Atlanta non-profit creates 'Zen Den' for local camp

Every child deserves a great summer camp experience.  That’s the philosophy behind Camp Twin Lakes, and now the Georgia program is getting even more help to make that vision a reality.

Camp Twin Lakes first opened in 1993, and today provides camp programs for 10,000 children every year dealing with serious illness, disabilities, and other challenges in their lives. 

There are three Camp Twin Lakes locations – in Rutledge, Winder, and Warm Springs – along with a “Camp-to-Go” program which brings camp experiences to kids at children’s hospitals among other places.  Just last month, Camp Twin Lakes in Winder officially opened its new Creative Connections Center, which will serve as a place for arts and crafts, ceramics, and cooking – along with containing a unique feature called The Zen Den. 

The Zen Den was created by Atlanta non-profit Sunshine on a Ranney Day, and is a quiet space for campers who need a calm environment in which to relax and take a break.  Sunshine on a Ranney Day is an organization dedicated to renovating homes for children with special needs, including adding wheelchair adaptive bathrooms, ramps and lifts, and creating “dream bedrooms.”

Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken is a big fan of Camp Twin Lakes, and has visited several times in the past to spotlight unique camps taking place there.  So when he heard about the new Creative Connections Center and The Zen Den, he decided to spend a morning in Winder checking out the new facility and learning how it will help make some amazing memories for local children.