Summer Camp



A Summer Camp Geared Toward Individuals Needs

Camp Discovery exists to allow anyone with special needs to experience the joy that is summer camp. The memories created at camp can have profound and lasting positive effects.

If you know an individual with special needs who would love to attend camp this summer, please contact Chester Lowe at 615-504-1727 or “Apply to Camp” above.

Camp Discovery 2023

Week 1: June 11-16 | Week 2: June 25-30 | Week 3: July 2-7 | Week 4: July 9-14 (ages 7-26 only) Junior Week | Week 5: July 16-21 | Week 6: July 23-28

Medical Information

Medical Information: Two full time nurses are available to dispense medications and provide First Aid. Campers on medication and vitamins should bring a seven (7) day supply and a written instruction sheet (see Medical Summary Form on the application) on dosages and times to be dispensed (bottle labels will not be sufficient). Copies of Medical Administration Record (MAR), TennCare/Medicare cards or other insurance information must accompany application.

For the summer session of 2022, the Camp Director will be in contact 10 to 14 days prior to your reservation to health screen for risk of Covid-19 spread.

Regretfully, we are unable to accept campers who require tube-feeding, one-on-one assistance, catheter, colostomy and ileostomy. Refer any questions regarding who can/cannot attend camp to the director.

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About Camp Discovery 

Weekly Camping Program

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.

Direct Reservation Inquiries to:

Chester Lowe, Vice President
2072 Catalina Way, Nolensville, TN 37135

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.


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.