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Spend the Summer Inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tremont Institute offers over-night summer youth programs in June and July for ages 9-17. The camp has several options from nature discovery camps for the younger children to backpacking through the wilderness and field science camps for older teens.

Even the youngest adventurers can get in on the action by attending Firefly Camp with a parent in tow. This introductory overnight is made for children ages 4-9. Choose one, two or three nights for you and your little one.

Great Smokey Mts photo #1 Sessions begin on July 4th. One night: $96 for child and parent.

First-time and younger campers are a perfect fit for Discovery Camp, which involves searching for salamanders, collecting insects, swimming and exploring hiking trails. For kids ages 9-12, this option is offered June 12-17, June 26-July 1 and July 17-22. Cost: $589.

There are several options for campers ages 13-17.

Many will enjoy spending 10 days among a community of other teenage outdoor enthusiasts during the Teen High Adventure! Teens will develop leadership skills while learning outdoor living ethics, as well as learning firsthand about the animals and plants that call these mountains home. This 10-day backpacking adventure ends with a whitewater rafting trip and will run from July 17-27. Cost: $1,235.

A shorter version of this camp, Wilderness Adventure Trek, will take place during two sessions: June 12-17 and June 26-July 1. Cost: $644.

Great Smokey Mts photo #2Try out our newest camp- Smokies Science Investigations! July 17-22, 2017

This one-time pilot program blends the best of the science camps into a short one-week experience. Kids will observe, explore, and investigate all while creating their own research projects. Ages 13-17.

The Tremont Institute is the only summer camp inside the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, offering a space for discovery and personal development in one of the country’s most ecologically diverse areas. The facility, located only four hours from Nashville, features a 500,000 acre “classroom” and dormitory-style housing which can accommodate 135 campers. The fully-staffed kitchen serves three meals a day.

Need-based financial aid is available. For more information on camps, call 865-448-6709 or visit

Learning Life’s Lessons Through Horses at Peachtree Farm

Our lessons and camps are devoted to excellent riding programs in a Christian environment. At Peachtree Farms, students learn correct skills, basic horsemanship and life skills. Our camps are designed to improve all aspect of horsemanship for riders of all ages and riding abilities.

Peachtree Farms is able to offer year around programs and camps in our indoor riding facility which is a great place to be on the cold wintery days. We are able to keep all students and horses in training all year round. Our horses /ponies are carefully chosen for their quiet temperament, good manners and special training to help students learn.

Sportsmanlike conduct and a spirit of cooperation, patience and kindness are encouraged to become partners with their mount.  Beginner to advanced camps are offered during school breaks, Spring breaks and during the summer. Half-day camps for children ages 4-6 are offered 9 to 12 and all day camps and programs for 6 and up from 9-3 a.m. Before and after care is available to accommodate working parents.

Peachtree#1Camps run Monday-Friday each week, with each child starting at their own level June 5. Children bring their lunches for a fun filled day of riding, learning how to take care of a horse/pony, doing horsey crafts and enjoying our huge horse library. T-shirts, craft materials, etc. are included with camp fee.

Peachtree strives to meet the top standards in providing programs approved by the Certified Horsemanship Association and the American Association of Riding School. Peachtree Riding Center is the only USPC Center Program approved in Tennessee, providing the students the horsemanship education to ride and compete by worldwide standards. This provides the public with proof that sound instruction is offered, riding well cared for horses/ponies, riding at a clean reputable and properly run facility.

For more information on our daily activities at the stable, purchasing a horse or pony, or for lessons, visit us April 15, 10 a.m. to  2 p.m. at our meet  and greet or at Call 615-419-1089 or e-mail for more information or to schedule a private barn tour.

We invite you to share the magic of horses, make a few new friends, get a lot of exercise and make lifelong memories with us.

For more information on our daily activities at the stable, purchasing a horse or pony, or for lesson visit us at or call 615-419-1089.

Leadership Academy is Getting Children Outside to Play and Learn About the Outdoors

For children who love the great outdoors, Leadership Academy’s summer camps are a ticket to outdoor play and exploration. Leadership Academy’s day camps will take place this summer with several different camp options for children of all ages.

Camp Warner Park makes every day a dedication to nature education, exploration and outdoor play. Warner Park campers can splash in the creek, learn games with new friends, visit the nature center, and more. The camp serves children ages 6-12, with extended care options provided.

Camp Bells Bend Beaman brings children face to face with the beauty of nature in two of Nashville’s most beautiful parks. Every day brings a new way to develop outdoor skills like building a fire, planting a garden, or identifying plants and animals. The camp is perfect for children ages 6-12, busing and extended care options are also provided.

Have a teen in your life who is ready to take action and make a difference? Teen Leadership Adventure is a  tech-free, all-weather, outdoor nature camp that helps teens build leadership skills, connect with new friends, and explore the beauty of nature, all while giving back to the community.

Mountain Bike Camp is where teens can hit the trail for a cycling adventure, as they learn key skills and concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with cycling expert Doug Farrar. The camp serves rising 7-9th graders, with a beginner and advanced track offered.

Leadership Academy photoNashville Sail Camp is a sailing skills camp for beginner sailors. Sail Camp is a chance for kids to learn from sailing experts while gaining hands-on experience with essential sailing techniques. Campers spend every day on shore and on the water, learning the fundamentals of sailing on beautiful Percy Priest Lake. The camp serves kids ages 8-15.

Leadership Academy knows that recreation and outdoor play are vital. Camp is a place you can build character strengths that last a lifetime and have unforgettable summer fun. No matter your child’s interest, Leadership Academy has a highly personalized camp program that will awaken their love for nature, encourage their sense of adventure, and introduce them to lifelong friends. There’s no doubt about it: these camps are the perfect way for kids to play! Spots are filling up fast so now is the perfect time to register.

Visit or call 615-856-4772.

Deer Run Camps & Retreats

Summer camp at Deer Run is filled with action-packed fun which helps your child, age 5 to 18, discover strengths, explore adventures, forge life-long friendships plus complete challenges they might not attempt elsewhere.

DeerRun_ZipLine_Girl_DSC_0752Deer Run is a traditional, Christ-centered nondenominational camp on 100 scenic wooded acres, located just ten miles south of historic downtown Franklin. Your child will experience the dynamics of the outdoors in a small group with a diversity of kids from a variety of schools and communities. Kids and teens can unplug and are removed from distractions —  enabling them to connect-face-to-face with other kids and young adult role models. Being unplugged allows them to strengthen their social skills and focus on relationships and physical activity while having plenty of fun.

Passionate, mature and well-trained staff and counselors lead your child to authentically grow in faith, character, confidence, respect and leadership. The staff-to-camper ratio is higher to allow for closer supervision, deeper relationships plus a more powerful camper experience.

DeerRun_Boys_img3444The registration price includes all activities plus a themed camper shirt and a link to download a video of your camper’s session. Sibling and multi-session discounts are available as is monthly payments — making it easier to include summer camp in your monthly budget. Sessions begin June 4th and end on July 29th.

Bus transportation for day campers is available from six locations: south Nashville (Brentwood Baptist Church and Franklin Road Academy), Franklin (Westhaven Town Center and Church of the City), Thompson Station Church and Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.

One-week, six-night sessions are offered for preteens (completed grades 3–5). One- and two-week sessions are available for middle school (completed grades 6–8) and high school students (completed grades 9–12).

Campers are divided into small groups by cabin assignments. Cabin group activities include zip line adventures, 45-ft climbing tower, paintball, archery range, rec games, human foosball, leap of faith, giant swing, archery tag, lake activities (waterslide, aqua park, swimming, round Corcl boats, kayaks, canoes, zip line) and age-appropriate small group Bible study.

DeerRun_Campers_FrogLarge group activities include games, the challenging cardboard boat regatta race, nightly worship and a dynamic, challenging speaker each night.

Campers also choose one track for the week to develop abilities in specialized areas such as fishing, wilderness skills, self-defense, drama, percussion, ukulele and more.

Meals are an important part of the camp experience.  Deer Run chefs use fresh ingredients for healthy, delicious kid-friendly meals plus a full salad bar and fresh fruit are available each day.

DAY CAMPS (age 5 through completed grade 5) and ADVENTURE DAY CAMPS (completed grades 6-8) are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an option for extended care hours from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drop campers off as early as 7:30 a.m. for morning games without paying for extended care.

