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May 21, 2022

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2022 Top Summer Camps Preview

The best summer camps in MIddle Tennessee are chock-full of fun and interesting activities for kids this summer.

The long summer break will soon be upon us — will you be ready with plenty of summer activities for your kids? Working parents scramble to get their kids’ summer schedules in place and it’s time to get on it.

To start, check out our newly updated top summer camps. Next, check out Nashville Parent’s 2022 Virtual Summer Camp Adventure Fair. You can also explore local camps through our online Camp Directories.

Do you want your child to have a fun and memorable summer camp experience? Yes, you do! Read on!

Adventure Science Center
800 Ft. Negley Blvd., Nashville
615-862-5177 | adventuresci.org

Opening minds to the wonder of science for more than 70 years.  Plan an adventure for the family including the Sudekum Planetarium, Adventure Tower and soundBox, an immersive new exhibit to explore sound and music!

A New Leaf and Pip & Pickles Farm
4341 Pecan Valley Road, Nashville
615-560-1533 | anewleafnashville.org

Inspired by the beauty of the earth and our connection to the kingdoms of life, Pip & Pickles Farm, in partnership with A New Leaf Nashville, invites you to explore nature through the lens of inquiry and sustainability at our Summer Camps for ages 5-12. Campers will also get to exercise the body by way of hiking, yoga, and sports; and express the mind through art, music, writing, and handwork. Our explorations take us on many adventures throughout the natural landscape. Children may look for treasures such as geodes and fossils, engage in birdwatching, compare creek and pond ecology, build a herbarium collection, and care for our farm animals. The Counselor in Training program is open for students ages 11-15, who will participate in camp activities while creating learning opportunities and fun for younger campers. Under the supervision of teachers and adult counselors, participants will develop an understanding of group dynamics and leadership skills. In the Junior Farm Apprentice program, students ages 11-15 will have the opportunity to take on farm responsibilities and train with farm and animal experts. JFAs will learn how to take care of goats and chickens, train animals, care for our vegetable garden, maintain organic growing standards, harvest and cook, as well as run our small farmer’s market. We will also schedule visits, video conferences, or similar learning opportunities, with veterinarians, zoo and farm professionals, and other industry experts.

Battle Ground Academy
336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin
615-567-8327 | battlegroundacademy.org

Battle Ground Academy is Williamson County’s No. 1 private K – 12 school, and in the summers, it’s home to a robust camp program for children ages 4 and older. 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. Students can hone their skills in an athletic camp, enjoy a breadth of activities in Cannon Ball Camp, or explore new passions in our arts and enrichment programs – or DO IT ALL by participating in multiple sessions throughout the summer.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School
of Karate
1911 Business Campus Drive
Murfreesboro | 615-890-6755
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 find out how to get one month free plus a uniform. 

Camp Juliette Low
321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland, GA
770-428-1062 | cjl.org

Platform tents, outdoor adventure, traditional camping, fun and friendship. Located on Lookout Mountain, Camp Juliette Low is an independent, residential summer camp for girls ages 7 – 17 that fosters self-confidence, independence, teamwork and leadership. One- and two-week sessions. Preparing girls for confident living and leadership since 1922

Camp Rockmont for Boys
375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC
828-686-3885 | rockmont.com

At Camp Rockmont, campers and staff work together to create an incredibly fun and meaningful Christian community in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Each summer, Rockmont serves over 1,600 boys from all over the U.S. and other countries. We partner with parents to invite young men to answer a universal call to adventure and discover things about themselves that require the kind of experience that only a quality boys summer camp can provide.

Camp Overbrook
Overbrook School
4210 Harding Pike, Nashville
615-292-5134 x3206 | overbrook.edu

Camp Overbrook is a co-ed, summer camp offering a dedicated program for ages 3 yrs. – rising grade K campers. We are committed to personalized and engaging experiences, with small groups and exceptional staff from our very own Overbrook employees. The program provides a structured environment filled with summer fun. Days are designed with theme-based activities, including guest visitors, STEM projects, art, and imagination play. The program also offers a “Year Round” experience for our incoming and current PK families.

Camp Woodmont
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 – 14. 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.

Code Ninjas
1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin
615-640-2633 | codeninjas.com 

Code Ninjas offers a full slate of summer coding and STEM camps for kids ages 8 – 14. We provide a safe, fun experience while teaching coding through the playing and building of video games. For those that prefer a virtual experience, we have micro camps perfect for introducing you child to coding and game design.

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!

Deer Run Camps & Retreats
3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station
615-794-2918 | deerrun.camp/camps
contact@deerrun.camp

Day Camps

Winter, Spring Break, and Summer Camps, age 5 – grade 6. THE place for your child to have a fun and memorable experience. Campers discover strengths, complete challenges, and create life-long memories. Traditional camp with exciting recreation and games. Includes archery, pedal karts, climbing tower, giant swing, zip lines, and more! 

