It’s March here in Indiana and even though there is snow on the ground, sign up for summer camps and activities is in full swing. Sure, there are a ton of things that you can do over the summer that take no planning at all, but many people focus their summers around a few special activities.
Camp Tecumseh is located in Brookston, Indiana and is a YMCA camp that people from all over the world to attend. They have both overnight camp and day camp options. It is classic camp: think swimming, sports, singing, mess hall, and good clean fun. Overnight camp registration begins in the fall of the previous year and is full by Christmas. Day camp registration begins in March and fills within a few weeks. Day camp is $135 a week per child, or $175 for equestrian camp, and you can pay an additional $30 for transportation to camp. Camp registration is online and is fairly self-explanatory. A $25 deposit is due at sign up, and the amount must be paid in full by April 1.
Boiler kids camp is another wonderful option for summer fun for working parents. The program runs for 6 weeks, sign ups are for a week at a time, and the program is run at the Cordova Recreational Sport Center at Purdue University. The daily session runs from 8:30-4:00, but for an additional fee kids can stay both before and after. This is more sports camp than the classic outdoor camp experience. The cost is $140 a week, $130 if you are affiliated with Purdue, and if you don’t sign up in the first few days of registration, you will not get in. This is one to put on your calendar and wait in line for. There is no online registration, you must do this in person.
Zoo Camp at the Columbian Park Zoo, in Lafayette, is another great option for kids over the summer. There are several week-long programs from which to choose for children ages 3-14. Programs for the younger children are half day and older kids are full day. There are great programs such as Animal Transformers, How to Talk to Animals, and A Week in the Life of a Zookeeper. Sign up for Zoo Camp begins in January and must be done in person at Columbian Park.
Several dance studios and gymnastics studios also have fun summer programs for kids. Studio B, a wildly popular dance studio in downtown Lafayette, offers dance day camps throughout the summer, and Malone’s Gymnastic in West Lafayette and Dance Moves and Gymnastics in Lafayette offer fun gymnastics camps for kids of all ages. My daughters did Princess Gymnastics Camp at DMG years ago and it was a total hit.
West Lafayette’s Morton Community Center also has great summer activities. Not only do they have art, dance and music classes that run throughout the summer, but they also have week long programs for kids of all ages. Computer camps, art camps, dance and movement camps. The Morton Center Program Guide comes out later this spring, so you haven’t missed this sign up yet!
Good luck and happy sign up!