Camp FAQs
How do I register my kids for camp?

To sign your camper up for a summer of fun, CLICK HERE to access our Camper Application and create a CampInTouch account. After you apply, you will be able to login to the CampInTouch PORTAL to complete required forms before camp begins, check registration and balance information, and more.

What ages does Lake Nixon day camp serve?

Our summer programs are available for virtually all school-age children and youth:

LOWER CAMP is for children who have completed Kindergarten-5th grade (or rising 1st-6th graders). In addition to weekly theme-related programming, Lower Camp always includes a wide variety of activities: daily swimming when weather permits, crafts, various games and sports, boating, fishing, the “adventure zone” (slack lines, zip lines, climbing, and balance skills), and more. Campers in the later grades of this group may also participate in some of the target sports like slingshot range and archery.

UPPER CAMP is for youth who have completed 6th-8th grade (or rising 7th-9th graders). Upper campers take part in our core activities, including daily swimming when weather allows, sports, crafts, nature appreciation like hikes and more, big group games, boating, fishing, etc. The increased weekly tuition for upper camp goes toward the specialized activities for upper camp (SUPs, hammocks, tomahawk throwing), and age-specific programming (competitions, group games, and more). In addition, upper campers will go on field trips each week. These may include activities like creative scavenger hunts, and/or visits to an amusement or activity centers such as a trampoline park.

In the event of inclement weather, we will have alternate activities planned for indoor and covered areas. We are looking forward to having additional indoor space available for campers this year.

Young people 16 or older may apply to join our staff of certified lifeguards as camp staff and for our other group events. If someone is interested in becoming a lifeguard, we can help coordinate a course and exam. Lake Nixon will pay the certification course/exam fee for any lifeguards who join and stay on our staff.

How much does camp cost?
Summer 2024 Day Camp Pricing Structure

Knowing that different families have different financial capacities, we offer a tiered pricing structure. In this format, you may choose the tier that best fits your family. Tier selection is completely voluntary and has no effect on a camper’s experience at Lake Nixon. 

Returning families: please note that there is no separate application fee this year. We have also simplified and re-ordered the pricing tiers.

Weekly tuition for Upper Camp (6th-8th grades) incorporates the cost of specialized programming for this division of camp, including additional activities and weekly field trips. You can find a general description of these Upper Camp activities in the camp application; see the week/session selection menu.

Tiers and Weekly Tuition Rates

Weekly Tier I Tuition      Lower Camp: $295     Upper Camp: $320

Tier I represents the cost of one camper for one week. We ask that families who can afford the actual cost of camp pay this amount.

Weekly Tier II Tuition     Lower Camp: $225     Upper Camp: $250

Tier II is a subsidized rate for famililes who cannot afford the actual cost of camp and is available because of generous donations by friends of Lake Nixon. There is no documentation required; you are on the honor system.

Tier III: Financial Assistance “Camperships”

This option is the same for Lower Camp and Upper Camp. We have limited funds available to provide direct financial assistance to families who need it. Financial assistance is generally provided on a sliding-scale basis, taking into account household size and annual income.

To be considered for Tier III assistance, parents/guardians must: 1) select “Tier III: Financial Aid” at the outset of the application; 2) complete the short financial aid application toward the end of the registration process; and 3) pay a minimum deposit of $15 for each week of camp applied to in order to be enrolled and have a spot held. Financial assistance recipients can cancel weeks of camp at any time before May 24, 2024 and receive a full refund of all payments.

The Campership Committee will begin reviewing applications for financial aid around March 1. We will inform applicants about any initial financial assistance decisions as soon as they are made. We will continue to accept Tier III applications so long as funds are still available.

When is payment due?
Tuition

All camp tuition payments are due in-full by May 24, 2024.

Deposits

An initial $50.00 deposit for each weekly session is due upon application ($15.00/week if you are applying for financial assistance). These deposits will not be charged until we review applications and enroll your camper(s).

The deposit will be applied toward your total tuition bill.

If you choose to pay the deposit by cash or check, we will not enroll any applied camper until the deposit is received.

In the case of cancellation, we will refund all but $50.00 of the initial deposit up to March 31. Between March 31 and May 24, we will refund either 50% of the deposit or all but $50.00, whichever is greater.

Late Registrations

Applications for additional weeks may be made after May 24th with the understanding that full payment will be required upon application.

Does Lake Nixon offer scholarships?

It is very important to us that opportunities to enjoy recreation, education, and sanctuary in this beautiful place are financially accessible.

For the summer of 2024, we will have limited funds available to help campers and families whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from experiencing summer day camp. To apply for financial assistance, please complete an ONLINE CAMP APPLICATION for each camper. More information about financial aid is available in the “How Much Does Camp Cost?” article above and inside the online camp application.

If you are able, please help make the fun, friendships, and memories of Lake Nixon possible for more kiddos in 2024 by making a donation. You can give to the 2024 Scholarship and Sustaining campaign at www.lakenixon.com/give

What is the camp schedule?

The main camp day runs from 9:00am – 4:00pm, wiith car drop-off beginning at 8:30am and car pick-up beginning at 3:30pm.

Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp runs for nine individual weekly sessions.

2024 Sessions and Themes

More detailed descriptions of planned highlights for each theme week are available to read during the camp application.

Week 1:  Welcome Week, June 3-7

Our first week will set a fun and responsible atmosphere for the summer and create community through group activities.

Week 2:  Sports Week,  June 10-14

This is a Summer Olympics year! Week two will highlight the many lessons that come with playing games, engaging in friendly competition, and being part of a team.

