Camp Discovery 2018

Camp begins every week on Sunday between 2- 4 PM CST. Campers must be picked up on Friday by 11 AM CST.

Open House: April 28 10am-2pm

Week 1: June 3 - June 8 | Week 2: June 10 - 15 | Week 3: June 24 - 29 | Week 4: July 1 - 6 | Week 5: July 8 - 13 (21 and under)| Week 6: July 15 - 20

Week 7: July 22-27

A summer camp geared towards individuals with special needs.

Camp Discovery exists to allow anyone with a physical or mental disability to experience the the joy that is summer camp. The memories created at camp can have profound and lasting positive effects.

If you know an individual with special needs who would love to attend camp this summer, please contact Chester Lowe at 615-504-1727 or “Apply to Camp” above.

Medical Informtion: Two full time nurses are available to dispense medications and provide First Aid. Campers on medication should bring a seven (7) day supply and a written instruction sheet (see Medical Summary Form on the application) on dosages and times to be dispensed (bottle labels will not be sufficient). An infirmary is also available if necessary. Copies of TennCare, Medicare cards or other insurance information should accompany camper to camp.  Regretfully, we are unable to accept campers who require tube-feeding and/or constant one-on-one care from a medical professional. Refer any questions regarding who can/cannot attend Camp to the Camp Director.

Welcome to our new 2018 Camp Director, David Ridings

David Ridings has over thirty years in summer camp leadership and has been going to summer camp as a counselor or leader since he was 14 years old. A great deal of his experience came right here at Camp Discovery with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Camps and more recently the Alliance for Recreational Empowerment.  His main love is special needs camps and is happy to be back to a camp that focuses on them.


A Tennessee native, David returns to his home state after serving five years as Director of a summer camp in rural Nebraska.  He is married to his wonderful wife Sunny (also a camp person) and together they have one four-year-old son, Douglas who has spent his entire life at camp and loves meeting campers and counselors.

Camp Discovery

400 Camp Discovery Ln
Gainesboro, TN 38562

(931) 268-0239

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