About the Book

About 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 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.

Reserve your copies today!
The Spirit of Nakanawa is a “must have” book for every “Nakanawa Girl” , “Nakanawa Family” and “Nakanawa Friend.”  It will be 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 Camp Nakanawa Centennial Fund which will help underwrite Camp Nakanawa’s Centennial Celebration, special projects and the cost of the book.

We hope you and your family will order early to ensure you receive the number of books you desire. We will also offer books for sale at TIES Service Weekend, during the camp season, TIES Reunion Weekend, Mother/Daughter Weekend and throughout the Nakanawa Centennial Year.

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.
  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.

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Additional ordering information can be found on our FAQ page.