Youth Development

Wilderness Works Inc

aka City Camp

Atlanta, GA


Wilderness Works is empowering and guiding homeless and under-resourced Atlanta children toward more fulfilling futures with experiential education, cultural enrichment and outdoor adventure.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Mr. William Mickler

Main Address

644 Memorial Dr

Atlanta, GA 30312 USA


At-risk children, outdoor adventure, literacy, swimming, reading, sports, art, arts, camp, canoeing, boating, mentoring, tutoring, leadership, character development, boys, girls, children, teens, experiential education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Children coming from impoverished conditions almost always struggle with issues of abandonment and esteem. Such children are desperate for love and attention and some sense of worth. Children in despairing, neglected circumstances find any attention, positive or not, to fill the gap.

Wilderness Works is a needed positive alternative.
Wilderness Works addresses issues around fatherlessness and food insecurity as well as its main focus on youth development.

Our programs

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Day Camp

City Camp

Summer Camp

Core Camp

Core Field Camp

Field Camp

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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With continued experiences in a positive setting with caring chaperones and mentors disadvantaged children develop a sense of self-worth and hope for the future. Children that might be otherwise tempted now choose to avoid substance abuse, truancy, delinquency and disruptive behavior in school and community.

Wilderness Works is an indispensable community resource as it effectively channels children, and particularly at-risk children, toward a bright and productive future.

Wilderness Works provides personal growth and a safe haven for children that are particularly vulnerable during weekends, school holidays and summer months.

Wilderness Works serves Atlanta children and so many other community members. We offer a unique focus on nature and outdoor living along with character development and enrichment. This mix balances a culture steeped in technology and focused on “screen time." The entire Wilderness Works concept is attractive for city dwellers starving for nature and real relating.

Children in Wilderness Works programming are quite eager to return to the next camp weekend or field trip. Wilderness Works is busy leveraging great enthusiasm. Excited campers make receptive students. The result is Wilderness Works equipping and preparing children with character development, cultural enrichment, experiential education and face-to-face relationship building.

Partnerships with schools and close working relationships with teachers and principals lets school staff leverage Wilderness Works' cherished offerings for better student responsiveness.

Wilderness Works and its chief school season program City Camp provides the Atlanta community a meaningful intersection for individual and group (church, civic, corporate) volunteering. Wilderness Works is a favorite stop for groups wishing to serve and impact the lives of children in a positive way.

Wilderness Works provides an important outlet especially for college students aiming to volunteer.

Close partnerships with leading Atlanta homeless shelters gives families and children a weekend retreat. Shelter behavioral specialists and childcare coordinators appreciate post-camp observations and feedback in Wilderness Works staff reports.

Children participating in Wilderness Works programming are more interested in and better prepared for school, showing improved academic performance, better school attendance, better grades, and improved classroom behavior. Additionally, these children show improved relationships with adults, a new sense of options for their future, improved self-control and ability to express their feelings. Children in Wilderness Works programming exhibit increased self-confidence and a heightened interest in hobbies.

Founded in 1997, Wilderness Works originally provided enrichment and outdoor living experiences for children living in Atlanta's toughest neighborhoods and particularly properties managed by the Atlanta Housing Authority. Wilderness Works was an original Hands On Atlanta partner and relied on HOA for volunteer support. Wilderness Works began expanding into more distant Atlanta neighborhoods in 2004. In 2005 Wilderness Works began partnering with elementary schools and particularly Atlanta Public Schools.

In 2005 Wilderness Works began supporting Atlanta's neediest children with summer camp and school season programming by partnering with Atlanta's leading homeless shelters including Atlanta Mission, Salvation Army Red Shield and Nicholas House.

Wilderness Works enjoyed great publicity with NBC's Al Roker providing national attention on the Today Show in 2008. In 2011 Wilderness Works had the honor of former Mayor Andrew Young's help with launching the first annual Wilderness Works breakfast and fundraiser.

Wilderness Works continues providing enrichment and outdoor living experiences for Atlanta children with the help of Hands On Atlanta, Camp Bob, Camp Evergreen, Camp Glisson and Camp Grace. Wilderness Works provides amazing City Camp for children during school season months since 2002.

Since 1992, Wilderness Works has enabled visits to Everglades, Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountain National Parks and many other American wilderness destinations for children that otherwise might never reach such inspiring places.

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Wilderness Works Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?