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About Tate’s Camp 2018-01-26T10:10:05+00:00

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The Tate’s Day Camp Mission

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Our Program

Girl Preparing to ZiplineThe success of our campers is centered on our age-specific groups, excellent staff, and our wide variety of activities. At Tate’s Day Camp, we provide traditional camp activities like swimming, arts & crafts, music, hands-on nature study, archery, boating, fishing, sports, games, and group initiative activities. Through hands-on activities and low counselor to camper ratios, camp builds self-esteem and provides an excellent opportunity for individual growth and maturity.

Different weekly themes help to keep camp exciting and fresh for our campers that come all summer. Girl with Blue Face PaintBecause of the wide variety of activities we offer, there is often not enough time for a camper to participate in all of them!

All campers are divided into age-specific groups so they can interact with others who are on their physical and emotional levels. For reasons of safety, the age group of the child determines many camp activities. (i.e. only 2nd graders and up participate in archery.)

Due to the structure of our program, all campers must be completely potty trained and at least age three by June 1st. Our young campers have a blast, but they must be fully qualified for their true camp experience.

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Our modern 50+ acre camp facility includes many large buildings, a fishing pond, and three swimming pools. We have recreational fields, woods, archery & marksmanship ranges, climbing tower, zipline, group initiative course, campfire rings, outdoor amphitheater and natural areas for environmental study and exploration.

Meet the Tate’s Day Camp Directors

Chris Strevel
Chris StrevelExecutive Director
Chris first joined Tate’s Day Camp in 1989 while attending the University of Tennessee. He thought he was only looking for a fun summer job but quickly learned that he had found his career. After serving as a camp counselor, head counselor, and assistant director, he accepted the Executive Director role in 1993. In addition to directing summer camp, he is also the Executive Director of Programs for Tate’s School. Chris is the past President of the American Camp Association, Heart of the South Section and has served on numerous committees and task forces with the national organization. He is also a former national board member of the Camp Owners and Directors Association. Chris holds a Communications degree from the University of Tennessee and has completed extensive training for camp professionals through the American Camp Association.
Kimery Connard
Kimery ConnardOffice Manager
Kimery Connard is beginning her second summer at Tate’s Day Camp. Kimery has an array of previous experience in both business and child development. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she received a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies. She enjoys meeting and speaking with all the families and children who attend camp, the family-like atmosphere, and watching the children learn and grow as they enjoy their summers here. She is the mother of two college-age daughters, and in her spare time she enjoys photography, reading, and walking her dogs. Be sure to call her with all your camp questions.
Jonathan Hodge
Jonathan HodgeProgram Director and Behavioral Specialist
Jonathan has been involved with Tate’s programs for fourteen years. Over that course of time he has worked with both camp and school programs in various capacities, including serving as a co-author for published leadership training courses with the American Camp Association, and serving as a primary trainer for challenge course staff. Jonathan is a graduate of Carson-Newman University where he obtained a Bachelor of Music in Voice, and also a Master’s in Counseling and Behavioral Health. He also enjoys teaching courses at Johnson University where he is an adjunct professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Additionally, he works with individuals and families in private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. When not working with Tate’s programs, Jonathan enjoys time with his family, singing opera, and refining his skills as a hobbyist blacksmith.
Mary Cortese
Mary CorteseSpecial Areas Director
Mary is beginning her fifth summer at Tate’s day camp and will serve as the Special Areas Director. In her time at Tate’s, she has spent time as a 7/8’s counselor and a member of the RATT pack. Her favorite RATT activities are rappelling and tree climbing. Mary attends the University of South Carolina and will graduate in May with a degree in Marine Science. After graduation she has plans to pursue a PhD in Marine Biology.
Matt Ternes
Matt TernesCounselor In Training Director
Matt is beginning his eighth summer at Tate’s and serves as the CIT Director. He is also a former staff member of our after school program at Tate’s School. Matt holds a Master’s of Education and a Bachelor’s of Arts in History with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He is currently working as a 5th grade math and science teacher at Tate’s School and is the head elementary and middle school cross country and track and field coach.
Rachael Brantley
Rachael BrantleyDiscovery Program Director
Rachael is in her sixth year at Tate’s Day Camp. She worked one year at Welcome Center and five years in Discovery Camp. She previously held the position of Program Director for the Preschool/Kindergarten program of the Tate’s School Afterschool Program. In May of 2015, Rachael graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and in December of 2016 graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a Master’s in Elementary Education. This fall she will teach Kindergarten at Sequoyah Elementary School.
Bekah Ternes
Bekah TernesAssistant Explorer Program Director
Bekah is beginning her fifth summer at Tate’s and serves as the Assistant Explorer Program Director. Bekah is also trained to lead climbing tower, zip line, tree climbing, low ropes, archery, and marksmanship. Bekah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and is currently working toward her Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Carson Newman University. Bekah also serves as the head elementary school cross country and track and field coach.

