What Makes Us Unique


Jameson Camp

What Makes Us Unique?

Get Outside. Grow Inside. 

What Makes Jameson Camp Unique?

For nearly 90 years, Jameson Camp has impacted the lives of young people through its award-winning camp experience, designed to help campers develop self-respect and confidence as well as respect for others and the world around them. Today, our mission is to enrich the lives of Indiana youth by inspiring them to discover their strengths.

Each year, approximately 75% of our campers reside in households below the poverty level and over half struggle with a social, emotional, or behavioral challenge. To keep camp affordable for these families, Jameson Camp offers programming fees on a sliding scale, based on household income. We also charge only minimal fees for our Outdoor Education and Youth Leadership activities. This means we rely on generous community partners, volunteers, and donors to support our programs. We are well-versed in stretching our dollars and utilizing volunteers so that we can provide the highest quality program possible. View our annual report below to learn more about our financial position and the benefits of camp.

  • Year-round Programming:
    We are more than just a Summer Camp, offering Youth Leadership, Outdoor Education, and Challenge Course programs all year long.
  • Inclusive:
    We serve all children and specialize in serving youth facing minor social, emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Affordable:
    Our sliding fee scale makes Camp and Youth Leadership affordable to all families. Our Outdoor Education programs are designed with school budgets in mind. And all of the proceeds from our Event Center rentals benefit the youth we serve.
  • Results-oriented:
    We put an emphasis on measuring our outcomes and adjusting our programs accordingly.
  • Values-driven:
    Our programming is based on a nationally recognized set of practices that encourages children to recognize their inner strengths while also valuing and respecting others.
  • Natural Setting, In the City:
    We are an easily accessible destination for Indianapolis-area youth and adults, offering 130 acres of beautiful forests, meadows, and streams within the city limits.
  • Developmental Assets:
    Our programming focuses on eight of the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, or the building blocks of successful youth development: Empowerment, Support, Time Use, Educational Commitment, Boundaries & Expectations, Positive Values, Positive Identity, and Social Competencies.
  • Life Changing Programming:
    Check out the amazing ways our campers have grown and overcome their circumstances over the years by browsing our Newsletter archive.



View our 2015 Info Graphic here.


Summer Camp Results

90% of campers reported that their teamwork skills increased at camp.

90% of campers reported increased levels of perceived competence.

91% of camper parents reported that their children became more responsible for their own actions at camp.


Youth Leadership Results

  • 61% of Youth Leaders reported an increase in their communication skills
  • 64% reported an increase in their ability to work as a team
  • 58% reported an increase in their critical thinking skills


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