Registration is closed for Camp Caverns 2022 sessions. Join us in 2023!

Parents

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." ~Joseph Campbell

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We invite your child to join us at Camp Caverns this summer

Camp Caverns offers the following sessions to families:

  • Session 1: July 9 - July 15, 2023
  • Session 2: July 16 - July 22, 2023

The rate for a session of camp is $1,200, which includes a $150 non-refundable, registration fee to reserve your camper's spot. A 5% sibling discount is available for the second, third and fourth child from the same family.

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Packing For Camp

As you excitedly prepare for camp and begin counting down the days, the quintessential question will likely arise: What should I pack? Packing for camp often adds to the excitement and anticipation of the summer; however, we know it can also be a bit overwhelming. With that in mind, we have compiled a suggested packing list to help ensure your child has everything he or she needs.

But don’t sweat it! If you happen to forget anything throughout the packing process we will do our very best to provide whatever item(s) your camper may be missing. We are absolutely committed to treating your child like family, which sometimes means helping out with a forgotten toothbrush or left-behind pillow!

PACKING TIPS

  • The most common mistake we see is over-packing. Campers tend to wear shorts and t-shirts most of the time, though they will need sweatshirts and/or clothes to layer as evenings on the mountain are quite cool.
  • Be sure to pack plenty of socks and underwear as they seem to disappear.
  • Please pack old clothes! Your child(ren) will be running around a mountain day after day and their clothes WILL get dirty.
  • Make sure that all clothing, shoes and personal items are clearly marked with a laundry pen or name-tags.
  • If space allows use your campers first and last name or first initial and last name (Maggie Mayo or M.Mayo)

Check-In & Check-Out + Care Packages

Check-In is between 2:00p - 4:00p CT on Sunday afternoon. Check-in procedures will not begin before the scheduled time of 2p. Please plan on the check-in process to take approximately 30 minutes. All campers will check in at the Pavilion at the Dubose Conference Center, 635 College St, Monteagle, TN 37356.

Check-Out is between 10a-Noon CT on Saturday afternoon. All campers will check-out at the Pavilion, the same location as Check-In

In order to pick-up your child, you must either be the parent/guardian or listed as allowed to pick-up. Photo identification and sign-out signature is also required.

Any late check-ins or check-outs not confirmed at check-in will be subject to an additional $100 late fee.

Care Packages. Parents are welcome to bring letters or care packages that contain prepackaged and completely sealed treats/snacks (without nuts) during check in. We will have boxes labeled with the day of week at check in and you can place your care package or letters according to the day you wish your child to receive it. We cannot stress enough the importance of care packages. Your child(ren) will be having a blast but homesickness does happen and a little treat from home helps tremendously! While we do allow sealed food and candy here are a few other ideas. Also, check out Dollar General/Dollar Tree and the like for great inexpensive treats.

  • Pics of loved ones (don’t forget the pet!)
  • Letter from the pet
  • MadLibs
  • Glow anything!
  • Fuzzy Socks
  • Flavored Chapstick
  • A token to give a friend
  • Activity Kits
  • Coloring books
  • Tattoos
  • Stickers
  • Bunk Decorating Items

You can get some great ideas here and here.

2022 Covid-19 Action Plan

Commitment to Safety

Camp Caverns is committed to ensuring the safety of all campers and staff. We are closely monitoring the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines to ensure our policies and procedures not only meet the recommended guidelines, but exceed them.

While we want to communicate the most accurate information at all times, please note that we anticipate protocols and policies will change as we plan for and approach the 2022 season.

Camp Caverns anticipates announcing our COVID-19 policy in March 2022. Until then, rest assured knowing the Camp Caverns staff will be fully vaccinated, wash hands frequently, and practice social distancing when possible.

We encourage your campers to be fully vaccinated. Our staff will remind kids to wash their hands frequently and practice social distancing as much as possible, while still having fun, of course.

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Jen Mayo, Camp Director

Prior to Camp Caverns, Jen founded and directed a successful summer camp for 5 years during her 25 year career in child care and after school programs. In addition to her life's passion nurturing children, Jen brings a love of nature and a worldly perspective to camp having grown up in Italy, studied abroad in Ireland, and traveled avidly through the years. No stranger to the underground, Jen was also a part of the core team that launched Bluegrass Underground in 2008 as the show's first box office manager. What's more, her own two kids cannot wait to be a part of camp life with one as a camper and the other as a counselor-in-training (CITs). It's true, Camp Caverns is a family affair and a nurturing place where Jen will ensure your children thrive while creating magical memories—above and below ground—to last a lifetime.

Email: jen@thecaverns.com