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.

  • Returning family registration: opens on Feb. 19 at noon
  • All registration: opens Feb. 20 at noon
  • Nashville Parent Camp Fair: Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • EarlyBird Discount deadline: March 16
  • New Parent Orientation: TBA. Learn more.
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.
Parent Handbook (updated June 21)
Parent Town Hall Meeting Video (from May 28)
Covid-19 Updates
Prescreening Form. We encourage all camp families to monitor their camper’s symptoms or temperature changes for 14 days prior to their camper’s session.

Contact Information

You have many options for getting in touch with us. 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 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 and social media sites are updated throughout the year.

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.


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.