J is for Jesus, O is for Others, Y is for You

What is Camp Joy?

Esatablished in 1980 by Mrs. Ann Brice and Mrs. Frances Sanders, Camp Joy is a Christian Co-Ed camp serving those with Special Needs. Camp Joy is run by Christian Education Ministries and is only possible through donations and camper fees which underwrite the cost. The first session of Camp Joy served 13 counselors and 9 campers. Now, Camp Joy has four individual sessions held each summer in Flat Rock, North Carolina; one in Aiken, South Carolina; and one in Lake Wales, Florida. These sessions serve hundreds of special needs campers, counselors and staff members each year.


Bonclarken Conference Center
500 Pine Dr
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Camp Gravatt
1006 Camp Gravatt Rd
Aiken, SC 29805

Lake Aurora
237 Golden Bough Rd
Lake Wales, FL 33898

Lake Placid Conference Center

2665 Placid View Drive

Lake Placid, FL 33852

Our Mission

To help persons - campers, counselors and staff - develop a Christian attitude in their lives, which will enable us to enjoy the fellowship of one another in Christ.

Our Philosophy

Each special needs camper will have the opportunity to participate in all activities and with each other, regardless of the mental ability of the camper. The attitude and actions of our staff will model Christ like traits thus showing our concern for each person taking part in Camp Joy. Each camper’s unique talent will be utilized in a manner that will enable all campers and counselors to appreciate how their different gifts compliment one another. Teamwork and love for one another are the most important ingredient in a successful camp experience.