Jameson Summer Camp 2024

Overnight Camp registration is now open! Total camp capacity is limited to 72 campers each week. This allows us to operate with a low staff-to-camper ratio of approximately 1:5.

Day Camp registration will begin on March 12th, 2024 if total camp capacity allows us to offer a day camp and maintain safe, high quality ratios. If available, Day Camp will run June 2-7, June 9-14, June 30 – July 3, and July 7-12. A decision on day camp offerings will be made by the end of February. Please watch this page for updates.

Registration Fee

The non-refundable registration fee is $40 and is due at the time of registration. Your camper is not registered for camp until the registration fee is paid.

Camp Rates

Overnight Camp: $695

Queer Camp: $695

Mini Camp (June 30-July 3): $425

Specialty camp fees are set by the program partners.

Generous financial aid is available. Income-based scholarships reduce the weekly cost to as little as $174 (75% discount). We aim to provide a week of camp to every young person interested in attending and will do everything we can to eliminate cost as a barrier to participation. Click here for financial aid information.

Camp Activities

Swimming pool time is provided daily. Campers choose their morning activities and engage in cabin activities in the afternoon. Activity choices vary slightly each week, and typically include:

•  Archery
•  Arts and Crafts
•  Rock Climbing Wall
•  High Ropes Course and Zipline
•  Creekstomping and Environmental Education
•  STEM Challenges
•  Fishing
•  Sports and Rec (Gaga Ball, Soccer, Basketball, and more)
•  Culinary Arts
•  Flow and Movement
•  Theater Games

Sample Daily Schedule

Overnight camp runs from Sunday at 6pm (drop off) to Friday at 5pm (pick up).

8:00 AM Wake Up, Prepare for the Day
8:45 AM Breakfast, Morning Meetings
9:30 AM Camper’s Choice Activity #1
11:00 AM Camper’s Choice Activity #2
12:15 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Afternoon Break, Cabin Cleanup
1:30 PM Cabin Group Activity
3:00 PM Afternoon Snack
3:15 PM Swimming Pool
5:00 PM
Campwide Social Time / Free Choice
6:45 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Campwide Evening Program
8:45 PM Evening Snack
9:00 PM Wind Down in Cabins, Shower
10:00 PM Lights Out

 

 

Inclusion and Accessibility

Behavioral and Mental Health

My camper has behavioral health needs. Will they fit in at camp?

Jameson Camp’s low staff-to-camper ratio of around 1-to-5 allows us to provide high quality supervision. Our out-of-ratio roaming behavior specialists allow us to better support campers with ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, and other mild to moderate behavioral and mental health needs. If your camper need a 1:1 aide and/or is medically fragile and requires skilled nursing care, we can help connect you to a summer camp with those resources. At Jameson, campers should be able to complete activities of daily living (getting ready for bed, showering, etc) independently and they may not pose a safety risk to themselves or others.

Is Jameson Camp only for kids with behavioral health needs?

No, everyone is welcome at Jameson Camp. While some of our campers have behavioral and mental health needs, our great ratios and strong supervision benefit all campers. The camp environment is an excellent place to build community and meet a diverse group of peers.

Special Diets

Our kitchen team is happy to accommodate any and all special diets related to allergies and sensitivities, religious needs, vegetarian/vegan lifestyles, and texture aversions. Please communicate any dietary needs 2 weeks before your camper’s arrival, so that our team can work with you to adapt our menu. This advanced notice is crucial to ensuring your camper’s needs are met.

LGBTQ+ Campers

Queer Camp features programming in partnership with Indiana Youth Group for campers ages 12-17. However, Jameson Camp is a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ+ youth every week of summer. Our staff members are comfortable mentoring a diverse group of young people.

Challenge by Choice

Jameson Camp operates with a Challenge by Choice philosophy- campers are always in control of how far they step outside their comfort zone. We recognize that especially for campers with anxiety and/or a history of trauma, but ultimately for all campers, just showing up at camp might be at the edge of their comfort zone. Campers will be encouraged and invited to participate in all activities, and may not always have the choice of an alternative activity, but participation is never forced.

Outside Therapists and Counselors

We’re happy to help your camper uphold their routine therapy appointments with therapists and counselors. This can be accomplished in one of three ways:

  • You may check your camper out of camp for the appointment and bring them back to camp. You must be on the authorized pickup list to do so. Please call the camp office so that we can ensure your camper is ready for departure.
  • We can make a laptop and quiet space available for your camper to engage in a telehealth appointment. Please call the camp office so that we can work out the details on when, how, and the appropriate supervision/privacy for your camper during this appointment.
  • An outside provider is welcome to visit camp and we will make meeting space available. As a general camp safety rule, adults and children are not permitted to be alone in a one-on-one situation. A therapy appointment is an exception to this rule, but we need to work with a parent or guardian ahead of time to ensure the camper’s safety.