All-inclusive activities for younger Day Campers are lake activities (water slide, aqua park, swimming, round Corcl boats, kayaks, canoes, zip line), pedal kart races, recreational games, BB guns, archery, crafts, 45-ft climbing tower, obstacle course, creek wading, human foosball, nine-square-in-the-air, gaga ball, carpet ball, tetherball, playground, fun songs, worship and interactive age-appropriate small group Bible study.

DeerRun_Girl_Archery_DSC0051All Adventure Campers learn Outdoor Education and Survival Skills plus participate in lake activities (water slide, aqua park, swimming, round Corcl boats, kayaks, canoes, zip line), archery range, obstacle course, leap of faith, nine-square in-the-air, gaga ball, carpet ball, BB guns, 45-ft climbing tower and interactive age-appropriate small group Bible study.

Campers are grouped into smaller “learning groups” during their adventure skills time to better learn and participate in activities which include shelter building, fire starting, fire building, knot tying, navigation, archery, lashing, knife safety, fire competitions and archery competitions.

DeerRun_Girls_DSC_0225FAMILY CAMP (ages 5 and up): An all-inclusive, everything-planned-for-you, life-changing vacation experience! Your choice of a 6-night camp the week of July 4th (July 2-8) or a 3-night camp on Labor Day Weekend (September 1-4). This summer adventure creates long-lasting memories and strengthens your relationships with meaningful family and couple time. There are plenty of recreational choices, fun challenges for the annual Family Camp trophy, relaxation and a personal assistant for each family. Registration includes all activities, a private room in upscale lodging, all meals and a Deer Run shirt.

SUNDAY OPEN HOUSES: Families are invited to three open houses on March 19, April 9 and May 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to meet the camp directors and some of the summer staff. This is a come-and-go guided walking tour of the camp facilities; no reservations are needed.

REGISTRATION: Register at or call 615-794-2918 if you have questions about the camp program for your camper’s age group. There are no registration deadlines, but camper spaces fill up quickly so register soon to get your preferred camp dates.

See you this summer at Deer Run!

Get in Step with the Nashville Irish Step Dancers

Looking to extend your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this year? Irish step dancing is fun for the whole family!
The Nashville Irish Step Dancers (NISD) will celebrate their 27th Anniversary this year with a presentation of Celtic Rhythms on Fire at the Texas Troubadour Theater on Music Valley Drive on Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. The show is in its 17th year. Tickets are available at www.nashvilleirishstepdancers. com or by calling 615-424-5998.Screen shot 2017-02-22 at 12.56.11 PMHave you ever wanted to learn how to step dance? You will have your chance this summer when NISD hosts its annual summer camp for aspiring dancers of all ages and abilities. The camp will be held on July 17th, 18th and 19th (Mon-day – Wednesday).

The three-day camp offers classes in basic Irish step dance, competitive dancing, drills, crafts, yoga, Pilates, Irish music and many other fun activities such as team building and performance dancing! Cost for NISD members is $150 and $175 for non-NISD members. Want to take it day by day? No problem! The camp offers a daily rate of $60 per day. The camp will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. each day. Snacks, lemonade and water will be provided throughout the day to campers and pizza will be provided for $5 per person. Campers may also bring their own lunch.

The camp will take place at the NISD studio in Donelson—2710 Old Lebanon Road, Suite 25B. Potential campers may learn more by visiting the NISD website at To register for camp, contact Mary Moran at 615-578-7368.Screen shot 2017-02-22 at 12.56.16 PM

Riverview Camp for Girls Offer Summers That Last a Lifetime

Generations of girls and young women treasure the lifelong lessons from summers spent at Riverview Camp for Girls, tucked into the scenic vistas of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama. Only a two hour drive from Nashville, the program has long been a favorite for Nashville families. Generations have enjoyed the Christian emphasis in a beautiful outdoor setting along The Little River, an Outstanding  National Resource Waterway.

Ropes CourseIn addition to one and two week summer camp sessions, Riverview offers Mother- Daughter Weekends the last weekend of April and the last weekend of August. Bonding with your daughter and introducing her to camp are two of the main benefits of this weekend! Imagine getting away for an entire weekend of fun with your daughter!

