any situation that arises.  We are ACA (American Camp Association) accredited and our 6:1 camper-to-counselor ratio provides a balance between freedom and attention.

Infirmary

    A registered nurse or doctor resides in the fully equipped infirmary, which is open 24 hours a day and is centrally located on the camp grounds. The camp doctors, who are on call at all times, issue orders to the infirmary staff in regards to the well being of campers. The infirmary staff dispenses medications that are brought from home. The camp physicians and several hospitals are all located within twenty minutes of the camp. It is our camp policy to notify parents if their child is seriously ill or injured after we have taken the appropriate steps to ensure their safety.

Dining

    Ask anyone that has been to either camp, and they will tell you the food is awesome! All you can eat family style meals are prepared and served by an experienced kitchen staff. The meals are nutritious but also fun; menus are geared to please the young palate.

Staff

    We hire the highest quality staff to mentor and lead your children. Our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR. We screen each applicant with an in-depth interview, multiple reference checks and background checks by state and national authorities.

Land & Water Activities

    Safety is a major focus in all activities. Campers are required to wear Coast Guard approved life jackets at all times while canoeing or  participating in water sports at our outpost on Lake Rabun.  The buddy system is used for all swimming areas and beginner swimmers are placed in swim class and given special attention from the staff.  Our boat drivers are Coast Guard certified. For land activities, staff is trained on safety and instructional methods by professional organizations such as the National Archery Associaton, the National Rifle Association, Camp Horseman’s Association, Association of Challenge Course Technology, and the American Camp Association.

Packing List

Traditional Camp (* recommended for day camp)
Bible*
8 shirts
8 pairs shorts
8 pairs undergarmets
8 pairs socks
2 pairs jeans/atheletic pants
2 pairs tennis shoes
flip flops/sandals*
2 swimsuits* (one-piece swimsuits for Chattooga)
sunscreen/bug repellent*
water bottle*
laundry bag
hat*
flashlight
stationary/stamps/writing utensils
bath/beach towels*
washcloths
sleeping bag
sweatshirt/lightweight jacket*
raincoat or poncho*
twin sheet set
blanket
pillow
pillow cases
pajamas
bathrobe
shower shoes
TOILETRIES (shower caddy is helpful)
deodorant
soap and soap dish
shampoo/conditioner
toothbrush/paste
comb/brush
personal hygeine items

    Optional:
    tennis racket and balls*
    fishing pole and tackle*
    musical instrument
    softball glove
    camera and film*
    costumes (Western and Hawaiian especially)

    DO NOT BRING:
    waterballoons
    food or candy
    tape/CD player
    electric fan
    radio/walkman
    fire crackers
    Game Boy/video games
    television/DVD player
    ipod/mp3 players
    weapons
    video games
    drugs
    cellular telephones
    pagers

Cyd Quarterman is Director of Camp Chattooga. Athens Y Camps Executive Director Edward Schaefer originally recruited Cyd in 2000 to assist him in the monumental task of re-opening Camp Chattooga, which had been closed since the early 1980's. Serving as CC Director from 2001 to 2004, Cyd reestablished numerous cherished camp traditions and programs setting the camp on a firm foundation for future growth. She has a Master's degree in Leisure and Recreation Administration, she teaches outdoor leadership and education at Toccoa Falls College and she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership. Her husband Bill also teaches at TFC and is the Director of the Counseling Psychology Department. Additionally he is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Georgia. Bill and Cyd have two sons, Ford and Casey who are recent college graduates. Cyd fell in love with camping as a young girl at Phantom Lake YMCA camp. As a result, she has devoted her life to the field of outdoor education and firmly believes that camping is the most powerful way to positively impact others.

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From Atlanta:

Take I-85N to I-985N towards Gainesville. 985N becomes GA 365 which becomes US 441N. Take US 441N to Tallulah Falls, GA. After crossing the Tallulah Gorge Bridge (Lake Tallulah on the left and Tallulah Gorge on the right) turn left onto Terrora Circle at the traffic signal. This will deadend in 50 yds (trun rt).  Go two miles and take a left after the 2nd bridge onto Y Camp Road. We are one mile up at the end of the road. CHARTER BUSES GO THROUGH THE TRAFFIC SIGNAL ABOUT 1/2 MILE, TURN LEFT ONTO TERRORA CIRLCE BY THE TALLULAH RIVER RESORT.
 

From Asheville:

Take I-40W to US 23/74S. Take 441S in Sylva through Franklin, NC and Clayton, GA. Turn right onto Terrora Cirlce from 441S (by the Tallulah River Resort). Take a right onto Y Camp Road. We are one mile up at the end of the road.

From Greenville:

Take US 123W to US 76W in Seneca, SC. Stay on US 76 to Clayton and take 441S in Clayton. Turn right onto Terrora Cirlce from 441S (by the Tallulah River Resort). Take a right onto Y Camp Road. We are one mile up at the end of the road.

