Is Gainesboro ‘camp’ the best kept secret in Tennessee?

Open house April 23 will allow community members opportunity to explore

Camp Discovery logoGAINESBORO – You may have seen the signs, but what is Camp Discovery exactly?

Camp Discovery, in Gainesboro, is a project 33 years in the making, and a camp for physically and intellectually disabled individuals – one of a few of its type in the country. Camp Discovery welcomes campers from all across the United States, with 7-8 weeks sessions, depending on number of applicants, during the summer months.

One week is dedicated to youth ages 8-21, while all the other weeks are 21-88. There really isn’t an upper age limit, camp director Faith Henshaw said.

“The problem with camp is, unfortunately, we are known as the best kept secret in Tennessee,” Henshaw added. “People just don’t know who we are and this great service we provide. They see the signs, have heard the name, but have never visited.”

In an effort to change that, Camp Discovery is reaching out to the local community and inviting them to explore camp while meeting faculty and campers. Camp Discovery is holding an open house is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at 400 Camp Discovery Lane, Gainesboro. To RSVP, call Millie Dawkins at (931) 704-0394.

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