In the age of screen time, video games, and smartphones, kids need opportunities to experience nature now more than ever. Outdoor play and recreation provides our children with vitamin d, exercise, and the chance to use their imaginations!
This year, our guide to outdoor summer camps and classes is proudly presented by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods college. If I could choose one and only place to be outside this summer in the Terre Haute area, it might be the SMWC campus. And guess what? The camps listed in our guide give you a great reason to be on campus! Want options beyond equestrian camps? You’ll find Summer Camp at The Woods opportunities highlighted in our Fine Art Camps category (featuring photography and theatre camps) and Educational Camps section (featuring STEMsational summer enrichment and environmental science camps).
Outdoor Summer Camps at The Woods 2018
June 18-22. Equestrian Camp for Beginners. Day camp for girls and boys entering grades 2-10. Learn all about horses including safe practices when handling horses as well as how to bridle and halter correctly, lead, ride, groom and care for a horse. Horses are provided for this beginner equestrian camp.
June 25-29. Equestrian Camp for Intermediate Riders. Day camp for girls and boys entering grades 3-12. Building from the beginner equine camp, campers will work on more advanced techniques and form. They will need to know how to saddle and mount the horse without assistance as well as walk, trot and canter.
June 25-29. Equestrian Camp for Advanced Riders. Day camp for girls and boys entering grades 3-12. Receive one-on-one instruction in specific areas of interest, troubleshoot areas for improvement, get ready for show season, learn a number of different aspects of the equine industry and learn the importance of form to function for horse owners. Campers must bring their own horse for this advanced rider camp.
Outdoor Summer Nature Camps: Big Cats, Creek Stompin’, and Horseback Riding
Creek Stompin’ at Deming Park for ages 5-12. $5 per class. Dates include June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, and August 6. Please register in advance.
Horseback riding camp at CharLu Farm.Ages 6-16. Campers will learn the basics of horse care, basic anatomy and breed information, basic riding skills.
Tinkergarten Summer Program. Thursdays and Saturdays at Hawthorn Park. Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Each class becomes a tight-knit group of children and adults who learn together through well-designed, outdoor play-based activities. We help kids develop a host of important capabilities, including empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence and problem solving. Our expert-designed classes and activities help kids ages 18 months—8 years develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces.
Camp Roar at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center. CAMP ROAR is a one-of-a-kind camp where children can meet Belle the tiger, Kisa the lion, and Rodney the leopard along with all the other resident felines at the EFRC. The 8-11 year old campers will enjoy learning about our lions, tigers, leopards, pumas, servals and bobcats while taking part in games and educational activities that will include BIG CAT and endangered species facts, a simulated rescue of BIG CATS, rescue stories of our resident felines, and observing the day-to-day running of the center. Along with some of the above activities, the 12-15 year old campers will spend time with the EFRC keepers observing them feeding the cats and cleaning enclosures. Campers will be able to ask questions during this time.
Spotted Horse Ministries offers a VBS opportunity that includes horseback riding. Keep an eye on their website for more information.
Boy Scout Camp. Camp programs use natural surroundings to provide youth with numerous opportunities to experience physical, mental, spiritual growth. The Crossroads of America Council maintains seven camps to support unit camping programs throughout the year as well as with top-of-the-line summer camp programs. Camps provide unique adventures such as sailing, horseback riding, paddle boarding, STEM activities, shooting sports, fishing, climbing and much more! Scouts will earn merit badges along their advancement trail while having fun.
Summer Camps with Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Have you ever cooked over a fire? Slept in a tent? Been sailing or canoeing? This and lots more fun are waiting for you at Girl Scout camp. With five camp properties and dozens of camp sessions, there is a camp experience awaiting every girl!
Camp Wildwood. Different camp options for grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12.
We’re constantly adding new information to our guides. The following opportunities are on our radar, and we’ll update this page when we have more information!
As always typos happen and details change. Please contact coordinators before planning your summer fun!