Dear Camp Families,

I am thrilled to share some exciting updates with you as the new owner of Leadership Academy. I’m Carrie “Firefly” Howell; some of you may know me already. Though we’ve encountered a few unexpected delays, I assure you that your patience is immensely appreciated during this transition.

Embracing change is a cornerstone of our approach, and with that, I regret to inform you that Camp Twigs at Bells Bend Beaman will not return. I am instead focusing on growing a phenomenal program in Hendersonville, which is a similar distance from Nashville. I hope to offer an east-side shuttle to this location instead!

We know you are eagerly awaiting the return of the Mountain Bike Camp, which is confirmed, albeit with a twist – it will be hosted in new and exciting locations, promising a diverse and thrilling riding experience.

Camp Twigs Rau-Wood

Let me introduce you to Camp Twigs Rau-Wood, a new name for our former Bellevue site that will better resonate with the unique beauty of our location. We are so excited to partner with the Rau-Wood Retreat Center to have a camp on their property, formerly a summer camp itself!

Camp Twigs at Sanders Ferry will return, providing a range of engaging activities for your child to enjoy. We added archery and paddling in 2024; we’re thrilled to continue these exciting outdoor recreation opportunities for campers this summer!

As as I not a sailor, the ship has sailed on Nashville Sail Camp. I have made the difficult decision not to operate Nashville Sail Camp moving forward. I want to share with you my enduring dedication to promoting boating safety and fostering connections within our local aquatic parks. New camp opportunities are coming soon!

Thank you for your understanding and continued support as we embark on this new chapter at Leadership Academy.

Warm regards,

Carrie “Firefly” Howell
New Owner, Leadership Academy TN