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Camp Dates & Weekly Themes

Weekly themes add a primary focus that helps keep camp new and refreshing for campers attending multiple weeks. All weeks are packed with swimming, games, songs and exciting activities, so we recommend choosing those that work best with your summer schedule and when possible, sign up for consecutive weeks. We offer so many activities that you would have to attend all summer to participate in them all.

10 Amazing 2018 Weekly Themes

Paddle Boat Fun

Week 1 | May 29-June 1 | Tropical Beach Bash (4-day week)
Grab the lemonade, put on your sunglasses and don’t forget your swim suits as we launch into summer with Tate’s Tropical Beach Bash. Enjoy a beach party at one of our three refreshing swimming pools, whiz down the slip n’ slide and participate in daily beach games. Nothing says summer like heading to the beach so jump on your surfboard and join the fun.

Week 2 | June 4-8 | Star Wars
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . there was great unrest on the planet of Tate-tooine V, as young Jedi were training to defend the region from the dark powers of Ambassador Lester Zurk. Unite with the Alliance or choose to join the Empire as we travel to the outer edge. May the force be with us!

Week 3 | June 11-15 | Animal Planet
Pack your bags – the expedition is about to begin. With our trusty compass, map, and binoculars, we’re headed out to explore the vast Tate’s wilderness. Our journey will include a glimpse into wildlife, reptiles, and our ever changing environment.

Mission Impossible GirlWeek 4 | June 18-22 | Mission Impossible
Suspicion lurks around every corner as mystery and intrigue creep into the camp. We’re calling all secret agents to join the Tate’s Day Camp Bureau of Investigation. Together we will search for clues, process the evidence, and analyze our findings. Should you choose to accept this mission, then your top-secret clearance will be “alpha one.” Thank you in advance for your service. This webpage will self-destruct in 30 seconds.

Week 5 | June 25-29 | Child vs. Wild
Based in part on the television show, Survivor, tribal alliances are formed and spirit fills the air as teams participate in competitions to gain points throughout the week. Some challenges involve skill and energy while others involve thought and problem solving. Group unity and participation are essential. All eyes are focused on Friday’s closing tribal council where one team will be the victor!

Santa and Elf Christmas in July

Week 6 | July 2-6 | Christmas in July (closed on July 4)
Ho Ho Ho! Hang the stockings, decorate the tree, and gather around the pond for some old fashioned Christmas Carols as we celebrate Christmas in July. Keep your eyes open for that greedy old Grinch of Tatesville who hangs in the shadows trying to spoil the fun. He won’t steal our Christmas! We’ll have ornament making, apple cider, caroling and maybe even a visit from the jolly old man from the North Pole. “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

Carnival FunWeek 7 | July 9-13 | Tate’s Got Talent
Auditions are about to begin, and the search will be open to acts of all talents. We’re looking for a variety of unique performers including singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, ventriloquists and all hopeful stars. By the end of the week, we’ll be rolling out the red carpet for our finalists that will be invited to perform at Friday’s Closing Program. Not interested in performing center stage? Then join the fan club of your favorite contestant, and cast your vote for the next Tate’s sensation.

Week 8 | July 16-20 | Carnival
Fire up the cotton candy machine and crank up the music and games because it’s time for the Tate’s Carnival 2018. Step right up and try your hand at the ring toss, stop by the face painting stand, make a pitch at the dunking booth or maybe win a special prize at one of the game stations. These are just a few of the many activities awaiting you at the Tate’s Carnival.

Boy Having a BlastWeek 9 | July 23-27 | Harry Potter
Calling all young wizards! We’re sending our imagination on vacation by spending the week honoring our good friend Harry Potter. Meet the magical sorting hat before venturing to the land of fiction where campers of all ages will enjoy dress up days, Hogwarts crafts, Quidditch and the Tate’s Triwizard dodgeball tournament. We’ll meet you at Platform 9 3/4 for an early departure. Don’t forget your wand and broom!

Girl On WaterslideWeek 10 | July 30-August 3 | Wild Water
Summer just wouldn’t be complete without our most traditional and ever so popular weekly theme – Wild Water Week! So, add some extra sunscreen, gather the squirters, fill the water balloons and crank up the swimming pools because this week promises to be packed with wet and wild FUN. You will feel the excitement all the way from your head to your wrinkled toes.

2018 Technology Camps

Makerspace | Entering grades 2nd-3rd | June 4-8 | $330
Makerspace | Entering grades 4th-5th | June 11-15 | $330

Writing Bots, 3D Canjo’s, musical fruit, walking Play-doh and electric flowers – this is one wild and wonderful Makerspace summer camp! During this week, campers will focus on exploration, using their creativity, problem-solving, with major hands-on learning opportunities. It is like no other summer camp your child has experienced!  Our projects will happen both inside our beautiful new Fab Lab, as well as around our expansive 54 acre campus. We’ll hone our 21st Century Skills using critical and creative thinking to imagine and conceptualize projects, collaboration and communication to help us create and the engineering and design process to test and perfect our creations! It’s going to be a fun, fast-paced week. Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Bill Gates – they wish they could’ve come to this camp!

