In 1951, Bessie M. Burrell opened a children’s daycare center in her home on Peachtree Circle South. After years of growth Ms. Burrell relocated the business to 4162 Spring Park Circle in 1960 where it formally became Burrell’s Childcare Center. With a belief that children should be able to learn and grow in a fun and safe environment, Burrell’s became known in the community for offering quality childcare.
In 1969, Mrs. Burrell purchased land at 3111 Tiger Hole Rd, which would later become Burrell’s Camp Chippewa in 1971. We are extremely proud that over the years, we have watched campers grow into young adults and later return to Burrell’s Camp Chippewa as counselors; some of whom have gone on to become parents themselves and send their own children to Camp Chippewa.
In 1988 Mrs. Burrell retired and after working at Camp Chippewa since 1970, George Burrell took over the family business and continues to be an active part of camp life today.
In 1998, we saw our business grow again with the purchase of two and a half acres of land, which doubled the size of our property, giving us more space for our campers to have fun.
In 2016, after 47 years of service, George decided it was time to retire. Our long-standing Directors, James and Kelly Watts, took over the daily operation and ownership of Camp Chippewa.