Amazing food (that you do not have to cook), canoeing, archery, riding horses, making s’mores, arts and crafts and   more enhances the lives of all who attend! Cindy Anderson (Mrs. Richard),  staff member and camp parent from Nashville, is the featured speaker on Sunday morning of each Mother-Daughter Weekend.

Girls ages 6 to 16 can enjoy one or two-week sessions during the summer months. Exciting programs include horseback riding (Western and English), swimming (heated pool), tennis, ropes course, climbing tower, canoeing, golf, archery, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, flag-twirling, drama, chorus, knitting, sports, soccer, basketball, and outdoor living skills class. There are exciting evening programs, optional trips, Counselor-In-Training Program opportunities and most of all, lifelong friendships and amazing staff role models. Dr. Larry and Susan Hooks, owners, have been Camp Directors since 1983.

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Girls refer to Riverview as “my camp”! whether it is their first year or their 10th!  More than 75 percent of the camp’s counselors are former campers,” said director Susan Hooks. “That creates a special camp community that inspires girls to give back from their own positive experiences.”

rope swing 1-1A mother recently wrote to Hooks to thank her for Riverview’s impact on her family. “My girls are strong and confident not just from what they have learned from me or their dad, not just from what they have learned at their Christian school and not just from what they have learned at church. My girls are also strong and confident because of how you and the counselors at Riverview pour into them every summer!”

From a Louisiana mom wrote, “To my girls Riverview is their second home and their second family! It’s the highlight of their summer. Our entire summer vacation is planned around camp, it is that important! Riverview reinforces self-esteem, self-worth, humanity, kindness, Christianity, compassion, healthy competition and so much more. The campus is beautiful and serene… what a true camp should be! The girls are kind and friendly and my girls have true lifetime friends with girls from other cities as a result of this amazing opportunity that we feel has become such a vital part of who they are!”

As a Christian camp for girls, the day begins with an enthusiastic “good morning and welcome to the day” talks in a beautiful wooded setting called Morning Watch.

Campfire devotionals are a nightly tradition that includes a time of singing together and talks to inspire all.

Sundays provide the opportunity for worship services, only after home-made doughnuts at a pajama breakfast!

Ultimate Campers!! - CopyRiverview also provides transportation to Catholic Mass. Riverview offers discounts for summer camp to families who send more than one daughter   and for multi-session campers. Payment plans are available to make budgeting for camp easy as well!

Riverview Camp is accredited by American Camping Associa-tion (ACA), and they are members of Christian Camping Conference Association (CCCA).

Riverview has their own YouTube Channel full of videos for you to enjoy! Instagram and Facebook are fun to follow as well with lots of current information posted. For a   free DVD information packet, call 1-800-882-0722 or enjoy for on-line applications, videos and a great Frequently Asked Questions section for first timeparents!

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Camp TALKS (Talking And Learning with Kids who Stutter) at the Bill Wilkerson Center is an opportunity for children and teens (ages 8-16) who stutter to make friends in an environment that is accepting, supportive, positive and fun. It will be a great opportunity for young people to meet others their age who stutter and discuss stuttering openly in a safe and understanding place. Activities at the camp will provide real-world communication practice in a supportive group.

Specially-trained speech-language pathologists along with several speech-language pathology graduate students will conduct the day camp activities. Campers learn tools for managing stuttering, talk about the emotional issues surrounding communication, and get real-world communication practice with activities such as scavenger hunts, field trips, and group games. The goal of the camp is to help children and teens who stutter become more confident communicators who are able to communicate how, where, when and with whom they want.

Previous years’ campers have had a wonderful time. Comments from those children include, “I learned that it’s okay to meet new people.  I met lots of new friends.” and “I will raise my hand more in class.” One parent commented, “I learned a lot from sharing with other parents who are going through what I am going through.”

The Day Camp for Children Who Stutter will be held June 5-9, 2017. For an application, or to see our new camp video, visit Wilkerson Center photo -working at tables

  • What is Stuttering?

Stuttering is a developmental disorder that affects approximately 1% of the world’s adult population. People who stutter typically know what they want to say, but because of subtle “mistimings” that occur as they put thoughts into spoken words, they struggle to get sounds, syllables, and words out in a fluent or easy manner.

