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Assistant Director/Camp Director Mike Simmons

Please welcome the newest member of our Lake Nixon Outdoor Center team, Mike Simmons!

Mike comes to us after years of service at the Arkansas 4-H Center. He has 25 years’ experience in the camping and outdoor education field and has a passion for helping people realize the best in themselves. He is involved in a number of professional organizations related to outdoor education. He is certified as a challenge (ropes) course facilitator and lifeguard as well as an experienced Wilderness First Aid, and Leave No Trace instructor. Mike will serve as the Assistant Director of the Lake Nixon Outdoor Center, working with the rest of the LNOC team to develop year round programming and as the Director of the Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp.

Mike has lived and worked in a wide variety of locations. He was born in Mexico City but only lived South-of-the-Border for 17 months. He primarily grew up in the Midwest, Ohio and Kansas. When he and his family moved to Western North Carolina, his interests in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, camping and hiking took off. Pursuing his love of the outdoors, Mike obtained a degree in Recreation Management from the University of Montana. He has worked at camps in North Carolina, New England, Canada and Arkansas. He taught at a boarding school in Vicksburg MS for 6 years.

Mike has lived in Little Rock since 2006. He is married to Rene, who works in healthcare. They have 4 teenage children, 2 boys and 2 girls. The eldest two are in college and the younger two are still in high school. Mike enjoys staying active, spending time with his energetic family and being outside.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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Summer Day Camp

A Little Rock Summer Tradition for more than 50 Years!

Packed with Fun

In 2021 give your child the opportunity to participate in camp traditions as old as time!

**At this time (December 2020), we plan to hold Lake Nixon Summer Day Camp in 2021. As we get closer to springtime and the opening of camp registration, we will provide regular updates and further details. Thank you! We are looking forward to seeing everyone for camp again!!**

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Lake Nixon Summer Camp is a 9-week summer day camp. With a rotating 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!

Elementary Day Camp is open to boys and girls who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade, and our middle school camp is open for those finishing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Campers are divided by grade and gender and are placed under the care of trained counselors who are responsible for the campers at all times. Swimming and playing in the lake are core components of each day at camp. Rest assured that lifeguards and counselors closely supervise all water activities, and that our swimming facilities are approved by the Arkansas State Department of Health. Lake Nixon provides a safe, shallow swim area for younger children, and more adventurous areas for older campers.

Middle School Summer Camp!

In 2019, Lake Nixon launched its summer day camp for children who have completed 6th through 8th grade, and we’re excited to expand the program in 2020. Middle school campers enjoy a separate swimming area, 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!


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Assistant Director/Camp Director Mike Simmons

Please welcome the newest member of our Lake Nixon Outdoor Center team, Mike Simmons! Mike comes to us after years of service at …

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