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Camps Let Kids Be Kids
Sometimes it seems like all anyone talks about is how anxious kids are today. But we think kids are still kids and they’re just living in our anxious world. So let’s give them a reprieve from all of our adult hand-wringing. This issue contains camps of all kinds for kids of all kinds. And summer camp adventures don’t have to break your budget — if that’s a concern. Some are quite affordable and some even provide scholarships should you need. But back to the kids.
No matter what your child is into — and especially if they don’t have a favorite activity — this guide is loaded with opportunities for exploration and learning. Growing up goes way too quickly and kids need the opportunity to stretch their wings and fly. Nothing allows for that more than an enriching day or overnight camp.
Dig into all of the options here for your kids and plan a marvelous summer! — Susan Day, editor
ON THE COVER:
A camper enjoys an inflatable water slide at Camp Woodmont, a traditional summer camp for boys and girls located in Cloudland, GA.
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Best decision we made to send our son to LearningRx. It’s a great program and helped him in so many ways. His trainer challenged him, encouraged him and made every session fun.”-Robin, Brentwood
Seven reasons why day camps are good for kids — and you, too!by Jill Morgenstern
Whoever coined the term, “the lazy days of summer,” must not have had young children! Certainly it’s great not to have the pressures of the school year, but many working parents still need childcare when school is out. Summer day camps not only fill this gap, but they can provide an enriching atmosphere where children can thrive and grow during the summer months.
1. SOCIAL GROWTH
Children attending day camp have the chance to socialize in a way that is not always possible at school. Whether engaged in team building in sports or problem-solving puzzles, children are encouraged to interact with each other. This is likely to be a very different experience than being at school where individual accomplishments are often the focus.
Michelle Renfrow, a licensed professional counselor says, “it also offers an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who share a passion for something that they do.” She says of two of her
former campers bonded over trains.
“They weren’t the same age; they didn’t go to the same school; they didn’t have the same upbringing; but they had something in common that connected them,” Renfrow says. “Finding somebody that you have a connection with is greatly important to the development of children,” she adds.
2. NEW SKILLS AND LEARNING
The variety in day camps is really incredible. Some offer a range of activities each day. Others may focus on learning specific skills like science or magic tricks,
arts and crafts or sports. Children can often switch activities week by week, giving them exposure to many different experiences. The learning and growing doesn’t stop there. Art camp can bring insight.
“We do a lot of moments where campers can show off their artwork and allow others to give them constructive and positive feedback,” Renfrow says.
In this way, children learn not only the artistic concepts being taught, but also, how to give and receive feedback.
Many day camps offer activities to help combat a sedentary lifestyle. Choosing a gymnastics, dance, soccer or other sportrelated day camp will get your child moving. But even day camps focused on arts and crafts or theater may offer daily swimming and time outdoors.
4. TIME UNPLUGGED
Screens are becoming more and more integrated into our lives both in and out of school. But we all know there are good reasons to limit screen time. Day camps vary in their use of electronics from those that don’t allow them at all, to those that rely on them for various activities. If you want your child to take a break from screens, find out the day camp’s policies on screen time in advance.
5. BUILDING CONFIDENCE
Day camp can be a place to increase confidence in kids through exposure to activities they may not get to experience during the school year. This can be especially beneficial to a child who struggles at school, giving them a chance to excel and explore talents that might be less obvious at school. Renfrow watches day campers blossom before her eyes.
“I cannot tell you the excitement and relief they feel when they finally ‘get it’ and then just start flourishing from there!” she says of campers who begin to master knitting.
While school has the same rules all year long, day camp is more flexible. Your child can go to theater camp one week; baseball camp the next. Each will have its own routines and expectations. This can help your child to stay flexible in their expectations. Children who need more time to adjust to new experiences may benefit from multiple weeks at the same camp. Many summer day camps operate on a week-byweek basis, so if your child is not enjoying the experience, they can opt out when the week is over.
7. POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
Many day camps employ teens and collegeaged young adults for their first summer jobs. This can expose children to a new dynamic they may not have encountered, especially if they do not have older siblings.
Renfrow believes having people of all ages is essential to running a great day camp. Even middle schoolers are included in her camps, as well as supervised counselorsin-training.This relationship can be every bit as good for the young employees as it is for the campers, Renfrow says.
All in all, quality day camps offer an incredible chance for children to learn and grow while having fun and getting a much needed break from the rigors of school. They can explore their interests in a healthy environment, make new friends and make wonderful memories while they’re at it. Be sure to discuss each day’s happenings with them when they come home from camp!