Although most people have some disfluencies every once in a while, people who stutter do so more often, for longer periods of time, and often with signs of physical tension and struggle as they try to put their thoughts into words. As stuttering persists, a child might experience social and emotional consequences that can influence self-esteem and participation in activities. Stuttering can range from very mild to very severe, and change from day to day.

To find out more about stuttering, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association at or the Stuttering Foundation at For an appointment with a speech-language pathologist specializing in stuttering in children, call the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at 615-936-5000.

Montgomery Bell Academy Camps Suit Many Interests and Activities

For more than 30 years, Montgomery Bell Academy has been hosting campers enticed by the venue’s slew of summer offerings. “We have an exciting summer of camps and leagues lined up for this season.” Camp Director Mike Martin said.  At MBA, summer campers have a wide selection of sports, enrichment, outdoor and academic camps, with both full day and half day offerings. MBA hosts between 3,000 – 4,000 campers through its offerings of more than 100 camps – ranging from academics to sports to leadership skills and more. The All-Sports Camp is the most popular among MBA summer guests. The all-day camp — open to rising first through seventh grade boys — lets campers play many different sports including football, baseball, basketball, dodgeball, indoor hockey, soccer and more.

The All-Sports Camp is available in three sessions including week 1 from June 5 to 19; week 2 from June 12 to 16; and week 3 from June 19 to 23. The All-Sports Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and has a before and after-care option. Lunch is also provided. “If parents are looking to drop their kids off all day long, we can handle that for those three weeks, we can also pair morning and afternoon camps for the all day experience any other week.” Martin said.

MontBellAcadAfter a very successful debut, 1st Camp will return for another year. 1st Camp is a modified version of All Sports Camp for rising Pre-K and Kindergarten age boys. This camp will take place May 30-June 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Spots are limited for 1st Camp, and the camp has been filling quickly.

MBA also offers a Lacrosse Spring Clinic from April to May. Other specialty sports camp options include football, baseball, tennis, golf, basketball, dodgeball, soccer, rifle, wrestling, lacrosse, rowing, and speed camp hosted by former Tennessee Titan Chris Sanders.

For the nature enthusiasts, MBA summer programs include a Fishing Camp, which teaches the basics of casting, knot-tying and area fly patterns.

New to this year’s schedule is a five day-four night overnight camp called Wilderness and Adventure Camp. This camp takes place on MBA’s 250-acre property in McMinnville on Long Mountain.

MBA offers various coed academic prep camps in courses such as Algebra, reading comprehension, writing skills, study skills and many more.

PSAT/SAT Verbal and Writing Prep and PSAT/SAT Math Prep camps join offerings that enhance study skills and help students prepare for high school or college. MBA also offers driver’s education classes hosted on campus through the Brentwood Driver Training.

Campers can once again join the popular Mr. Bond this year for the different science camps including Crazy Chemistry and STEAM Camp. Other enrichment camps include MBA LEAD, all arts, rollercoaster building, yoga, and the Summer Science Experience. In addition, MBA will offer six weeks of LEGOS, Minecraft, Robotics, and Young Jedi Warrior camps partnering with Camp Brick. These camps sell out quickly.

Finally, the popular summer lacrosse league and 7 on 7 soccer league return for another fun year.
For more information visit Or contact Mike Martin at or 615-369-5368.

Barefoot Republic Promotes Unity, Diversity with a Christ-Centered Focus

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Unity ~ Diversity ~ Christ-centered — these are the words by which Barefoot Republic stakes its mission. It isn’t just any summer camp. In a world where differences are often taboo, Barefoot Republic is a place where children can express themselves as individuals.

That was the goal when Executive Director Tommy Rhodes developed the concept for a different kind of youth summer camp. As a child growing up with a single mother, he knew he didn’t want to create another camp that catered to just the wealthy. Instead, after a stint as a camp counselor in 1991, 19-year-old Rhodes set out to build a camp that would “look like Heaven.” He left his Ph.D. program and sold his baseball card collection to secure the property, and in 2000 realized his “God-sized” dream when Barefoot Republic was born.

Junior High 3 Day 4_74“Barefoot Republic Camp’s mission is to bring students together that come from different ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds,” Rhodes said. “We want all children to come together as one in Christ, rather than being pulled apart through racial and religious tension. At Barefoot, we celebrate each student for whom God created them to be, regardless of their skin color, past or home life.”

