2008 Camp adventures include High School Musical on Stage

Release Date: 4/3/2008. Expired: 5/13/2008

The unique programs of The Renaissance Center and the exciting activities at Adventure Camp make for a one-of-a-kind summer experience at Camp Renaissance.

In 2008, campers will see one of the hottest musicals of the year, enjoy planetarium shows that can’t be seen anywhere else in Tennessee, participate in a hands-on science show and experience the spectacular laser effects of the CyberSphere Digital Theater.

And all that is just part of one day of the weeklong daycamp for boys and girls ages 6-14.

The rest of the week is filled with outdoor adventures at Camp Renaissance’s beautiful Adventure Camp where campers will frolic in one of the largest swimming pools in Middle Tennessee, climb and rappel on the 50-foot tower, explore two amazing caves, thrill on the 400-foot zipline, explore nature, fish, try their hand at archery, riflery and skeet, enjoy arts and crafts, go tubing in scenic Yellow Creek, learn teamwork on a low-ropes course and other activities.

Camp Renaissance is offered in four one-week sessions: June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11 and July 14-18. Tuition is $155 per camper per week. For an additional fee, campers can experience an overnight stay on Thursdays of each week and sleep in historic Ruskin Cave.

The deadline for registration is June 6. Returning campers can get a 20 percent discount on their camp fee for each new camper they refer to Camp Renaissance in 2008. Bus service is offered at no extra cost from The Renaissance Center. Transportation also is offered for an additional fee from Bellevue each week of camp and from Kingston Springs for the final week.

“We’re excited about plans for Camp Renaissance in 2008 and from the early response in registrations this year it appears many of our campers are, too,” said Paul McCardle, camp director. “Camp Renaissance is even more exciting this year as the Theatre Arts Department of The Renaissance Center will be presenting a live, professional production of High School Musical on Stage.”

The center’s Mind Enriching Theatre series will be presenting High School Musical on Stage, a live production based on the extremely popular Disney Channel movie, for school and group field trips this summer.

On Wednesdays of each session, campers will see High School Musical on Stage, watch a planetarium show in the CyberSphere, participate in a Faraday Science Theatre show and experience a laser music show.

The CyberSphere, a four-story domed theater, is the only planetarium in the state of Tennessee that offers full-dome video with Digistar 3 technology, the state of the art in planetarium digital projection systems. It also includes one of the world’s first 360-degree laser projectors and a 14,000-watt Dolby Digital Surroundsound system that rocks with some of today’s hottest music.

The Faraday Science Theatre makes science fun through interactive demonstrations and experiments using common objects found around the home.

At the Adventure Camp, located in the northwest corner of Dickson County, campers will explore two caves and learn about formations and the difference between living and dead caves. They will venture deep into the ground inside historic Ruskin Cave, at one time the site of a socialist colony in the 1890s, and experience the majestic Jewel Cave, a living cave know across the country for its spectacular formations.

“There is no other camp anywhere that can offer the diversity of activities and programs that are found at Camp Renaissance,” said McCardle. “More than 600 campers enjoyed the experience last year, many of them enrolling for multiple weeks. We see campers who return year after year because the Camp Renaissance experience is truly one of a kind.”

For more information, contact Laura Jackson at (615) 740-5533 or laura.jackson@rcenter.org, or visit http://camp.rcenter.org. A camp application packet can be mailed by request or downloaded from the Web site along with instructions to prepare campers for the best summer ever.

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