Widjiwagan staff and board work hard each year to ensure we are able to keep camp affordable while maintaining high standards for our staff and facility. Below is a cost comparison with a few full-day Nashville Day Camps.
|Day Camps||Per Day||Time of Camp|
|Frist Center Art Camp||$233||8:00am-5:30pm|
|Tap Root Farm||$50||7:30am-5:30pm|
|NCT Drama Camp||$58||7:30am-5:30pm|
|Oak Hill Day Camp||$40*||7:30am-6:00pm|
|Adventure Science Ctr||$62*||7:45am-5:15pm|
*includes extended care fee to match time of care.
We need a completed registration form (both sides) and your deposit. Register online for the fastest processing.
Yes. We shred registration forms, immunization records and health forms from previous summers.
Yes. Your registration is for a full two weeks and you may choose to attend only one. However, days missed are not prorated.
Thanks to generous donors, the YMCA is able to offer Camp Scholarships on a first-come basis. To apply for a Camp Scholarship, please download a scholarship application at www.campwidji.org. Send the completed scholarship application and registration form to the camp office by mail or fax. Do not complete an online registration if you are applying for a scholarship. Completed applications for scholarships will be accepted beginning February 11th, 2013. If you would like to help send a deservicing child to camp, a tax-deductable charitable contribution can be made online.
Widjiwagan is proud to partner with Easter Seals of Tennessee to serve campers of all abilities at camp. We will make every attempt to serve campers who have special physical, developmental or medical needs. Parents of campers with special needs should contact Easter Seals at (615) 292-6640 for registration information or call the camp office at (615) 360-2267 for more information.
All changes and cancellations must be made in writing either though the mail, fax (Attn. Camp Registrar), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Cancellation of a session must be made before the payment due date. The camp deposit is non refundable without a doctors authorized medical reason.
If your deposit was paid by credit card, the balance due will automatically be charged on the date due, unless we have already received payment in full. Final camp payment must be paid in full by the date below.
Yellow, Green May 1, 2013
Red, Blue June 3, 2013
Purple July 1, 2013
Be sure to label everything you send to camp with your campers first and last name.
Pack a nutritious lunch for your camper each day, including a drink, in an insolated lunch sack or cooler. With increased outdoor activity, campers typically eat more than they do at school, so we also recommend packing an afternoon snack. Camp does not have refrigeration for camper lunches, so please do not use any products that require refrigeration.
Campers will be outside all day, so a water bottle is a must! The camp has many water fountains so that campers can refill their water bottles.
Campers swim every day as part of their tribe activities, so they will need to bring a swimsuit and fresh towel every day. Please send appropriate clothing with your child, taking into consideration the weather forecast and the camp activities. Camp activities continue rain or shine; so on rainy days campers may need a poncho or raincoat with a hat. We encourage you to have your campers wear old clothing to camp since they will be swimming, participating in rugged sports, and climbing and hiking through the woods.
Please have your campers wear either old tennis shoes or sandals with a tight back strap. Due to the running activities and hilly terrain these shoes are better for the campers. Flip Flops are not a good idea for footwear at camp.
Campers should also bring non-aerosol sunscreen and non-aerosol insect repellent with them to camp every day.
A backpack is a great way to bring items to camp, and bring everything home. Each tribe will have their own "green box" to put their belongings in so that they will not have to carry them around all day.
Sign-in for buses will begin at 7:30am at all bus sites. Bus counselors will be available to answer any questions and discuss any special needs for the day. After you sign your child in, you may choose to stay and see the bus off, or you may leave your child in the care of the bus counselors.
Drop-off at camp is between 7:45a.m.-8:30am. Pick-up is between 4:15-5:15pm
Camp Widjiwagan is located on 320 acres adjacent to J. Percy Priest Lake at the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center on Smith Springs Road in Nashville.
If two campers are within one year of each other's age and are of the same gender, they can request to be placed in the same tribe. If the campers are not the same age, the older camper will be placed in the younger tribe. To encourage campers to meet new friends, we encourage only one "Tribemate Request" per camper. Therefore, both campers must have the other listed as their "Tribemate Request" on their registration card to ensure the pairing is made.
Day Campers rising 5th grade and up have the opportunity to select the land activities of their choice and may spend a large portion of their day pursuing a special interest. Day Campers rising 1st grade through 4th grade travel as a tribe through all the Widjiwagan activities.
The campers travel to the water activities with their tribe (group). They will spend ½ the day on the water every day through the session. The activities they will rotate through are: sailing (rising 5th grade and up), beach swim, the Blob, the Wet Willy Water Slide, canoeing, kayaking, Banana Boat rides, dual slip and slide, pontoon ride and slide and recreational swimming in our pool. Every day the campers will swim in the pool for one hour.
All campers must take a swimming test during the first full day of camp to demonstrate their swimming ability. Campers will be outfitted with a colored band to let lifeguards know their swimming ability. Every camper will wear a lifejacket while swimming in the lake, regardless of swimming ability.
Camp Widjiwagan is blessed to have such a magnificent natural setting to implement our programs. When Mother Nature provides us with some "liquid sunshine," our camp day proceeds as usual. Campers may come home wet or muddy on rainy days. When rain is accompanied by thunder and lightning, all campers are moved to covered areas.