The overnight facility sits   on an 110-acre farm outside Scottsville, KY, whereas day camps are held at strategic venues around Nashville, TN. This summer will mark Barefoot’s sixteenth year of programming. Since its inception, it has served more than 9,000 campers. Last year, more than 46 different ethnicities were represented and nearly 250 staff and volunteers ran the camp’s programs. Barefoot experienced a 24 percent in-crease last year due in part to an increase of day camp sessions and the construction of a third treehouse at their overnight camp in Kentucky.

Grammy-winning vocalist Amy Grant hosts two day-camp sessions on her 400-acre property.  Barefoot will be returning for the third summer to Grant’s Farm for another two weeks of “Barefoot at the Farm” which will be held on June 5-9 and again on June 12-16. All rising K-7th graders are welcome to attend. Rhodes said Grant was inspired to offer these special sessions after her own daughter participated in a Barefoot Republic overnight session a couple of summers ago.

Senior High Day 3-46 copyFor this year’s day camp sessions, Barefoot will offer traditional camp programming, such as visual arts, music production, dance, photography and STOMP, archery, outdoor adventure opportunities and team building activities. While each day camp location will be unique, the same spirit of diversity is present in all Barefoot Republic sessions.

That sense of unity begins in the campers’ small group, called “republics.” Campers in the overnight sessions bond with their “republics” in cabins. Republics represent small communities comprised of children from many different nationalities and backgrounds who come together as a united family. During each session, every republic decides on its own name, working together to find common ground and quickly forging a new, common identity. In these republics, differences begin to disappear and campers witness their similarities outweighing those things that might ordinarily divide them.Junior High 3 Day 2_44

While the main focus, camp isn’t the only thing Barefoot Republic does. Its year-round retreat center can accommodate church, business or civic groups of 100-150 people. The site’s 110-acres of hiking, paintball fields, recreational lake, ropes course, 42′ climbing and rappelling wall and other activities are open to retreat center guests. This summer Barefoot will be introducing a Giant Swing & Leap of Faith to their team-building initiatives.

use this oneIn addition to seven day-camp sessions and eight overnight sessions, Barefoot Republic is continuing their Big Foot Little Foot – parent child retreats (children 6-12 years old), as well as one camp session in Southern California for the third year. More than 2,000 campers are expected throughout the summer across all sessions.

Visit the website at for more information on the retreat center or camps.

Explore the Universe at Dyer Observatory Space Science Camp

Dyer camp trip to Space and Rocket Center The focus of Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory’s camp is astronomy and space science. Campers learn about how scientists discover the secrets of the universe, from exotic black holes to the nature of light. During the week, campers are engaged in exciting hands-on educational science activities: launching rockets, working with and building electronics, observing and studying the Sun, and working with telescopes. The camp curriculum has been created by an expert team of astronomy professors, space scientists, and area science teachers.

The Dyer Observers Space Science Camp supports students who are serious about exploring the worlds of science, math, and technology, and opens up their minds to future career possibilities in these fields. Campers are inspired by interacting with astronomers who are respected researchers and seasoned instructors.

Participation in group activities builds self-confidence, problem solving skills, and social skills.

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The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is located at 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood, off of Granny White Pike, (approximately 1/3 mile north of Old Hickory Blvd).

For more information or to apply, visit:, call 615-373-4897 or email

Camp Davis: Getting Kids Dirty Since 1930

Located on a gorgeous 52-acre facility at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, Camp Davis provides the ultimate day camp experience for children and families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

A flagship program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center, Camp Davis is open to campers of all backgrounds, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or socio-economic background.

If your child likes to get loud, weird and funky, then this is the camp for him or her.

Gordon photo for articleCampers spend their day engaging in high quality traditional camp programming.  Nature trails, multiple sports fields, and indoor and outdoor pools, are just a few of the features our campus boasts. The highly skilled and engaging staff — many of whom started as Camp Davis campers themselves — leads all the camp activities.

Camp Davis also offers many exciting specialty tracks focusing on specific topics, such as swimming, fashion design, basketball, Legos, chemistry and sculpture. These programs allow campers to participate in their favorite activities in the morning, while joining the rest of the camp in the afternoon to participate in a more traditional experience.