Week 3: Halloween in the Summer,  June 17-21

For all of us who can’t wait until October for a chance to dress in costume, week three will feature a summertime Halloween!

Week 4: Cowabunga Week,  June 24-28

Wear your Hawaiian shirts, bring your surfer gear, and get ready to dance at the lake during week four as we learn to find the fun in every avenue of life.

Week 4.5: Fourth of July  July 1-3

This week is from Monday through Wednesday only. Tuition for week 4.5 will be at reduced rates. See application for details. We will start the Independence Day celebration early. Red, white, and blue–Lake Nixon and YOU!

Week 5: Thanksgiving Week  July 8-12

We have many reasons to be thankful during week five, including our beautiful world, time with friends, and a special lunchtime Thanksgiving “family feast”!

Week 6: Christmas in July  July 15-19

We’ll talk about gifts we give and receive all year round during week six as we decorate for a special summertime Christmas at Lake Nixon.

Week 7: Superhero Week  July 22-26

During week seven, we will show-and-tell about our favorite superheroes while we learn about real-life heroes and how we might be “super heroes” in our own daily lives.

Week 8: Rock Star Week July 29 – Aug. 2

We will express our inner rockstars in week eight with rockin’ style through the week and rockin’ tunes at a special wrap-up talent show.

Week 9: Back to School  Aug. 5-9 

Camp may be coming to a close but week nine will be a time to get excited about the school year to come–right after one last hurrah with the fun activities that make Lake Nixon the best summer camp ever!

Do you provide lunch service or snacks?

Lake Nixon provides two snacks a day to all campers.

Campers may bring a lunchbox from home or camp lunches will be available for pre-purchase. We originally planned to continue our partnership with the catering service we used last year; however, that service suddenly became unavailable. So this year, we will be providing an option for lunches to be pre-purchased online directly from Lake Nixon. Our camp kitchen will be offering kid-friendly, nutritious lunches for around $4.00 per day. We are currently working out how lunch sign up and payment will be handled.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unexpected change of plans and we will send camp families more information about ordering lunches very soon.

Where is Lake Nixon located?
Our address:  
18500 Cooper Orbit Road Little Rock, AR 72210
We are:
    • 7 minutes from Kroger on Chenal
    • 4 Minutes from Colonel Glenn and I-430
    • 9 Minutes from Baptist Hospital
    • 8 Minutes From Bass Pro and Otter Creek
    • 13 Minutes From UAMS
    • 5 Minutes From Woodlands Edge
Do you offer transportation?

Yes!

We offer bus service for campers. 

For 2024, bus stops will be located at

the “Big Rock interchange” commuter parking lot (753 S. Shackleford Rd., click here for map)

and at Second Baptist Church downtown Little Rock (222 E. 8th St., click here for map)

The fee for this service is $35 per week.

Drop-off is between 7:30am-8am. Pick-up is between 5pm-5:30pm.

Do you offer early drop-off/late pick-up?

Yes!

Early drop-off time at Lake Nixon begins at 7:30am.

Late pick-up at Lake Nixon is available through 5:30pm.

This fee for this optional service is $50/week.

This service is for BOTH early drop-off (mornings) & late pick-up (afternoon).

What is the Lake Nixon Outdoor Center?

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The Lake Nixon Outdoor Center is a ministry of Second Baptist Church, Downtown Little Rock. We have the privilege and responsibility to be stewards of this unique, natural location so near the heart of the city. Our mission is to care for this place and to share it with others so that they may experience God through recreation, education, and sanctuary.

Lake Nixon is a “front porch” for the church, by which we mean it is an inclusive gathering space for people of all backgrounds from all across our community. Most members of the Lake Nixon staff and participants in Lake Nixon programs are not members of Second Baptist.

Lake Nixon relies on program fees to cover annual budgeted expenses, and on generous donations from the community to subsidize accessible program fees and to offer financial assistance.

What is Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp All About?

The goal of day camp at Lake Nixon is to provide classic “camp” experiences that allow young people to have fun, develop skills, grow in character, and learn to love and care for God’s creation, most especially that part of it we call the Outdoors, by enjoying it and each other. In short, we want to make sure campers feel Safe, Supported, Connected, and Contributing at camp.

Is Lake Nixon a ``Church Camp``?

The Lake Nixon Outdoor Center is a ministry of Second Baptist Church, downtown Little Rock, and has been for going on 53 years. Lake Nixon and its programs serve as a “front porch” of the church.

This is a space where all kinds of people can gather, feel welcome, and get to know each other in the context of God’s beautiful creation–the gift upon which all our lives depend, a source of joy and beauty.

There are visible signs around the property and facilities that Lake Nixon is the ministry of a Christian congregation. We certainly hope that many who spend time on our “front porch” will want to learn more about our church and come “inside,” so to speak, to experience our shared faith and life together through worship services and other Christian faith formation opportunities. Read more about Lake Nixon’s history here.

However, in keeping with the character of Lake Nixon as a “front porch,” Christian faith formation is not an explicit part of our summer day camp program. There may be simple expressions of gratitude offered to God like songs, prayers and other signs of the faith that informs who we are and what we do, but no campers will be required to participate in formal religious activities. Our campers come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds. Most of our staff are not members of Second Baptist, though they are aware that they serve as indirect representatives of the church.

Lake Nixon Outdoor Center Executive Director Andy Black is also a member of the Second Baptist Church pastoral staff and is always happy to speak with anyone about Lake Nixon, 2BC, and everything in between!

Who do I contact if I have questions about camp?
 
For more information, contact lakenixondaycamp@2bclr.com or call 501-744-8878.