Impacting lives

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.





Walk Along the Lake Project to Upgrade the Docks

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Our first capital priority is the waterfront, which needs significant upgrades in both Junior and Senior Camps. Our goal is to secure the funds needed to remove the existing docks and piers and build new and improved ramps, piers, and docks.

The waterfront project is the first of many that the Board and new Camp Director, Karen Rathgeber Hale, has planned for Camp. Its successful completion will lay the groundwork for Camp’s next chapter, which will include the building of an permanent endowment, continued financial aid offerings, and annual physical enhancements.









Annual Fund

Donate Today

The annual fund is growing! 
Our annual fund will become a necessary resource to support camp facilities, provide outstanding programing and maintain our buildings and grounds.  The annual fund touches the lives of campers and counselors every summer.  Consider a yearly contribution or a monthly pledge to support Nakanawa’s annual fund.










Preserving Camp Nakanawa’s Legacy


Chattannooga Foundation


Camp Nakanawa has partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, to manage its endowment.  An endowment will provide the long-term support Camp needs to ensure its financial stability and build the foundation on which future programs and facility enhancements can be developed and implemented.

Ways to give
Credit Card
Retirement asset beneficiary designations
Charitable IRA rollovers
Donor advised funds
Private Foundations
Gifts in Wills and Trust



Planned Gifts

Planned gifts are an excellent way to build and grow an endowment. If you would like more information on the ways in which you may leave Camp Nakanawa in your estate plans, please email Ginny Bass Carl:


















Camp Nakanawa Gift Acceptance Policy will govern the acceptance of any and all gifts.  Special conditions may apply to gifts other than cash or publicly traded securities.  A copy of the Gift Acceptance Policy is available on request.






Camp Nakanawa is a Tennessee nonprofit corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status.  Tax deduction is conditional upon final recognition of nonprofit status.