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Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont camps offer ‘discovery’

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont offers 9-12 year old children a summer adventure to remember.

Discovery Camp is often a first time camp experience for children. Tremont offers award-winning programs that any age can enjoy - especially a Discovery Camper.

Your child can touch, breathe, play and discover the great outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Children can play in streams, turn over rocks, catch critters and learn about what they find from experienced outdoor educators. Spend the whole day outside and then take a cool swim in our favorite “swimming hole.”

Jeremy Lloyd, Tremont’s summer camp director is always looking for a special experience for summer campers to enjoy.

“Aside from outdoor education, we invite nationally renowned artists to perform during Discovery Camp I & II,” said Lloyd. “Each Artist-In-Residence at Tremont educates summer campers in a way that invites learning at a new level that children really enjoy.”

Artist workshops at Tremont are provided by grants from the Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville and the Avent Cabin Foundation.

This year Tremont invites Doug Elliott to Discovery Camp. Elliott loves to share nature with his audience.

He’ll perform his signature program “Woodslore and Wildwoods Wisdom,” which is made up of stories and songs that celebrate animals, plants, and people. He’ll tell you everything you never thought you wanted to know about opossums in Possomology.

Likewise, groundhogs in Groundhogology. He’ll lead a nature walk or two, telling tales on the trail and extolling the virtues of observation to children. Elliott is the author of four books, many articles in regional and national magazines, and has recorded a number of award-winning albums of stories and songs.

“At Tremont education comes in many forms. Children want to learn here and that is why we have repeat campers every year. They want to experience the new things at Tremont,” said, Lloyd.

Tremont wants every child who wants to go to camp to have that opportunity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is no better summer a child can spend than in the great outdoors.

In fact, parents say that Tremont is the best place for summer camp because of its award-winning program and it’s location.

This year over 4,000 children will attend a Tremont program. Development director Meredith Goins said, “We want every child to be able to experience adventure in these mountains. We have a scholarship fund that provides financial aid to assist those who cannot afford the full cost of summer camp.”

In 2007 over $28,000 in financial aid was given to over 300 children.

Financial aid is available now until April 1, 2008.

Registration for a Tremont summer adventure in the Smokies is as easy as visiting www.gsmit.org.

On the home page you will find a link to 8 summer camps – one is sure to match your child’s age.

The link will take you to information and resources on registering for your summer camp choice. If you need additional information call 865-448-6709.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates a residential environmental learning center within Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Since 1969 Tremont has provided in-depth experiences to hundreds of thousands of people of all ages through residential educational programs designed to nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, celebrate diversity, and foster stewardship.

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