Participants will spend each day in the technology camp until 2:00 PM. The remainder of the camp day will include swimming and other camp activities.

Tate’s Day Camp Online Registration 2018

Earlybird Registration is Open!
Deadline is February 23, 2018

Live Your DreamsWe are pleased to offer Online Registration for the summer of 2018. Please review the Registration Information located below and then click the “Register Online” button to proceed. If you have any questions, then please give us a call at (865) 690-9208.

Click here if you would like to review the specific descriptions of the Weekly Themes and Specialty Camps.


  1. Review the following information and then click “Register Online” to continue.
  2. Earlybird Plan A allows families to prepay one week of camp per camper and all registration fees are waived for 2018. If siblings are registering for the same week or weeks, then they may register for the sibling rate. Plan B allows families to register for a $30 registration fee per camper (regularly $60). This amount is not applied toward camp tuition. A 2018 camp T-shirt is included for all Earlybirds. All Earlybird fees, regardless of plan, are non-refundable.
  3. All camper tuition must be paid THREE WEEKS in advance of the session in which the camper is enrolled and there are no refunds within this three week period.
  4. There will be a $50 per week per family drop fee for canceling weeks before the tuition due date and a $25 per change fee to switch weeks after your registration form is submitted. You may add sessions at any time for no charge provided space is available.


  1. Structured camp activities are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  2. Drop-off is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  3. Pick-up is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Tate’s Day Camp offers an optional lunch service. Fresh meals are prepared onsite daily and campers may purchase lunch by the week or they may choose to bring their lunch. For those purchasing by the week, there is a “regular” lunch option and a “vegetarian/gluten free” option.


Additional information and a confirmation will be emailed to you prior to camp. A complete Camper/Parent Handbook may be found online. Please review this handbook with your child before attending camp.


Although our flexible weekly sign up allows plenty of scheduling freedom for parents, it sometimes creates difficult transitions for campers. Experience shows that campers are much more successful when they attend consecutive weeks. Because of the wide variety of activities we offer, there is often not enough time for a camper to participate in all of them during a single week! We recommend all three-year olds attend a minimum of two or more weeks during the summer and we encourage these weeks to be consecutive.


Making FriendsCampers are placed into age-specific groups based on grade level. In addition to grade level we consider other factors such as the number of consecutive weeks that campers are attending and the boy to girl ratios within each group.

When possible, we try to keep campers who are registering for consecutive weeks in the same primary group. Campers are welcome to pick and choose weeks when enrolling; however, campers not registering for consecutive weeks may be placed into different groups and have different group names and counselors when attending camp.

Counselors take steps at the beginning of each week to help campers meet new friends. If you would like to make a request to be with a specific friend, the request must be reciprocal and requested by both parties before April 1. We will try to honor ONE friend request, only if BOTH parties request each other, are in the same grade level, and are registered for the same sessions. Listing more than one request will void all friend requests. Friend requests are not guaranteed.


June 22 Camper Only Campout: All campers registered for one or more weeks of camp in 2018 are invited to sign up for the “Camper Only” campout. There is an additional fee for this event and space is limited.

July 20 Family Campout: This event is open to all families enrolling in camp regardless of when they are attending. Reservations must be made through the camp office. Sign up early because space is limited. Campers attending this event must bring at least one parent or guardian with them to the campout.

Camp Forms & Handbook

Please note that you will need Acrobat Reader to view the PDF documents. Please call us at (865) 690-9208 or send an email to info@tatescamp.com, if you need assistance.

2018 Camper/Parent Handbook
 2018 Online Health Form (You will log into your online account after registering to complete this form.)
2018 Lunch Menu (coming April 1) pdf
2018PaymentSchedule pdf
Camp-Map (Showing drop off and pick up points)
 2018 Camper Campout and FAQ sheet (coming March 1) pdf
2018 Family Campout Information (coming March 1) pdf

Counselor In Training

Friends are important, personal expression is critical, and gaining new knowledge is essential. Welcome to the Tate’s Day Camp CIT Program. This leadership-based training program is designed for today’s high school students who seek challenging opportunities through hands-on experiences that can immediately be applied to “real life” situations.

CIT’s must be open minded, mature, and continually strive for excellence. Although this program may not be for everyone, if you are searching for a summer position where you can be part of a dynamic team, make new friends, and gain leadership experience then this may be the right place for you, and we invite you to apply to be a Tate’s Day Camp CIT.

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