2024 Traditional Overnight Sessions

Traditional Summer Camp

6 days, 5 nights
Sunday to Friday
Ages 7 -14

Under the supervision of well trained counselors, campers choose from a wide variety of activities, build relationships with their peers, practice independence, and enjoy time outdoors away from screens. All cabins are air conditioned with attached bathrooms.

Week 1: June 2 – 7
Week 2: June 9- 14
Week 6: July 7 – 12

PACK Leadership

6 days, 5 nights
Sunday to Friday
Ages 15 -17

Experienced campers and older teens looking to make an impact join PACK Leadership Camp. This program is designed to give campers the tools and opportunities they need to grow in Perseverance, Accountability, Courage, and Kindness.

Week 1: June 2 – 7
Week 2: June 9- 14
Mini Camp Week 5: June 30 – July 3
Week 6: July 7 – 12

Queer Camp!

6 days, 5 nights
Sunday to Friday
Ages 12-17

In partnership with Indiana Youth Group and sponsored in part by Indy Pride, Queer Camp provides a safe, accepting space for campers who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. At Jameson Camp, we believe gender affirming care is critical to the well-being of queer youth and the community as a whole. Is ‘queer’ okay to say?

Week 3: June 16 – 21
Week 7: July 14-19

Mini Camp

4 days, 3 nights
Sunday to Wednesday
Ages 7 -14

Mini Camp runs right before July 4th and is perfect for first-time campers to give them a preview of what overnight summer camp is like, kids who haven’t spent a night away from home, or anyone anxious about a full week of camp. Given the shorter session, the price is reduced accordingly.

Week 5: June 30 – July 3

2024 Partner Overnight Sessions

2023 Kids AT Summer Youth Camp

6 days, 5 nights
Ages 9-17

Kids AT Summer Youth Camp gives Indiana National Guard children and youth aged 9-17 experiences that can positively impact their lives. Kids meet other kids with similar family and life experiences, learn fundamentals about the military service and create bonds with fellow campers and mentors that will last a lifetime. Registration is restricted to campers referred by the Indiana National Guard Child and Youth Program

Camp D.E.A.N.

2 days, 2 nights
Ages 12-17

At Camp D.E.A.N.’s (Determination. Enthusiasm. Achieving. New-Levels)’s substance use prevention mini-camp, youth build confidence and learn coping skills that help them break the cycle of addiction, avoid risky behaviors, and embrace healthy alternatives in a substance-free environment. Registration is restricted to campers referred by the The Papa House.

Week 2: June 9-12

Son of a Saint Camp

6 days, 5 nights
Ages 9-17

In partnership with Son of a Saint, Jameson Camp provides an enriching summer for New Orleans boys who are growing up without a father. Boys have the opportunity to enjoy recreational activities while broadening their horizons in a nurturing environment. Registration is restricted to boys enrolled in the Son of a Saint program.

Week 1: June 2 – 7
Week 6: July 7 – 12

Camp BGCBoone

6 days, 5 nights
Ages 7-17

What summer is complete without an overnight camping trip? From July 21-26, members of the Boys and Girls Club of Boone County (Lebanon, Whitestown, and Zionsville) are invited to Camp BGCBoone at Jameosn Camp. Campers will feel welcome, safe, and accepted while they discover their strengths, build friendships, and experience nature on over 130 acres of forest, meadow, and streams.

Week 8: July 21 – 26

Cancellation Policy

Jameson Camp has a limited capacity, and our cancellation policy is enforced to bring equity to all campers and ensure we can serve as many kids as possible. 

The registration deposit is not refundable. A full refund of the camp fee (less the deposit) will be provided if cancellation request is submitted via email at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp session. A 50% deposit of the camp fee (less the deposit) will be provided if cancellation request is submitted at least 1 week prior to the start of the camp session. No refunds will be provided with less than 1 week’s notice, nor for no-shows.  

To reschedule your camper’s week, please contact the camp office. Note that the cancellation policy timeline will be based off the initial camp reservation. Camp cannot be rescheduled then canceled as a way to change the refund amount. 

Please contact us as soon as possible if your camper is unable to attend camp due to illness or injury. A doctor’s note may be required to ensure equity for other campers. We will work with you to reschedule or provide a partial refund. 

If your camper leaves camp early for any reason, no refund is guaranteed as that spot cannot be refilled. If appropriate, we may work with you to reschedule to a later week.