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Brandon Spring Group Center

canoeingBrandon Spring, a year-round overnight facility on the shores of Lake Barkley, provides the perfect atmosphere for all your group gatherings. Work with our staff to develop "Explore and Learn" activities for your group focusing on topics such as wildlife, orienteering, outdoor survival, natural sciences and outdoor recreation; or you can create your own activities using our many amenities. Brandon Spring is perfect for school groups, church groups, retreats, workshops, meetings, and other overnight groups.

Located only minutes from many other "Explore and Learn" facilities like Woodland's Nature Station, The Homeplace, Golden Pond Planetarium, Elk & Bison Prairie, Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Cross Creeks, Tennessee and Clarks River National Wildlife Refuges; make Brandon Spring your ultimate "Explore and Learn" experience! See below for rates & reservation info.

Rates Schedule

Dorm Costs: $250 per night, per dorm – Mar.-Nov. and $200 per night, per dorm – Dec.-Feb.

Food Cost: (based on three meals per day) $18 per day, per person (regardless of age)

Extra Meal Rates: $5 breakfast, $6 lunch, and $7 dinner

Linens: The linen rate is $3 per person for the entire stay and includes two sheets & a pillowcase.

To make reservations or for more information call 270-924-2044 or 931-232-7405.

Our Facilities:

Brandon SpringEight dormitory-style cabins (4 wheelchair accessible)

  • Bed space for 128 people
  • Heat and air conditioning
  • Modern restrooms and showers
  • Private counselors' quarters
  • Outdoor patios

Commons Building (perfect for group meetings)

  • Heat and air conditioning
  • Full-time food service staff capable of serving three meals and an evening snack
  • Fireplace
  • Outdoor patio

challenge courseActivity Building (for indoor activities)

  • Small kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Bathrooms
  • Central heat and air
  • Tables and chairs
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Other amenities for meetings, classes or indoor games and recreation

Other Grounds Facilities

  • Team Building Course
  • Swimming pool and swimming beach area
  • Basketball courts
  • Canoes
  • Fishing pier
  • Amphitheater
  • Three campfire areas
  • Large fields for recreation
  • Hiking trails that lead to outdoor study sites or meditation areas

 

BRANDON SPRING STAFF-LED PROGRAMS*

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

CORRELATIONS

Life on a Log (Grades K-3)
What good are dead trees? Students will learn the life cycle of a tree and how trees are useful even after they die. Participants will then explore the surrounding forest for decaying logs, and investigate the areas around, under, and inside the logs to discover the decomposers that live in these microhabitats. (11/2 hours)
Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
SC-E-3.1.2
SC-E-3.2.1
SC-E-3.1.3
SC-E-3.3.1
Tennessee Science Standards:
K.5.2
2.1.1
3.3.1
1.1.1
2.5.1
3.3.2
1.5.1
2.5.2
1.5.2
3.2.3
Night Flight (Grades K-8)
This night program is about bats. The students will learn about myths related to bats by participating in an activity called "Some, None or All." They then head outside and play Bat and Moth, a game that helps students understand echolocation. (2 hours)
Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
SC-E-3.1.3 SC-E-3.2.1
Tennessee Science Standards:
1.5.2
4.5.1
2.2.2
6.2.2a.
3.2.3
6.5.1
4.3.1
Pond Study (Grades K-9)
How are ponds different from other bodies of water? Students will go to a nearby pond and use dip nets to discover the types of animals that live in the pond, such as newts, tadpoles, caddis fly larvae, and water beetles. (11/2 -21/2 hours)
Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
SC-E-3.1.2
SC-E-3.2.1
SC-E-3.1.3
SC-E-3.3.2
Tennessee Science Standards:
K.5.2
1.5.2
3.4.3
6.5.1
1.2.2
2.4.3
3.5.2
1.2.3
2.5.2
4.3.2
1.3.1
3.2.3
4.4.3
Stream Stroll (Grades K-9)
During this program the students explore the physical and biological make-up of a stream. The students will get an opportunity to wade into a stream and use dip nets to catch some of the animals that live there. (11/2 - 2 hours)
Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
SC-E-3.1.2
SC-E-3.3.3
SC-E-3.3.2
Tennessee Science Standards:
K.5.2
2.4.3
1.2.2
2.5.2
1.2.3
4.2.2
1.5.2
Beaver Marsh Study
(Grades 3-6)

This program is used to increase students' awareness of the beaver and its adaptations. The students will go on a hike to a nearby beaver marsh and look for beaver activity. A member of the group will be asked to help with Build a Beaver, an activity that focuses on adaptations. (11/2 - 2 hours)
Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
SC-E-3.1.2
SC-E-3.3.2
SC-M-3.2.1
SC-E-3.1.3
SC-E-3.3.3
SC-M-3.5.4
Tennessee Science Standards:
3.2.3
4.2.2
3.3.1
4.3.1
3.5.2
6.5.1
4.2.1
Challenge Course
(Grades 5 and above)

Through creative teamwork, students solve a series of challenges on the Brandon Spring low rope course. These activities promote self-esteem and leadership skills while bringing the group together as an effective unit. (2 hours)
 
   
 
       
Outdoor Survival
(Grades 4-7)

Do you know what to do if you were lost in the woods? This program will prepare students for an outdoor survival situation. They will learn how to build a shelter, what to include in a survival kit, and the actions to take if they become lost. (2 hours)
Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
SS-E-4.4.2
PL-M-1.6.1
PL-E-1.6.3
 
       
Orienteering
(Grades 4 and above)

Students will learn basic orienteering skills for finding their way in the woods. After an introduction to map and compass use, students will navigate an orienteering course. (2 hours)
Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
SC-E-1.2.1 SS-E-4.1.1
Tennessee Social Studies Standards:
6.3.01a 7.3.01    
Lake Ecology Study
(Grades 4 and above)

Students will use a pontoon boat as a floating laboratory to collect and test water samples obtained from Bards Lake. They will also collect aquatic organisms and observe their adaptations. With this information, students will discuss the water quality of the lake for various uses (wildlife, swimming, boating, fishing etc.). (2 hours)
Kentucky Core Content for Assessment:
SC-E-1.1.1
SC-E-3.1.3
SC-E-3.3.3
SC-E-3.1.2
SC-E-3.3.2
Tennessee Science Standards:
5.5.2 6.2.2c 6.5.1 6.6.3a
Tennessee Environmental Science Standards:
2.2
6.1
3.2
6.2
5.1 5.3
More Program Selections:
Adaptations
Animal Signs
Creepy Crawlers
What is a Bird?
Predator-Prey
Night Hike
A Squirrel's Tail
The Buck Stops Here

*The listed programs may be led by Brandon Spring staff members or by teachers and group leaders who have been trained by the staff to lead the activities.

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