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YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Summer Camps

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is a home for all. With 30 day camp locations open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, a residential overnight camp, and a wide range of program offerings and pricing options available for campers ages 3-15, there is a camp for everyone at the YMCA.

Basic Info:

Address: 30 Locations around Indianapolis; Flat Rock Camp is located at 6981 W Co Rd 650 N, St Paul, IN 47272
Phone: (317) 484-9622
Website: INDYMCA.org/Camps
Email: [email protected]
Gender of Campers: Co-ed
Special Needs Offered: The YMCA is for all. We are proud to work with families and create accommodation plans to help children have a successful and enjoyable experience at the YMCA.
Dates: June 1 – August 6
Hours: 6:30am – 6:00pm, no additional fee for extended care programming
Ages: 3-17


Q&A with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Summer Day and Overnight Camps:

What makes YMCA camps unique?

There is a YMCA camp for everyone. We offer camp for children ages 3-15, 30 convenient day camp locations, a residential overnight camp, and a wide range of program offerings and price options to meet every family’s needs and interests.

What activities are offered at YMCA camps?

The YMCA uses a variety of facilities to provide high quality camps for families. Our YMCA facility locations offer Traditional Day Camps, which focus on time-honored summer camp activities, like swimming, arts & crafts, and archery. YMCA day camps located at local schools or churches (Discovery Camps) have a STEM focus and offer additional sports and enrichment opportunities. The YMCA day camps located at local parks (Outdoor Explorers Camps) allow campers to explore their surroundings and engage in outdoor education activities. Our residential overnight camp at the Flat Rock River YMCA offers campers an immersive summer camp experience, including canoeing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and so much more! There is a good fit for everyone at YMCA camp.

What is the camper-to-counselor ratio?

We follow the American Camp Association (ACA) recommended guidelines for all camp locations. Camper-to-counselor ratios will vary by age group at the YMCA.

How much time do the campers spend outside?

The amount of time spent outside will vary by location. Our Traditional Camps located at YMCA facilities and Outdoor Explorer Camps located at local parks will spend a majority of the day outside enjoying the great outdoors. Our Discovery Camps located at local schools or churches will split time inside and outside, based on the different activities. Our residential overnight campers will enjoy the beautiful outdoor camp space located on the banks of the Flat Rock River.

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

Meals will also vary by location. Many of our camps offer free breakfast and lunch. Please visit our website at www.INDYMCA.org/YouthDevelopment to find out details by location.

What is the typical daily schedule for campers?

Daily schedules will vary by location. A typical day would include extended day programming at no additional fee from 6:30am to 9:00am and in the afternoon from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. During the day and at our residential camp, campers rotate around the space to enjoy a range of activities, depending on the location.

How old are the counselors and how are they trained?

Counselors must be 18 years of age and receive extensive training on safety procedures, CPR & First Aid, and child abuse prevention. Some locations do hire junior counselors at 16 to provide training and experience, but they are always paired with an adult counselor.

What accommodations are made for campers with special needs?

The YMCA is for all. We are proud to work with families and create accommodation plans to help children have a successful and enjoyable experience at the YMCA. Accommodation forms are offered to families during the enrollment process.

Is this an overnight camp?

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis offers both local day camps and an overnight residents camp in Flat Rock, Indiana.


Overnight Camp Questions

What does the camper’s living situation look like?

All cabins sleep from 10-12 campers and 2 staff. The Hilltop Cabins and the Valley Cabins have restrooms indoors while the Yurt Village uses the bathhouse very close by. All cabins are air conditioned.

How do parents and campers communicate?

During a camper’s session at overnight camp, campers can receive one-way emails from parents. To aid in the opportunity for campers to grow in independence, campers will not receive or make phone calls. Camp will post photographs daily to give parents a peek into what is going on each day.

How does YMCA camps handle homesickness?

As part of staff training week, counselors are given many tools to work with campers who are experiencing homesickness. Most often, some one-on-one time spent getting the camper engaged with the camp activities is all that is necessary. While the first bedtime is usually the toughest, counselors will encourage campers to think about all the fun they will have the next day. By the second night, they are usually worn out from all the fun they’ve had and fall right to sleep and the rest of the week goes smoothly. Kids are resilient and if given the chance to work through their homesickness, the vast majority of kids rise to the challenge. If after a couple days, YMCA campser is still struggling, we will give you a call to explore additional coping techniques. This rarely becomes necessary.

What are the meals like at camp?

Healthy meals are provided at camp including a wide variety of choice. Most meals provide a hot and cold option. Special diets can usually be handled by contacting our Food Services Director prior to YMCA campsers arrival.

Can parents visit the camp?

Prior to a camper’s summer camp session, parents are welcome and encouraged to visit Flat Rock for a tour and to get answers to all their questions. During the camp session, parents are not able to visit camp. This is detrimental to the opportunity for the camper to develop healthy independence and can lead to homesickness for not only a parent’s camper but also others whose parents do not visit.

What percentage of campers return every year?

50-60%

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

While there is a set daily schedule, campers do select the activity clinics they wish to participate in during the day.

Is transportation available to and from camp?

No

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