Sending kids to camp

Come to the Water raises money to make summer camp possible for kids who would not be able to go otherwise. Campers are nominated by individuals, schools or organizations.

Community Leaders that Support CTTW

UTK Softball Head Coach

Karen Weekly

SMU Men's Basketball Head Coach

Rob Lanier

Alcoa School Counselor

Lisa Williamson

Summer camps help children grow.

A study by the American Camp Association (ACA) found significant growth in children’s social-emotional skills after a session of summer camp, including increased self-esteem, independence, leadership, friendship skills, social comfort, and values and decision-making skills.



of parents

said their child gained


by attending summer camp



of campers

said camp helped them

feel good about


Hear from our campers

Cara and Cassie

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Cara and Cassie attended Come to the Water camps when they were in middle school; this video reflects their first camp experience. Both are now in high school. Their mother, Candice, is a single mom who was initially hesitant to have her kids leave her for a whole week, but has seen the positive impact that the camps have had on her girls. A younger brother, Alijah, has followed their footsteps to camp.

Cyrus and Titus

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Cyrus and Titus moved to Knoxville before the pandemic with their family - all the way from Arizona. They come from a large family with 10 other siblings. Being home schooled and moving across the country can make finding new friendships difficult. Thankfully, the brothers were able to experience Come to the Water during the Covid year at a small camp which was able to operate through the pandemic. They continue to be appreciative of the opportunity camp gave them to make new friendships and experience a unique location!

Change a life.

Sponsor a camper today.


Questions about sponsoring a camper? Email your questions here.

Associations making referrals to CTTW

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How our program works

How you can help

Every penny donated goes directly to scholarships for middle school campers. The cost to provide a student with a week at camp is $550.


+ meals per day


nights of silliness

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