Summer Day Camp

Lake Nixon Summer Camp is a 9-week summer day camp.
With a rotating variety of activities, including:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature Hikes
  • Team Games and Sports Including Volleyball and Basketball
  • Swimming, Fishing, Boating and Picnicking,
  • Sand Structures, Water Games, Table Games, And More. . . .

Camp will run this year from June 7 through August 6, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. each weekday. 

camp structure
Lower Camp is open to boys and girls who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade, and Upper Camp is open for those finishing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Middle school-aged 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!

Swimming and playing in the lake are core components of each day at camp. Certified Lifeguards and counselors closely supervise all water activities, and 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 who have passed a swim test.

Summer 2021 Update

At this point, our plan for camp reflects current COVID-19 guidelines and best practices. In particular, we will continue to monitor statements from the Arkansas Department of Health, and on the national level, our practices are informed by the “Field Guide for Camps in Implementing Centers for Disease Control Guidance” published by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA.

The biggest implication of our current plans is that we are planning to have 14 groups of 10 campers each week (12 groups for the “lower camp” [K-5th grade] and 2 groups/week for “upper camp” [6th-8th grade]). This is significantly lower capacity than in years past. Another change is that we will not be offering some options from previous years, or at least not in the exact same way. We are not planning to offer a prepared lunch for optional purchase (though we will provide snacks and drinks throughout the day). Because we will be keeping campers in self-contained groups throughout the week of camp, we are also not planning to offer an extended care option.

We do hope to offer bus transportation this year, but due to the need to reduce rider capacity, we need more information from parents before we can make determinations about bus locations, times, and pricing.

Toward the end of the camper application you’ll see some survey-type questions about transportation and lunch. Please take a minute to respond to these. Your answers will be very helpful!

Summer 2021 Day Camp Pricing Structure

We are looking forward to summer 2021 and are making some additions and exciting improvements to camp. One of these additions is a new tiered pricing structure. In this format, you may choose the tier that best fits your family. No matter which price tier you pick, your camper will receive the same camp experience.

Our goal in offering tiered pricing is simple: we want to continue to provide a safe, active, memorable, and inclusive camp experience for all campers while allowing greater opportunities for partnership for those who value this ministry and want to take an active role in sustaining Lake Nixon, now and for years to come.

Support from our friends in the community has helped us through the Covid-induced hardships of having to cancel camp in 2020 and operating at a substantially reduced capacity for the summer of 2021. We will be feeling the financial effects of those difficult decisions for years, and we are deeply grateful for all the support! Again, tier selection is completely voluntary and has no effect on your camper’s experience at Lake Nixon. We will not ask for any documentation to support your selection; it is up to you to decide what level of commitment to Lake Nixon and camp best fits your family.

  • There will not be a sibling discount available
  • There is no two-week minimum registration requirement
  • Tier I: $195/week (plus one-time $25 registration fee). This is the lowest rate (with the reduction of the registration fee from $45 to $25, the price for one week of camp at this tier is the same as it would have been in 2020). This price does not reflect what it costs to run our summer camp program.
  • Tier II: $225/week (plus one-time $25 registration fee). This is a partially subsidized rate for families who want to do a little more to help Lake Nixon but cannot pay at the level of the full cost of camp.
  • Tier III: $250/week (plus one-time $25 registration fee). This rate closely reflects the full or true cost of summer day camp at Lake Nixon, including equipment and supplies, insurance, staff salaries, and facilities and groundskeeping/property maintenance.


It is very important to Lake Nixon that opportunities to enjoy recreation, education, and sanctuary in this beautiful place are accessible. For the summer of 2021 we have limited funds available to help campers and families whose financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from experiencing summer day camp. We will continue to seek contributions toward camp scholarships for this year. If you are able, please help make the fun, friendships, and memories of Lake Nixon possible for more kiddos in 2021 by making a donation here.

To apply for 2021 “campership” assistance, please complete the form here. You can also find more information on our scholarships page.