Frequently Asked Questions

General Camp Questions

Cancellations for camp, for any reason, less than 30 days before the session have no refunds.

Cancellations for camp, for any reason, 31-60 days before the session allow for a camp credit for the same season or following season, less a $50 processing fee, no refunds.

Cancellations for camp, for any reason, 61-90 days before the session allow a camp credit in the full amount for the same season or following season, no refunds.

Cancellations for camp, for any reason, more than 91 days before the session allow a refund in the full amount.

Cancellation requests must be in writing it can be submitted through our contact page. There is no fee for transfer to another week up to 30 days prior to the start if there is space available.

There is no fee for transfer to another week up to 30 days prior to the start if there is space available. Any session changes under 30 days will incur a $25 processing fee.

YES! Extended Care can be purchased for $50/week and will not be available to purchase on a day-to-day basis.

Drop off as early as 7:45 am and pick up as late as 5:15 pm. A late pickup fee of $1/minute may be assessed.

Extended Care includes activities and supervision by our highly trained camp staff. Campers are encouraged to pack an extra snack with their lunch to cover the extended time.

If your child(ren) needs to be picked up outside of the scheduled times arrangements must be made with the camp director at check-out the day prior (late arrival), check-in day of (for early departure), or by calling at least 2 hours in advance to reduce disruptions to the camp program. Any arrivals more than 30 minutes after the start of camp you must contact the camp director for specific drop-off instructions. Please make arrangements in advance whenever possible. The standard release time is between 3:45 and 4 pm.

Rain brings the field flowers to life and replenishes our rivers.  We wouldn’t want to miss out on that!  Our campers should bring rain gear and be ready for new adventures when the rain falls.  Our staff will monitor the weather and if lightning or thunder is detected campers will be moved to a pavilion or inside location. Emergency plans are in place for more severe weather events.

Here is a list of things to bring each day in your backpack.

Sturdy sports sandals: with back straps (ie. Keens/Crocs) or gym shoes to protect feet from injury.  NO open-toed sandals or flip-flops, please!

Sunscreen & Bug Spray: We will spend much of our time in forested areas, but sunscreen will be important for field games. Please apply before you arrive & our counselors will re-apply as needed throughout the day.

  • A hat: to keep the sun off of delicate faces.
  • A rain jacket: Camp adventures will not be stopped by rain. We will seek shelter during lightning or severe weather.
  • An extra set of clothes: or swimsuit that can get wet and/or muddy. We will not be swimming but we often walk or sit in the creek.
  • A plastic water bottle: Proper hydration keeps our campers happy and cool. We will refill the bottles throughout the day. BPA-free water bottles are sold in our camp store.
  • A lunch & a snack: packed in a reusable lunchbox/bag. All wrappers/uneaten food will be kept in the lunchbox and returned home so parents can be aware of what their child is eating at camp.

*If a child forgets their lunch, the camp director will call the listed contact person. Lunch can be dropped off or camp will provide a pre-packaged lunch for a fee of $5.00.

*Leadership Academy is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Please label all of your child’s belonging.  Unclaimed items will be held for 1 week, displayed at check-out, then donated to charity.

We are very aware of the dangers presented by high temps and humidity.  Luckily, most of our camps are in forested areas which are large and shady!  Every camper will bring a full water bottle in the morning and their counselor will facilitate frequent water breaks and refills.  The campers will also be reminded to fill up their water bottles when their group stops at the restroom.  Campers will also have the opportunity to play in the creeks, rivers, and lakes where our camps are located.

Sunscreen reapplication will be facilitated by our counselors.

Campers who can provide complete self-care such as walking, eating, and feeding themselves, going to the bathroom on their own and control over when they go and the ability to manage their own behavior and respond to positive redirection and coaching.  During camp, campers participate in active outdoor play including hiking 1.5 miles or more a day, spending the entire day outdoors in the elements of the natural conditions, however, there is shelter provided in severe weather of thunder and lightning.  If you are unsure if camp is the right fit for your child, please call the camp office, 615-856-4772.

Please check specific camp for age requirements.

Visit our registration site and log in. Once you logged in click the “My Reservations” button. It will take you to a page that will have all your reservations and waitlist signups.

To add your camper to the waitlist, go to register as normal and choose the session that you would like. Once you have selected that session, there will be a button that says “Waitlist.” Once you choose the “Wait List” option, your information will be saved to our waitlist.

If you would like to check the waitlists that you are currently on, visit our registration site. Login to your account and click on the “My Reservations” button. It will take you to a page with any reservations AND waitlists you are on.

If an opening becomes available you will be contacted by email. Once a spot becomes available, an email will be sent in order of signup, if you receive an email you have 24 hours to finish their registration.

Leadership Academy Camp at Warner Park Questions

Leadership Academy Camp at Warner Park is located at 7199 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 37221.

Monday-Wednesday & Friday: Bob Brown Field Station parking is at the Cross Country parking lot on Hwy 100 at Old Hickory Blvd.

Thursdays pick-up/Drop-off happens at Pavilion #11, accessed via Vaughn Rd.

Visit our location page for more information.

Leadership Academy Camp at Warner Park is unique because of our emphasis on developing independence, a sense of exploration and creativity in our campers.  Each small group, lead by a counselor, will have a set of activities, games and challenges to work on throughout the day, but their schedule will be very open.  The groups will travel through the park with their counselor and their lunches and they are empowered to shape their schedule for the day.  This will require cooperation within the group and with the guidance of their counselors, we know that our campers will learn and thrive.

