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Summer Day Camps 2020

Sign your kids up early for local camps so they're sure to get a spot, plus discover what's new for kids this summer (Deer Run Camps & Retreats pictured).

We reached out to lots of camps to find out what they have going on for campers this coming summer!

Check it out:

CAMP WARNER PARK in West Nashville ( expands to eight weeks this summer, running June 1 – July 31. Ages 6 – 12 can enjoy traditional activities plus kickball, field games, crafts, creek exploration and more … CREEKSIDE ACADEMY RIDING STABLES ( has a new mini arena and the riding trail now includes hillside riding … DANCE IN BLOOM in Nashville ( is offering one-week day camps this summer for ages 3 – 18. Options include Tiaras & Tutus Ballet Camp … DEER RUN CAMPS in Thompson’s Station ( has improved its lakeside with a sand beach and extra-wide steps for campers coming in and out of the water … HARRIS RIDING ACADEMY in Murfreesboro ( offers day camps this summer for beginners to show riders … HORTON HAVEN CHRISTIAN CAMP in Lewisburg ( offers four new Explorer Day Camps this year for ages 6 – 10, June through July … JAN WILLIAMS SCHOOL OF MUSIC & THEATRE in Brentwood ( has 18 different music camps this summer for ages 4 – 16. … LUCKY LADD FARMS in Eagleville ( offers day camps for kids ages 5 – 10 with lots of activities like animal encounters, gardening, arts and crafts, pioneer activities, rides and water fun … MR. BOND’S SCIENCE GUYS ( has three-day spring camps located in East Nashville (1904 McGavock Pike) and Franklin Recreation Center (1120 Hillsboro Pike) … NASHVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE ( has two new theater camps for kids this summer: Picture Book Playmakers for ages 6 – 7 and Page to Stage for ages 8 – 10 …  NASHVILLE SAIL CAMP ( for ages 7 – 17 will be at two locations this year: Harbor Island Yacht Club at Old Hickory Lake in June and Percy Priest Lake in July through early August. Campers learn boating safety, points of sail, rigging and basic maneuvering. Registration is underway (save $10 off registration until Sunday, Jan. 5 with code WINTER10) … VANDERBILT LACROSSE CAMP in Nashville ( has a new Rising Stars Camp for rising sixth- to eighth-grade girls taking place in June, suitable for girls who are new to the sport … WHIPPOORWHILL FARM DAY CAMP in Fernvale ( has six different day camps this summer for kids of all ages. Registration for returning families takes place Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. and closes at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Registration is open to everyone beginning Thursday, Feb. 20 at 12 p.m. … YMCA CAMP WIDJIWAGAN on Percy Priest Lake in Antioch ( has several new features for 2020 including the all-new Big BUZZ Tower with a triple giant swing for three people. The camp has also added music recording and digital editing to Boe’s Jam Shack for the Widji Sound Studio Program.


Campers enjoy climbing at Camp Widjiwagan located on Percy Priest Lake in Nashville.




Camp Juliette Low
321 Camp Juliette Low Road, Cloudland, GA

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 Woodmont
381 Moonlight Drive
Menlo, GA

Camp Woodmont sits atop beautiful Lookout Mountain in northwestern Georgia. A traditional camp for boys and girls ages 6 – 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, we feature horseback riding, high-ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more.  Founded on Christian principles in 1981, this is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories.

Cub Creek Science Camp
16795 St. Rt. E, Rolla, MO

With 300 animals, a six-element ropes course, archery range, arts studio and classes in veterinary science, survival skills and culinary, Cub Creek is the ultimate camp experience.  Ages 7 – 17.  ACA accredited. Air-conditioned facilities. For teens 13 – 18 looking for an adventure, check out Animal Camp Jamaica!

Deer Run Camps & Retreats
DAY Camps

3845 Perkins Road
Thompson’s Station
Campers are encouraged, discover strengths, complete challenges and create life-long memories. Premier day camps (age 5 to grade 5); adventure day camps (grade 6 to 8). Small groups are age-graded to allow for connections with other campers. THE place for your child to have a fun and memorable camp experience.

Deer Run Camps & Retreats
Overnight Camps

3845 Perkins Road
Thompson’s Station

Campers are encouraged, discover strengths, complete challenges and create life-long memories. Unplug and connect with others to form deeper friendships. Age-graded cabin groups — within one year of each other. THE place for your preteen and youth (grades 3 to 12) to have a fun and a memorable camp experience.

Deer Run Camps & Retreats
Family Camps

3845 Perkins Road
Thompson’s Station

All ages. Everything planned for you, all-inclusive, life-changing three-night vacation. Spend focused time with each other participating in recreation and games that are loads of fun for each person in your family. Create long-lasting memories, share adventures, explore nature and become powerfully united. Single parent camps available also.

Franklin Road Academy
Summer Programs

4700 Franklin Road

Whether it’s academic preparation, athletic skills training, arts and crafts, or all of the above, FRA is the place to be for summer fun! A wide variety of camps are offered for all ages (Pre-K and up) in academics, arts, enrichment and sports. Extended morning and afternoon services are available.

Horton Haven Christian Camp
3711 Reed Harris Road

Just one hour south of Nashville offering overnight and day camps.  Overnight campers experience archery, air rifles, climbing, horseback riding, canoeing, crafts, mountain biking, swimming and more.  Teens can try our 45-foot high, 600-foot long zip line.  One-week sessions, ages 8 – 11, 12 – 14 and 15 – 18.  Day campers enjoy games, crafts, Bible lessons, swimming and more.

Naturalist Camps at
Warner Park Nature Center

7311 Hwy 100, Nashville  615-862-8555

Spend your summer exploring nature at Warner Park Nature Center’s Naturalist Camps! Experience the natural world through hands-on activities, close encounters with live animals, nature hikes and outdoor play. Every morning will be spent outdoors in nature exploring what fascinates you. Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages 6 – 12 years.

University School of Nashville
2000 Edgehill Ave.

Make USN summer camps your choice for an enriching experience.  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.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp
7840 Whippoorwill Lane Fairview

Voted one of the best camps in Nashville and a summer tradition for almost 50 years! Located in beautiful Williamson County. Campers in rising grades 1 – 11 chose their own activities every day. Activities include archery, swimming, rope adventures, pony rides, nature exploration, crafts, cooking and more. Bus transportation included. ACA accredited.

YMCA Widjiwagan
Day Camp

3088 Smith Springs Road Antioch

Discover your own adventure at Nashville’s top summer camp, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan! Week after week campers can customize their outdoor summer camp experience with options like sailing, zip lining, skiing, climbing, banana boat rides, horseback riding and more! Day campers also get lunch and a snack every day, so there’s no need to pack meals throughout the week. Ages 4 – 16.

YMCA Widjiwagan
Overnight Camp

3088 Smith Springs Road Antioch

Widjiwagan’s overnight campers love creating their own summer camp experience! With options such as climbing, swimming, arts and crafts, wood working, canoeing, zip lining and more, kids get to decide what their summer adventure will look like. While at Overnight Camp, Widji’s beautiful cabins create a home away from home! Ages 7 – 16.

111 YMCA Drive, Ocoee, TN

Located in the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, 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 many more.


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