2019 Summer Camp Guide: Summer-Long Camp Options for Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

With the end of the school year approaching, parents are emailing me to ask for summer childcare and summer-long camp options. With that question in mind, I figure there is no better way to launch our 2019 Summer Camp Guide then by sharing a much-needed category of camps–camps that last all summer long! These camps will carry your family through most of summer and will give your children plenty of opportunities for fun, structure, free play, adventures with friends, crafts, education, and exercise.

Our 2019 Summer Camp Guide is proudly sponsored by ISU Community School of the Arts!

Community School of the Arts camps are fun, week-long immersions into a various theme which will include art, music, theater, swimming and more! Most camps are full-day so that students can enjoy different activities throughout the day and from week to week. All materials are provided unless otherwise specified. You can register campers for one week or all eight! Designed for beginning to intermediate levels, students need no prior experience. Classes, lunch and breaks are fully supervised by CSA instructors and staff. Instructors are ISU faculty, ISU graduate arts students and ISU undergraduate arts education majors. All fitness sessions are taught or supervised by instructors and lifeguards, and are designed for children at all fitness levels.

Campers can swim, explore the gardens and greenhouse, put on a show, learn to dance, make fresh salsa, play piano and instruments, create comic books, and/or stay overnight on campus for residential Rock Camp.

Parents may drop off children between 7:45-8:00 a.m. and pick them up between 5:00-5:15 p.m.

Click here for more details or to register for ISU Community School of the Arts!


In 2019, Camp Navigate will be focusing on all the great lessons from some of your favorite familiar and not so familiar Fables and FairyTales!  Our Weekly Themes also include some recognizable quotes full of wisdom to encourage our campers that the sky is the limit as they begin to “write their own story!” We are going to love encouraging our campers with these timeless Fables and Fairytales…we also realize that summer camp would not be summer camp without some SUMMER FUN!!! There will be Swimming, Castle Building, Knights and Princesses, Creative Indoor and Outdoor Activities, S.T.E.A.M. Projects, Field Trips, Coding, our End of Summer Talent Show, a Family Cookout, and so much more!

  • Week 1 – The Tortoise and The Hare: Never Give Up. Great Things Take Time. (Determination, Patience, Dedication, and GRIT)
  • Week 2 – The Legend of the Elephant and the Monkey: Community Over Competition (Collaboration, Teamwork, Critical Thinking)
  • Week 3 – Cinderella: Have Courage and Be Kind (Adversity, Kindness to Others, Anti-Bullying)
  • Week 4 – The Story of the Two Seeds: I’m Possible, Not IMpossible (Dream Big, Think Positive, Entrepreneurship)
  • Week 5 – The Stone Soup: Alone We Can Do So Little; Together We Can Do So Much (Citizenship, Leadership, Innovation, Teamwork, Community, Creativity)
  • Week 6 – Beauty & the Beast: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Amazing (Acceptance of others, Diversity, Respect)
  • Week 7 – The Elves & the Shoemaker: For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also (Generosity, Kindness, Gratitude)
  • Week 8 – The Fox & the Crow: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful (Learn to think before Acting, Wisdom, Self-Worth)
  • Week 9 – Snow White & the Seven Dwarves: Whistle While You Work (This last week we will learn that there is joy in a job well done)


Full-Time Camper                                                                        $105.00 per week
Monday – Friday   7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m

Middle School Camper                                                       $95.00 per week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Camp, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Monday and Thursday Junior Mentor program, 7:00 a.m – 5:30 p.m.

Discount opportunities available for multiple siblings, military, foster children, and those in need of financial assistance.

June 3rd through August 2nd, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

The Life Center, 3000 College Ave., Terre Haute

Additional registration forms are available at Baesler’s Market, Open Door Bookstore, Vigo County Library (Main Branch), and The Life Center at 3000 College Ave., Terre Haute.

You may reach Camp Navigate by phone at 812-229-3214 or 812-201-4862, email at info@campnavigate.org, or the Camp Navigate facebook page.

Summer-Long Camp Options:

YMCA camps in Vigo County. Vigo County sites are open daily from 7:00am-5:30 pm and welcome ages 4-15.

YMCA camps in Clay and Putnam Counties. Clay County and Putnam County sites are open daily from 6:00am-6:00pm and welcome children entering kindergarten through 8th grade.

YMCA camps consists of summer learning enrichment, STEM activities, science experiments, physical activity, swimming and games. Campers will take field trips throughout the summer to fun learning environments, and will also experience guest speakers. Free breakfast, lunch and snack, and scholarships are available.

Camp Rave. Located at Chances And Services for Youth. Camp RAVE is open to any self-sufficient youth who has just completed kindergarten through 5th grade. Camp RAVE operates in the summer (after school is out), Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost of camp includes: Breakfast, lunch, snack, games, crafts, guest speakers, and field trips.

Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club. Boys and Girls Club camps include field trips, free lunches and snacks, swimming, bowling, computer lab, and fishing for ages 5-14 for just $50 per week for 1st child and $45 for each additional child.

Thank you to Camp Navigate for their sponsorship of this Summer-Long camp category! Their financial partnership helps to keep this site FREE to readers like you. Please help us thank our sponsors by visiting their websites for more info and telling them that Haute Happenings sent you when you enroll your child! 

As always, typos happen and details change. Please confirm information with camp coordinators before making your plans. 

Want more? You can find a complete list of summer camp options via our summer camp homepage! 

Summer Camps in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

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