The Centennial Celebration

Welcome to the official webpage for Camp Nakanawa’s Centennial Celebration!

Camp Nakanawa celebrated its 100th Anniversary on July 19th – July 21st.  Over 750 alumni, friends and families traveled near and far to be a part of  this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Camp was filled with laughter, excitement, singing and much more.  Hearing the sounds of former campers greeting each other after many years with hugs and tears was beautiful.  There were many stories told by every generation of campers and counselors.  All were able to revel in the natural beauty of Nakanawa, watch team events, canoe on the lake, participate in the Reunion Octet & Choir, attend Former Team Rock Meetings, The Amazon Serenade, Valkyrie Vespers and The Centennial Celebration Program.  The Grand Prize, though, was the re-connection with so many Nakanawa Friends, seeing all of the Nakanawa Traditions that are still going strong and making memories to last our whole life through.  Thanks for all who came to celebrate with Nakanawa on her 100th Anniversary! Hope to see you all again soon!


The Celebration



The Book

The Spirit of Nakanawa

 The Spirit of Nakanawa: A Centennial History
Camp memories come alive in the new book

To celebrate Nakanawa’s 100th birthday, Directors Ann and Pepe Perron commissioned the publication of a beautiful coffee-table style, hard cover book to tell camp’s amazing story.

The Spirit of Nakanawa: A Centennial History was researched by author and longtime counselor Margaret Matens. This beautifully-bound, 192 page volume includes her engaging narrative, surrounded by 750 fascinating photographs, including new images, taken by many including photographer Rick Dreves, that capture the unique aura of camp. This keepsake volume takes you through each decade of camp history, from the creation of Lake Aloaloa in 1913 to the present. The origin of camp’s rich traditions, profiles of beloved counselors and staff, and memorable moments of camp life are all here for you to enjoy.

The shape and design of the volume is reminiscent of a scrapbook. Scattered through its pages are hundreds of photographs of actual camp memorabilia — faded ties, train tickets, laundry slips, sit-upons, melted candles, old medals, TR jackets and much, much more. These nostalgic items, along with great archival photographs, bring to life the stories of what it was like to be at camp from its earliest beginnings to today.

The Spirit of Nakanawa is a “must have” book for every “Nakanawa Girl,” “Nakanawa Family,” and “Nakanawa Friend.  It will make a great gift for any occasion.  The cost of the book is $100 — one dollar for each of Nakanawa’s years — with proceeds going to the Nakanawa Centennial Fund to help underwrite Camp Nakanawa’s Centennial Celebration, special projects and the cost of the book.

There are two ways you can pay for your book order:

  1. Credit Card. You will receive an invoice from Camp Nakanawa via email that will allow you to use the specific link created for you to pay online. Or you can call Karen Parrish at the camp office (931-277-3711) and pay with your credit card over the phone. PLEASE NOTE: For all orders paid by credit card, a $2.59-per-book Convenience Fee will be added to your order.
    *International Shipping will require an extra charge.
  2. Check. After your order is received you will get an invoice from Camp Nakanawa via email. Mail your check, made out to “Camp Nakanawa Centennial Fund”, in the amount of $100 for each book in your order, to the attention of Karen Parrish, 1084 Camp Nakanawa Road, Crossville, TN 38571.

Order Your Books Today!

Additional ordering information can be found on our FAQ page.



Now that the Centennial Celebration has come and gone, we hope you will visit these sites to connect with other campers, counselors, friends and alumni while keeping up with centennial news and posts:

Official website of Camp Nakanawa and Camp Nakanawa’s Centennial Celebration.  Prospective and  new campers begin their Nakanawa experience and current and former campers, counselors and friends stay connected.

Official social media page of camp, with all the latest Nakanawa happenings.

Official site of Nakanawa’s active and growing world-wide alumni organization. Register to be included in future communications.

Official social media page of T.I.E.S., with updates on TIES events.