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If you are staying for the day or wanting to plan a week long camp for your organization we have you covered!

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The Athens Y Camp for Boys was founded in 1898 by Walter T. Forbes. Mr. Forbes also founded Camp Chattooga for Girls in 1933 as a sister camp to AYC. The camps are owned by the Athens YMCA and are accredited by the American Camp Association.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6
The mission of the Athens Y Camps is to provide a safe atmosphere for young men and women to aide them in maturing and growing as they learn and excel in various physical activities and social interaction, all based on Judeo-Christian principles.

The positions of camp leader, supervisor, assistant director and director, are never taken lightly. The opportunity to work with a child is a wonderful privilege which the staff treasures.

The majority of camp staff attended camp as campers and have come back to serve as returning staff. A week long leadership training session further prepares the staff for their summer responsibilities. Most staff members are certified by the Red Cross in First Aid and CPR, and all of our waterfront staff are certified lifeguards. A 6:1 camper to staff ratio ensures campers will get the individual attention they need.

Because of the importance experience has on job placement, camp leaders are young men and women ranging from high school juniors to college students. All camp supervisors must be a sophomore in college and have prior experience in camping. The rest of our staff is composed of college students and graduates.

Each day of camp, the staff has a meeting that ends in prayer to ask for guidance and protection as they lead their campers through the day.

Edward Schaefer is the Executive Director of Athens Y Camp for Boys and Camp Chattooga for Girls. He lives in Toccoa, GA with his wife, Paula and three children, Paul, Garland, and Spencer. Edward is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Youth Ministries. His wife has a double major in Psychology and Public Relations and a Masters in Counseling. Edward has been a part of AYC since his youth having gained over 35 years of experience with the camps.

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Fun, traditions and Christian values in a rustic setting - that's what makes us so special, along with over 800 rolling, wooded acres in Tallulah Falls, GA. Our programs provide opportunities for skill personal development and spiritual growth with lots of fun - and all this is provided in a safe, protective environment both kids and parents feel good about. The girls camp setting is on a beautiful mountainside with a lake and horse stable surrounded by mountain laurel thickets.  There are opportunities to make new friends, improve abilities and develop greater strength of character and personality. Of course, the health and safety of each camper is top priority; our 1:6 counselor-to-camper ratio assures close supervision of all activities.

We offer several camp programs that are designed to give every camper a unique experience. Click the program links to find which one may be right for you.

The Athens Y Camp for Boys was founded in 1898 by Walter T. Forbes. Mr. Forbes also founded Camp Chattooga for Girls in 1933 as a sister camp to AYC. The camps are owned by the Athens YMCA and are accredited by the American Camp Association.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

- Proverbs 22:6

The mission of the Athens Y Camps is to provide a safe atmosphere for young men and women to aide them in maturing and growing as they learn and excel in various physical activities and social interaction, all based on Judeo-Christian principles.  Our mission drives our programming and daily schedule. Competitive games, out of camp trips, activities and devotions are offered in both timeless and creative ways to achieve our mission.

We are Christian based summer camps and retreat centers in Tallulah Falls, GA owned by the Athens YMCA. The camps include traditional (day & resident), adventure and leadership programs. It is our goal for your child to have the best possible camping experience during their stay with us. Although the camps are only separated by a few thousand yards, each camp has its own private facilities and programs. Our tenured, stable leadership and rustic but modern camp setting are second to none. Our traditions and programs make us a benchmark in the camping industry.

Safety is a priority. A RN or MD resides in the fully equipped infirmary that is open 24 hrs and is centrally located on the grounds. All medication is stored and dispensed through the infirmary. Most of the camp staff are CPR and First Aid certified and all waterfront staff are certified lifeguards. Both camps are ACA accredited which means we have successfully fulfilled the requirements of over 200 standards that are the benchmark for a safe and well-operated camp program and facility.  The positions of camp leader, supervisor, assistant director and director, are never taken lightly. The opportunity to work with a child is a wonderful privilege which the staff treasures.

The majority of camp staff attended camp as campers and have come back to serve as returning staff. A week long leadership training session further prepares the staff for their summer responsibilities. Most staff members are certified by the Red Cross in First Aid and CPR, and all of our waterfront staff are certified lifeguards. A 6:1 camper to staff ratio ensures campers will get the individual attention they need.

Because of the importance experience has on job placement, camp leaders are young men and women ranging from high school juniors to college students. All camp program staff must be at least 21 years old and have prior experience in camping. The rest of our staff is composed of college students and graduates.  Each day of camp, the staff has a meeting that ends in prayer to ask for guidance and protection as they lead their campers through the day.

 

As a Parent, "Why Choose Our Summer Camps?"

