Jameson Camp formed in 1928 as a clean-air camp for children with tuberculosis.
Ninety-three years and several different camps later, it still focuses on providing programming for disadvantaged populations. The Jameson staff specializes in helping children who face difficult social or emotional circumstances, from behavioral disorders to coping with the loss of a parent who was an organ donor.
“We want to inspire youth to find their strengths,” Executive Director Jennie Broady said. “I think that’s the most important thing, is really helping everyone understand, what are they good at? And how do they want to contribute to this world?”
The camp, located near the Indianapolis International Airport and spanning 125 acres, features an archery range, rock-climbing wall, high and low ropes course, swimming pool and zipline. The facilities align with Jameson’s motto: “Get outside, grow inside.”
“We see the magic happen when people get outside and out in nature and can experience the outdoor world,” Broady said.
Jameson offers programming for children ages 5 to 17. This summer, Broady said organizers plan to run traditional and leadership day camps in addition to overnight Youth Leadership camps. Specialty camps, like Tataya Mato for children affected by HIV and AIDS, will operate as well, health conditions permitting.
For the past several years, Broady said 100 percent of campers receive some type of financial assistance. The staff connects kids who want to attend with donors who are interested in helping send a child to camp.
“One of things that we try to do annually is make sure that we raise enough dollars to make sure every kid that wants to come to camp can come to camp,” Broady said.
For more, visit jamesoncamp.org.