Zionsville mom has hand in new camp

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Two local moms recently launched Camp Mommawatchi, an online company providing at-home camp curricula for preschool- and grade-school-aged children. Amy Leckrone of Zionsville, along with Amber Tincher of Avon, began doing at-home camps in 2007 and have created themed curricula based on their past camp experiences.

The idea for Camp Mommawatchi was hatched when the pair’s husbands were both planning to attend a work retreat. At the time, Leckrone and Tincher together had four preschoolers and decided they needed a plan to survive the three days.

“As a mom of two young children, the thought of my husband being away was a little terrifying,” Leckrone said. “So we decided to have a summer camp with the kids.”

At that point, Camp Mommawatchi was born.

“That first year, we had camp at my house,” said Tincher. “The Leckrones spent the night, and we did some basic summer camp activities like making s’mores and painting pillowcases.”

By year two, Leckrone and Tincher decided to choose a theme for each camp. Past themes have included sports/Olympics, gardening, science and the arts; this July’s camp theme is secret agent. When purchasing a camp, moms receive a complete curriculum including a full-color booklet with instructions for each activity, recipes, field trips, decorating tips and more. Customers also receive free digital downloads of schedules, supply lists, signs and daily mail from the camp’s mascot Momma Owl.

Summer is not the only time you can host a camp.

“It works for fall or spring break too,” Leckrone explained. “The camp is ideal any time of the year for young children.”

“Camp Mommawatchi has become an annual summer tradition for our families, and the kids look forward to it every year,” said Tincher. “Our camp is a great way for moms to connect with their kids and create lasting memories.”

Want to learn more about Camp Mommawatchi? Visit www.campmommawatchi.com to purchase a camp, see photos and read helpful tips from Momma Owl. For additional information, contact Amy Leckrone at 709-2527 or Amber Tincher at 450-5682.

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