Overnight Camps

THE place for your preteen and youth (grades 3 – 10) to have a fun and a memorable camp experience. One and two-week camps. Campers discover strengths, complete challenges, create life-long memories, and form deeper friendships when they unplug and connect with others. Lake activities, zip lines, games, and more. 

Family Camps

Year-round adventures for all ages. Customize your experience by choosing recreational activities your family will enjoy: zip lines, giant swing, pedal karts, and more. All-inclusive: upscale accommodations, recreation, games, movie night (outdoor when weather permits), meals. Spend focused time together, create long-lasting memories, share adventures, explore nature, and become powerfully united.

E.T.C. Gymnastics
1137 Haley Road
Murfreesboro | 615-867-6900
1932 Almaville Road
Smyrna | 615-617-7644
etcgymnastics.com

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.

Flour Power
330 Franklin Road, Ste. 110A
Brentwood
615-961-3466
flourpowerstudios.com

Children love exploring creativity and the idea of learning new skills –– especially when there’s a lot of fun involved! At Flour Power, Lil’ Chefs and Twin Chels get to explore their love of food in a way that’s truly unique, fun, and memorable. Owner/camp director, Shannon Mock Miller is passionate about teaching children, and her Brentwood Flour Power Cooking studio is designed to help children find a passion for cooking as they bond and make incredible memories together at a Flour Power Summer Camp. To sign up for the Summer of 2021 visit our website or stop by our Brentwood location.

Historic Travellers Rest
636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville
615-832-8197 | historictravellersrest.org

Our summer camps have been making history for more than 20 years! One of Nashville’s best-kept secrets, our award-winning day camps are adventurous. From exploring History’s Mysteries to Tennessee Tales, the Wave of 1812 to the Civil War, you and your camper will be amazed at how fun history can be.

HIYC Sail Camp
615-260-7405
hiyc.org/sail-camp-2022

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

We are OPEN this summer!  Overnight camps and day camps are running as scheduled.  We will be operating with fewer campers and new procedures for cleaning and sanitizing.  It’s time to get outside!  Register on our website.

Let It Shine Gymnastics FUNtastic Summer Camp
1892 General George Patton Dr., Franklin
615-369-3547 – lisgym.com

Includes trampoline, obstacle courses, rope swing, zip line, tumble track, bounce house, water slides, games, relay races, theme weeks and much more! Our Extended Care program is extra hours available before and after the camp day.  Register now!

Mathnasium
18 Cadillac Drive, Brentwood | 615-942-2629
539 Cool Springs Blvd., #105, Franklin | 615-465-6523
3411 Memorial Blvd., Ste. 3, Murfreesboro | 615-890-6284
505 Burkitt Commons Ave., Nolensville | 615-762-3820
mathnasium.com

Children out of school lose more comprehension in math than in any other subject. And with so many weeks of missed school, now is a critical time in your child’s education. We pinpoint the gaps in learning sustained during COVID. With custom-built learning plans and face-to-face instruction, we help reverse the “COVID slide” so they can be on track for the fall. Our live online tutoring service, Mathnasium@Home, is the same live instruction as our learning center but in the comfort of your home.

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.

Naturalist Camps at Warner Park Nature Center
7311 Hwy 100, Nashville
wpnc.nashville.gov

Spend your summer exploring nature! Experience the natural world through hands-on activities, close encounters with live animals, nature hikes and outdoor play. Explore the forest, fields, creeks and ponds in search of dragonflies, beetles, butterflies and more.

Leadership Academy Camps
615-856-4772 | nashvilledaycamps.com
info @leadershipacademyllc.com

Leadership Academy creates camps that connect children to nature, makes friends and develops social skills for children ages 6-17. 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 Leadership Academy Camp at Warner Park, Camp Bells Bend Beaman, Nashville Sail Camp, Mountain Bike Camp, and Teen Leadership Adventure.


National Dance Clubs (NDC)
5714 C Edmondson Pike, Brentwood | 615-277-1155
209 S. Royal Oaks Blvd., Ste. 124, Franklin | 615-861-1142
710 Memorial Blvd., Ste. 122, Murfreesboro | 615-849-1155
nationaldanceclubs.com

At NDC, we aim to provide the highest quality service to our staff and students as they experience the best ballroom has to offer; as we believe excellence is expected. We offer family and kids classes at all of our locations. It is our desire to make learning ballroom dancing a positive and enriching experience.