What makes Camp Davis so special? It isn’t just the top-level programming, beautiful scenery, or highly trained staff; it is a community of love and growth. Our campers are encouraged daily to step out of their comfort zones and try something new.

Come see what the fun is all about and visit today!

Harpeth Hall Has it All for Girls of All Ages

Harpeth Hall article photo A girl can live her dreams at Harpeth Hall this summer. Girls of all ages can uncover artistic talents, perfect athletic skills, explore science in-depth and just plain have fun. For over 13 years Harpeth Hall has offered the best summer opportunities for girls in Middle Tennessee.

Arts (1)This year is no exception. Whether it is serving a tennis ball or serving others, catching bugs or catching basketballs, creating code or creating crafts, there is so much to try this summer at Harpeth Hall. Leading the state in the areas of academics, arts, and athletics, the Harpeth Hall Summer Programs are second to none.

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Come to Harpeth Hall and dreambig this summer.

For information, visit or call 615-297-9543.

Travellers Rest Offers Summer Adventure, Mystery, and Fun

15540958_10153901193495670_395758348824682854_o  Travellers Rest’s award-winning summer camps have long been a hidden treasure, providing a summer of adventure, mystery, creativity and fun. With a focus on history, these summer camps keep campers returning year after year. Loving history is a plus for any of the Travellers Rest camps but not a prerequisite and parents will be pleased to find there is a camp suitable for just about any child.

A great introductory camp to Travellers Rest is the Time Travelers Camp (May 30-June 2, July 31-Aug 4).

Campers ages 7 to 14 will embark on a journey through time, exploring 1,000 years of Tennessee history from the ancient Mississippian Indians to early frontier history and from the Overton family to the Civil War.

flourbombmakingMiss Mary’s Academy is a unique adventure for girls age 10-16 (June 26-30, July 10-14). This is a historical immersion camp in which the girls will dress and act the part of a young lady attending a female academy in the year 1816. The camp will teach the subjects typical of a girl’s academy of the day. Campers will spend time learning manners, etiquette, proper speech, penmanship and letter writing, dancing, painting, sewing and a few other skills necessary for an early 19th century lady to know. There is no other camp in town… or just about anywhere that will be dealing with this time period in this fashion and we are so excited about it!  Space for this camp is limited to only 12 participants per session and it will fill up fast.

The Junior Docent Training & Leadership Camp (June 5-9 & week of choice) is a great summer camp for kids ages 9 to 14 to go behind the scenes of Nashville’s oldest historic house museum and experience history from the inside out. Junior Docents learn about museum work, historic interpretation, preservation and leadership while also fostering a commitment to community service. Camp includes a second week of their choice, plus 50% off of one Travellers Rest summer camp and 15 percent off any other sessions.

Civil War Adventure Camp (June 12-16) tells the story of the Battle of Nashville in the setting of General Hood’s headquarters. From soldier to civilian life and haversacks to hardtack this camp is a great introduction to life in Tennessee during the American Civil War. Campers ages 10 to 16 can delve even deeper into Civil War history at our newest camp, Civil War Officer Training Academy (July 25-29).  Become a soldier and learn what life was like on and off the battlefield; from military drills to field surgery, experience your own adventure! This new camp is an immersion experience in which campers can don their soldier’s gear and train to be officers.  On Friday evening campers will be able to bring along a parent for the academy camp-out and complete their training on Saturday with a soldier’s campfire breakfast and an officer’s graduation ceremony.

A summer favorite for staff and campers alike is War of 1812 Adventure (July 17-21).  Campers will travel back in time when soldiers, Native Americans, pioneers, and frontier heroes fought to build a new nation. Follow in the footsteps of adventurers such as Red Eagle, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and Andrew Jackson. Learn militia drills, hear stories of naval heroes and frontier legends, make a tater torch and have a flour bomb fight at this staff favorite camp!

For the mystery-minded, Travellers Rest offers the unique History’s Mysteries Summer Camp (June 26-30, July 10-14) for ages 7 to 14.   Every museum harbors a mystery … an unexpected artifact, a haunting tale or perhaps something far stranger. Travel on an adventurous journey through some of Nashville’s most interesting museums and gather clues to solve the mystery. History is full of mysteries waiting for you… become your own history detective! One of our most popular camps, available spaces book up quickly.

