Kids love summer. It is the time for being outside, swimming, camping, hanging out with their friends, and learning. Yes, even learning, but in fun ways that provide opportunities to acquire knowledge in many, many different areas of interest.
Camps for Every Interest
The Lafayette area offers a number of summer camps for elementary to high school age children that range from athletics to academic endeavors of all types. The time to register for these programs is now.
Below are just a few of the summer camps available in our area.
Children are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Camp Invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year.
Held at Faith School for children entering grades K through 6. Program Dates are 6/12/2017 – 6/16/2017 and run from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Cost is $225. More details at Camp Invention.
Camp Tecumseh YMCA offers a variety of choices that make a great camp experience. For complete details go to Camp Tecumseh.
Overnight Camp Our signature sleep-away camp for children ages 8-15.
Day Camp A true camp experience for boys and girls ages 5-12.
Campers-in-Leadership Training Helping teens develop leadership skills.
Equestrian Camp Overnight camps and day camps for horse lovers.
Adventure Trips Character-building off-site experiences for teens ages 13-17.
Purdue Summer Camps for Kids
From athletics and animals to science and engineering, Purdue offers a variety of enriching camps for all ages. These include athletics, engineering, education, science and tech, and veterinary medicine.
We invite you to explore all the opportunities here and find something to make summer fun (and educational) for your student. Check out Purdue Summer Camps for more specifics.
Purdue Computer Camps
Purdue offers computer camps for children ages 7 – 17. Different programs include robotics, computer coding, 3-D game design and many more. Classes begin in early June.
More information can be found at Purdue Computer Camps.
Columbia Park Zoo Camps
Lafayette Parks and Recreation conducts Zoo Camp at the Columbia Park Zoo with programs for children ages 3-4; 5-7; 8-11; 12-14. Each Zoo Camp is a stand-alone session, based on a popular nature-based theme. Your camp fee includes all materials and supplies, a daily snack, workbook, and a photo keepsake.
An optional Extended Care service is available for Young EDventurers camps for a small additional fee. For all the details visit Zoo Camps.
BRICKS 4 KIDZ Lafayette – West Lafayette
Designed and created by teachers, architects and engineering professionals, our hands-on curriculum introduces children age 3–13+ to concepts of engineering, architecture and mechanics using LEGO® bricks.
Registration for Bricks 4 KIDZ is through the Lafayette and West Lafayette Parks and Rec Departments. Go to LEGO Fun for more details.
Hanna Community Center
Hanna summer camp programs offer activities that include math, science, reading, crafts, Purdue Vet School, St. E School of Nursing, physical activities, swimming, field trips and lunch and snacks.
Grade Levels: Kindergarten-6th grade
Summer Camp Dates May 22-August 4; No camp May 29th or July 3rd and 4th
Camp Hours: 9 am-4 pm
Camp Fee: $25 Registration Fee; $80 per week per child; $75 per week for each additional child in same family household. More details at Hanna Summer Camps.
McAllister Center Summer Camps
Campers visit Lafayette Park’s aquatic facilities and other parks throughout the city. Other activities include movies, bowling, and nature field trips.
Summer camp is offered to boys and girls ages 6-12. From May 22 – August 11 (tentative) starting at 9 am – 4 pm. The camp program meets for 12 weeks throughout the summer. Get all the info at McAllister Summer Camp.
More Camps, More Choices
A number of other organizations offer summer programs and camps including the Boy and Girl Scouts; the YWCA and YMCA; and many others. To see the list and get information on each go to More Lafayette Area Summer Camps.