Montgomery Bell Academy, Summer @ MBA
4001 Harding Pike, Nashville
615-298-5514 | montgomerybell.edu/camps

More than 100 sports, enrichment and academic camps and classes allow rising first graders to high school boys and girls to fill their summer with activities. Offerings include sports, outdoor adventure, art, leadership, study skills, science, crafts and computer. MBA faculty, staff and students work with campers, providing families a glimpse of the MBA community.  Visit our website and click on the “Camp” tab.

Music City All Stars
215 Gothic Court, #102, Franklin
615-915-1047 | musiccityallstars.com

Jump into our exciting world or summer camps in 2022. This summer we will feature four weekly themed dance camps for kids of all ages starting June 14th with our popular princess tea party camp, then Mermaid Magic, our Unicorn camp and the brand new Circus Camp. All special,  unique and most importantly fun! We are open and following the Safer Studio™ guidelines to keep our dancers and staff safe.

One Goal Sports
Murfreesboro
615-896-7309 | onegoalsports.net

A non-profit, community-based sports league providing quality sports programming for families in a fun, Christian environment. Now registering for fall soccer, basketball, flag football and others.  Visit our website for more information.

Peachtree Farms Equestrian Center
4819 Hwy 96 E., Arrington
615-419-1089 | peachtreefarms.com

Saddle up and ride! Our equestrian camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western.  Half-day camps for ages 4 – 8; full-day for ages 6 and older.  After care is available. Weekly camps in June and July.  CHA-approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center.

Providence Christian Academy
410 DeJarmette Lane, Murfreesboro
615-904-0902 | providencechristian.com

We are an inter-denominational Pre-K – grade 12 school. Offering a classical education with a Christian worldview and parental involvement.  As our mission statement says, “We are teaching students to seek God’s truth and equipping them with the tools for a lifetime of learning.”  We are fully accredited by ACSI, the Association of Christian Schools International, and by AdvancED.

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. 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. Riverview is embraced by tall graceful pines and billowing hardwoods, nestled into a bend of Little River atop Lookout Mountain. Beautiful flower gardens grow along the pebble pathways and building entrances throughout the campground. Girls live in simple yet lovely rustic cabins with the modern conveniences necessary to make camping comfortable.

Spartan Soccer Academy
615-633-5967 | spartansoccer.org

Summer soccer camps, Jun. 14 – Jul. 30. Think Forward Summer Training Academy (ages 9 -17)  and Spartan Summer Soccer Academy (ages 5 – 8). Elite soccer training program for players preparing for competitive soccer at all levels. Skills based, foot-skills, shooting, passing and moving the ball forward as a team. Optional Goalkeeper or Speed/Agility session. Choose the weeks to fit your summer schedule. Multiple locations: Franklin, Murfreesboro, Columbia.

St. Andrews-Sewanee School
290 Quintard Road, Sewanee
931-598-5651 | sasweb.org/summer

SAS Summer Camp in Sewanee offers 550 acres with lakes, trails, sports facilities, dorms, and a dining hall reminiscent of Hogwarts. Combining traditional camp activities with specialty sessions – sign language, culinary arts, pottery, technology, dance, folk music, yoga, woodworking, climbing – campers create their own schedules based on individual interests.

Tennessee Beef Council Culinary Camps
615-896-5811 | tnbeef.org/cooking/youth-culinary-camp-registration

Let your child’s inner chef shine at this fun two day virtual cooking camp all about beef. We will cook several beef recipes together, learn about different cuts of beef, nutrition, food safety, and more. This class is best suited for kids ages 10 – 16. Prior to the start of camp, we will send a grocery list and supply list so you can follow along with the recipes at home. All participants will receive a goodie bag after participating in the camp. Registration limited to 50 participants.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth
On the Vanderbilt Campus
615-322-8261 | pty.vanderbilt.edu

We believe that providing acceleration as well as challenging, inquiry-based educational opportunities, best serve the intellectual needs of gifted children; that being able to work alongside true academic peers provides a sense of community and belonging that helps to meet the social and emotional needs of gifted children; and that crafting authentic creative learning experiences best allows gifted students to develop their full capacities as thinkers, as problem-solvers and as compassionate people.

The Webb School Camp Day & Boarding
319 Webb Road E., Bell Buckle
931-389-6003 | thewebbschool.com/academics/summer-program

Art, outdoor adventure with zip line, robotics, science and more! Co-ed, current grades 2 – 8. Bus service from Murfreesboro and Tullahoma, $50 per week. Overnight Camp: Check in Sunday at 5 p.m. Cost: $750 ($50 off each additional week).

The Webb School Sports Camp
319 Webb Road E, Bell Buckle
931-389-6003 | thewebbschool.com/academics/summer-program

Co-ed, current grades 2 – 8. Day Camp: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $250. Bus service from Murfreesboro and Tullahoma, $50 per week. Overnight Camp: Check in Sunday at 5 p.m. Cost: $750.

 

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