FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We know you've got questions, but that's cool- because we've got answers. If you don't see the answer to your question below, that's cool too- just be sure to drop us a line over in the Contact Us section. 

How old do you have the be to attend Camp Davis?


Our youngest campers must be five-years-old by August 30 and entering Kindergarten for that school year. Our oldest campers are rising 6th graders.

Leadership Track begins in 7th grade and continues through 10th grade.

Camp K'toni- an extension of our amazing Early Childhood Program- is available for children age 2-4. With the same pick up and drop off times it is a great solution for kids who are not yet old enough for Camp Davis.




What are the hours?


Drop off is between 8-8:30am and pick up is between 3:30-3:45pm each day. Early care is available starting at 7am and extended care is available until 6pm Monday through Thursday and 5:45 on Friday.




Do you have to be a member of the Gordon JCC to attend?


Nope. However, our members save about 20% on Camp Davis tuition and fees compared to non-members. Membership to the center also provides you with access to our incredible fitness facility, indoor and outdoor pool, as well as discounts on programs throughout the year. Check out the Gordon JCC website for more reasons to become a part of our family.




Do you have to be Jewish to attend?


That's another nope. At Camp Davis we are proud of our diverse community of both campers and staff members. We are made up of individuals from all walks of life. Exposure to different cultures and customs is an essential part of our model. Like all programs at the Gordon JCC, we apply a Jewish lens to our programming. Our tradition provides us with a wealth of values and lessons that can be universally applied to all peoples. For more information, check out our page on Jewish Values.




Do you provide lunch and snacks? What about food allergies?


Yes and yes! A healthy lunch as well as a morning and afternoon snack is included in your camp tuition. All food served is certified Kosher with supervision provided by the Nashville Kosher Council. Additionally, we are a completely nut free facility, including both peanuts and tree nuts.

The only exception to our lunch policy occurs on field trip days. We do ask that children bring their own sack lunch when attending a field trip.

We will make every effort within our means to accommodate specific dietary needs and restrictions. Please feel free to let us know if your child has any special requirements.




What about swimming?


We have an incredible instructional swim program at the Gordon JCC. Our full time aquatics staff are some of the most experienced teachers in Middle Tennessee.

Campers in grades K-2 enrolled in Traditional Camp will receive three 35 minute group lessons each week as part of their regular schedule. Additionally, all campers will have the opportunity to participate in free swim as their afternoon free choice activity.

Before entering the water, all campers must take a swim test. The result of this test determines where in the pool they are able to swim. Campers will have many opportunities to retake the test in order to track their progress throughout the summer.

The Gordon JCC also offers numerous opportunities for additional swim instruction including private lessons, group lessons, and our award winning swim team. For more information, check out our aquatics program.




What is the difference between Traditional Camp and Specialty Tracks? Which one is better?


Both our Traditional Camp and Specialty Track options are great choices for your child this summer.

The Traditional Camp is our core offering, rooted in time tested camp classics. Campers spend their mornings rotating between the five Camp Davis core curriculum areas: sports, art, music, nature, and Israeli Culture. Additionally, Traditional Camp offers weekly field trips and instructional swim for campers in grades K-2.

Specialty Track campers spend their mornings focused on one specific activity. Each week, three different Specialty Tracks are offered: Sports, Arts, and Brain Builders. Children in Specialty Tracks do not attend field trips.

Regardless of their morning activities, all campers come together each day for lunch and afternoon free choice activities. Additionally, all campers are able to participate in our special Friday programs as well as evening activities.

There is no correct answer as to which program is better between the two offerings. If your camper would prefer a more diverse morning with many shorter activities, Traditional Camp is the way to go. If your camper absolutely loves one particular activity such as LEGOs or Soccer, give Specialty Tracks a shot. We have many campers that go back and forth between the offerings depending on that week's offerings.




Do you offer any half day options?


We do not. We feel it is essential for every camper to get the full Camp Davis experience, from our amazing morning ruach (spirit) sessions to the very last goodbye song at the end of the day.




Is there a sibling discount?


Yes! After paying the full rate for the first sibling, all other siblings will recieve 5% off!




How long are the sessions? Do you offer any single day options?


Each session of Camp Davis is one week in length. There are no minimum or maximum number of session required. We do not offer any single day or half week options. We strongly believe that campers participate in a whole week of camp in order to fully experience what camp has to offer.




My child has special needs, can they attend camp?


We are proud of our ability to be an inclusive and diverse community. At Camp Davis will strive to provide every child with a summer experience that is engaging and safe. Keeping this in mind, we do our best to accommodate every camper within our means. Though our staff is highly trained, we do not offer one-on-one supervision. We evaluate every child on a case by case basis and in conjunction with the camper's family determine if Camp Davis is an appropriate summer destination. To see if Camp Davis is a good fit for your child, feel free to contact Ms. Marisa.




How do you stay cool in the summer heat? What happens when it rains?


At Camp Davis we strongly believe that every child should have a summer experience that involves being outside. However, we also keep safety at the front of our operation at all times. Throughout the summer, we are constantly observing the weather and adjust our schedule when necessary to maintain camper safety.

However, the best way to beat the heat is by drinking lots of water and the occasional water balloon fight.

We are also very lucky to have an incredible facility in the Gordon JCC offering us plenty of space to use in the event of rain or other inclement weather.




My child only likes sports (or art, or music, etc), will they have to participate in other activities?


One of the core pillars of Camp Davis culture is the importance of taking risks. For many campers, this means trying a new activity. We firmly believe that campers should be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. Obviously, we will not force campers into unsafe situations, however, please note that at Camp Davis we value growth over immediate satisfaction.




What are the dates of Camp Davis 2020?


Our 2020 summer season begins the week of June 1st and goes through the week of July 24th. Each session of camp is one week and there is no minimum or maximum number of weeks required!




What is the cost of camp?


All of our prices are listed as Gordon JCC Member/Non-Member prices. A discounted camp rate is just one of the amazing benefits of joining the Gordon JCC. The following prices are for one week of camp at the standard hours of 8am-3:45pm. Grades K-6 Traditional Camp: $292/333 Grades K-6 Specialty Track: $317/358 Grades 7-8: $235/265 White Water Rafting Trip add on: $100 Grades 9-10: $118/133 We also offer early care from 7-8am and extended care from 3:45pm-6pm. The rates below reflect a week of service. AM care: $45/65 PM care: $70/95





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Camp Davis is a program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center made possible by the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee