It’s our 10th Season and we want to celebrate with you!
Friday, June 2nd
- Opening THREE new nature day camp locations, Camp Twigs Bellevue, Camp Twigs Big East Fork in Franklin, and Camp Twigs Sanders Ferry in Hendersonville
Adding shuttle service from Elmington Park to Camp Twigs Bells Bend Beaman and adding more shuttle seats at East Park to serve more campers
Sending 100 campers to camp in our Campership program. This is a BIG goal and it means raising more money to send kids to camp, which is why we are becoming a nonprofit organization this year
Offering summer internships to high schoolers and jobs for young adults to develop leadership skills, build resumes and provide hands-on experiences.
See you there!
Becoming a Nonprofit
Want to donate to Leadership Academy?
Your donations go towards funding our campership program, a scholarship program aimed at getting kids to camp that wouldn’t be able to attend without generous donations from parents and business partners.
Our founder, Laura Johnson, was inspired to begin Leadership Academy because there was a clear demand for more opportunities to get kids outside and connected to nature. It all started in 2014 with a partnership with Friends of Warner Parks and Metro Parks to open Camp Warner Park. From there, we opened camp at Bells Bend and Beaman Parks in 2016. As the desire for more types of activities grew, we opened Nashville Sail Camp, which was followed by Mountain Bike Camp. As our campers were growing up we saw the need for more teen programs and began Teen Leaders programs at all our camp locations. Leadership Academy has always been about sensing what the community wants and needs for their children, and providing opportunities to pursue that.
We have served 5,681 campers in our programs. We started out in 2014 with 188 campers at Camp Warner Park, and now this summer we expect to serve almost 1,000 campers across seven camps in Nashville, Hendersonville, and Franklin.
Employed 209 staff
Sent 218 campers to camp on scholarship
And now becoming a nonprofit organization in efforts to send even more kids to camp! Donate now to help us send 100 kids to camp this summer!
As Leadership Academy has expanded over time, the need for camp has also grown tremendously. We’re working hard to grow three new camps for the 2023 season and beyond! Those camps are Camp Twigs at Sanders Ferry in Hendersonville, Camp Twigs Bellevue in Nashville, and Camp Twigs at Big East Fork in Franklin.