Episcopal Day Camp
I love that it is good, simple, old fashioned outdoor fun. My kids love the mudhole, have made some great friends, and I love that is close enough for me to get to everyday…plus lunch is provided!” Camper Parent
Open to rising 1st-graders through rising 6th-graders, Episcopal Day Camp (EDC) is an acclaimed and extremely popular day camp, as it functions and has activities much more like those of an overnight camp. St. Columba, with its acreage of woodlands, meadows, creeks and a central lake, provides the perfect setting for our campers to experience community and fun. Activities include arts and crafts, the infamous mud hole, a waterslide through the woods, water-games, swimming in the lake, boating and canoeing and much more. Lunch and snacks are provided daily. There are 176 participants and nearly 80 staff members at each week-long session. Campers can sign up for one, two, three or all four sessions. episcopaldaycamp [at] gmail [dot] com
All sessions are 8:30am-3:00pm. Extended care is available 7:30am-5:30pm for an extra charge of $80 per camper per week.
Cancellations must be made in writing. Your fee includes $35 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit. Cancellations made after June 1, 2013 are entitled to 50% refund. Cancellations made after July 1, 2013 are entitled to 25% refund. No refund will be given after the start of the session.
Safety and Well-Being
We look forward to seeing your camper. If this is your child’s first year at camp, our experienced staff are ready to help them transition. Children adjust better if you remain in your car and continue through the carpool line in the morning. We will work with your child and give him/her special attention if he/she is hesitant on the first day. Camp is a wonderful setting for children to overcome emotional obstacles.
Due to the size of the property and the number of campers and counselors, it is very difficult to determine if visitors are authorized. We cannot take a chance on unauthorized people having access to the children; therefore we ask that parents and caregivers remain in cars when at the campground. We regret that parents cannot observe their children, but safety concerns necessitate this policy.
In addition to the regular St. Columba staff, we have medical staff on the campgrounds at all times. Certified lifeguards supervise all lake activities, and life jackets are required for all swimming and boating. All of our counselors and staff are required to attend orientation sessions, including a diocesan-sponsored class on the prevention of abuse.
The property has one secured entrance and is completely enclosed by a 6-foot fence. We are equipped with video surveillance and have radios and cell phones for constant communication on the property. The safety of your children is our primary concern. St. Columba is a safe, nurturing environment for children to play, learn and experience the wonders of God and His Earth in community. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Episcopal Day Camp In the News
Kids around town know Episcopal Day Camp by its nickname, "Mud Camp." The popular mudslide and other water games have become well known, and MemphisCommercial Appealcolumnist Geoff Calkins gave the city an inside look in 2010.
"There are computer camps and Harry Potter camps and fashion camps and investment camps," Calkins observes. "There are spy camps and Dungeon & Dragons camps and nudist camps (really!) and spinning camps. This camp is simpler. This camp is based on the uncomplicated idea that kids + mud = joy."