By Erin Bell

With the school year ending, parents around the city are frantically looking for a fun place to send their kids this summer. 

In Dickson, there are a wide variety of programs that are ready to welcome your child for either the whole summer or for just a couple of weeks out of the break.

The Dickson County Family YMCA offers a day camp from May 27th to July 26th from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm for ages 5 to 12. 

The camp costs $130 a week for members of the YMCA and $150 a week for those who are not members of the YMCA. Each additional sibling gets $10 off registration fees.

To hold a spot at the camp you must include a $75 deposit with your application and pay the rest before the start day.

The camp will provide lunch and a snack for the campers and during the camp, they have various field trips lined up like the movies, a trip to the library, and the Henslee Park Splash Pad. 

If you are interested in this camp, you can register online or in person. 


Another great option to send your kids to this summer is Camp Hickory Hills. They accept kids ages 6 to 18 and have different dates for each age group. 

  • “Senior Camp” for ages 15-18 from June 1 to June 6
  • “Teen Camp” for ages 12-14 from June 8 to June 13
  • “Pre-Teen Camp” for ages 10-12 from June 15 to June 20
  • “Junior Camp” for ages 8-10 from June 22 to June 27
  • “Big Shot Camp” for ages 6-8 from June 29 to July 3

The price of the camp varies by age group and requires a $20 deposit with your application. Those between the ages of 6 and 8 are $103 before June 1st and $113 after. If your child is between the ages of 8 and 18, the price is $135 before June 1st and $145 afterwards. 

You can apply for this camp online at


Dickson Parks and Recreation is also offering a camp for ages 6 to 12 with two different options.

The first option is between June 10th and June 14th and the second is between July 15th and July 19th. Both camps start at 8:00 am and end at 4:00 pm every day. 

Prices for the camp vary by location. Those that are within Dickson City Limits have to pay $60 per kid. Those outside of Dickson City limits, but still located in Dickson County, have to pay $65 per child, and those outside of Dickson County limits have to pay $70 per child. 

Lunch for your child is not included in that fee. Each child is required to pack a lunch for every day they attend camp. 

While the camp only runs for a short amount of time, they have plenty of activities lined up. Activities include going bowling, attending the movies, a bike day, and visiting the splash pad. 

If you are interested in this camp you can contact Dickson Parks and Recreation at 615-446-1721 for more information on how to apply. 


Lastly, if you have a child who is interested in sports, you may want to give Dickson County High School’s Basketball camp a try. 

The camp is open to students from Kindergarten to 8th grade, starting  June 10th and ending on June 13th.

The camp will be open for girls from 9 a.m to 11 a.m and for boys from 12 p.m to 2 p.m. 

Throughout the camp, kids will get a chance to learn the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Kids will also get to learn different skills like ball handling, shooting, defense, etc. 

The cost of the camp is $80 per child and can be paid by check or cash. 

For more information about the camp or how to register, you can contact the camp director Jana Baggett at

Erin Bell is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, but she currently attends Austin Peay State University. There she studies Professional Communications and is involved in multiple student organizations. She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.