Everything you need to know about Rutledge 2017

June 29, 2017

This is Happening!!!

You’ve signed up for Rutledge 2017 - that is awesome! Over the course of the week we will be looking at what it means to journey with Jesus in a life of faith. Some days are worthy of a celebration and some days are difficult. How do we live out our faith in all our days? 

I am very excited to announce that our speaker for 2017 will be Rev. Drew Ditzel. Drew is the Senior Pastor Kairos Church in Atlanta. Before Drew went to seminary, he worked with the high school students at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Drew has been to Rutledge many times and has actually spoke at Roswell’s Rutledge before! He is a fantastic guy, a great speaker, and committed to encouraging students in their faith. We also have a fantastic band! They are new to Rutledge, but you are going to love them (they played eXtreme retreat this past year).

We are incredibly blessed to have the gifts and services of Canita and Howard Flint as our cooks for the week. Canita is in charge of food for eXtreme Retreat, The WELL, and Rutledge, and she never ceases to amaze us! Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any special dietary needs! There is one thing that we need parents to pay special attention to. Wednesday night of camp, July 12th, is FAMILY NIGHT! This means that all parents, siblings, relatives, and friends are encouraged to come to Camp Rutledge to worship, fellowship, and have fun.  Please arrive at camp by 5:30 p.m., dinner will start at 6 p.m. If you are not able to make it to dinner, we would still love to have you join us when you are able to arrive. We need to get a head count of all those coming for dinner, please let us know if you will be eating with us as soon as possible. Email Mem Belser, to RSVP the number of family members who will be attending by Monday, July 10th at noon. This will be a very special time for you, as a family, to experience what the students do all week: you will eat together, listen to the speaker, worship together, and get a glimpse of what Rutledge is all about.

The online link is open to make your final payments. Each participating student must have a ryeX medical form on file. Blank forms are available online at If you have any concerns related to payment or forms please contact Mem.

Parents and students please look over the packing list below very, very carefully. There are a number of different themes throughout the week, and each theme is listed in the packing list, so, please pack accordingly. Along with the list of what to bring, we also have a list of things NOT to bring - please read this carefully! If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to email or call!

In Christ,

Rutledge FAQ’s:

When Is It?
Camp starts at the 11:15 service on Sunday, July 9, and we will return on Friday, July 14 between 1-1:30 p.m.

Where and What is Rutledge?
Camp Rutledge is at Hard Labor Creek State Park about an hour east off of I-20. This is where Roswell Presbyterian Church hosts their annual high school summer camp. The camp has much to offer: a lake, game fields, campfires, dining hall, cabins, and the beautiful outdoors! This is a place where students can find a safe place to have fun, build new relationships, foster old relationships, and meet God!

What Will We Do There?
Every day is a little different. There will be lots of activities: softball, volleyball, football, ultimate Frisbee, water sports, arts and crafts, other fun games and projects and just good ‘ole hanging out! There will be a fantastic speaker, worship led by a great band, devotions, personal quiet times, and small group discussions.

How do I CHECK-IN?
We will be meeting at the 11:15 worship service on Sunday, July 9th (We would also love for you to come to Sunday School at 9:45am). Please drop your luggage off in Alderman Hall (there will be signs for girl’s side and guy’s side) and check-in with the volunteer there, then head to worship! We will be sitting up front on the left in reserved pews. After worship is over, head back to Alderman Hall for pizza and final check-ins. We will be traveling to Camp by charter bus and will return on Friday July 14th between 1 and 1:30 p.m

A Few Other Important Things to Know:
Camp Rutledge does not have good cell phone service or a phone. The ranger station does have a number that is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 706.557.3001. I will be heading outside of camp each day to check my messages. If there is an emergency after the hour of 5 p.m., please call my cell phone and leave a message. I will check my messages several times each day! Rev. Lyndsay Lee Slocum; (404) 771-7279. Additionally, I am including the cell numbers of our ryeX youth staff.

  • Jaymi Hendrix, Director of Youth Small Groups; (386) 871-9884
  • Robby Cella, Director of Youth Programs; (303) 946-6098
  • Kemo Jones, Director of Youth Outreach; (678) 768-5853

Counselors: Our counselors are a mix of RPC college students, staff, and interns. Each has a committed relationship with Jesus Christ and is giving up a week of their summer to serve these students. Please be praying for them as they lead your students over the course of this week, and please take some time to get to know them on Family Night.

PPs (Prayer Partners): Every person at camp is assigned a secret prayer partner. That means everyone has someone praying for him or her all week!  Everyone is encouraged to write letters of encouragement throughout the week. PP mail is handed out at each meal. Some people like to bring small gifts (think Dollar Store items) to give to their PP. On the last morning of camp, you will get to greet your PP face-to-face.

All outfits must be modest including one-piece bathing suits for the girls.

Things to Bring:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Bath Towel (2)
  • Beach Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Comb/Brush
  • Chapstick With SPF
  • FYI: Hair Products will attract bugs
  • Sunscreen (A must)
  • Bathing Suit (one-piece)
  • Bug Spray and more bug spray!
  • (Bug Spray is a must)
  • Softball/Baseball glove
  • 2 Pairs of Socks Per Day
  • Undergarments and Plenty of Them
  • Sweatshirt or Long Sleeve (it actually gets cool sometimes)
  • Enough shirts, shorts, etc. to last the whole week
  • Clothes to Sleep in
  • Flip Flops (for the shower)
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Bible
  • Pen or Mechanical Pencil
  • Hat or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Raincoat/Poncho
  • A Fan
  • Camera
  • Snacks (please bring in Ziploc bags only)

Special Attire:

  • Decades Night Outfit (An outfit from your favorite decade. 20’s-2000’s or like 1876)
  • One Game Night Outfit (Bring a blue outfit and a red outfit. Jersey’s, knee-high socks, hats, uniforms, etc.)
  • One Red Carpet Night Outfit (This is going to be a competition judged on three criteria: presentation, outfit, and overall style. You want to have a crazy awesome outfit that will really make you stand out! Goofy, crazy, and out-there are the names of the game)

Please Do NOT Bring:
Do NOT bring: Alcohol, lighters, drugs, tobacco products (including chewing tobacco). Use of these products will not be allowed or tolerated.

We are also asking that students leave their cell phones at home or turn them off when they arrive at camp.

In the past some cabins have been raided by other cabins. Guys and girls will not be allowed in the opposite sexes cabin. If you plan to raid cabins, plan to call your parents to come get you and go home early.

Directions to Camp Rutledge from Roswell:

  • Take Ga 400 South to I-285 East
  • Take I-285 East to I-20 East
  • Take I-20 exit #105
  • Take a left off of the exit. 
  • Proceed until the road ends and take a left. Then take an immediate right over the railroad tracks into the town of Rutledge. Go through the town and continue on the road. After a few miles you will enter Hard Labor Creek State Park. Continue on and you will pass a golf course on the left. Once you see a small lake on your left, you will need to veer right through the gates and onto the gravel road that leads you to Camp Rutledge. Continue on the road for 2.2 miles and you will see the camp. Please park in the parking area on the left.
  • Allow EXTRA time to get to Camp for Family Night Dinner on Wednesday, July 12!!!