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We pay the cost of your child going to summer camp! Select the dates that work best for you. Keep in mind, July 9-14 is a week for ages 7-26 only. All ages are accepted, so check out the camp schedule on their website to figure out the best week for you! 

From Camp Discovery:

ABOUT

Camp Discovery, a camping facility designed to serve people with special needs, is owned and operated by the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation, Inc. With cooperation of the students and faculty of Tennessee’s colleges and universities, the programs are designed and implemented especially for our clients. All programing will be in direct consultation with, and closely supervised, by our Camp Director. Our staff will include a core group of admin, teachers, nurses, lifeguards and college students in special education and related fields.

Our staff changes somewhat from year to year as we continually work to keep the best and bring in new people who are eager and motivated to serve people with special needs. The camp’s facilities, programming and supervision are all designed to ensure each camper receives a safe and rewarding weeklong experience. The counselor-camper ratio will be as close to one-to-three as possible

THE PROGRAM

Activities in the specialty areas will be planned and instructed by experienced staff members. Campers will participate in such activities as: arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, music, games, contests, sports,
dancing, movies, cabin activities, and swimming when weather permits. All activities will be planned to accommodate changes in weather conditions and CDC guidelines for Covid-19.

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES

To provide a fun and safe environment during the summer months, using water related and outdoor activities for campers with various special needs. An associated purpose is to provide training for supervisory and administrative personnel who will implement similar camp programs in other states.

LOCATION

The campsite is located in the Flynn’s Lick Creek area of Cordell Hull Lake in Jackson County, Tennessee (Gainesboro.) This is approximately halfway between Nashville and Knoxville, about 20 miles north of Interstate 40. The land is flat to rolling with wet weather streams and waterfalls. Approximately 50% of the tract is covered with thick growths of large hardwood trees. The area is conducive to all types of camping activities, i.e., hiking, nature studies, and water activities.

DORMITORY AND INDOOR ACTIVITIES

All dormitories are fully insulated, heated and air conditioned to be comfortable. The Camp also has a large heated and air-conditioned Dinning Hall/Recreational Area and other buildings to accommodate all activates during inclement weather.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Campers should report to camp between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, central time-CST, on Sunday of the scheduled week. Report to the dining hall upon arrival. ALL medications/ vitamins must be left with the Nurse at this time. Campers will need to be picked up the following Friday between 9:00 am and 11 am, central time, CST.

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