About Leadership Academy Camps
At Leadership Academy, we believe 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 drives intrinsic motivation and happiness.
Leadership Academy is a summer camp company that creates summer day camps for children ages 5-17. We design and operate camps with a goal to get more children outside, exploring, learning, playing, and having fun so they develop a strong sense of self and a deeper connection to nature.
Our philosophy is different than other camps. At Leadership Academy, we purposely structure our summer camps so that children can direct activities without adult micromanagement, giving kids an emotionally safe place to practice social skills, build confidence, understand appropriate responses to others and work through conflict with the support of caring counselors. The camp day is unstructured and unscheduled by design, allowing time for the children to play and form deeper connections to nature and each other.
Leadership Academy is proud to announce our transition to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization beginning with the 2023 season!
What does this mean for you?
Any donations you make to our Campership program during registration are tax deductible! You’ll need to have Leadership Academy’s Tax ID and Current Address handy for your yearly filings:
Tax ID: 88-4399998
Leadership Academy Camps
PO Box 59074,
Nashville, TN 37205
6 Camps Throughout Nashville
LAURA “Twigs” JOHNSON
Leadership Academy Camps was founded by Laura Johnson in 2014. Laura is passionate about helping others find time to be outside and grow appreciation for nature and outdoor play. With this passion, Laura has spent her career as a professional Camp Director, operating summer camps and recreation facilities since 1998 with Girl Scouts, YMCAs, and other nonprofits. Her career focus is to make a positive impact in the lives of children and young adults and help them feel a sense of belonging in nature. Laura is a lover of the outdoors and is an avid hiker, sailor, paddler, and adventure-seeker based in Nashville, Tennessee.