Geist offers an amazing variety of summer camps where kids can play and learn safely. Whether your child is a budding Einstein or a sports fanatic, there is sure to be a place that offers what you want.
Adventure and Outdoors
Camp Indy at Horizon Christian Fellowship, 7702 Indian Lake Road, Indianapolis. Ages: 4 to 13. Camps are offered weekly from May 28 to Aug. 2. Multiple sessions take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with before- and aftercare available. This is an outdoor adventure camp in a Christian setting with more than 20 different camps. Kids can enjoy a climbing wall, swimming pool, sports, fishing, music and more. Cost is $140 per week and up. For information or to register, call 317-823-9038 or visit www.campindy.org.
Adventure Camp at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Ages: 5 to 15. Weekly sessions are offered June 7 to Aug. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily; 8 a.m. drop-off and 5:30 pickup are also available. At Adventure Camp, children ages 8 to 15 will take on the White River with canoe trips, while 5- to 7-year-olds will explore Conner Prairie’s pond in pedal boats. Children will also hike through the backwoods of Conner Prairie, take on a challenge course, fish, swim, use the Water Whoosh slide and Turbo Shoot, cook over a fire and explore the wild outdoors. New this year, adventure campers can experience Foamin’ Fun, a giant bubble machine. Adventure Camp has outdoor fun for every child. Campers will also have opportunities to explore Conner Prairie’s historic areas. Special one-week camps will focus on art, archaeology and space. Cost is $225 per week ($199 per week for members), with a $5 discount for additional children from the same family. For information or to register, call 317-776-6006, email email@example.com or visit www.connerprairie.org.
Spring Hill Day Camp (multiple locations and dates in the Indianapolis area). Ages: kindergarten through fourth grade. Activities include a climbing wall, crafts, low ropes, water activities, euro-bungee, the Flying Squirrel, silly games and much more. Cost is $169 per week per child; $159 for each additional sibling. Register at www.springhillcamps.com. Click on the “Day Camp” tab to find day camps in Indiana.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Ages: 5 to 16. Weekly sessions take place June 16 to Aug. 1 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $85 to $210. Extended hours are available from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for $10 per week. Spend an adventurous week painting, sculpting, designing and much more at the IMA. For more information, call 317-923-1331 or visit www.imamuseum.org/events-programs/classes/ima-summer-camps-2014.
BARN R.A.T.S. (Really Awesome Theater School), 9740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. This camp is for children who have completed first through seventh grades. Weeklong sessions are grouped by age. Camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Multiple sessions are available. Explore all aspects of theater and develop skills in communication, creativity, memorization, confidence and teamwork. Cost is $215. For information or to register, call 317-402-7437 or visit www.mudcreekplayers.org.
Camp Invention (coming to 20 Indianapolis metro area locations). This camp is for children entering first through sixth grades. Unlock the potential of curious minds at Camp Invention, a weeklong summer program, created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Camp Invention is an exciting adventure in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that’s all about BIG ideas. To register or for more information on costs and times, which vary by location, call 800-968-4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.
Mad Science Camp (multiple locations). Ages: 5 to 11. Weeklong camps run from June 30 to Aug. 1. Has your son or daughter taken an interest in science? Send them to a Mad Science camp this summer! Kids Lab 2014 is for ages 5 to 7. Learn, formulate, discover, test and unearth mysteries on this planet and in outer space. Action Science is for ages 7 to 11. Build, test and measure as you discover facts about science and how equipment and movement work together in your favorite sports. Robots 2014 is for ages 8 to 11. Build a wireless remote controlled mechanical Beetle Robot to take home and keep. Cost is from $128 to $185, plus additional fees at some locations. For more information and to register, call 317-388-0988 or visit www.indy.madscience.org.
Indianapolis Sailing Club Junior Training Program, 11325 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis. Ages: 8 to 17. Several one-week sessions are offered between June 9 and July 25. Programs are available for novices to advanced sailors. Cost is $295, with discounts available for more than one week and to club members or siblings. The last session, July 21-25, is for ages 10 to 17. Weeks two and four, June 16-20 and July 21-25, are for returning campers only, ages 8 to 17. For more information and to register, call 317-335-7385 or visit www.indianapolissailing.org.
Indy Ski School on Geist, 11460 Capistrano Court, Indianapolis. Four-day classes are offered for beginner or intermediate levels in water-skiing, wakeboarding and/or knee boarding. Cost is $250. For information or to register, call 317-370-5478 or visit www.indyskischool.com.
Jack Keefer’s LN Wildcat Boys Basketball Camp, Lawrence North High School, 7802 Hague Road, Indianapolis. Ages: kindergarten to twelfth grade. Sessions take place June 9 to July 24. Half- and full-day camps are available. This is one of the most respected basketball camps in Indiana and is taught by 2006 USA Today National Coach of the Year Jack Keefer. Day camp, regular basketball camp and shooting camp are offered. Cost is $100 to $225. For more information and to register, contact coach Keefer at 317-964-7727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basketball Camp for Girls, Lawrence Central High School, 7300 E. 56th St., Indianapolis. Four half-day sessions are offered for second to eighth grade. Cost is $40 and includes a T-shirt. For dates and more information, contact the athletic office at 317-964-7440.