Jill Morgenstern is a mother of four. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience in various settings and a Master’s Degree in Teaching Reading.
READY, SET, CAMP PREP FOR KIDS
Don’t just send your child to day camp — talk it through, first.by Janey Snyderman
Camps, camps, camps! Seems everybody’s talking about summer camp programs for kids. But what if your little one has never gone before? She has questions. Fortunately, you can have the answers. Lots of local summer day camps have programs perfect for little ones. And even better news? When kids are allowed to go to camp, they discover that being on their own isn’t so bad afterall … in fact … it’s fun!
WHO WILL BE MY FRIENDS?
Reassure your camper that camp is all about making new friends. While that may or may not make her nervous, counselors are trained to help bring kids together. You can also discuss sending your child to camp with a school friend so she already has a friend. Plenty of campers know each other from past summers or from school, but many come to camp in order to meet new friends. It’s nice to have winter friends and summer friends — other kids with whom your camper shares special experiences.
WHO WILL HELP ME HAVE FUN AT CAMP? HOW DO THEY KNOW HOW TO CARE FOR ME?
Counselors are selected because they love working with kids, according to the American Camp Association. In fact, counselors are one of the perks of camp. They are trained before camp begins to help kids have a good time, make new friends and enjoy a variety of activities. Their job is to help campers have fun, be safe and know their limits. They spend a lot of time before camp learning to do all these things for campers. And they love to have fun, too.
WHAT IF I HAVE A PROBLEM?
There are lots of people at camp, including counselors, who help take care of campers, depending on what they need. Let your child know that there is a nurse or a doctor if they don’t feel well, and a special place, sometimes called a health center, to rest until they are better. Campers can count on the grownups that are at camp to help them with any problem they may have. Allow them to conquer their fears, whether it be learning to swim in a lake, climb on the ropes course, clean up spilled paint — whatever!
WILL I BE ALRIGHT WHILE I’M AWAY FROM HOME?
Remind your camper of other times in their life that were spent away from home — sleepovers, a weekend a grandma’s, or even class trips. There’s no pressure to be anything but yourself at camp! The main point is just to relax and have fun. BONUS: Send a familiar object, such as a stuffed animal or blanket with your camper. Tuck a smiley note in their backpack!
PREPPING YOUR CHILD
• Mark a visible calendar
After you and your child pick the camp or camps to attend this summer, make sure your camper knows what day it starts — and mark it visibly on a wall calendar. That way, you can both keep track of how many “sleeps” there are before it’s go time.
• Camp physicals
Kids attending sleep-away camps are required to have a physical from your pediatrician. Some day camps require this, too. Don’t wait till the last moment to set it up. And check with your camp to know what special care is given to any medications your child may require.
• Empower your child’s independence
Before camp even begins, talk it up at home (find a
good balance so you don’t over do it) and encourage your child’s ability to do things on their own. Let them pack a backpack with daily needs. If your child’s going to sleep-away camp, being responsible for their belongings and personal hygiene is key.
• Visit the camp ahead of time
For your peace of mind and your camper’s, try to visit camps ahead of time so you can get a concrete picture of camp life. During camp preview days, you can have all of your questions answered, and you’ll likely see your child get excited about the fun attractions they see around them. If it isn’t possible to visit the camp before your child’s session, browse their website and social media pages together to gain insights.
• Keep conversations positive and calm
Don’t express fears or the issue of homesickness around your child, and remember to stay positive in conversations about the upcoming experiences. Your kid will pick up on any tension you show, which may translate into hostile thoughts about summer camp. Even if you forget to pack something for camp on any given day, your kid will make it through — either by borrowing or purchasing at the camp facilities. They may even
realize they didn’t need the forgotten item in the first place. Communicate a guilt-free, positive approach and teach your child that when it comes to being responsible, it takes time for all of us and that’s OK. The important thing is to always be trying.
• Lean into separation
The camp you choose may have a no cell phone policy. If it does, be a good sport and trust that the camp directors know what they are doing. They have seen first-hand that campers are more likely to experience homesickness if Mom and Dad are easy to access.
Overall, follow the policies camps have in place and remember that a brief period of missing one another can work wonders for your family. Think about the meaningful conversations you will be able to have, the stories your camper will be eager to share and the ability to remind them later how much you missed them when they were away ... but that you were so happy they were having a great time!
