Participant Information

Who Can Participate

Any civic-minded organization, business, family, city, county, state, or federal agency is welcome to volunteer in Camden County’s Adopt-A-Highway program. Each volunteer group must have at least 6 members, and 3 backup members. All members’ names, addresses and phone numbers must be provided to Camden County prior to acceptance of the Application (PDF). Children aged 12 to 15 years must be supervised by adults at a rate of 1 adult for every 3 children. However, children under the age of 12 are ineligible to participate in the program.


To show the community that you are doing your part to clean up Camden County, the county will erect a sign with the Adopt-A-Highway logo and your group’s name after your first pickup. Sorry, but logos, insignias, slogans, phone or fax numbers, internet addresses, ham radio IDs, or directions are not allowed. The county will place the recognition signs at the beginning of your adoption project area on both sides of the road. The schedule of sign placement and the size, content and location are at the discretion of Camden County.

How to Get Started

  • Carefully read all the terms and conditions of your permit.
  • Organize your group and get commitments before you submit your permit application.
  • Contact the County Coordinator. The County Coordinator can tell you whether a particular site is available for adoption or can, if you prefer, recommend a suitable site for you.
  • Complete the permit application and submit it to the Camden County Public Works Department – Roads Division.
  • The County Coordinator will notify you when you are approved and will assist you in getting started.

Please be aware of these conditions pertaining to your permit:

  • Permits may be renewed every 2 years.
  • You cannot transfer your permit to others.
  • You or Camden County may cancel anytime you are unable to meet permit requirements.
  • Permits may be temporarily suspended by Camden County for safety reasons.

Adoptable Areas

County maintained routes may be adopted. Currently, the Camden County Roads Department manages over 300 miles of primary and secondary roadways. Check with the County Coordinator to determine what roads in your area are available for adoption. For state routes, contact Georgia Department of Transportation at 912.427.5733, or visit their website.

Areas that cannot be adopted include:

  • Areas that are already adopted. (You can be put on a waiting list for these areas on a first-come, first-serve basis.)
  • Mainline interstate or limited access highways.
  • Areas where the speed limit is more than 55 mph.
  • Areas where access is unsafe.
  • Areas that are safe only with traffic controls.
  • Areas where the shoulder of the road is too narrow.
  • Areas where visibility is too restricted.
  • Areas where construction is underway or planned.
  • Areas that have heavy traffic or the traffic is too close to the work area.
  • Areas where the terrain is too rugged or where the vegetation is too dense.

In the above situations, your County Coordinator will be happy to find you a more suitable, safer area to adopt.

What Camden County Will Provide

  • We will loan you safety vests which must be worn by all participants while volunteering on Camden County right-of-way.
  • We will provide you with free trash bags and dispose of the trash you collect and leave bagged at predetermined locations in your adoption area.
  • We will waive the permit fee for Adopt-A-Highway groups.
  • We will provide and install your recognition signs.
  • We will provide a Safety training slide show.
  • We will waive insurance requirements for volunteer participants.