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Jameson Camp

Jameson Camp has a rich 93 year history in Indianapolis. Settled on 125 acres on the west side of Indianapolis, Jameson Camp guides campers to get outside and grow inside. Programs include day camp, teen camp, leadership (LIT & CIT), plus teen overnight programs and trip/travel opportunities. If family camp is more your style, plan on joining us in October for our first ever family experience!

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
Dates: May 27, 2021, through August 4, 2021
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 am to 6 pm
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!

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 with minor 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. While we often see even better ratios, the ratios listed below are the minimum requirements we have set for ourselves.

  • Age 5 – 1:4
  • Ages 6-8 – 1:6
  • Ages 9-11 – 1:6
  • Ages 12-17 – 1:8

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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?

For day camp, we will provide lunch and two snacks.

For overnight camp, we will provide all meals and snacks.

What is the typical daily schedule for campers?

Day Camp:

  • 7am: Doors open/Campers arrive (included in camper fee)
  • 9am: Opening ceremony
  • 10am: Small group activities/snack
  • 11am: Rotation 1
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm: Rotation 2
  • 2pm: Rotation 3
  • 3pm: Rotation 4/snack
  • 4pm: Closing ceremony
  • 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
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 6pm: All campers picked up for the night
  • 6:30pm: Flag/Evening campfire/activity
  • 8:30pm: Cabin Time
  • 9:00pm: 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 manipulatives or a less stimulating place as they learn to move through their day.

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.


Residential Camp Info

*Please note that for Summer 2021 overnight sessions will be a limited number of sessions and smaller groups to youth ages 12 – 17 only.

What does the camper’s living situation look like?

Campers will live in one of our cabins. Each cabin sleeps 24, but with COVID-19 restrictions, we are looking at reducing capacity to 50%. 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.

Can parents visit the camp?

In person tours may be arranged in accordance with all current CDC guidelines. Please contact us if you would like to visit Jameson Camp when deciding options for your child this summer.

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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