July 16-21, Ages 8-11
THE GIFT OF SLEEP-AWAY CAMP
Overnight camps provide a world of growth and adventure.by Sandi Schwartz
We all want our children to be happy and successful. Would you believe that letting them spread their wings — without you by their side — may be the most effective way to do this? You job as a parent is to give your children the tools they need to go out in the world and discover who they are and what they want to become– their purpose in life. A child can only truly grow if given some freedom and the chance to gain confidence by exploring new ideas and activities.
What better place for children to begin this process than sleep away camp? Sending children away for camp may seem daunting at first, but if you ask anyone who has spent several weeks bunking with friends, they will tell you how it positively transformed their life and how lucky they are that their parents gave them that gift.
According to Michael Thompson, a clinical psychologist and author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow, “parents can sometimes seriously impede their
children’s development. As a parent, there are many things you cannot do for your children. You cannot give your child confidence, you cannot pick or manage their friendships, you cannot always be his advocate/agent/manager/coach … and most importantly, parents have a hard time urging their children to take psychological risks.”
Thompson explains how sleep-away camp succeeds at doing all these things and how critical it is for kids to have these experiences. True independence is something parents cannot give their children; they must live it on their own.
BENEFITS OF SLEEP-AWAY CAMP
There are five invaluable aspects of sleep away camp that can lead children and teens to discovering their purpose:
One of the most important benefits of sleepaway camp is that children build confidence and self-esteem while living away from their parents. These positive attributes stem from belonging, learning and contributing. Camps provide many unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three areas: 1) they belong to their sports team and bunk; 2) they learn from trying new activities and making new friends; and 3) they contribute by helping during meals and other activities and serving as team leaders.
Camp also provides ways for children to feel a sense of accomplishment. When they succeed, they are empowered and have more confidence when faced with the next challenge. They also learn from their mistakes and failures, which only makes them more resilient in the future. Also, the kind of encouragement kids receive at camp makes it the perfect environment for them to overcome setbacks, try new things and see improvement. Some camp experiences even allow kids to conquer their fears, whether it be learning to swim in a lake or climb a ropes course.
Finally, many children will purposely choose to attend camp where they do not know any other campers when they arrive. This special experience gives them the chance to start fresh and explore who they truly are in an unfamiliar environment. All of this confidence building brings them closer to figuring out their interests and goals.
• Broader Perspective
At camp, children begin to see the world a bit differently. They are away from their comfort zone and exposed to new people and experiences that give them a new, broader perspective. They realize they are part of something bigger than themselves and their immediate family. They meet people from different backgrounds, locations and interests. They may participate in community service projects that they would have not otherwise had the chance to do. Sleep-away camp is so valuable in how it introduces
children to fresh ways of seeing the world and themselves.
Children benefit from being part of the special community found at sleep-away camp. It gives them a sense of belonging, which will ultimately improve their ability to cooperate, contribute and serve their future communities as caring citizens. Campers also gain new social skills from being in a group setting. They must share a room with others, manage chores, resolve conflicts, communicate effectively and be kind and accommodating to their fellow campers. Being part of a close-knit community can be challenging at times, but children who learn how to adapt and get along with others will discover benefits that last a lifetime.
Sleep-away camp is chock full of unique activities and events that children can’t find anywhere else. Going to camp allows them to learn new skills, whether it be in sports, art or outdoor exploration. Being exposed to so many new programs enhances their knowledge and capabilities, allowing them to get closer to finding what they enjoy most.
Camp also helps children become more independent. They learn how to make their own decisions without parents and teachers always telling them what to do. They are ex-
pected to manage daily chores, show up on time for activities and keep their belongings together. These are lifelong skills that will help them succeed in whatever they do.
The school year is a busy time, but camp provides a chance for kids to slow down and listen to their own thoughts. Camp is the perfect environment for self-reflection and meditation because kids unplug and soak in the beautiful nature around them. When kids take a break from television, video games, texting, and surfing online, they become more mindful of their surroundings and their emotions. They are able to focus on the simple things in life, like going for a hike, watching a sunset, singing around the campfire and talking in depth with their friends.
Camp also provides a time for unstructured play. Campers are encouraged to use their creativity to solve problems and have fun. They learn how to keep busy with activities that have been used for centuries, such as swimming and boating in a lake, woodworking and theater performances. This carefree living gives them a chance to relax and laugh without the pressures of their hectic, over-scheduled lives back home. This change of pace can lead to emotional and spiritual growth. What a win!
CAMPS & SUMMER PROGRAMS
Planning for the BEST SUMMER EVER starts here!
ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER
800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville 615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org
Opening minds to the wonders of science and technology for 75 years. Plan an adventure for the family including a show in the Sudekum Planetarium, an immersive experience of sound and music in soundBox, live science shows and more! Adventure Science Center strives to open every mind to the wonders of science and technology, fostering a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
BACH TO ROCK, MT. JULIET
1475 N Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet
615-903-9658 | mtjuliet.b2rmusic.com
Designed for campers ages 7 yrs. and older, of all levels. Our summer camps are taught by real musicians using the unique B2R method, which will have students playing full songs in no time. We also offer studio and beat making studio camps and other popular themes.
BACH TO ROCK, NASHVILLE WEST
6702 Charlotte Pike #105, Nashville 615-637-7242 | nashvillewest.b2rmusic.com
Our camps are a perfect choice for students who love music! Camp themese include Rock City World Tour Camp, Rock Band Camp, Glee Club, DJ Camp, Beat Making, Beat Refining, and more. We offer full- and half-day camps for kids of all ages. Sign up today or come visit us at our Nashville West location.
BATTLE GROUND ACADEMY
336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin 615-567-8327 | battlegroundacademy.org/camps
In the summers, Battle Ground Academy is home to a robust camp program for children ages four and up. With half- and full-day options available, our on-campus programming includes more than 40 camps, ranging from art and cheerleading to coding and soccer.
THE CAVERNS – CAMP CAVERNS
555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham
615-406-8142 | thecaverns.com/camp-caverns
Camp Caverns is a residential kids camp (ages 8 - 14) like no other on Earth—or below it—in Southeast Tennessee. Camp life is centered around The Caverns property at the base of the Cumberland Plateau where boys and girls sleep in yurts each night. Camp days are filled exploring underground passages, ziplining through the trees, hiking through a lush forest to a swimming hole, and more. Register for Jul. 9 - 15 or Jul. 16 - 22 on our website.
Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventure since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7-16 with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian Environment. Activities including canoeing, kayaking, archery, sling shot range, V-Swing, Zip Line, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs and many more.
SUMMER FUN, LIFETIME MEMORIES, CAMP OCOEE
111 YMCA Drive Ocoee, TN (423)338.5588
CAMPS AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
CHEEKWOOD ESTATE AND GARDENS
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org
Engage students in art, history, and botanical gardens with a trip to Cheekwood. Students in grades pre-k-12 can enjoy a self-guided experience, or a curriculum-centered guided field trip here at Cheekwood. We offer school field trips and homeschool field trips. Destination Cheekwood brings families to Cheekwood on a Saturday for a visit filled with art, garden, and historical experiences and activities. Cheekwood GROWS targets third grade students to provide an immersive, multi-faceted experience that teaches them about gardening.
1113 Murfreesboro Road, #410, Franklin
615-640-2633 | codeninjas.com/tn-franklin
Unleash your child’s inner Ninja! Transform your child’s love for technology into an exciting learning adventure. Guided by our team of Code Senseis, Code Ninjas Camps empower kids to gain valuable tech skills and make new friends. It’s an unforgettably fun learning experience!
DEER RUN CAMPS & RETREATS
3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station
615-794-2918 | deerrun.camp/camps
DAY CAMPS – Winter, Spring Break, and Summer Camps, age 5 to grade 6. Campers participate in outdoor adventures and unplug from electronics while experiencing archery, pedal karts, climbing tower, and more!
OVERNIGHT CAMPS – One and two-week camps, grades 3 to 10. Your camper will discover strengths, forge friendships, complete challenges, and create lifelong memories enjoying thrilling adventures and recreation.
FAMILY CAMPS – Get away from routine and create memories, share adventures, and explore nature. Enjoy delicious meals, upscale accommodations, and incredible hospitality. This life-changing staycation/vacation is great for all ages.
HARPETH HALL SCHOOL
3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville
615-297-9543 | harpethhall.org/summer-camp
Whether it is serving a tennis ball or serving others, catching bugs or catching basketballs, stringing a violin or stringing gemstones, Harpeth Hall summer camps welcome girls in kindergarten through 8th grades for unforgettable experiences in academics, athletics, and the arts. Registration opens in mid-January 2023. Also not to be missed is Harpeth Hall’s premier research-based program, the STEM Summer Institute. Imagine creating hand-washing stations for communities in need or designing a better birthing bed for safer infant deliveries in Kenya. The STEM Summer Institute brings together middle school and high school girls from schools throughout Nashville to address local and global issues in a true integration of STEM learning. To see all that is happening on Harpeth Hall’s campus this summer, visit our website.
LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CAMPS
833-244-3288 | nashvilledaycamps.com/npguide23
Leadership Academy Camps connect children to nature, make friends, and develop outdoor skills for children ages 5 - 17. We believe that play and outdoor exploration increases creativity, confidence, social intelligence, and grit. Our goal is to get children outside, exploring, learning, playing, and having fun so that they develop a strong sense of self and a deeper connection to nature. Our camps are Camp Twigs, Nashville Sail Camp, Mountain Bike Camp, and Teen Leaders.
MY GYM OF BRENTWOOD
330 Franklin Road, Brentwood
615-371-5437 | mygym.com/brentwood
Creating Moments That Matter! From first steps to handstands My Gym grows with your child. My Gym was born out of our passion to teach children in a fun, physically engaging environment. We delight in seeing children’s eyes light up for all those incredible milestones, from the tentative first steps to tumbling down soft mats. Sharing the parents’ excitement with their children’s accomplishments is the high point of our day.
CAMPS AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE DRAMA SCHOOL
25 Middleton St., Nashville 615-297-2966 ext. 910 | nashvillechildrenstheatre.org
At NCT we believe that theatre skills are life skills. We celebrate each student’s individuality. We believe in the power of ‘play’ and the greater learning that is derived from it. It is important to us for every young person to feel heard, celebrated, and uplifted. We currently offer fall, spring, Saturday classes and camps.
RIVERVIEW CAMP FOR GIRLS
757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 800-882-0722 | riverviewcamp.com
Voted best sleep-away camp more than six times in the Best of Parenting reader’s poll. Riverview is embraced by tall graceful pines and billowing hardwoods, nestled into a bend of Little River atop Lookout Mountain. One- and two-week sessions. Ages 6 - 16. Member of Christian Camping International and accredited by AEE and ACA. Traditional camp activities. Facilities include a heated pool, tennis courts, climbing tower, horseback riding, bathrooms and showers in all cabins. Campers select six activities daily.
5:1 camper-to-counselor ratio.
A NEW LEAF AT PIP & PICKLES FARM
4341 Pecan Valley Road, Nashville
615-560-1533 | anewleafnashville.org
Play in nature, create art, learn about farming, and embark on adventures across our 10-acre farm. In our three-week sessions, campers ages 5 - 16 develop meaningful connections and a sense of belonging with fellow campers, explore new forms of self-expression, and dig deep in a variety of multifaceted projects inspired by our sprawling landscape. Plant and harvest vegetables for our camper-run farmers market, hike through the forest and cool off in the creek, care for goats and chickens, discover the nuances of ecology, bend your imagination in our exploratorium, and so much more.
ACTING ALL AROUND
410 Verandah Lane, Franklin 615-375-3565 | actingallaround.com
Registration for 2023 Summer Camps is now open! You can register online to sign up. We can’t wait to see your student this summer. Summer of 2023 will feature two theater camps : Lets make a Play, starting June 7; and Audition Techniques for older students ages 13 - 18 . Sign up today while we still have spots available.
AR WORKSHOP FRANKLIN
101 International Drive, Ste. 105, Franklin 615-285-4295 | arworkshop.com/franklin
Kids are crafting an unforgettable experience this summer at AR Workshop! With 13 new themes series, there is something for every artist ages 6 - 17. All projects are designed to promote creativity and hands-on steam learning in a fun and social environment.
BABY CAKES BAKERY
819 Main St., Nashville 615-656-3301 | babycakesnash.com
Join us for one of our summer camps and take your child on a journey around the world, learning to bake iconic recipes from each location. Make new friends, create some messes in the kitchen, and have fun with your child while they learn techniques they can take home and share with family.
BELMONT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND MATHMATICS
1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville
The Belmont College of Sciences and Mathematics will host five hands-on high school camps in 2023. Jun. 5 - Jul. 7: Research Immersive Summer Experience in Data Science. Jul. 10 - 14: Game Design and Programming (GDP). Jul. 17 - 21: Unlock Advanced Mathematical Problem Solving. Jul. 24 - 28: Applied Physics and Engineering at Work. Jul. 31 - Aug. 4: From Brain to Behavior at Belmont (BBB).
BELONG GAMING ARENAS
1800 Galleria Blvd., #105, Franklin belong.gg
Every gamer can feel like they’re part of something bigger with Belong! Watch, play, and compete across the country. We offer fun drop-in daily gaming and summer camps at our Cool Springs location.