No-Bummer Summer at Geist Sports Academy, 11960 E. 62nd St., Indianapolis. Ages: 3 to 11. Cheer, gymnastics, sports camps, art camp and more are offered. Themed preschool camps are also offered, including Princess Camp and Super Hero Camp. Cost for half day is $165; full day is $225. Ask about multiple camp discounts. Also check out four-hour Parent’s Night Out Gym Jams and three-hour Wet ‘N Wild Wednesdays. Cost is $20; $15 for siblings. For registration information, call 317-823-7734 or visit www.geistsportsacademy.com.
Incrediplex, 6002 Sunnyside Road, Indianapolis. Ages: 6 to 14. Enjoy this weekly adventure camp at the largest indoor playground in Indianapolis. The camp is offered every week of the summer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Camp participants will engage in a variety of activities, including kickball, dodge ball, pillo hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball and more. Cost is $149. Early care is offered from 7 to 8 a.m. for $10 per week, and aftercare is offered from 5 to 6 p.m. for $10 per week. For registration information, call 317-823-9555 or visit www.incrediplex.com.
Lifetime Fitness, 8705 Castle Creek Parkway, Indianapolis. Themed adventure day camps are offered for ages 4-12, for members only. For more information on times and costs, call 317-915-3551 or visit www.mylt.com.
Traditional Day Camps/Themes
The Orchard School, 615 W. 64th St., Indianapolis. Ages: preschool to eighth grade. Sessions are offered from June 2 to July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Different themes each week include academics, art, canoeing, cooking, drama, hiking, music, science, sewing, sports and the great outdoors. Half- and full-day programs cost from $140 to $280 per week. Before- and aftercare are available for $50 per week, from 7-9 a.m. or 4-6 p.m. For more information and to register, call 317-251-9253 or visit www.orchard.org.
Fishers Parks and Recreation. Ages: 3 to 13. Camps take place from June 9 to Aug. 8. Nature camps focus on nature themes, and arts and recreation camps focus on an interactive and fun outdoor experience. Weeklong camps are held in area parks with different themes each session. Campers are grouped by age. Fees range from $66 to $180. Some camps include lunch or a snack. Campers receive a free T-shirt for each week of camp. For registration information and times, call 317-595-3150 or visit www.fishers.in.us/parks.
Indy Parks and Recreation. The 2014 Indy Parks and Recreation summer day camp program offers a wide variety of opportunities, including swimming, arts, nature, science, sports and recreation. All camps follow a set of high program standards and are accredited by the American Camp Association. Limited scholarships are offered based on financial need, and free summer lunch programs are available at selected sites for qualified applicants. Choose from traditional day camps, environmental education camps, specialty arts camps, or therapeutic recreation for campers with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Dates and prices vary. For more information and to register, call 317-327-PARK or visit www.indy.gov.
In Search of Fun/KinderCare, 1615 Oaklandon Road, Indianapolis. Ages: 5 to 12; extra events for toddlers. Camps take place from June 6 to July 31 for school-age children, and through August for younger kids. KinderCare is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a fun summer camp filled with special activities. Older kids go on field trips Tuesdays and Thursdays and younger kids enjoy special events like gymnastics, a water show or face painting on Wednesdays. In addition to regular tuition and charges, there is a onetime summer fee of $135 for school-age children and $60 for younger children. For costs and registration information, call 317-829-0154 or visit www.kindercare.com and enter your ZIP code.
Jameson Camp, 2001 Bridgeport Road. Camps take place from June 30 to July 27. Originally a “fresh air camp,” Jameson serves at-risk youth and offers counselor-in-training programs. For times and fees, call 317-241-2760 or visit www.jamesoncamp.org.
YMCA (25 locations throughout greater Indiana). Traditional day camps and specialty arts and sports camps are offered for preschoolers through high school students. Full-time and part-time options are available with extended hours from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Fishers YMCA, 9012 E. 126th St., 317-595-9622; Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road, 317-547-9622. To check out all the great summer day and overnight camp offerings, visit www.indymca.org/classes-programs/camps.
Mathias Counseling and Consulting, 7965 E. 106th St., Suite 116, Fishers. Boys will enjoy social skills classes such as Mission: Fun With Friends, Success! Not Stress, and Incredible Guys! For girls, social skills classes include Girls Rock, Girls Rule, Fabulous Friends, and Girl Talk! Both boys and girls can join Yes, I Can Be a Friend and Yes, I Can Handle My Anger! For specifics, contact Carlabeth Mathias, LSCW, LMHC, at 317-586-2141, email@example.com or www.mathiascounseling.com.
Holy Cross Summer Camp, 8115 Oaklandon Road, Indianapolis. Summer camp and vacation Bible school are offered. For more information, contact Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 317-823-5801 or www.hclc.info.
Abundant Life School, 7606 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis. Ages: toddlers to fourth grade. During the summer months, Abundant Life School extends their toddler to kindergarten program to fourth grade. Field trips weekly, in-house events twice a month and weekly themes with lots of fun and activities are offered. The school provides a safe, loving Christian environment. The school is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The weekly cost for school-age children is $130 and $158 for preschoolers. Three- or four-day and part-time options are also available. For more information and to register, call 317-845-4914 or visit www.alcindy.com.