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5 Great Ways to Connect to Nature, Learn New Skills, and Have FUN this summer!

Time in the outdoors is an important part of a child’s summer break from school. And connecting with nature can help decrease the summer learning gap as well.
 At Leadership Academy, they believe that spending time outside helps to increase creativity, confidence and social intelligence. Leadership Academy’s five summer camps are founded in this belief, and they are the perfect way to connect children with nature, help them make friends, teach them new skills, and let them have fun! These nature-based day camps are uniquely designed to encourage campers’ independence, build their outdoor skills, and introduce them to natural beauty. The camps take place in some of Nashville’s most beautiful parks to give your young adventure-seekers an unforgettable summer! Plus, the camp proceeds go back to the Friends groups that support the parks.

Don’t miss out on these 5 great ways to play at Leadership Academy this summer:

Camp Warner Park

(Ages 6-12, Extended Care options available.)
Focused on nature connection and outdoor play, Camp Warner Park is where imagination runs wild! Campers spend every day outside exploring the grounds of beautiful Warner Park with lots of new friends. A partnership with Friends of Warner Parks makes learning fun and helps every child realize their connection to the natural world through activities at the Nature Center. Want your child to fall in love with nature? Camp Warner Park is the perfect place for their summer fun.

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Camp Bells Bend Beaman

( Ages 6-12, Busing and Extended Care options available.)
Camp Bells Bend Beaman is a one-of-a-kind summer adventure day camp. Campers will learn outdoor skills like building a fire, planting a garden, and identifying plants and wildlife. Campers can design their schedule, with each day bringing new ways to explore thousands of acres of forests and fields. Through their partnerships with Friends of Beaman Park and Friends of Bells Bend Park, Leadership Academy campers team up with Bells Bend Outdoor Center and Beaman Park Nature Center for a summer like no other. Is your child ready to explore? Sign them up for Camp Bells Bend Beaman.

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Nashville Sail Camp

( Ages 8-15.)
It’s time to raise the sails and take the helm for an adventure at Nashville Sail Camp! Camp is a hands-on sailing adventure, with daily lessons on shore from certified instructors. Campers will learn new skills on Sunfish sailboats, amidst the beauty of Percy Priest Lake. Not only will campers learn to sail, they will develop problem solving skills and perseverance they can apply throughout their lives. Nashville Sail Camp is a great way for children and teens to gain the right skills while having fun and making new friends.

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Teen Leadership Adventure

( Ages 13-17)
Have fun, make friends and learn Leadership Skills at camp.
Leaders in Training (Grades 7-9) campers ease into the responsibilities of being a leader while also enjoying camp program electives as senior campers do. While transitioning from camper to leader, participants are encouraged to be creative, think outside the box and take initiative. Participants learn about—and practice—effective leadership skills such as teamwork, goal setting, and decision-making-skills useful in their life.

Counselors in Training (Grades 10-11) is an advanced, selective program for teens looking to take their responsibility to the next level. Counselors in Training campers are expected to be true leaders in our camp community by demonstrating kindness, caring, respect and leadership. The program is designed for motivated teens looking to challenge themselves and gain hands on experiences. The Counselor in Training Program is a commitment towards making a difference in the lives of others, and inspires participants to become dynamic leaders.

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Mountain Bike Camp

( Grades 6-10 )
Whether the teen in your family is a beginner or experienced rider, Mountain Bike Camp offers expert instruction in a beautiful natural setting. Cyclist Doug Farrar teaches teens bike set-up and maintenance, and a wide variety of tips and tricks to help them conquer difficult terrain with confidence and skill. Mini races and team challenges offer a fun way to put new skills to the test. Plus the unique curriculum teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics [STEM] concepts—which are key to academic and career success. Have a cyclist in your family? Time to hit the trail at Mountain Bike Camp!

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Whether it’s sailing, cycling, or outdoor adventure, Leadership Academy has the perfect camp for the child or teen in your family. Their programs are designed so that everyone has a camp experience that aligns with their interests and curiosity. Extended care, busing options, and a sibling discount mean that even the busiest families can be ready for camp in no time. Spots for our highly personalized camps fill up fast. To register, call 615-856-4772 or visit us online today! See you at camp!

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