In addition to making a general donation to Jameson Camp, donors are welcome to designate their gift to a particular program.
Support Summer Camp with a designated donation today!
A $500 sponsorship will cover the costs for one disadvantaged child to attend a week of summer camp.
By giving $500 you can personally sponsor a child to attend Jameson Camp who might not otherwise have had the opportunity, due to his or her family’s hardship. Such a donation qualifies for the Aspire level of Jameson Camp’s Giving Society, meaning you will receive a handwritten thank you note from the camper you sponsored, a description of the activities they participated in at camp, and recognition on our website and in our annual report.
“When you come here you can be yourself. You don’t have to try to be anyone else. Everybody likes me the way I am, and I like everyone the way the way they are. I’m not afraid to be who I am.”
Jameson Camp’s Youth Leadership program provides character and leadership development training to underserved teens. We serve teenagers who are facing a number of challenges that can undermine their chances to succeed. 63% are from disadvantaged backgrounds and many are coping with other obstacles such as autism, learning disabilities and HIV/AIDS. In our program, they feel welcomed and supported and are able to thrive.
Your donation of $2,000 can support one Youth Leader in a full year of activities, including: volunteer projects in surrounding communities; college visits; camping trips and outdoor exploration such as a backpacking trip through the Appalachian Mountains. Through our program, teens learn and practice important life skills. They participate in a variety of activities that allow them to grow as leaders and develop skills, such as: teamwork; communication; problem solving; conflict resolution; critical thinking; the importance of community service; and the ability to maintain positive attitudes and relationships.
“Before joining the Youth Leadership Program, I didn’t have an interest in making goals or going to college. Being at Jameson has made me want to better myself. Now I am thinking about taking the SAT’s and what college I might want to attend.”
The Jameson Camp Environmental and Outdoor Education courses immerse students in authentic, hands-on learning environments that spark imagination and heighten interest in learning. The natural environment of Jameson Camp in the midst of urban Indianapolis provides unique outdoor experiences for the youth of our city and presents opportunities to discuss what it means to be good stewards of the earth. Students have the opportunity to touch, feel, see, and explore concepts rather than only hear about them in the classroom.
If you are interested in supporting children to learn about science and nature and passionate about inspiring the next generation to respect and care for the natural world in which we live, please consider designating your gift to Outdoor Education.
“My students, who literally live RIGHT down the street, made comments like, ‘Thank you for letting us see trails in the woods. I’ve never seen that before.’”
-2nd grade teacher, Garden City Elementary
The Julie Marsh Continuing Education Fund was established in 2002 by Julie Marsh, Executive Director 1989-2002. As a young adult, Julie realized the importance of higher education, but was faced with the challenge of financing the majority of her own college expenses. Through this fund, we recognize individual staff members and Youth Leaders who understand and apply the mission of Jameson Camp through their camp employment or volunteer service through a scholarship for further education.
The Jameson experience is all about learning by doing, empowering people, and lending guidance for staff and campers to become strong individuals. You can help a young person reach a dream with your gift to the Julie Marsh Scholarship Fund.
“Now that I have worked at Jameson Camp for approximately 3 months,” Jenna told in her application, “I have realized that nature and a nice, long walk in the woods also does a lot for someone–especially the teenage kids Youth Leaders I have worked with throughout this summer.” Jenna Newton received the Julia Marsh scholarship in 2015 and put it towards the purchase of a new laptop for her studies. Jenna is studying Sociology and plans to earn her PhD in the field.
Jameson Camp has greatly expanded the number of children we serve. We have grown from serving about 500 children a year to serving over 7,500. To continue to offer top quality programming we need to add an Activity Building and pavilion. We hope you will consider making a capital donation. Depending on the gift’s size, naming rights are offered.