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Program Director/Educator Jeremy Spann

Jeremy is equally excited to lead both the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and the Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp programs.

Throughout his life Jeremy has walked many paths, but through this new role at Lake Nixon Outdoor Center he has been blessed to find the most meaningful work, guiding youth from prekindergarten through elementary on their many adventures and building their faith in God.

Jeremy is a kid at heart, who is lucky enough to have married the love of his life, Elizabeth Spann. They have been blessed with two children, Kenneth and Miles. Jeremy brings to this new role a background in environmental science, his experience as a middle school educator, and serving the community through the Little Rock Climbing Center.

Jeremy seeks to provide the children and families of Central Arkansas with a trusted environment to grow, play, and learn. He looks forward to growing a meaningful relationship with the wonderful community surrounding Second Baptist, and fulfill his calling to serve through Lake Nixon Outdoor Center. You can contact Jeremy by emailing him at jspann@2bclr.com.

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Educator/Camp Director Marie Brakebill

Serving as a full-time teacher, Mrs. Marie is the newest addition to the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool family. However, her ties to Lake Nixon and to Second Baptist Church are true and deep. Marie was born in Louisiana and has lived in Arkansas since 1986. She is married to her husband, Charles, for 39 wonderful years and has three children and six grandchildren. In addition to her role at Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool, Marie has served as Assistant Director for the Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp for the last 22 years.

Mrs. Marie began her teaching career 24 years ago when her children first entered preschool, and it wasn't long before she realized she had found her calling in teaching. Marie went on to earn an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and continues to be as enthusiastic about education today as she was when she began.

In addition to her love of reading, Marie enjoys walking and has finished the Little Rock Half Marathon. Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and Summer Day Camp is proud to have such a dedicated and hard working individual.

Marie's favorite Bible quote, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." -Phil. 4:13

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Preschool Director/Lead Educator Monica Woods

Monica is our Program Developer/Lead Educator and she has been with us since summer staff orientation back in late May 2017. She whole-heartedly believes that children should have the opportunity to connect to the outdoors and is astounded at how everything she has done up until this point has prepared her for this amazing opportunity.

Monica is a native Texan, but got here as fast as she could. She moved to Little Rock in 2008, after falling in love with it while visiting family here for many years. She loves to surprise outsiders with stories of some of the beautiful places here, but always stops short from telling all she knows because she would really like for Arkansas to remain a secret.

She has two children, Tristan and Lucia, whom she chooses to spend time with above just about anyone else, and never takes for granted the gift of being a parent.

After backcountry guiding for several years in Colorado and Wyoming, nine years in the classroom and ten years homeschooling her own kids, Monica then tutored dyslexic students at Catholic High School before serving in her current position at Lake Nixon. Monica is an avid rock climber and often enjoys climbing in Northwest Arkansas, as well as in other parts of the U.S.

After doing her own research into outdoor preschools for many years, Monica could not be more excited to have this chance to provide this nature immersion experience for young children right here in Little Rock. You can email Monica at mwoods@2bclr.com.

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Assistant Educator/Assistant Camp Director Chris Gardner

My name is Christopher Gardner and I work at Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp. I began working at Lake Nixon in 2015 as a substitute counselor. Each summer, I have played a different role from subbing, being a team counselor, becoming the praise and worship teacher, and even this past summer, I served as the assistant director and bible study teacher. I have worked at Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool since January of 2018 and it has been a blast. Being at Lake Nixon and allowing kids to grow, play, and learn in this environment is simply astounding. My heart is with kids and I plan to teach high school speech and theatre.

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FAQ What about meals and snacks?

Campers may bring their lunch each week or you may purchase a sack lunch for the week from the Snack Shack for $15 during registration. Snacks will be provided to campers each morning and afternoon. The cost for all snacks is included in your weekly fee.

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FAQ What if I don’t want to attend all 9 weeks?

You may attend as many weeks as you wish, however, there is a two-week minimum registration. Our value-building program changes each week, so campers can attend all summer without becoming bored. Registration preference will be given to campers attending the most weeks.

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FAQ What if it rains?

In case of inclement weather, we have numerous covered pavilions, a lodge and our crafts building to provide shelter. So, Lake Nixon is open rain or shine!

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FAQ Is transportation available?

Lake Nixon also provides bus transportation to and from the following locations:
Second Baptist Church, 8th & Cumberland (6 blocks south of the River Market)
Our old Sears stop has been relocated to St. Marks Baptist Church at 5722 W. 12th Street. Turn on Taylor Street.
Our K-Mart stop at Rodney Parham and Interstate 430 has been relocated to 1200 Breckenridge Drive
Back/Lower Parking lot, near the Regal Cinema.
Buses begin boarding at 7:30am and depart for camp at 8am. Buses arrive back at the pick-up locations at 5:00pm and campers must be picked up by 5:30pm. Secure counselor supervision is provided on all buses.
You may drop off your child at one location and pick them up at a different one. The cost for transportation is $10 per week per child.

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FAQ What are drop-off and pick-up times?

Campers may be dropped off at Lake Nixon after 7:30am and must be picked up by 5:30pm. All campers must be signed in and out by persons authorized on their pick-up list. Bus stop drop off is from 7:30am to 8:00am. and pick-up is from 5:00pm to 5:30pm.

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FAQ When is Open House?

There will be an Open House at Lake Nixon for registered campers and parents on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. Campers and parents have the opportunity to view the facilities, meet the counselors and staff, receive additional information and ask questions.

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FAQ I’m on board! How do I register my child?

Registering for Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and Summer Day Camp is easy. Look for the MyLakeNixon button in the upper right hand corner of the page, or visit my.lakenixon.com.

