At Leadership Academy, we believe that play and exploration increases creativity, confidence and social intelligence.
We do this by creating camp adventures for people of all ages.
Nashville Sail Camp is a safe, fun learning experience that encourages a lifelong love of sailing.
Our program emphasizes water and boating safety, skill development and building confidence in sailing. Each day campers will have on-shore classroom sessions to learn the core concepts of sailing. The fundamental knowledge must be developed along with practical skill application. On-water sessions each day will include learning to steer the boat and trim sails with a focus on teamwork. As the week progresses, the challenge level increases to encourage a progression of learning. Camp will include some traditional activities, games and crafts. Each day campers will rig and de-rig their boats and learn about the responsibilities of boat care. This will require cooperation within the group and with the guidance of their counselors, we know that our campers will have fun, learn and thrive.
Drop Off & Pick Up
Have your ID ready when you sign your camper out each day. Please arrive between 8:45-9:00am for drop-off and 3:45-4:00pm for pick-up. You must sign your child in and out each day.
This summer, we will be offering before and after care from 7:45am-5:15pm for $50/week. A late pickup fee of $1/minute may be assessed.
We will meet at the clubhouse at Hamilton Creek Marina for camp at Percy Priest Lake and the clubhouse at Harbor Island Yacht Club for camp at Old Hickory Lake.
What to Bring
When your camper arrives they will need to be dressed and ready for an active day of sailing on the lake. This means swimwear on, with clothing over it along with wearing sturdy water shoes. Sunscreen already applied.
Here is a list of things to bring each day in your backpack:
- CGA Class III Life jacket.
- Athletic swimwear, no bikinis and saggy board shorts. Please make sure swimsuits fit well and can handle athletic activities.
- SPF 30 sunscreen. Campers should show up with sunscreen pre-applied and bring some extra too.
- Hat: to keep the sun off of delicate faces.
- Sunglasses with a croakie. Polarized is a plus, this really helps you to see the wind!
- Rain jacket: Camp adventures will not be stopped by rain. We will get off the water/boats and seek shelter during lightning or severe weather. It also can be cooler on the lake than it is in the city.
- Extra set of clothes to change after swimming.
- Plastic water bottle: Proper hydration keeps our campers happy and cool. We will refill the bottles throughout the day. BPA-free water bottles are sold in our camp store.
- Lunch and snack: packed in a reusable lunchbox/bag.
Your smile and a good attitude!
*If a child forgets their lunch, the camp director will call the listed contact person(s). Lunch can be dropped off or we will provide a pre-packaged lunch for a fee of $5.00.
*Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please label all of your child’s belongings. Unclaimed items will be held for 1 week, displayed at check-out, then donated to charity.
What Not to Bring
Nashville Sail Camp is a place to learn to sail, and we will spend much of our days in and around the water and boats. We ask you not to send any electronics or items that could distract from your child’s experience at camp.
This includes but is not limited to:
- cell phones
- iPods or MP3 players
- trading cards
- hand held video games
- digital cameras
Also, do not bring: drugs, alcohol, pornography, weapons, fireworks or tobacco.
Camp Behavior Policy
*Please review this with your child*
Leadership Academy’s Nashville Sail Camp wants to cultivate the sailor in your child and engage them with their safe boating. It will be a FUN week at camp, especially if the campers already know what is expected from them. Read these guidelines below with your child.
Nashville Sail Campers are expected to be respectful to each other, their instructors and themselves. We are a camp that encourages each other and that does not tolerate put downs. We are trying to learn something that is challenging and new, so we need to have patience with the process and with each other. We always pitch in to help clean up and help out. We always think about safety first! This means we make good decisions, ask questions and listen to the instructors at all times.
Camp staff will work with your child to redirect minor behavior issues with listening, cooperation or positive participation. More disruptive behavior will be brought to the attention of the camp director and the parent will be notified at check out or called by phone.
A camper may be asked to leave camp (without a refund) if the director determines that the camper is compromising the safety of themselves or their group. This could include verbally threatening other group members or acts of aggression/violence such as hitting, kicking or biting. Also, if a camper repeatedly leaves the group unannounced and are unable to be kept safely supervised, they may be sent home without a refund.
Rain doesn’t stop the fun at camp, however, lightening and thunder will stop activities on the lake. Our staff will monitor the weather and if lightning or thunder is detected, campers will be immediately moved to shelter. We will spend these times in our on-shore classroom session, learning to tie knots and/or doing camp crafts and games.
Please administer all medications before bringing your camper to Nashville Sail Camp each day. Please alert the camp director of any issues or if your child will be bringing an inhaler or Epi-Pen, we can carry these in the chase boat on the water for quick access if needed.
Emergency Communication Plan
Although we do our best to stay safe and prevent injuries and accidents, sometimes accidents happen. In the case of an injury or an emergency, we will do our best to communicate with parents (or emergency contacts) as soon as possible. Please note, that Nashville Sail Camp does not provide any transportation. In case of an injury or emergency, the camp staff will assess the situation and call emergency services as appropriate. Once the nature of the injury/emergency has been established, parents will be notified by the camp director or the CEO. If the child’s parents cannot be reached, the designated emergency contacts will be called. If the injury or emergency is not life-threatening but requires further medical attention, the parents or emergency contacts will need to provide transportation to seek care.