Summer Camp

Summer Camp

The Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis Day Camp is an affordable program that focuses on the words in our mission statement – strong, smart, bold, and inspired. Our summer camp is designed to inspire girls, ages 6-14, by challenging them mentally, enhancing their physical ability, promoting creativity, and encouraging them to take risks. Summer camp includes hands-on activities and a friendly all-girl environment.

A typical day for campers includes four activity sessions, lunch and recess, a reflection and independent exploration period, and snack time.

The cost of camp provides trained, enthusiastic staff, age-appropriate programming, lunch, and snack, and a Girls Inc. t-shirt.

UPDATE: Registration for 2020 in-person summer camp has been closed.

Questions about our in-person Summer Camp at Girls Inc.?

IMPORTANT UPDATE DUE TO COVID-19:

Girls Inc. will be hosting a modified summer camp July 6 – July 17 at our headquarters located at 3935 N. Meridian Street, 46208 to ensure the safety of our staff and girls. Camp will be restricted to a maximum attendance of 40 girls, and priority will be given to girls ages 6-11 that are returning campers, or are already registered.

A team member will be in touch to confirm your girl’s spot at camp in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please contact us at summercamp@girlsincindy.org.

We thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.

NOT ATTENDING OUR IN-PERSON CAMP THIS YEAR? WE HAVE A SPECIAL VIRTUAL OPTION!

Click here to read more about our Girls Inc. Virtual Summer Camp:

Not planning on attending the in-person Girls Inc. Indy summer camp due to COVID-19? Girls Inc. is now offering a fun alternative for you and your family!

While we will miss you greatly at summer camp this year, Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis supports families that have made the decision to continue social distancing throughout the summer months. With this in mind, we want to offer you the opportunity to enroll in our first-ever Virtual Summer Camp!

Girls Inc. Indy’s Virtual Summer Camp (VSC) held every Tuesday and Thursday from June 23 – July 16, will be centered on girls discovering their personal power and inspiring them to be strong, smart, and bold in all areas of life. During VSC, girls can expect to be led by members of our trained and dedicated staff via private Zoom calls to participate in virtual field trips, learn gardening skills, create strong, healthy bonds with peers, and engage in many more fun online adventures!

Virtual Summer Camp is only $80 for 8 sessions and includes a special box that each girl receives prior to camp that contains all summer camp essentials and supplies! The box will include an art kit, a planting kit, Girls Inc. swag, and much more. VSC registration ends Monday, July 6 (*Any girls registered after June 26 will be able to attend additional weekeday sessions so they don’t miss out on all eight sessions!).

Registration for VSC is now closed.

Questions? Contact our Program Manager Caryn Davis at cdavis@girlsincindy.org or 317.296.3404.

Girls Inc. Summer Camp offers:

  • Trained, enthusiastic staff
  • Age-appropriate programs and activities
  • Lunch and snack provided daily
  • T-shirt included
  • Friendly, girls only environment
  • Limited scholarship assistance for families who qualify

WHEN:

Strong & Smart Week: July 6 – July 10

Bold & Inspired Week: July 13 – July 17

WHERE:

Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis

3935 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

COST:

$130 per week + $25 registration fee

Important Dates:

  • Summer camp registration begins soon!
  • Complete scholarship applications due June 8th*
  • Scholarship awards announced June 10th.

*If we still have scholarships available after this date, they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read all about our exciting summer camp!

Strong

Build your athletic abilities. Learn basic tips and techniques to keep you safe. Participate in fun ways to exercise. Be inspired by nutrition and healthy living.

Smart

Discover your inner scientist. Explore careers and opportunities in the technology field. Serve the community through a hands-on service project.

Bold

Discover your inner beauty and boost your self-esteem. Learn how to define beauty on your own terms. Bring out your inner artist.

Inspired

Exhibit your personal talents and showcase your inner beauty. Learn about the various forms of art. Learn about amazing local women.

FAQ

Where will camp be held?

Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis located at 3935 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Do you offer any scholarship assistance for camp?

Yes, we do offer need based partial scholarship assistance to those that qualify.

  • The scholarship application deadline is June 8th.
  • Scholarships will be announced by email on or around June 10th by the scholarship committee.
  • A letter of agreement will be emailed to you. It must be signed and returned to accept the scholarship and terms associated with the scholarship funds. Digital signature will be accepted.

Process to apply:

  • You must first register and pay the non-refundable registration fee of $25 per girl. This is not covered by scholarship and must be paid in order to reserve a spot in camp.
  • Submit income verification in one or more of the following forms for all working adults in the household for 2019: 2019 tax returns, W2 income statements (First 2 pages), Work One wage printout, unemployment documentation, Family and Social Services Administration reward letter, Social Security Administration benefit letter.
  • Provide a written statement explaining why your family needs financial aid, and how it might impact your finances if you do not qualify for assistance.
  • Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered.
  • Incomplete applications will be denied.

Please click here to access the application.

What will my child do every day?

Our summer day camps are designed to inspire girls, ages 6-14, by challenging them mentally, enhancing their physical ability, promoting creativity, and encouraging them to take risks. Summer camp includes hands-on activities in a friendly all-girl environment.

  • Since our activities change every week you will be provided with a weekly schedule.
  • On field trip days send your child in their Girls Inc. camp T-shirt.
Is food included in the camp fee? Can my child bring their own lunch?

 

  • Girls will be offered boxed lunch on site every day. Girls with specific dietary needs may bring their own non-refrigerated lunches.
  • All girls will be offered an afternoon snack every day at camp at approximately 3:30 p.m.
  • Girls will have regular access to water fountains, but are encouraged to bring a water bottle to keep with them throughout the day. Be sure to put a name on the water bottle!
How do you handle discipline issues at camp?

All girls and their parents/guardians must sign a Behavior Agreement prior to attending camp. This agreement is established to ensure the safety of all girls, staff, and volunteers.

Please be sure to review this agreement with the participating girl(s) and verify that she completely understands the agreement and consequences associated with the agreement. There are no refunds for any child that withdraws or is suspended or expelled due to behavior.

  • Behavior Consequences
    • First Offense – Verbal reminder of expectations.
    • Second Offense – Remove the girl from the group for a time-out. Time-out will be nothing more physically restricting than sitting or standing away from the group. Time-out is limited to one minute per year of their age and will not exceed 15 min.
    • Third Offense – Conference with the parent/guardian.
  • Suspension Policy
    The following offenses will require more severe discipline, such as suspension or expulsion:
    • Stealing
    • Verbal or physical abuse to anyone including other campers and staff.
    • Possession or consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol.
    • Swearing or other inappropriate language.
    • Bringing a weapon onto the premises.
    • Gross insubordination – for example, absolute refusal to follow the rules.
What are the dates for the camp?

Monday–Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm

  • Strong & Smart Week: July 6th – July 10th
  • Bold & Inspired Week: July 13th – July 17th
How much does camp cost? What is included in the fee?
  • The cost per week is $130 per girl. This all-inclusive fee includes daily lunch and snacks, a summer camp T-shirt, and program materials.
  • There is a non-refundable one-time processing fee of $25 per girl due at time of registration.
  • A $25 per family cancellation fee will be imposed for registrations canceled after July 1.
  • Payment options are available online only
    • Pay in full at the time of registration.
    • Pay online on or before due dates. Please see the chart below.
  • Check or cash payment will be accepted at Girls Inc. headquarters located at 3935 N. Meridian St. ONLY on the following days:
    • Thursday, July 2 and Friday July 3 between 10am – 2pm
    • Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 between 7:30am – 5:30pm
  • A $25 fee will be assessed to your account for all returned checks.
  • Payments must be made on time according to the following schedule. Failure to pay the weekly fees by the due date will cause your child to lose their spot in camp.
Weekly Camp Theme Payment Due Date Dates of Camp
Strong & Smart Friday, July 3 July 6-July 10
Bold & Inspired Friday, July 10 July 13-July 17
Will girls be required to wear masks? What should my child wear to camp?

