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The International School of Indiana Summer Camp

In partnership with the Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School, the ISI Summer Camp allows children to experience cultures through learning and practicing French, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish. No prior experience is required, beginner and intermediate levels offered. New offerings this year include before and after care for all camps and new Enrichment camps! Visit our website for more!

Basic Info:

Locations: New Chen Family Lower School Facility, International School of Indiana, 4330 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: (317) 923-1910
Website: isind.org/events/summercamp
Email: [email protected]
Gender of Campers: All
Dates: Runs weekly from 6/20 until 7/14, available activities vary weekly
Hours: 8 am to 4 pm, before and after care available from 7 am to 6 pm
Ages: Students Kindergarten to Grade 6

Q&A with International School of Indiana & Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies:

What makes Language Summer Camp unique?

The ISI Language Summer Camp, offered to incoming Kindergarten through Grade 6 students, is a partnership between the International School of Indiana and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies. The camp is designed for students at beginner and intermediate levels of French, Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese to ensure everyone has a great experience. Lesson content is unique each week and does not repeat, so students are able to stick with one language all summer or sign up for multiple languages.

Students also have opportunities to switch camps weekly, to try out different languages, or to take a break from language learning with our Enrichment camps. ISI Summer Camps offer before and after care, running from 7 am to 6 pm daily.

What activities are offered at Language Summer Camp?

The ISI Language Summer Camp blends a variety of instructional and recreational activities to engage children of all ages. French, Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese camp days include at least two daily lessons on key words and phrases, dialogue practice, and exposure to traditional music, folklore, and literary stories. Rotating camp themes and hands-on activities include family, food, dance, music, movies, books, history, fashion, jobs, sports, hobbies, holidays, environment, geography, general lifestyle, and more.

New this year – ISI Summer Camp is also offering Enrichment Activities including:

Minecraft Explorers Camp: Minecraft is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. As a game-based learning platform, Minecraft offers to engage students and ignite their passion for learning. In this camp, students will solve the puzzle by interacting with the villagers and finding the missing painting pieces by creating coding solutions that include sequences, loops, and conditionals. We will end the camp with a cute axolotl painting on an 11”x14” canvas! No coding experience is needed to attend this camp, all levels are welcome!

Checkmate Chess Camp: Do you know how to play chess? Never played? No problem! Are you a good player who wants to improve? This is the camp for you. Taught by the locally famous Learning Through Games group that is known for making chess fun! Camp will consist of fun lectures, recess, and enjoyable chess games! Great camp for all levels.

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

Camper-to-counselor ratio ranges from 7:1 to 15:1 depending on age group.

How much time do the campers spend outside?

Camp is held on International School of Indiana’s 60-acre campus located in Indianapolis on Michigan Road. Though schedules differ based on age and activity, campers will have access to nature trails, an outdoor track, soccer fields, a playground, picnic seating, and a gymnasium.

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

Lunch and snacks are not provided.

What is the typical daily schedule for campers?

Daily activities will vary based on skill level and language choice, but each camp follows a similar general structure. The following shows a sample schedule for the Kindergarten to Grade 2 Beginner Language camp group:

8 am: Circle Time, focusing on introductions (name, age, likes), basic colors and emotions, Hello song, Days of the Week song, how to say today’s weather.
8:40 am: Activity stations for group games/arts and crafts/cooking related to the day’s theme. Students select their own stations.
9 am: Lesson #1, followed by related group activity.
10:30 am: Morning snack, video.
11 am: Activity stations resume.
11:30 am: Circle Time, focusing on learning individual characters/letters (review those from previous days).
Noon: Lunch/recess.
1 pm: Circle Time, games focusing on numbers (adding 3-5 numbers daily).
1:15 pm: Cultural folklore/story time in groups.
2 pm: Short/simple grammar lesson.
2:30 pm: Games (motor-skills focused).
2:45 pm: Lesson #2, followed by related group activity.
3:45 pm: Circle Time, focusing on goodbye songs, reviewing the day, classroom cleanup.
4 pm: Dismissal.

How old are the counselors and how are they trained?

ISI Language Summer Camp will be led by faculty from the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University and ISI staff.

Enrichment Camps are led by trusted partners who work with the ISI Enrichment Program throughout the school year.

What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?

All camp facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Friday Showcase!

Families are welcome to join us every Friday for a showcase to see what their camper learned throughout the week.

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