BILL TAYLOR BUSHIDO SCHOOL OF KARATE
1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro
615-890-6755 | bskonline.com
1820 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-893-6003 | bskonline.com
Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate for ages 3 - adult. Call now to get one month free plus a uniform.
11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville 615-352-8533 | boostgymnastics.com
BOOST campers will meet new friends, have new experiences, and most importantly, have a super fun time! Our goal is to provide programs that are convenient for parents and provide them with peace of mind knowing that their child is safe and well cared for. Our summer camps are for Little Campers (ages 3 - 4) and Big Campers (ages 5 - 10). These camps are full of exciting events, special guests, and a whole lot of BOOST fun!
219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood 615-373-0611 | summeratba.com
Brentwood Academy’s camps are an extension of our mission to nurture and challenge each whole person – body, mind, and spirit – to the Glory of God. We offer 9 weeks of programs for your young athlete, arts lover, chef, or engineer! Join BA staff while exploring and making new friends.
CAMP ARROWHEAD FOR BOYS
1415 Cabin Creek Road, Zirconia, NC 828-435-0591 | camparrowhead.com
Since 1937, Camp Arrowhead for Boys has served families from all over the world. Arrowhead has 217 acres of beautiful woodlands, waterfalls, streams, and meadows in which boys can grow, lead, explore, and create. Sessions are 1 - 4 weeks long, for campers rising grades 1 - 11. Activities include archery, blacksmithing, bushcraft, riflery, and woodworking.
381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 423-472-6070 | campwoodmont.com
Camp Woodmont on Lookout Mountain in northwest Georgia is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 15. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga. Features horseback riding, high-ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more! Founded on Christian principles in 1981, it’s the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories.
SUM MER CAMPS
In the summers, BGA is home to a robust camp program for children ages four and up. With half- and full-day options available, our on-campus programming includes more than 40 camps, ranging from art and cheerleading to coding, soccer, and Cannon Ball, our all-around camp experience.
Camps begin May 30 and are ﬁlled on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis.
ENRICHMENT CANNON BALLbattlegroundacademy.org/summer-camps
CAMPS AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
7731 Ridgewood Road, Goodlettsville
615-458-4548 | carolshomestead.org
A grassroots education for children allows them to plant, harvest, and cook outdoors. Lunch, snacks, binoculars, and aprons will be provided. Camps are one week out of a month May 29 - Jun. 1; 4.5 hours a day starting at 9 a.m. $375 per child (each sibling $75 off). Early birds pay by Apr. 1 for $75 off. Parents welcome for an additional $100.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville
615-416-2001 | countrymusichalloffame.org/learn/songwriting-camp
Songwriting Camp at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is an unforgettable experience where budding songwriters ages 11 - 18 can hone their craft, learn from professionals, and make friends. Campers also enjoy access to the Museum galleries and will tour Historic RCA Studio B, located on Nashville’s Music Row.
CREEKSIDE RIDING ACADEMY AND STABLES
2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin
615-595-7547 | creeksideridingstables.com
We focus on safety, proper riding techniques, grooming, care and tacking horses. All activities are geared to the riders’ level, ability and age. Campers ride each day in lessons, games on horseback and trail rides. Barn activities include scavenger hunts, horse-related arts and crafts, making homemade horse treats and more. Connecting with and caring for these animals gives riders confidence in many areas of life!
CURREY INGRAM ACADEMY
6544 Murray Lane, Brentwood 615-507-3242 | curreyingram.org/community/summer-programs
CIA’s summer camps are designed to engage all our campers through small camp sizes and personalized instruction. No matter a child’s experience level, we aim to excite, challenge, and bring out the best in every camper.
DANCE ACADEMY OF BELLEVUE
8074 TN-100, Nashville
629-888-9954 | danceacademyofbellevue.com
Dance academy of Bellevue is a safe, and inclusive place for dancers to be themselves. At DAB our dancers learn to instill pride and confidence in self expression and individuality. They learn to appreciate the art of dance through quality instruction. At DAB our core values are creativity, encouragement, teamwork and community. Sign up today for winter/spring classes.
1414 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville 615-860-5300 | davidsonacademy.com
Enrich your child’s summer with Bear Camp 2022 skills-based camps! Week-long athletic, academic, technology, art camps and more are available to rising PreK4 - grade 12 in the Nashville and surrounding communities.