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2019 Camp Registration is now closed.

 

Online registration opens March 1st each year and closes May 1st. Registration is closed for 2019 summer camp.

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50 years of excellence

Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp.

Give your child the opportunity to participate in camp traditions as old as time!

Packed with fun

Lake Nixon Summer Camp is a 9 week summer day camp. With a variety of activities, including camp songs, arts and crafts, nature hikes, team games and sports, swimming, fishing, paddle boating, volleyball, basketball, picnicking, sand structures, water games, Bible lessons, table games, and more…Each day is packed with fun!

Day Camp is open to boys and girls who have completed kindergarten through those who have completed 5th grade. Campers are divided by grade and sex and are placed under the care of trained counselors who are responsible for the campers at all times. Lifeguards and counselors closely supervise all water activities. Lake Nixon provides a safe, shallow swim area for younger children. Our swimming facilities are approved by the Arkansas State Department of Health.

Middle School Summer Camp Arrives!

In 2019, Lake Nixon will launch it’s summer day camp for children who have completed 6th through 8th grade. Middle school campers will enjoy a separate swimming area, and specialized activities to provide daily structure, positive role models and the opportunity to play in a safe environment. Middle school is hard enough. Give your child a break this summer!

2019 Schedule

Let’s be honest, it’s never too early to start planning for your child’s summer. The dates for each week of camp are listed below.

Open House June 1st 10am-12pm

Week 1 June 3-7

Week 2 June 10-14

Week 3 June 17-21

Week 4 June 24 – June 28

Week 5 July 1-5 (closed July 4 – weekly fees are not prorated)

Week 6 July 8-12

Week 7 July 15-19

Week 8 July 22-26

Week 9 July 29 – August 2

Parents must register each child for at least two weeks of the camp, and are obligated to pay for all weeks they register their child.

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FEES and MORE

Lake Nixon Summer Camp has always been dedicated to serving the community. Our camp fees reflect this dedication by providing a lot of bang for you buck! Working families will appreciate our free of charge early drop-off and late pick-up times, as well as our three bus shuttle drop-off and pick-up locations within Little Rock for $10 per week. Below are some other highlights of Lake Nixon.

Free early drop-off time begins at 7:30am.

Camp begins at 8:30am and ends at 4:30pm.

Free late pick-up lasts until 5:30pm.

Our three bus stops are located throughout the city. Our midtown stop (previously at University and I-630, old Sears building) is now located at St. Marks Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th Street (turn off of W. 12th street on Taylor street). We have a stop in west Little Rock previously at the old K-mart building, which has been RELOCATED to 1200 Breckenridge Drive
Back/Lower Parking lot near the Regal Cinema, and a stop in downtown Little Rock at the Second Baptist Church at 222 East 8th Street. Bus stop drop-off is from 7:30am to 8:00am and pick-up is from 5:00pm to 5:30pm. To help make life easier, families may also choose to drop-off and pick-up at two separate locations.  Bussing is provided for $10 per week because we know how hard morning and afternoons can be!

Elementary age weekly camp fee: $150 per child. $130 per second child attending the same weeks and within the same household. $115 per third child attending the same weeks within the same household. These fees cover all the materials for your child’s summer activities, a camp t-shirt and water bottle, as well as a morning and afternoon snack.

Middle school age weekly camp fee: $175 per child with no additional discounts for multiple children. These fees also cover all the materials for your child’s summer activities, a camp t-shirt and water bottle, as well as a morning and afternoon snack.

The Fine Print: A $45 registration fee applies to each child. Parents must register each child for at least two weeks of camp, and are obligated to pay for all weeks they register their child.

Lunches: Upon registration you will have the option to purchase lunch for your child for $15 per week. You may also choose to send a sack lunch each day.

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FAQ What about meals and snacks?

Campers may bring their lunch each week or you may purchase a sack lunch for the week from the Snack Sha…

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FAQ What if I don’t want to attend all 9 weeks?

You may attend as many weeks as you wish, however, there is a two-week minimum registration. Our value-b…

Learn more
FAQ What if it rains?

In case of inclement weather, we have numerous covered pavilions, a lodge and our crafts building to pro…

Learn more
FAQ Is transportation available?

Lake Nixon also provides bus transportation to and from the following locations: Second Baptist Church, …

Learn more
FAQ What are drop-off and pick-up times?

Campers may be dropped off at Lake Nixon after 7:30am and must be picked up by 5:30pm. All campers must …

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FAQ When is Open House?

There will be an Open House at Lake Nixon for registered campers and parents on Saturday, June 2, from 1…

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FAQ I’m on board! How do I register my child?

Registering for Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and Summer Day Camp is easy. Look for the MyLakeNixon butto…

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Our Staff-Now Hiring

Lake Nixon is now hiring staff for our 2019 summer camp, including counselors and lifeguards. If you or someone you know is interested have them contact us today!

Lake Nixon’s Summer Day camp proudly employees about 45 people each year to ensure the safety of you child. Meet some of our staff below!

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Program Director/Educator Jeremy Spann

Jeremy is equally excited to lead both the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and the Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp programs. Throughout hi…

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Educator/Camp Director Marie Brakebill

Serving as a full-time teacher, Mrs. Marie is the newest addition to the Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool family. However, her ties to…

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Preschool Director/Lead Educator Monica Woods

Monica is our Program Developer/Lead Educator and she has been with us since summer staff orientation back in late May 2017. She w…

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Assistant Educator/Assistant Camp Director Chris Gardner

My name is Christopher Gardner and I work at Lake Nixon Outdoor Preschool and Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp. I began working at Lake …

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