By Catherine Royka
Take full advantage of your time off this summer because there are dozens and dozens of ways to enjoy all there is to do around Williamson County and the Middle Tennessee. Whether you are booking camps for the kiddos or planning some family or friend trips, you won’t run out of activities. For additional events and activities, check out yourwilliamson.com.
Cheekwood Children of all ages can explore the gardens this summer, make masterpieces and enjoy the great outdoors for week-long camps the months of June and July. Camp series to choose from include “Cheekwood Fit” which encourages activities that promote an active and healthy lifestyle, “Adventure Cheekwood,” and “Clay Fundamentals” to name a few. If you are a member of Cheekwood on the Household or Society level, you can receive a discount on camp admission. Sign your kiddos up online at cheekwood.org.
ENCORE Williamson County Schools is hosting several summer programs and camps to help students stay mentally and physically active while school is out. ENCORE is a popular, district enrichment program that is held at eleven local schools. Various programs offered include, “Girls TEC Camp,” which is for female students entering eighth grade who have an interest in learning about networking, communications, engineering, architecture, technology, law and hospitality and “Kids on Stage Summer Academy,” which provides experiences in the visual, performing and technical arts. For additional information, visit wcs.edu.
Owl’s Hill For more than twenty years, Owl’s Hill has offered a variety of camps to children, with 160 acres to explore and learn. Campers gain rewarding opportunities to learn about wildlife, nature and the environment through games, hikes, exploration, crafts and live animal programs. Choose from “Screech Owl Camp,” for children ages five-seven, where half-day campers engage in live animal presentations, find critters and go on short nature hikes, or “Nature Ranger Camp,” where campers will hike and learn about some of the animals that call Owl’s Hill home. Visit owlshill.org for additional camp information.
Williamson County Parks & Recreation Williamson County Parks & Recreation is offering a “Summer Fun Day Camp” this year for a range of ages. There are nine weeks of “Summer Fun Day Camp” held as Grassland Elementary School and the Nolensville Recreation Complex. Campers will be busy with indoor and outdoor games, fields trips and arts and crafts. Other camps include sports camps, Timberland Park Day Camp, and Jeaps Summer Trips for Teens. For additional camp information,visit wcparksandrec.com.
Battle Ground Academy Each summer, Battle Ground Academy (BGA) hosts hundreds of campers from across Middle Tennessee, with full-day and half-day choices for ages three to adult from June 5 to August 4. Early care, aftercare and between-care are available for campers too. There are camps ranging from school and college prep, sport camps, cooking, driver’s education sessions and so much more. Visit bgacamps.org for more information.
Camp Widjiwagan The YMCA’s Camp Widjiwagan provides campers an enriching experience where they will learn how to strengthen confidence, build relationships and sharpen their character. There are three different camp varieties, with an overnight camp for ages seven-sixteen, day camps for ages four-sixteen and ranch camps for ages five to sixteen. Camps start as early as the end of May and roll through the beginning of August. Ranch Day Camps offer a little something different, with campers learning about how to properly care for horses and gaining valuable riding experience. For more information, visit campwidji.org.
Deer Run Camps & Retreats Deer Run is a traditional camp where campers can discover their strengths, explore new adventures with new friends and complete various challenges. Counselors are passionate and encouraging and the staff-to-camper ration is higher for closer supervision, deeper relationships with the other campers and counselors and a more enjoyable experience! Campers can choose from day, adventure, overnight or family camps. For more information on various camping sessions, visit deerrun.camp.
O’More College of Design For those that are looking for a creative outlet over the summer, you’ll find what you need at O’More Summer Studio. O’More offers an eclectic mix of instructed art education for grades one through twelve over the summer. Classes range from drawing and painting to fashion illustration and digital design. Summer Studio courses are offered as half-day experiences, either morning or afternoon. At the end of summer, a culminating art gallery event for the Summer Studio will be held during the August Franklin Art Crawl, where campers work will be displayed at O’More’s Robert N. Moore Jr. Gallery. For more information, visit omorecollege.edu/summer-studio/.