Another special feature of Leadership Academy Camp at Warner Park is our access to 3,132 acres of forest and fields!  Our daily schedule is designed around outdoor play.  Engaging with nature has many benefits such as decreased stress, lowering anxiety and preventing obesity.  If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of outdoor play, the National Wildlife Federation and Children & Nature are two great resources.

The Camp at Warner Park Parent Guide can answer additional questions. For those already registered, we will send you an email with information a few days before your camp session begins.

Camp Bells Bend Beaman Questions

Camp Bells Bend Beaman is located at both parks.  Monday-Wednesday camp meets at Bells Bend Outdoor Center and Thursday-Friday camp meets at Beaman Park Nature Center.

Camp Bells Bend Beaman is unique because of our emphasis on developing independence, a sense of exploration, and creativity in our campers. Each small group, lead by a counselor, will have a set of activities, games, and challenges to work on throughout the day, but their schedule will be very open. The groups will travel through the park with their counselor and their lunches and they are empowered to shape their schedule for the day. This will require cooperation within the group and with the guidance of their counselors, we know that our campers will learn and thrive.

Another special feature of Camp Bells Bend Beaman is our access to thousands of acres of forest and fields! Our daily schedule is designed around outdoor play and the features of the parks. Engaging with nature has many benefits such as decreased stress, lowering anxiety, and preventing obesity. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of outdoor play, the National Wildlife Federation and Children & Nature are two great resources.

We will not be offering shuttle service this season due to pandemic restrictions. If these restrictions ease closer to camp we’ll open up shuttle service options. Please signup for our email newsletter to receive updates and summer 2021 news.

The car rider option is FREE. Regular drop-off is 8:45-9:00 am and pick-up is 3:45-4:00 pm, campers arriving early or staying late will be charged $1 per minute if not enrolled in extended care (see extended care above). Drop-off and pick-up each day are at the park nature centers. Camp Bells Bend Beaman is located at both parks. Monday-Wednesday camp meets at Bells Bend Outdoor Center and Thursday-Friday camp meets at Beaman Park Nature Center.

The Camp Bells Bend Beaman Parent Guide can answer additional questions. For those already registered, we will send you an email with information a few days before your camp session begins.

Nashville Sail Camp Questions

Sailing teaches critical thinking, builds confidence, and encourages sportsmanship. Most important – it’s just plain fun! Certified instructors will be teaching sailing in small sailboats for all skill levels. They will teach part of the course on the water and part of the course onshore. They’ll practice rigging the boat, finding the wind, basic boat handling, and safety, too. Course curriculum will be based on US Sailing Level 1 instruction.

We’ll be using Optimist, Laser, Sunfish, and Vanguard 15 boats as our teaching platform. These are safe, sturdy, and easy to sail.  Perfect for kids!

All groups are coached by US Sailing certified instructors and assisted by camp counselors and junior counselors. All age groups sail each day and have swim time as well as camp crafts and games. Each day also includes lessons appropriate for each learning level. Campers are encouraged to participate in each level for multiple sessions within one season, or over a period of years.

Opti 1

Our youngest and smallest campers will take the helm for the first time in the Opti fleet, learning the basics of sailing safety and maneuvers in pairs onboard their boats. Campers will learn basic boating safety, steering and control, capsize recovery, rigging, and teamwork.

Opti 2

Beginning sailors ages 9 and up as well as Opti 1 graduates will increase their skill level at the helm of an Opti sailboat. Campers are encouraged to single-hand after mastering sailing in pairs. Campers will learn basic boating safety, steering and control, capsize recovery, rigging, teamwork, and single-handed sailing.

Laser/Sunfish

Sailors ages 12 and up learn to sail on sporty lasers, which are used in Olympic sailing. Starting off in pairs to increase confidence and get practice with a friend on board, campers are encouraged to try single-handing the boat by the end of the week. Laser campers spend most of their time on the water throughout the week with both morning and afternoon sailing sessions and a group raft-up.

Vanguard

The oldest and most advanced campers will set sail on the Vanguard 15, learning teamwork and sail trim with both a jib and main. Vanguard campers will participate in fleet races and other activities with the Laser fleet. Vanguard campers will also have the opportunity to try other boats available at Sail Camp.

Each camp day will start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. Everyone should show up with sunscreen pre-applied and bring some extra to reapply later in the day. The instructors will start things onshore with classroom learning about the core concepts of sailing. Campers will spend 3-5 hours out on the water each day. Lunch break will be around noon and we will seek shade for this break.  Each day the campers will rig and de-rig their boats and be actively involved in the cleanup and storage of boats. In addition, campers will do camp activities like games, songs, and crafts.

  • CGA Class III Personal Flotation Device (Lifejacket that is a full vest)
  • Sack lunch and water bottle
  • Athletic swimwear, hat, and closed-toe water shoes
  • Change of Clothes
  • SPF 30 sunscreen

And of course your smile!

See the full Parent Guide, including the packing list.

No, your child does not need any sailing experience – this camp is for beginners too. We will note that it is helpful to have some boating experience as a passenger and campers must be comfortable in and around water. Being a good swimmer is also very helpful. Campers will be required to wear life jackets at all times when on a boat, in the water, and on the shoreline near the water.

No, sail camp is for all children ages 7-17. Yacht Club members get a discount on the price of registration. Although, we encourage families to consider joining one of the two yacht clubs to keep up sailing skills all year long.

Absolutely! We offer private lessons and adult sailing classes are also available at the Percy Priest Yacht Club.

The Nashville Sail Camp Parent Guide can answer additional questions. For those already registered, we will send you an email with information a few days before your camp session begins.

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