TN Tales and Legends June 2013-10Stitching History Camp (July 24-28) explores the fashions of the past while learning the timeless art of hand-sewing, drafting patterns, measuring  and even creating your own historical fashion piece. Tennessee Tales & Legends Camp (June 19-23) for campers ages 7 to 14 brings the foothills and mountains of Tennessee to life with the lore of frontier heroes, creepy critters and spine-tingling stories. Challenge your imagination with the historical happenings of the mysterious, the curious, the fantastical and the just plain weird. Hear tall tales, seek hidden treasure, go on our famous cryptid scavenger hunt, learn the mysterious art of invisible ink and along the way write your own legendary tale.

For more information about discounts for early registration and for siblings and before and after care, a camp brochure may be downloaded by visiting  or you may contact the Education Director, or call 615-832-8197, ext. 15.

Kids Share Learning and Fun This Summer at University School

University School of Nashville again opens its doors this summer for families and children to explore learning and fun at its camps.

Filled with sport, art and academic-based options, USN summer camps will give this year’s attendees the chance to explore many exciting opportunities, Camp Director John Kleiner said.

Camps are for grades K-12. Camps range in price from $125.00 – $250.00 for half-day sessions. Camps begin June 5  and the last session kicks off July 10.

USN photoThere are Spanish, creative writing, pottery, Lego, filmmaking, digital photography, computer coding, and science camps. Sports include soccer,  volleyball, basketball, fitness, tennis, and badminton.

Morning sessions are from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon sessions are between 12:30 and 4 p.m. All day care is possible by selecting a morning and afternoon session with a supervised lunch. Aftercare is available between 4 and 5 p.m. for $50 a week.

For information, visit or contact John Kleiner at or call 615-424-8823.

YMCA Camps Offer the Best Summer Ever

traditional-camp-mediumThe YMCA of Middle Tennessee offers day, overnight, ranch and sports camps to give area youth an adventurous, active and healthy summer—one that will surely be described as “the best summer ever” for years to come. At the YMCA, exploring the outdoors, meeting new friends, discovering new interests and creating memories that last a lifetime are all in a day’s play.

byF_Mh9P_jFbwrA88vwv2iHdnVEqHNO7_VOJdsWlUhQ,Gz-H6gRFEKfI-HdPyY4fWxZQnWjDm9owRaDgZIBLs38 AivILeyTa25tpETgJWPJCf4ALWYkZdE76ZNeSJr1jSkmFaKpN8gTZubLZ7niIXFWsAU6tnd8Ol9nLOaN8JUpb4YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, located at the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center on J. Percy Priest Lake, offers a wide range of traditional outdoor camp activities, including sailing, zip lining, skiing, climbing, swimming, banana boat rides and more. Campers can choose from traditional day camps, overnight camps, fully themed camps, skill camps or ranch camps.

YMCA Day Camp is offered at select YMCA membership centers throughout Middle Tennessee. Campers enjoy games, activities and small group time learning about and experiencing a given weekly theme. Campers swim most days and campers who do not pass the Y’s swim test have the option to take a free YMCA Water Safety Instruction course to help every camper be safe and enjoy their time in the water.

tvalpNcmxGGKvt0mk5QnmqpTcU1Um406J6yRZyWCLI0In addition to YMCA Day Camp, select locations offer Camp Little Y, a special camp experience for campers age 3-5 that features an age-appropriate taste of many of the activities that the older campers are experiencing each week. Campers enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor time, with lots of crafts, swimming and games.

New in 2017, the YMCA is excited to introduce YMCA Sports Camps. These half-day camps will take place at YMCA membership centers that are offering YMCA Day Camp and include an option to spend the second half of the day in Day Camp, with lunch, swimming and free after-care. The YMCA is offering basketball, flag football and soccer camps this summer.

ranch-camp-mediumYMCA Summer Adventure is the Y’s summer equivalent of the Fun Co. before- and after-school program. In Summer Adventure, campers will enjoy a virtual world cruise, exploring new cultures, customs and cuisines from destinations around the world throughout the summer. They build on new and existing skills during this progressive summer experience, enjoying a wide variety of activities each week that include swimming and fun field trips.

traditional-overnight-3To learn more about these and all of the Y’s summer offerings, visit ymcamidtn. org/summer.