For over one hundred years, Camp Nakanawa has educated girls and young women through outdoor experiences in an overnight summer camp so that they gain confidence and reach their full potential. For 40 of those years, Ann and Pepe Perron have faithfully stewarded Camp, ensuring that it remains a magical spot for young women to truly grow into the best versions of themselves.
In honor of their legacy, and in conjunction with the arrival of Camp’s Fourth director, Karen Rathgeber Hale, Camp Nakanawa is transitioning to a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational institution.
This transition enables Camp to seek the philanthropic gifts that will preserve its legacy, while better accommodating future generations of campers.
Click here to go to our donation page and learn more about giving to Nakanawa.
The Granddaughter Initiative: building an endowment to support camp in perpetuity.
A strong endowment is the financial foundation of any organization. Ultimately Camp Nakanawa plans to build an endowment that provides annual income to offset operating cost and provides financial security as we move into the second century of camp.
We are excited to announce our partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, for this exciting opportunity to preserve the legacy of camp.
2022 Camp Session
We were so ecstatic to have camp for the summer of 2021 and cannot wait for next summer to get here! Register for our 2022 session of you too can enjoy the magical place of Camp Nakanawa.
Junior Camp: Younger girls require encouragement and motivation to try all activities, both for the experience as well as for gaining knowledge of basic fundamentals. The two week and four week programs are well organized and schedule activities to meet these camper’s needs. We strive for a camper/counselor ratio of four to one. Junior Camp accepts girls from eight to twelve years old.
Senior Camp: Many girls of Intermediate and Senior Camp age have good foundations in some activities and are anxious to pursue their special skills and interests. With only four required classes – swimming, tennis, glee club, and canoeing – Intermediate and Senior Campers have many elective activities which include arts and crafts, softball, diving, drama, hand bells, lifeguard training, sailing, dance, fencing, archery, riflery, riding, soccer, climbing wall, and zip line. Required classes meet four days a week; some electives meet four days, others two. There is a rest hour daily followed by a free swim period on weekdays.