Summer Childcare and Full Day Camp Options for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

We know that parents and guardians can stress over summer childcare and full day camp options; our hope is that this portion of the Haute Happenings summer camp guide makes the decision a bit easier. These summer-long camps carry families through most of summer and give children plenty of opportunities for fun, structure, free play, adventures with friends, crafts, education, and exercise!

All-Day Summer Camps and Programs

Featured Camp from our Partners at Camp Navigate

Camp Navigate says this:

Camp Navigate is well-known in the Wabash Valley for our all-day youth Summer Camp. Campers return year after year to grow with us and further enhance their skills!

They look forward to our unique extras like Fork in the RoadFun & Fit rotation, and swimming. Most field trips at Camp Navigate have become traditions and are made possible with community collaboration. Grown-ups appreciate our Skills and Educational Enrichment side of camp to prevent the “summer slide.” Encouraging our campers to read is so easily done with our Power Up with Reading Program. If you have a child in middle school, we are the summer camp for you! Our Choose to Lead & Serve Program offers a wide range of work-force development skills for your middle school student entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, including running the Warm Hearts Cafe. Our camp counselors are known at Camp Navigate as mentors. Mentors train as a team alongside their Coach (Coach-A-Mentor Program) to provide quality care with a purpose. We take pride in each mentor, Teen Navigators, coach, and volunteer that chooses to give their time to help develop our future workforce. Click on the text above to explore our site and learn more!

Enroll in Summer Camp 2024 with Camp Navigate! 

Indiana State University has received a grant to help young people further explore their interests, learn new skills and envision a future for themselves in college and has invited Camp Navigate to partner with them! What does that mean for your child?

This summer, your child will be able to spend one week at ISU. Each grade level will be able to experience many fun activities designed by ISU staff and swim in the ISU pool.

Here are some bullet point answers to some questions you may have:

  • It is not an overnight camp.
  • Buses will transport your child every morning and afternoon from Camp Navigate to ISU.
  • There will be no extra costs for this amazing program!
  • Camp Navigate will pack a sack lunch for each child.
  • Your child will not miss a Camp Navigate field trip. We have planned the ISU weeks around our field trips.
  • Third through eighth grade will be assigned one week (this designated week is on the Camp Navigate 2024 camp flyer and registration form). Each grade level will be assigned one week (this designated week is on the Camp Navigate 2023 camp flyer and registration form). This week at ISU will also be filled with fun and exciting themes which include, art, music, theatre and STEAM activities.
  • If you prefer your child not attend, please indicate that on the registration form.
  • If they do not attend they will spend the week with the age group directly below them.
  • Your child’s mentor/s will be joining them at ISU.
  • Middle school students will follow a slightly different program. They will be attending ISU’s Rock week.

Featured Camps from our Partners at ISU Community School of the Arts

Registration is now open for our partners at Community School of the Arts at Indiana State University!
Not only do our partners at ISU CSA have appealing themes, but their hours likely work for families who are looking for daytime programming that coordinates with work hours!

Kids love that most of these camps include swimming, and parents love the variety of themes!

These camps are fun, week-long immersions into a various theme, which will include art, music, theater, games and more. Camps are a full-day so that students can enjoy different activities throughout the day and from week to week. All materials are provided unless otherwise specified.

Choose as many sessions as your family wants or needs!

May and June Camps: 

July Camps: 

Featured Camps from our Partners at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum:

Summer is supposed to be fun… and at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, campers will have the best summer… EVER!

Whether you’re looking for a messy experience, a camp with a magical fairytale twist or want to explore engineering, we have the session for you!

Campers will gain confidence and feel as if they rule the Museum after spending time with our highly-trained staff. Each day is scheduled to maximize learning time, while also giving campers that chance for independent play, time on the Ropes Course Challenge and more!

Scholarships to Summer Camp are available here. Contact the THCM for details and qualifications.

​If a session is full, please click here to be added to the waitlist.

During Summer Day Camp, the YMCA offers youth, ages 4-14 (child MUST be 4 by January 1st, 2024), fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories that last a lifetime. Registration is according to the grade the child will be going into in the fall.

Camp Hours:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Extended Camp hours:

6:30 am – 9:00 am/4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Dates: Camp will begin May 28, 2024 through August 9th, 2024

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Children may bring a sack lunch if they choose to. Do not send meals that need to be heated up. No high-sugar drinks or sodas should be sent with campers. If a child has any food restrictions due to allergies or religious beliefs a request MUST be sent to

  • Children will need to wear tennis/athletic shoes and outdoor clothing
  • Please print the child’s name on camp items
  • All electronic devices and toys must be left at home
  • Bring an extra set of clothing
  • Adults must be listed as a pickup person and will be required to show a photo IDWhat to bring to camp:
  • Water Bottle
  • Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Swimsuit and Towel

Additional Full-Time Summer Camps

  • Highland Academy Childcare Ministry. This engaging program runs from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., ensuring a day packed with fun and learning. From interactive activities to exciting challenges, your child will thrive in our dynamic environment. Plus, they accept CCDR vouchers, making quality summer care accessible to all families.
  • Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club.  May 28- August 13. Drop off 7:30 – 8:30 AM and pick-up by 5:30 PM. $80 per week 1st child, $75 per week each additional child or $30 per day per child (minimum of 2 days per week). Field trips, breakfast, and lunch included.
  • Camp Rave operates in the summer starting May 28th through August 9th, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per week and includes breakfast, lunch, snack, t-shirt, and field trips (to be determined).
  • Day Camp at the Vigo County YMCA and Clay County YMCA: The Vigo County YMCA says this: May 28-August 9. 4 years to 8th grade. 9am-4pm with the option to extend camp as early as 6:30 am or as late as 6pm. Please bring swimsuit and towel! They provide breakfast, lunch, snack, t-shirt, and water bottle. . Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that allows for weather and play.
  • Terre Haute Parks. $980 for full summer grand slam. $125 per week. $30 per day. May 29-August 13 from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Includes swimming, special guests, and weekly themes such as luau, nature, let’s get dirty, Christmas in July, wacky water, safety, and more. Contact the Torner Community Center to Register: (812) 232-0147.
  • During select weeks in June, students in grades 2-5 can attend University Connections Summer Program from 8:00-4:00pm. Free of charge! Students will have a variety of daily opportunities to experience hands-on learning in STEM, Arts and Music, Language, and ISU Campus Connections. They will be matched with Student Adventure Guides (VCSC teachers) to lead them through their day. They will begin and end their day with these teachers, as well as follow these guides to their daily activities. Lessons in STEM, literacy, and creative arts will be offered by Knowledge Captains (VCSC teachers and Community School of the Arts), who specialize in each topic. Registration will close on May 1st.

As always, typos happen and details change. Please confirm information with camp coordinators before making your plans. This list is intended as a research resource not a recommendation for which activities your family should or should not participate in this summer.

We’re waiting on additional information from the following 2023 camps:

  • Summer Camp from Terre Haute Parks and Recreation. Monday through Friday from May 31 to August 9 (excluding holidays) from 7:30-5:30 daily. Ages 5-12 are welcome. The cost is $30/per day/per child or $125 per week. Pre-registration is required. For questions & to register call the Torner Center at 812-232-0147.