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Jameson Camp

Since 1928, Jameson Camp has been impacting the lives of young people through our award-winning camp experience designed to provide a nurturing environment where children engage in self-discovery and develop self-respect & confidence. Our goal is that every child has the opportunity to attend camp.

Basic Info:

Address: 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231
Phone: (317) 241-2661
Website: https://www.jamesoncamp.org/
Email: [email protected]
Gender of Campers: All
Special Needs Offered: ADD, ADHD, ODD, Autism, DMDD, Developmental or Speech Delays, etc.
Dates: June 6, 2022- July 31, 2022
Hours: Overnight: Sunday @ 7PM- Friday 6PM; Day Camp: Monday- Friday 7:30AM-6PM
Ages: 5-17


Q&A with Jameson Camp:

What makes Jameson Camp unique?

Jameson Camp is excited to work with day and overnight campers that may not otherwise have a camp experience. This may be due to financial situations that don’t allow for camp expenses, or behavioral diagnoses that have been difficult in other child care settings. With excellent staff ratios in place, campers with minor social/emotional/behavioral disorders find great success in their camping experience!

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What activities are offered at Jameson Camp?

With 125 acres of awesomeness, there’s an activity for everyone in both our day and overnight programs! From time at the pool, to the challenge of our high ropes course, Jameson Camp has all of the traditional camp activities you look forward to in a summer camp. Campers will participate in archery, rock climbing, low or high ropes and zip line, biking, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and more!

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

Jameson Camp is proud to work with all children, including those social/emotional/behavioral disorders. To properly accommodate all behaviors, Jameson Camp keeps their staff to camper ratio better than state recommendations. This is something that sets our camp apart from others. Our staff to camper ratio (not including professional staff that are also on-sight 24/7) is 1:5.

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How much time do the campers spend outside?

We like to be outside the majority of the day, but have air-conditioned facilities for a break from the heat.

Does the camp provide lunch/snacks or do parents need to provide them?

FFor day camp, we will provide lunch and two snacks. For overnight camp, we will provide all meals and snacks.

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What is the typical daily schedule for campers?

Day Camp:

7am: Doors open/Campers arrive
9am: Lesson of the Day
10am: Small group activities/snack
11am: Rotation 1
12pm: Lunch
1pm: Rotation 2
2pm: Swim Time
3pm: Rotation 4/snack
5pm: Check-out
6pm: Doors close

Overnight camp:

7:30am: Rise and Shine!
8:30am: Flag/Breakfast
9:30am: Cleanup/daily prep
10am: Small group activities/snack
11am: Rotation 1
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Rotation 2
2:30pm: Rest hour/Reading Time
3:30pm: Rotation 4/snack
4:30pm: All Camp Activity
6:30pm: Dinner
7:30pm: Flag/Evening campfire/activity
8:30pm: Cabin Time
10:00pm: Quiet Time/Lights Out

How old are the counselors and how are they trained?

Counselors are 18 and older with current background checks. They go through over 40 hours of training including first aid, CPR, child abuse prevention, guiding children’s behavior, and other trainings to help them be successful camp counselors. We are ACA accredited and have very strict training policies and procedures.

What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?

We connect with each family regarding special abilities. We learn about what each child needs, their possible triggers, and make a plan with each family. We staff additional staff to make sure each child finds success in our camping program (see ratios above). We have a special space on our property for children who need extra fidgets or a less stimulating place as they learn to move through their day.

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Is financial assistance available?

Yes, we have financial assistance is available. Financial scholarships are available based on total household income. An application and documents are required. In 2021, 90% of our camper families received financial assistance.


Residential Camp Info

What does the camper’s living situation look like?

Campers will live in one of our cabins. Each cabin sleeps 24, and they are divided down the middle in order to suit 2 groups of 10 girls. They have a bunk bed and place for their belongings. There is a bathroom with shared toilets, showers, and sinks. Counselors are located in the cabin as well (in a room adjacent to the campers) for monitoring.

How do parents and campers communicate?

Parents may email or mail campers letters. We hand mail out at meal times! Campers will have the opportunity to write letters home daily.

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How does Jameson Camp handle homesickness?

We work through homesickness with each child. We talk with the family and make an individual plan as each situation occurs. Our goal is to keep each child at camp, and encourage them to do so.

What are the meals like at camp?

We follow the USDA’s guidelines for healthy meals for children. Each meal is prepared by our kitchen staff, and children will be offered a balanced meal of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates. Milk is served with each meal, and water is always available. We recognize all dietary restrictions as well as all known food allergies given to us at registration.

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Can parents visit the camp?

In person tours may be arranged before the beginning of camp. Please contact us if you would like to visit Jameson Camp when deciding options for your child this summer.

What percentage of campers return every year?

Our camper re-enrollment rate from 2021 to 2022 is expected to be 65%. Because our structure of camps offered changed due to COVID, we have seen many new families enrolling in spots previously filled by returning families. Last summer, every week of day camp had a waitlist.

Is the schedule highly structured, or do kids have a lot of free choices?

While we have a fantastic structure in place, there are many opportunities for children’s choice throughout the day!

Is transportation available to and from camp?

No.

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