About Leadership Academy Camps
At Leadership Academy, we firmly believe in the transformative power of play and exploration. Our mission is to create a dynamic and immersive summer camp experience for children aged 5-17, encouraging them to step outside, embark on exciting adventures, and engage in meaningful activities. Through this, we aim to cultivate a profound sense of self and a genuine connection to nature.
Distinguishing ourselves from traditional camps, Leadership Academy adopts a unique philosophy. Our carefully crafted summer camps prioritize the autonomy of children, allowing them to take the lead in activities without constant adult intervention. This intentional approach provides a nurturing environment where youngsters can hone social skills, build confidence, learn appropriate responses to others, and navigate conflicts with the guidance of supportive counselors.
The structure of our camp day is designed to allow ample time for unbridled play, fostering the formation of deeper bonds with nature and fellow campers. At Leadership Academy, we strive to create a haven where children not only enjoy their summer but also develop essential life skills, intrinsic motivation, and lasting connections.
Carrie “Firefly” Howell
Leadership Academy Camps was founded in 2014 and purchased by Carrie is 2023. You might know her as “Firefly” – camp director at Warner Park in 2021 and program director for Leadership Academy in 2022. Carrie has ten years of day camp experience, including time at two aquariums and a zoo. She has also worked in the classroom as a middle school science teacher. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington, a Masters in Outdoor Science Education from Montana State University, and her Wilderness First Responder certification. Carrie is a Tennessee native and spends her free time on the trails with her two rescue pitbulls. You might also catch her rock climbing outside or at the gym. Her favorite animals are snails and her favorite app is Seak by iNaturalist.