Imagine the perfect summer day . . .

. . . floating in a pond, splashing through creeks, hiking a leaf-canopied trail, catching a wily fish, and making new friends. This perfect summer day happens at Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp, located on a 50-acre farm in Williamson County, Tennessee.

Whippoorwill Summer Day Camp

Here at Whippoorwill, we’ve been welcoming kids to our family-run farm for over 40 years. We are happy to be one of the top summer day camps in the Nashville and Franklin Tennessee areas.

Every year, roughly 250 campers come to Whippoorwill each summer. Many of those campers turn into future counselors and we even have some on our staff!

Even though we’ve been around for quite some time, our focus stays the same. We want to provide children with a day camp full of various activities in a safe and homey environment. Children deal with so much “noise” in their everyday life and our camp is an opportunity for them to enjoy new activities and make new friends.

We don’t allow cell phones, tablets, or any other electronics on-site as we want your children to focus on the day’s tasks at hand!

Daily Activities

Our interest groups, also called “sign-ups”, are the most important part of the day and are what sets us apart from other camps.

Campers sign up for two activities before lunch and three activities after lunch. Campers listen to the many activities being offered by the counselors and then choose what they would like to do that period. This is an important time for campers to make their own decisions. We encourage each child to try new activities throughout their week. Learn more about activities.

Parent Resources

Parents, we have a webpage just for you, including FAQs and a checklist of what to pack.

Learn more about Whippoorwill

Whippoorwill buses pick up campers at central points in West Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin. See the Transportation page for details.

ACA-logoWe are proud to be accredited by the ACA and have been for over 30 years. So what does that mean? We are visited every 3 years by other camp professionals to verify we are meeting over 200 standards and “best practices.” For more information about ACA and the importance of sending your child to an accredited camp, please visit

Sidney Wooten started Whippoorwill in 1971 to give children a place to discover the wonders of nature and themselves. She envisioned a noncompetitive day camp where children could choose their activities several times a day. That first summer, four campers attended the first session and transportation was provided by Sidney’s VW van. Fast-forward 42 years and we are proud to serve 1500 campers each summer!

Our mission at Whippoorwill is to create the perfect summer for all and to provide a safe place to discover the gifts of nature while learning more about ourselves and others. We believe campers should choose how to spend their summer. Our “sign-ups” teach campers how to make decisions for themselves, how to problem solve when first choices aren’t available, how to work in group settings and other valuable life skills.

(written by our 2017 Whippoorwill counselors)
We the counselors strive to create a fun, positive environment with respect to the campers, fellow counselors, and nature. We will be creative with our exploration and adventures while fostering lifelong memories and friendships. We hope that through hard work and enthusiastic singing we can have an impact on each camper.