Welcome to Whippoorwill

We understand that as a parent you have many options for your child during their summer vacation and we appreciate being included. Since 1972, it has been the goal of this camp to create a safe and fun environment where children can grow in relationship with one another and learn more about what the outdoors can offer.

  • Jan. 3, 2018: Whippoorwill brochures mailed
  • Feb. 10, 2018: Online registration for 2017 returning families opens at noon
  • Feb. 14, 2018: Online registration for all families re-opens at noon
  • April 2018: New Parent Information Sessions (dates and locations to come)
  • May 5, 2018: Open House at Camp Whippoorwill, from 1-4 p.m.
What should your camper bring to camp?

  • swimsuit
  • towel (optional)
  • change of dry clothes
  • creek shoes
  • closed toed shoes (if wanting to horseback ride or rock climb/rappel)
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen/bug spray
  • lunch

All of this can be kept in a backpack or sack. The bag can stay in your camper’s Den throughout the day.

Whippoorwill buses pick up campers at central points in West Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin. All bus drivers are certified Williamson County school bus drivers. At least two counselors are on every bus to help lead games and songs and to handle any discipline or emergencies. See the Transportation webpage for details.

Contact Information

You have many options for getting in touch with us. Text WHIPPALERTS to 84483 for weather alerts, bus information, reminders, and more during your camper’s session! You asked and we answered! You made it clear in your 2014 parent surveys that you would prefer a more direct way of communication, so this summer we are testing out mobile text alerts. Sign up using the information above.

While camp is in session (June-August), you can reach us from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Questions regarding your camper can be directed to our Office Coordinator or the Executive Director.

From December-May, office hours are 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., but we check voicemail and email frequently. We will try to get back to you within 48 hours.

Our website is updated throughout the year. You can check status of camp availability, check in on the animals and learn about our staff. During the summer, check the “session details” page, on your camper’s camp page (i.e., Bear Cub, Log Cabin, Teepee, Teepee Elders) one week before your camper attends to see what that session’s theme will be, and any other special events we have planned for your camper’s session.

Den Request

We offer the opportunity for friends to be paired up with each other in small groups that we call Dens. If your camper would like to share a Den with a friend, please provide the friend’s name during the application process.

To ensure your request, ask the other camper to request your camper on their application. Please check that the campers’ session dates and ages match. An older camper may be placed in a younger camp group at the parent’s request. A younger camper may not go to an older camp group.

Health

Whippoorwill has a full-time camp nurse to assist with minor cuts and bruises, sun burn, insect bites, fevers, and special medicines (just to name a few). Learn more about health at Whippoorwill.

ACA Accreditation

Whippoorwill is an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camp. The camp undergoes a thorough (up to 300 standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. The American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at Whippoorwill reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Learn more about the ACA.

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