Where are you located?
Camp Tecumseh is located in mid-north
Indiana. We are approximately 2.25 hours south of Chicago, and 1.5
hours north of Indianapolis just off of I-65. Our closest major city
is Lafayette which is 20 minutes away. Please look at our Location and Weather page for more information and driving directions. If you have an Android-based phone or an iPhone, you can also download our mobile application which will assist you in finding Camp Tecumseh on your phone's navigation map.
What is the cost of Camp? (2012)
(ages 8 – 15 years old) $615
(ages 11 – 15 years old) $705
CILT’s: (Campers in Leadership
Training) having finished
their sophomore year in school, $1175
Adventure Trip's: (ages 13
– 17 years old)
Whitewater Rafting, $985, Florida Keys Sailing $1995, and the Horse Pack trip is $1085.
Many campers receive some fee assistance. Simply call us at 765-564-2898 and ask for a campership application.
How much deposit/registration fee do you require?
Is the registration fee a part of the total costs or is additional?
Camp’s registration fee is $75 for each week you have
enrolled your child. The registration fee is a part of the total
fees. Registration fees for Adventure trips for one week are
$200, 2 week trips are a $400 registration fee. Registration fees are non-refundable.
What is the trading post and how do I
arrange my child’s money?
Camp has a store or “Trading Post” for your child to
purchase items such as t-shirts, hats, memorabilia, and a limited amount of pop, ice
cream and candy. Camp recommends an amount of $50 per week,
but you can change that amount to more or less than $50. Camp
recommends placing your trading post money on a credit card.
At the end of your child’s stay your credit card will be charged
the exact amount spent up to the limit you preset.
If I need to cancel what is your refund
The per week reservation fee is a registration charge
and is neither refundable nor transferable
to another child under any circumstances. If you cancel more
than 30 days before your camp session starts all other fees
will be refunded in full. Due to the difficulty of filling cancelled
spots just prior to or during the camping season, cancellations
for any session or program for any reason within 30 days of
camp dates will receive no fee remission. Final
payment is due by April 1st. All cancellations prior to the
camp date must be sent in writing to the camp office. You can
mail a post card or email your cancellation to our registrar
Confirmation of the receipt of cancellation notice will be sent
to you by return mail or email. If you do not receive a confirmation
of cancellation, camp has not received your cancellation notice
and no refund will be given.
Do we need a physical before coming to camp?
Yes. In order to be in compliance with state regulations a completed health information form including your child's health history and physical examination record signed by a doctor must be on file. A school physical done within 12 months of camp is
acceptable, just attach it to our form and fill in the additional
information needed in relation to your child's health history, immunizations, etc. Camp requests that forms are to be sent to camp at least 30 days before the scheduled camp session so they can be properly reviewed by camp health personnel. For every day of your child's camp session that these forms are not on hand a fee of $50 per day will be assessed. You child could also be sent home due to failure to comply with this requirement and no refund will be given.
Are you a Christian Camp? How much Christian
emphasis do you have?
Yes, Camp Tecumseh is a Christian camp, but we welcome all children. Camp’s
motto is “I’m Third,” which means placing God first, the other person second, and ourselves Third. Each day all campers attend a joyful “chapel”
service together after breakfast. We end each day with devotions in
the cabin groups. Singing or spoken graces are done at each meal. We teach about Christian values, and Jesus is a part of chapel and devotions.
What clinics/activities do you offer and how
does my child sign up for clinics?
There are 20 plus morning instructional clinics/activities to
choose from. Clinics can be sports related, arts and crafts,
nature lore, drama, etc. We also offer horsemanship clinic which requires pre-registration and an additional fee.
Your child will make their clinics
choices on Sunday while they are settling into their cabins. Your child will then
be in the same three clinics all week for progressive skill development. If a camper gets placed into a clinic and they find they would prefer something else they can can change clinics on Monday or Tuesday by talking to their counselor.
What is the difference between Resident camp
and Equestrian camp?
Please see our Summer Program details page for an explaination of our Summer Camp and Equestrian camp web page for specifics of those programs.
Can I arrange for my child to be in the same cabin as his/her friend?
If two (and only two) campers are within one year of each other’s age they can be placed in the same cabin, if requested. To ensure that campers will also have the opportunity to meet new friends, we encourage only one “Cabinmate Request” per camper. It is unfair to the other campers in a cabin to have a large group who already knows one another placed together. Therefore, both campers must have the other listed as their “Cabinmate Request” on their registration to ensure the pairing is made. Please also make sure the campers are coming the same week. In cases where several campers have linked their names together each choosing a different cabinmate, we will place campers as it feels is in the best interest of all concerned. Camp strives to meet requests, however we reserve the right to refuse requests.
Please cooperate by coordinating your “Cabinmate Request” with the other family. If you have a special situation which you feel should be considered differently, please call at least one month in advance of camp. Please remember that even if two persons are not in the same cabin, there are many opportunities to spend time together in camp. If you are requesting that your child not be placed with a certain child it is your responsibility to inform the other family prior to arrival at camp.
