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Summer Programs for Children and Youth

What will your children do in the summer? Day camp? Overnight camp? In-state or out-of-state?

This section has listings for camps in Tennessee as well as some out of state options. The list includes day camps and overnight camps. Click on the web address of the camp you are interested in for more information or call the camp.

Summer Programs for Children and Youth

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01 Camp Vandy

Campers will experience a variety of sports activities and games with an emphasis on fun, learning, and participation. Weekly highlights will include themed events and daily swimming.


SAVY provides a dynamic, fast-paced curriculum experience to qualifying gifted children in rising first through sixth grade. Content experts and master teachers trained in gifted education implement an accelerated curriculum for all SAVY courses. Students can attend SAVY on Vanderbilt campus in the summer, enrolling for one or two weeks.

Adventure Science Center Summer Camp

Science enrichment camps for children grades K - 6. Hands-on experiments and other activities designed to ignite curiosity and the love of science.



Vanderbilt University does not endorse nor is affiliated with the following events.

Barefoot Republic Camp

Each minute of each day is designed to build friendships. Barefoot Republic's diverse platform of activities offers something for everyone and an immediate opportunity to connect with other campers who share similar interests.

Battle Ground Academy Summer Camps

The program offers a variety of camps in athletics, academics, arts, and much more.

Belle Meade Plantation

This program offers a variety of camps including Indian Camp, Junior Pioneer Camp, Museum Theater Camp, Equine Camp, Archeology Camp, and Civil War Soldier Camp.

Better Golf Academy Kids

Better Golf of Academy Kids offer camps to children ages 5 to 14. PGA instructor Jim Kite brings experience from several top courses in the country. Your child can improve their skills or learn all facets of the game.

Biotechnology Summer Camp

Come and learn the basic techniques and tools used in biotechnology, DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction, restriction digestion and DNA fingerprinting. At the end of the camp, they will receive a DNA art unique to their own DNA profile.

Brain Camp

A cognitive enrichment program for kids ages 8-14. Brain Camp is filled with fun activities that work on brain skills, like memory, attention, and logic – core skills the brain uses to learn and think. At brain Camp, campers will also learn and practice simple memorization techniques, problem-solving skills and goal setting. Brain Camp creates an engaging environment in which your child can discover tools for thriving in school and life.

Brentwood Academy Summer Camp

This program offers over 25 camps in the areas of sports, fine arts, and academics.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz camps are a fresh and fun way for kids ages 5-13+ to spend their summer vacation.  Guided by experienced teachers and built around exciting themes, children will enjoy using LEGO bricks to build specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz models, play LEGO games and explore the world of engineering, architecture and animated movie-making.

Camp Idyllwild

A unique day camp to inspire children with a love for nature. This camp offers eco-science and nature-based programs, as well as traditional summer activities.

Camp Invention

This is a week-long day camp adventure in science creativity. Camp Invention is a unique opportunity for your child to experience hands on learning through fun activities that will stay with them for years to come. There are several camp locations in the Nashville area, which can be found by searching the camp website.

Camp Widjiwagan

This YMCA camp offers unique, quality adventure. Day camp is available for 1st through 8th grade children and those in grades 3 through 9 may opt for overnight camp. Scholarships are available. Confidence is created through skill development and new friendships are the result of teamwork.

Cheekwood Youth Summer Camp

With classes focusing on everything from painting and clay to mosaics and mixed media, campers aged 2 - 16 will enjoy fun art and outdoor adventures.

Dance in Bloom

This camp teaches proper dance technique in a fun and upbeat environment! Fundamentals, form, and fun are stressed.

Deer Run Retreat

This camp offers recreation, hiking, creek wading, crazy games, wiffleball, kickball, BB guns, archery, climbing tower, and wild water games.

Easter Seals Tennessee

Easter Seals Tennessee provides the highest quality recreation camping programs for youth with special needs. We offer resident and one week day camp sessions. At Easter Seals, we encourage our campers to explore nature, learn to be independent, work to overcome fears, and play to create memories in an inclusive camp program.

Fisk University

Fisk University offer three different summer programs for grades Pre K to 12th grade. The programs offer applied "hands on" learning experiences which incorporates a deep relationship with a college environment.

Franklin Road Academy

Camps are offered in arts, enrichments, sports, and academics.  Extended care is offered as well.

Girl Scout Summer Camp

This camp is the place girls connect with others and feel free to be themselves. Girl Scout camp emphasizes respect of self and others, giving girls the opportunity to accept and be accepted in a safe setting.

Gordon Jewish Community Center - Camp Davis

This camp offers sports and arts to rising kindergartners through rising tenth graders.

Harding Academy

At Harding Academy, great education continues through the summer with exciting and enriching programs designed to keep young minds active.  There are also a number of athletic offerings and many that are just plain fun.

Harpeth Hall Summer Programs

Girls of all ages can spend half or full days at week-long summer camps exploring science, developing artistic talents, perfecting athletic skills, and just plain having fun.