Girls Inc. will provide hospital-grade masks for staff and girls to wear at all times. Parents/Guardians can send girls with personal cloth masks if desired.

We are very active and sometimes messy when we are doing activities. We want girls to be prepared to participate in all of the fun projects, so play clothes will work best for our active camp. Pants, capris, close-toed shoes, and shorts are preferred.

Who are the counselors and what training have they received?

Our camp is led by enthusiastic staff members who deliver hands-on, age-appropriate activities to inspire girls in a fun, friendly environment.

  • Each staff member is trained in CPR, first aid, girl development, conflict resolution, team building, and overall safety to ensure that your girl has a great camp experience.
  • All staff and volunteers working with the girls have undergone extensive interviews, criminal background screenings and reference checks.

Girls are constantly supervised by Girls Inc. staff in the building.

What if there is an emergency? Who should I contact?

The Summer Camp Coordinator will be on site at all times, and will be accessible through an agency-issued cell phone.

The Director of Programs will also be an emergency contact for you.

Contact information will be provided to all parents/guardians of enrolled campers as we get closer to the start of camp.

Will parents/guardian be able to enter the building? What are the pick-up and drop-off procedures?
  •  To ensure the utmost safety of girls and staff, parents/guardians will be able to enter the building for tours by appointment only, and with specific protocols in-place. We will offer virtual orientation and tours of spaces. During the day-to-day drop-off and pick-up, parents will also not be able to enter the building to limit contact with girls and staff. There will be circumstances where parents will need to enter the building during the program. In this limited case, they will be required to wear a mask and abide by specific protocols.
  • Pick-up and drop-off will occur in our main office parking lot. Detailed information will be provided during Parent Orientation.
  • Adding someone to the authorized pick-up list must be done in person and in writing. This is to ensure the safety of all the girls at camp. You may not call and request for others to pick-up your camper because we cannot verify your identity over the phone.
  • Any person picking up a girl will need photo identification and must be on the authorized pick-up list. If they are not on the list, we will not release your child.
What about personal belongings?

Girls Inc. requests that personal items of participants be limited to water bottle, cell phone, and headphones.  Lunch boxes are approved for those opting out of our provided lunches.  If it is imperative that your child brings a book bag, please discuss this with our Camp Coordinator or Program Manager.

Girls are responsible for their own personal belongings. Please put a name on everything that you send to camp to ensure its safe return to its rightful owner. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items brought to camp, so please label everything and do not send any valuables.

My child takes daily medication. Is this okay to send to camp?

No over-the-counter medications will be given to any child, nor are they allowed at camp.

Any medication brought to camp by the girl’s parent/guardian must be in the original pharmacy bottle, with the girl’s name and instructions for administering the medicine printed on the label.

  • The Summer Camp Coordinator will be responsible for keeping all medicine in a locked cabinet and will administer the dosage as prescribed.
Is there any other information I need to know?
  • We will ask that all girls wear masks during camp this year. Girls Inc. will provide disposable masks, but you are more than welcome to provide a disposable or cloth mask for your girl.
  • We will not be going on field trips or leaving the main office site (except for the use of grass at Tarkington Park) with our girls this summer to follow social distancing recommendations.
  • If your child is ill, you will be responsible for picking up the child as soon as possible. There isn’t a nurse’s office, so we are not equipped with the resources to care for a sick child for long.
  • A parent/guardian bulletin board will be by the check-in desk with daily announcements.
  • We also use a file folder system. Each family will have a folder with their name on it where items like payment invoices can be found.
  • We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. If it is valuable please do not send it to camp.
  • Our federal tax ID number for tax purposes is 35-1337205.

If your question is not mentioned here, feel free to send us a message or email summercamp@girlsincindy.org.