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Summer Camp

Registration for 2017 Summer Camp is coming in February! 

The 2017 camp schedule will be as follows:

Week  Dates
Week 1 June 5-9
Week 2 June 12-16
Week 3 June 19-23
Week 4 June 26-June 30
Week 5 (4 day week) July 3, 5, 6, 7
Week 6 July 10-14
Week 7 July 17-21
Week 8 July 24-28
Week 9 July 31-August 4
Registration Summer camp spaces are limited and therefore go quickly! Last year we were almost full after two weeks of registration being open, so please make sure to return your forms quickly.

Registration Facts & FAQs:

  • Applications will be available on this page in February.
  • The Campus Kids program is for rising 1st – 4th graders
  • There is a $50 non-refundable application fee for each child
  • Please see the updated Cancellation/Transfer Policy (charges apply for both cancellations and transfers once application is received)
  • Registration questions should be directed to Jenni Kidd at
Summer Theme: Citizenship, Community, and Civic Responsibility: Tapping into the volunteer spirit  In  planning meetings for the upcoming summer, we have been thinking a lot about how necessary it is for children to not only be deeply connected to their community, but also to understand citizenship, civic responsibility, and the importance of having the volunteer spirit. We also know that summer is a time for adventure, rich play experiences, relaxation, and fun with friends! Through integrated experiences in science, humanities, and the arts, we want to spark a curiosity in children to learn more about what it means to be an engaged citizen. We plan to explore the local community via intentional activities aimed at cultivating skills in democratic decision making, volunteer efforts, and the 21st century skills framework (more about that here); we hope to help each child identify as an empowered citizen with the associated rights and responsibilities that come from having a role in our community. As always, this work will be done in the context we know best: play, projects, community exploration, and lots of summer fun!
Sample Camp Activities -Field trips to interesting sites within the Knoxville community
-Service learning work
-Camp songs, games, and rituals
-Intentional activities designed to connect children to the community and the idea of citizenship
-Book series study (Tales of Famous Americans and Tales of Famous Heroes as an example)
-Pool/Water play
-Time to explore a variety of materials and child-initiated activities (art, puzzles, games, Legos, books, etc.)
-Outdoor/Playscape time
Camp Staff

Victoria McFarland

Brittany Hannam


This summer we will welcome two new co-coordinators to our Campus Kids team: Victoria McFarland and Brittany Hannam! Some of you will know Victoria from her time as the Assistant Teacher in the Dogwood classroom. We are excited to have her back in this new capacity and are looking forward to having her creativity, energy, love of the outdoors, and thoughtful nature back at the ELC. Many of you also know Brittany from her work as a Rotating Aide/Parent & Community Specialist at the ELC! Brittany has a deep understanding of the ELC

and our philosophy, as well as a strong work ethic, and brings warmth and a joyful nature to her work with children. Both Victoria and Brittany will be your go-to folks for Campus Kids questions as they will be with the children daily and will be responsible for the majority of camp happenings. Formal introductions will happen in the coming months- for now, see the attached photos to familiarize yourselves with them.

Curriculum Specialists:
Dani Rose Thibus (current Media Coordinator and former ELC Kindergarten teacher/Summer Camp Coordinator) and Hannah Louderback (current ELC Kindergarten teacher) will support the planning of summer camp curriculum and associated activities. Hannah will have a more hands-on role during the summer, acting as a support person when needed. Dani will be working with camp planning more on the front end as she will be out on maternity leave this summer (which, by the way, she is very excited about, but will miss the summer camp experience terribly!).

We are also in the process of curating a fabulous team of counselors for this upcoming summer! They will work closely with Victoria and Brittany to create a safe, positive, and fun camp community this summer. More information about our counselors to come as we learn more about summer schedules.

Schedule See chart above!
Tuition and Fees Application Fee: $50 per child (non-refundable)

Weekly Rates: $220 for full, five day weeks (additional campers: $198)

$185 for July 3,5,6,7 (additional campers: $166.50)

Sibling discounts are available for currently enrolled ELC families. More information can be found on the registration forms, which will be available in February. 


Feel free to call us at 865-974-4062 or email us at with questions. We are looking forward to an engaging and fun summer already and hope you are too!

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