How do Adventure trippers get to their
Campers taking a trip check in and out of camp just like
other campers. After arriving at Camp Tecumseh, your child will be
introduced to the trip counselors and other campers going on the trip.
Typically, all trips leave the next morning by riding in camp’s
comfortable, wide-body shuttle. Trippers return to camp on Friday evening before dinner. They will then enjoy closing campfire along with all
the rest of campers and are picked up by parents on Saturday morning between 9:30 and 11 am (Eastern).
What are the check in and check out times?
Check-in is Sunday between 2:00 – 4:00 PM (Eastern). Parents can pick
their child up Saturday between 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Eastern).
How many children and counselors will be in
Typically there will be 9 to 10 campers at least 2 college-age counselors in
Do the counselors stay in the cabin along
with the campers?
Yes, the counselors will be staying right in the cabin with
campers. Your child will be well supervised throughout the day
How old are the counselors?
Counselors have finished at least their freshman year of college. We have many returning staff members that have multiple years of experience.
What are your shower and bathroom facilities
Each cabin group has its own private shower and restroom facilities inside the cabin.
What about homesickness and how can I help my child avoid it?
Campers look forward to hearing from their parents. Please write to them so they receive a letter the 1st or 2nd day. (You can leave them at the Trading Post on check-in day and we’ll deliver them with the regular mail.) It is suggested that letters be cheery and newsy in such a way that they will not make the camper homesick. Don’t make the youngster feel that you can’t get along without them or suggest or ask them about homesickness. Do not discuss this before they go to camp as it tends to make them more homesick. Temporary homesickness is a normal reaction, particularly to new campers. With proper handling by the staff, campers, and parents it can be overcome and the camper can make a big stride in maturing. We welcome this opportunity to help campers grow in this area and we train our staff to handle homesickness in constructive and loving ways.
My child has a problem with bed wetting. How
do you handle this situation?
Counselors are trained to handle this delicate situation by
being discrete and will privately help the child gather items to be
laundered. The rest of the cabin group will not be involved. If your
child has this problem it is very important for you to communicate
this to our counselors when you arrive. Please be sure to supply
your child with a plastic mattress cover and plenty of extra bedding and clothing.
Can I call camp and talk with my child?
Phone calls to or from campers are highly DISCOURAGED. In the event of an emergency, parents should contact the camp at 765-564-2898. The Camp Director will then work with the parent to determine the best way to notify the camper. If calling outside of office hours, please follow the voice prompts for accessing the Camp emergency pager.
Can I email a message to my child and can my
child email back to me?
Yes, you can E-MAIL or FAX your child at Camp. Each page ($
.50) will be charged to your child's Trading Post account. Campers
will not be able to e-mail or fax outgoing messages. You as a parent
can encourage your child to write a postcard or letter home while
they are at camp by supplying them with stationary, envelopes and
stamps. These items can also be purchased at the trading post.
How do you handle bad weather situations?
All staff is trained to direct children to appropriate
places. During thunderstorms that place may be their cabin or program lodges. In case of tornado warning we go to tornado shelters located in each village.
How does camp handle injuries or sickness?
In the case of serious illness, injury, or other situations that require seeing a physician, the camp director or nurse will notify parents immediately. Parents are invited to talk with the Camp Director, one of the three full-time nurses, or the counselors about individual camper needs when you arrive at camp. Remember all medications, prescriptions or over the counter medications must be turned in to the nurses at Check-in.
How does camp handle a camper with medical
needs or prescriptions?
Camp has 3 full time nurses on duty. At check in please stop
by the nurses’ station to drop off any medications. At that time you
can explain what the meds are for and how they are administered. In
the case of a medical emergency there are also 2 trained EMTs
on staff for immediate assistance.
How do you handle lost and found articles?
Lost and found items are collected and displayed on the benches in front of the lodge in each village at the end of each camp session. Our counselors make every effort to ensure that your child will return with everything s/he brought to camp, but your child is ultimately responsible to ensure that nothing is lost. Please be sure all items brought to camp are plainly marked with your child’s name and please counsel your child to keep close track of all items. Please be especially thorough on check-out day as sometimes laundry or luggage bags are left. If you discover something is missing upon your return home, please call as soon as possible. The more time that passes, the less likely it can be found. Lost and found items will only be held for three weeks and then will be taken to a local charity (clothing bank or thrift store).
How can I schedule a tour of the camp?
Please call during our office hours which are Monday –
Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Eastern) at 765-564-2898. We can then direct
your call to one of our staff who would be happy to talk with you
about our camp programs and show you our facilities. Please call at least 24 hours in
advance of the day you hope to visit.
You certainly may have other questions and we welcome the opportunity to speak or correspond with you. Our office hours are Monday –
Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern time, and our phone number is 765-564-2898. General questions about Camp Tecumseh can also be emailed to email@example.com. We would love to talk to you!