Historic Rock Castle

Campers will be introduced to a wide range of 18th century lifeways and survival skills. Some activities include nature trail exploration, fire building, quill writing, and paper marbling. 

Horton Haven Christian Camp

This camp offers activities that range from swimming, water slides, guided horseback rides, and crafts, to bible lessons and much more.

ID Tech Camp

ID Tech Camp is the world's #1 summer computer camp for kids and teens, ages 7 - 18. Sessions in Nashville are held on the Vanderbilt campus.

Junior Achievement

Campers build and participate in their own vibrant community. They apply and interview for jobs, manage their own bank accounts, hold elections, and work as part of a business team.

Kids 4 Coding

Kids 4 Coding inspires our youth through innovative, hands-on projects and challenges designed to propel kids to Tech Readiness. Students gain an edge in STEM while learning to create and program (code) games, apps, websites, robots and more!

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy believes that play and exploration increases creativity, confidence, and social intelligence. By playing with others in a camp community, children build competence, autonomy and relatedness that drive intrinsic motivation and happiness. Leadership Academy serves youth ages 6 to 16.  

Lipscomb University BisonBot Robotic Summer Camp

Children will enjoy classroom learning, individual instruction, construction projects, and competition events to teach the mechanical, technical, and electrical principles of robotics.

Nashville Children

This program offers a wide range of camps, classes, and workshops for children aged 4 - 18, with a focus on the process of playbuilding.

Nashville Christian School

This program offers 18 different camps ranging from an all-day activity camp to an athletic training camp.  A life-skills building camp and fine arts camp are also among the options.

Nashville Pilot Camp

Nashville Pilot Camp offers the opportunity to find out what it really takes to learn to fly.  During the one week summer camp, students ages 13 – 18 will learn through hands-on participation as they gain valuable aviation experience.

Nashville School of Climbing

At this camp, the younger campers learn basic climbing skills and terminology. The older campers focus on developing independence, communication, and responsibility.

Oak Hill Day Camp

Children entering 1st through 5th grades are eligible to attend Oak Hill Day Camp. This camp offers a variety of traditional programs such as swimming, horseback riding, archery, theater, arts and crafts, and a ropes course. Camp is about building - skills, friendships, faith, and character.

Owls Hill

This camp gives your child the opportunity to explore the natural world and learn about its inhabitants.

Rock Zone School of Music

Rock Zone School of Music offers a week long camp where the camper will learn how to write songs and record them, rock out on an instrument, play music they love for hours, while making friends.


Rocketown offers summer camp sessions in dance, skateboarding, movie making/photography, fashion design, rhyme lab/jam lab, and more.  Camps are for ages 9 - 18.

Sarratt Youth Art Institute

Children of all ages love the chance to be creative at the Sarratt Youth Art Institute! There is a lot of fun and learning as children explore clay, painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, textile arts, while making new friends and learning about the wonderful world of art.

St. Bernard Academy Summer Camp

Camps are offered based on a weekly theme, including visual arts, music, sports, space and science, theater arts, and movie making.

St. Paul Christian Academy Summer Days

Each day campers play, create, explore, worship, relax, and share together. Activities span a broad range of interests including arts, crafts, athletics, field trips, swimming, games, projects, plays, devotionals, service projects, and many others. Each activity is geared to the age of the individual camper.

Street Theatre Company

Street Theatre Company features opportunities for youths ages 5 - 18 to participate in the arts.

The Wave Day Camp

This camp is open to all students who have completed K-8th grades.  The camp offers a variety of fun-filled activities.

Travellers Rest Plantation

Traveling through history with experienced staff makes summer much more stimulating and fun!  Travellers Rest Plantation Camp offers unique opportunities for kids to enjoy the summer while experiencing hands-on activities.

University School of Nashville Summer Camps

Camping programs offer sports, the arts, and technology.

Vanderbilt Athletic Camps

Day camps in baseball, football, lacrosse, men's basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, and women's basketball. Serves kindergarten through grade 12.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center offers a variety of summer programs for children, adolescents, and young adults with and without disabilities.  The camps are a wonderful way to encourage self-esteem, self-respect, and compassion while learning valuable life skills, making new friends, and discovering new interests.

Vanderbilt University Dyer Observatory

This camp is held at Dyer Observatory and focuses on a mix of astronomy and space exploration with hands-on, engaging learning adventures, created by an expert team of astronomy professors, space scientists, and area science teachers.

Watkins College of Art Summer Day Camp

Our camps provide an enriching week for your child to experience the fun, stimulation, and joy of making art and friends in our state-of-the art studios. Campers will work on age-appropriate projects in a variety of media including drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, collage, printmaking, textiles and more!

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp offers an outdoor day camp serving rising 1st – 10th grade campers. The camper get to choose how to spend their day. Bus transportation is included.