Location:
Nestled in the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains in the town of Tallulah Falls, GA.
Experience:
We were founded in 1898 and 1933 for over 150 years of experience.
Christianity:
We are committed to a Christian camping experience.
Traditions:
The ice-cream hike, slippery rock, apple pie ridge to name a few.

Scholarship Fund

The scholarship fund exist to give children the opportunity to attend summer camp that otherwise would not be able to do so on their own.  Our alumni and other people and organizations graciously support this endeavor so that everyone can enjoy our camps.  Parents must complete a confidential scholarship application to be considered for this program.  Thanks to all that support this wonderful program.

 

General Fund

Donations to this fund are used for general operation and maintenance needs as well as special projects such as the cove. The funds can be designated for use as you see fit.

 

Use the PO Box for US mail service. For package delivery use the physical address.

Athens Y Camp for Boys
PO Box 8
1000 Y Camp Rd
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
email: ayc@athensycamps.org (office only)
phone: 706-754-6912
fax: 706-754-7014
Camp Chattooga for Girls
PO Box 8
1010 Y Camp Rd
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
email: chattooga@athensycamps.org (office only)
phone: 706-754-3329 (from 5/30 until 7/31 only, use AYC office during offseason)
fax: 706-754-7014 (clearly mark for Camp Chattooga for Girls)

Retreats in "The Paradise of Youth"

The Athens Y Camps operate a retreat center at both our boys and girls camp sites. Our goal is to provide facilities, service and programs that make your visit an enjoyable and successful experience.

Our retreat centers offer a rustic setting with enough modern conveniences to provide a great experience. It is our goal for your group to have a wonderful time with us. We feel this is a beautiful and quiet spot to get away and relax, but we also have facilities available to provide your group challenging and fun activities.

From church youth and adult groups, scouts or a school field trip, our retreat centers have you covered! Step into our rich history by entering our Lodge, the perfect place for a seminar or concert. The rustic atmosphere created by generations for y campers writing on the walls and hanging signs is awe inspiring. Modern sound and projection equipment ensure your programs or concert is a huge success!

Why Choose Our Retreat Centers?

  • Location: easy access, only 1.5 hours from downtown Atlanta.
  • Flexibility: programs can be tailored to fit any group (corporate gathering, girl scouts, school groups, etc.)
  • Amenities: sound and projection equipment, ropes courses and Challenge tower, large meeting hall, athletic field, great food.
  • Atmosphere: rustic outdoor experience in a beautiful natural mountain setting.
  • Value: competitive rates with all inclusive fees.

What do we offer?

Our rustic style retreat center combines its 100+ years of character and tradition with some of the modern comforts and technologies of present times. We offer a wide range of facilities and program options to best serve you. Whether your goal is to use our accommodations to conduct your own programming or to call on our staff to lead selected activities for your group, our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

How to book a retreat

Contact our office at 706-754-6912 or email us to discuss how we can help you have the best retreat ever. We price our retreats by the number of people, nights staying and meals eating so have this information available when you contact us. Programming is available for additional fees. Just let us know how we can help!

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Fun, traditions and Christian values in a rustic setting - that's what makes us so special, along with over 800 rolling, wooded acres in Tallulah Falls, GA. Our programs provide opportunities for skill personal development and spiritual growth with lots of fun - and all this is provided in a safe, protective environment both kids and parents feel good about. The girls camp setting is on a beautiful mountainside with a lake and horse stable surrounded by mountain laurel thickets.  There are opportunities to make new friends, improve abilities and develop greater strength of character and personality. Of course, the health and safety of each camper is top priority; our 1:6 counselor-to-camper ratio assures close supervision of all activities.

We offer several camp programs that are designed to give every camper a unique experience. Click the program links to  find which one may be right for you.  If you already know then register today!

 

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Fun, traditions and Christian values in a rustic setting - that's what makes us so special, along with over 800 rolling, wooded acres in Tallulah Falls, GA. Our programs provide opportunities for personal development and spiritual growth with lots of fun - in a safe, protective environment both kids and parents feel good about. The boys camp setting is a lovely valley with a private lake that is complimented by surrounding mountains.. There are opportunities to develop friendships, build self esteem, improve abilities and develop greater strength of character and personality.  Of course, the health and safety of each camper is top priority; our 1:6 counselor-to-camper ratio assures close supervision of all activities.

We offer several camp programs that are designed to give every camper a unique experience. Click the program links to  find which one may be right for you.  If you already know then register today!

 

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We have over 150 years of combined camping experience. The mission of the Athens Y Camps is to provide a safe atmosphere for young men and women to aide them in maturing and growing as they learn and excel in various physical activities and social interaction, all based on Judeo-Christian principles.

Pick-up / Drop-off Times

Time

Drop-off
Sundays : 3pm - 5pm.

Pick-up
Saturdays : 9am - 11am.