1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro | 615-867-6900
1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna | 615-617-7644
E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 - 18 years and all ability levels. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.
HARVEST MARTIAL ARTS
313 Independence Square, Franklin 615-224-3851 | harvestmartialarts.com
The Harvest Concept opened in 2016, and is long known for its specialty in teaching Han Mu Do, the traditional Korean art of self defense, and is the only Han Mu Do school in the state of Tennessee. We offer classes for ages 3 through adult. We focus on optimism, balance and harmony, building mental and physical strength through movement and practices, such as martial arts, yoga, and traditional archery.
HIYC SAIL CAMP
615-260-7405 | hiyc.org/summer-sail-camp
Ages 7 - 17, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (no before- or after-care provided). All levels of experience are welcome. We sail several types of boats, including Optimist Prams, Lasers, RS Zest, and RS Feva sailboats. Sailors will be assigned to boats according to age and skill level. No sailing experience necessary!
HORTON HAVEN CHRISTIAN CAMP
3711 Reed Harris Road, Lewisburg 931-364-7656 | hortonhaven.org
Campers can experience archery, air rifles, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, mt. biking, swimming and many other exciting activities. Teens can experience our 45-ft. high zip line which spans 600 feet. One-week sessions for ages 8 - 11, 12 - 14 and 15 - 18. Day campers experience exciting games, crafts, bible lessons, swimming and much more. Get away from the TV, video games and iPods. It’s a great way to see what camp life is all about. Four weeks to choose from for ages 6 - 11. Space is limited so register early!
KOOL KIDS VOICE ACTING
2465 Old Charlotte Pike, Franklin 646-397-3553 | koolkidsvoiceacting.com
Fun and unique voice acting education for kids of all ages that enables them to experience success in the industry and success in life. Sign up now for Summer camps or classes.
LITTLE ART HOUSE
2106B Acklen Ave., Nashville 615-933-9644 | littlearthousenashville.com
We have a number of locations we’ll be offering classes and camps! We feature art classes for kids of all ages starting with our popular Mini Makers, ages 1 - 4 yrs. up to Advanced Art Class for grades 3 -6. Visit our website for a camp near you.
IT'S BETTER THAN CAMP!
SAS Summer Experience
9 - 23
Traditional summer camp activities on SAS's beautiful 550-acre campus blended with specialty courses in sign language, technology, woodworking, karate, climbing, and the visual, performing, and culinary arts.
It's Better Than Camp! will always be small - the perfect spot for your first-time camper!
Welcoming boys and girls age 11 -15 for either week or the full 2-week session.
CAMPS AND SUMMER PROGRAMS
MR. BOND’S SCIENCE GUYS
615-573-2702 | mrbondscienceguy.com
Our winter, spring and summer camps inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for science and learning, teaching creative problem-solving skills, teamwork and perseverance in an entertaining, kid-friendly setting. The camps are full- or half-day and are excellent for ages 5 - 12. Sibling discounts are available.
MUSIC CITY ALL STARS
215 Gothic Court, #102, Franklin 615-915-1047 | musiccityallstars.com
Jump into our exciting world or summer camps in 2023. This summer we will feature four weekly themed dance camps for kids of all ages. Themes include Princess and Mermaid, pony, Gabbie’s Dollhouse, Barbiue, and more. All special, unique and most importantly fun! Sign up now, we will sell out.
NASHVILLE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ELF & FAIRY CAMP
615-255-2273 | nashvilleshakes.org
Elf & Fairy Camp is a week-long, after-school experience that will have campers learning, playing, rehearsing, and performing! We’ll study a sonnet, create our own magical characters using Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as inspiration, and learn a song and dance to be performed before Twelfth Night. Taught by NSF Apprentice Company members and Teaching Artists, the camp will take place after-school from 4 - 6:30 p.m. Mon., Tue., and Wed. Then, Thu. - Sun. evenings during the Summer Shakespeare Festival, campers will be on stage as part of the Apprentice Company’s Green Show!
NASHVILLE SKATING ACADEMY
Nashville and Nolensville Locations
615-928-7977 | nashvilleiceskate.com
NSA has been introducing families to the world of skating for 17 years. NSA’s mission is to foster a love of skating for Nashville’s youth and adults through programs such as Learn to Skate USA, figure skating group classes, summer camps, private instruction, and various specialty programs. Whether your future skater’s dream is to play in the NHL, be a competitive figure skater or to just learn to skate, NSA has a program designed to help them reach their goals.
PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
410 DeJarmette Lane, Murfreesboro
615-904-0902 | providencechristian.com
Providence Christian Academy offers summer camp activities for both students and non-students. Every week we go on different field trips, explore nearby parks, watch fun movies and splash at the nearby pool. We make arts and crafts, try new sports and games and have lots of fun making new friends. Pay by the days or weeks you attend.
ST. HENRY SCHOOL CAMP TIGER TOWN
6401 Harding Pike, Nashville sthenryschool.org/summer-camp
Saint Henry School is excited to offer day camps for students in rising Pre-K3 through 8th grade in Summer 2023!
SOUTHERN STARS PRESCHOOL
910 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville
615-509-9423 | southernstarsmontessori.net
Our curriculum allows you and your child to grow at an individual pace. While many preschools focus on a singular facet of learning, we focus on every facet of learning, including: gross motor skills, fine motor skills, social skills, verbal skills, concentration and focus skills, literacy skills, match and history skills, art, music, and dance skills, and play-based learning.
SPARTAN SOCCER ACADEMY
615-633-5967 | spartansoccer.org
Spartan Development Academy is a skills based training league for children ages 5 - 13. The program is designed for players looking for more than recreational soccer but not ready to commit to travel soccer. Check out our sibling discount and referral program with Mini Spartans and Spartan Development Academy. Join us anytime!
SUGAR DROP COOKING CLASSES
574 Franklin Road, Franklin 629-202-6949 | sugardrop.com
Ever have sweet dreams of being a Sugar Artist? No one likes to play with their food better than we do! Our trained instructors have taught thousands of students ages 3 and up over the past five years. From special camps and cookie classes to fondant and Buttercream Bootcamp, we keep a full calendar of sweet fun to help inspire you on your sugar journey!
10555 Patterson Road, Rockvale tracyequistrain.com
At Tracy Equestrian we offer summer camps for riders of every age and skill level. Our accredited trainers will provide clear instruction in a safe and fun environment. We’ve hand-selected and trained our horses to be good mannered and well-tempered. We have 30 plus acres of premier riding land with clean and modern stables to accommodate all of our campers.
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE
2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville
615-277-7377 | usn.org/summer
Led by faculty bringing their expertise and passion, camps offer diverse programming in sports, academics, arts and technology. Flexible morning and afternoon sessions allow either whole- or half-day experiences of fun and learning. After care until 5 p.m.
VALLEY VIEW RANCH EQUESTRIAN CAMP FOR GIRLS
606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA
706-862-2231 | valleyviewranch.net
Located a’top beautiful Lookout Mountain. We offer several riding programs and encourage each camper to participate in all of them: English and Hunt Seat; Western Stock Seat and Barrels (Gymkhana); and Vaulting. Each girl can spend as much time as she likes with her favorite horse during her stay. Enrollment is limited to 50 girls and is open to ages 8 - 17.
THE WEBB SCHOOL
319 Webb Road E, Bell Buckle
931-389-6003 | thewebbschool.com/summer-programs
DAY CAMPS – Webb provides a variety of offerings for your camper. Webb Camp campers will enjoy outdoor adventures, games, art projects, and STEM activities. Webb Sports Camp campers learn the value of being a good teammate while taking a deep dive into basketball, soccer, baseball and football. Webb offers many athletic camps including, basketball, baseball, cheerleading, football, and soccer.
OVERNIGHT CAMPS – Overnight camp at Webb offers campers an experience of a lifetime. In addition to the day camp activities, campers will enjoy both on and off-campus evening activities. Activities may include: roller skating, bowling, board game night, campfire and s’mores, ice cream trip and more. Webb Camp and Webb Sports Camp offer overnight opportunities for campers in rising grades 5 - 8.
WILLOW SPRINGS DAY CAMP
508 Franklin Road, Franklin 931-797-3660 | willowspringsdaycamp.com
Willow Springs Day Camp believes camp can build independent, resilient, and flexible children through the magic of playing outdoors. By having free choice and autonomy in their daily schedules, campers in grades 1 - 6 spend their day exploring the creek and outdoor spaces as well as crafts, games and more! Join us at the newest day camp in Franklin!
YMCA CAMP OCOEE
111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee
423-338-5588 | ymcacampocoee.org
Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, YMCA Camp Ocoee has been providing children with wilderness adventures since 1923. One-week sessions for boys and girls ages 7 - 15. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Strong Christian environment. Activities include horseback riding, white-water rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, camp-outs and more.