Camp Dates & Fees

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Important Dates

Here is a list of the important Camp Dates for the Summer of 2018:

May 28 – Camp Closed Memorial Day
May 29 – First Day of Camp
June 22 – Camper Only Campout
July 4 – Camp Closed Independence Day
July 20 – Family Campout
August 3 – Last Day of Camp

2018 Fee Schedule

First Child$315 per week
Second Child$295 per week
Third Child$295 per week

PRO-RATED 4 DAY WEEKS
(Weeks 1 and 6 Only)

First Child$252 per week
Second Child$236 per week
Third Child$236 per week


*There is a $60 per child non-refundable registration fee that is not applied toward camp tuition.

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Camp Age Groups & Activities

Age Groups at a Glance

Discovery Camp | Ages 3 through entering 1st grade
A unique environment created precisely for our youngest campers. Children are placed into specific groups based on age/grade and participate in many camp activities under the close supervision of our nurturing counselors. The low camper-to-counselor ratio ensures that all campers receive the support and assurance they need for a successful camp experience. A sampling of activities includes swim instruction, arts and crafts, sing-alongs, sandbox play, outdoor games, nature activities, center play, zipline and hillside slide. Children entering the first grade also have the opportunity to go boating. All campers must be completely potty trained and at least age three by June 1. To provide a quality experience, we recommend all three-year olds attend a minimum of two or more weeks and we strongly recommend consecutive weeks.

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Explorer Camp | Entering grades 2nd-5th
Explorer campers are always looking for fun and challenging experiences and we provide them! Campers are grouped by grade level with rising second and third graders together and rising fourth and fifth graders together. Excellent counselor role models provide supervision, guidance and encouragement. Due to the large variety of activities, explorer campers often get to choose their activities. Some of the activities include swimming, arts and crafts, archery, boating, zipline, nature study, group initiatives, outdoor games, sports, and more. Rising fourth graders, and older, have opportunities to sign up for the climbing tower, marksmanship, and our tree climbing program.

Adventure Camp | Entering grades 6th-8th
The ultimate in middle school-based camping. There are plenty of activities that vary by week including woodworking, drama, challenge games, sports, crafts, climbing tower, zipline, tree climbing and other options. But what really makes adventure camp so popular is the group bonding time, peer relationships and camaraderie with staff. Under the leadership of active staff role models, adventurers are a tight knit team and thrive on getting to choose their groups based on the weekly activities.

Counselor In Training Group

Counselor-In-Training | Entering grades 9th-10th
This leadership training program incorporates real life work experience into a fun and energetic camp environment. Through hands-on work, team building and problem solving, CITs learn life skills that they will keep forever. For complete CIT literature and registration/application information please CLICK HERE.

Age Group Activities

Instructional Swimming
(ages 3-8)

Recreational Swimming
(ages 3-13)

Arts and Crafts
(ages 3-13)

Camp Singing
(ages 3-13)

Weekly Themed Activities
(ages 3-13)

Games and Sports
(ages 3-13)

Hillside Slip’n Slide
(ages 3-13)

Traverse Climbing Wall
(ages 3-6)

100 Foot Discovery Zipline
(ages 3-6)

Boating
(ages 6-13)

Low Ropes/Group Initiatives
(ages 7-13)

Archery
(ages 7-13)

Nature Study
(ages 5-10)

Option Periods
(ages 7-13)

100 Yard Zipline
(ages 7-13)

Tree Climbing
(ages 9-13)

Climbing/Rappelling Tower
(ages 9-13)

Marksmanship
(ages 9-13)

Woodworking
(ages 11-13)

Blacksmithing
(ages 12-13)

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