How much does Katerpillar Kids Camp cost?

Camp is free! Katerpillar Kids Camp is funded by a grant from Variety of East TN, The Children’s Charity.


Who is Katerpillar Kids Camp for?

Katerpillar Kids Camp is for children and teens grades 1-12 who have recently gone through a loss due to human death. The relationship of the child and the deceased can be a family member, friend, or someone that meant a lot to the camper.

Do Campers Stay the Night?

No. Camp times are:

Saturday: 7:30 am (for 8:00 am Bus departure from Fort Sanders West) – 6:30pm

Sunday: 7:30 am – 4:30pm (for non-bus riders) 6:00pm for bus riders.

What type of my clothes should my camper wear?

Because of the atmosphere and the type of activity we do at Katerpillar Kids Camp, all campers are REQUIRED to wear closed toe shoes. Please watch the weather report as the weekend approaches. Each camper will be given a backpack if an extra layer might be necessary. 

Can I call my camper while at camp?

There is a phone at camp that we could use for emergency situations. Cell phone signals are not great at Wesley Woods and we ask that campers leave their cell phones in their back pack or leave them at home.

How will my camper get to Wesley Woods?


Bus Transportation will be provided for campers from the Fort Sanders West Campus (The intersection of Pellissippi Parkway and Kingston Pike in West Knoxville). If the camper does not want to ride the bus or it is easier for the parent to drive the camper to camp, a parent/guardian may drop the child off at Camp Wesley Woods at 8:45am.

Please note that no child may drive themselves to camp.

Bus Instructions:

Saturday and Sunday Mornings

Be at the bus to do registration at 7:30am. The bus will leave at 8 am sharp.

Saturday Evening

Pick your camper up at 6:30 pm sharp at the Fort Sanders West Campus.

Sunday Evening

Campers welcome their parents to attend the closing ceremony of camp. The closing ceremony begins at 3:00 for parent/guardians. The ceremony will end around 4:30. Campers are welcome to go home with their parent/guardian. If parent/guardian is unable to attend the closing ceremony, buses will return to Fort Sanders West approx. at 6 pm.

Where is Wesley Woods and Fort Sanders West?

Fort Sanders West is located at:

270 Fort Sanders West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37922

Wesley Woods is located at:

329 Wesley Woods Road
Townsend, TN 37882

My camper is on medications that they need to take during the day, can they bring them to camp?

Yes. We will have a camp nurse at camp to handle any medical needs.

My camper has a specific diet, can Katerpillar Kids Camp accommodates?

Yes! Wesley Woods prepares our lunches both days and are very accommodating to dietary restrictions. Katerpillar Kids Camp provides snacks for campers and volunteers for both days. However if your child has a special need and the parent would feel more comfortable bringing food from home, he or she may bring their own snacks/lunch.

What group will my camper be in?

We put campers together due to their grade in school. We will go by their grade for fall of 2016.

What type of activities will the campers do?

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Many of the activities are dependent on the age of the campers. Example – The older campers get to participate in high ropes courses while the younger campers will get to canoe. Participation in these activities are not required but are highly encouraged. All campers will go on a hike and do other fun camp like activities. Mane Support is a non-riding therapy that all campers will be able to take part in as well as HABIT dogs from the HABIT program at the University of Tennessee will be there both days for campers to pet and play with.