Day Camp

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Day Camp at Camp Tecumseh provides kids ages 5-12 a chance to grow, learn, and explore in a safe, structured, faith-based environment. When your child attends Day Camp, they join a community that cares for them, prays for them, and builds them up. More than a place to have fun and make memories, Day Camp helps kids make friends, grow in confidence, learn how to take appropriate risks, and unleash their imagination in a creative and collaborative outdoor setting.

 

Helping Kids Grow

A Faith-based environment that facilitates growth, encourages exploration, and unleashes imagination

Growing in Character

Rooted in the “I’m Third motto”, which states that God is first, the other person is second, and we are third, our Day Camp program strives to instill the values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility in all of our campers through morning chapels, carefully designed programs, and intentional interactions with staff. 

Exploring the Outdoors

Nestled on the banks of the Tippecanoe River, Camp Tecumseh offers campers over 600 acres of outdoor space to explore. From the 100 foot high trees of the pine forest, to the riverside trails that run alongside the Tippecanoe, to massive open fields perfect for large group games, our outdoor spaces provide the perfect environment for a week of laughing, playing, and learning. 

Unleashing Imagination

From baking a cake on somebody’s head, to building a sand fortress in a fictional land, Camp Tecumseh offers kids countless opportunities to unleash their imagination in a collaborative and cooperative environment. 

It Starts with Exceptional Staff

Loving counselors dedicated to your child’s growth

Great Day Camp experiences start with great counselors. Representing some of the best and brightest of their generation, our counselors are expertly trained, exceedingly friendly, and extraordinarily creative. They are masters of forging friendships, teaching new skills, leading adventures, and instilling kids with the confidence to take on the world. We put two of them in your child’s trail group so they have unparalleled access to great role models all week long who complement the lessons you’re already teaching at home.

Carefully Selected

Tecumseh counselors are the best of the best. Every year, hundreds of eager young men and women from all over the United States apply to be Day Camp counselors. Our rigorous interview and selection process identifies those best suited to serve as role models to your children.

Expertly Trained

Whether they are teaching their campers how to swim, leading morning chapel, or helping campers explore nature, our counselors undergo extensive training prior to your camper’s arrival to ensure all of our campers stay safe while growing in core values.

Role Models

Our counselors aren’t just role models here at camp. They are role models back at home. As leaders of clubs and organizations, captains of sports teams, diligent students, and members of churches, they demonstrate Tecumseh values all year long.

Trail Groups & Ages

Your child’s home team while at Camp.

Day campers take on their Tecumseh experience in trail groups. Composed of 10-12 co-ed campers within one year of age and 2-3 counselors, trail groups help kids build relationships, develop trust, and practice communication. Throughout the week, your child’s trail group will act as their home team.

Ages

The Day Camp experience evolves as our campers get older. With four distinct age groups, each step complements the values being taught at home and enhances the camper’s social, emotional, and spiritual development.

Blazers

5-6 years old. Our youngest unit in Day Camp, the Blazer experience is optimized for making friends and learning about respect. Favorite activities like parachute games, cake head, and cops & robbers ensure lots of fun, while opportunities to play in the pool and take a short pony ride help build confidence.

Rangers

7-8 years old. Building on the Blazer experience, 8 year old Rangers are eligible for the Day Camp overnight, a chance to sleep over at Camp on Thursday night with their friends and counselors.

Explorers

9-10 years old. New activities like archery and aquatics time at the Richard G. Marsh Lake are available to Explorers.

Voyagers

11-12 years old. The oldest campers at Day Camp, Voyagers  take full advantage of everything Day Camp has to offer. Shooting BB guns at the BB gun range, and a full trail ride through the pine forest are only some of the activities Voyagers enjoy.

“I love listening to my children recap their experiences at camp over and over. My kids come home stronger in their faith, leadership, and self-confidence.” – Camper Parent

Activities

Action-packed days that help kids grow. 

Ride a horse through the pine forest. Shoot down the black hole slide. Hold a turtle at the Nature Center. Get your face painted. Every Day Camp day is packed with exciting, diverse activities that help our campers grow, discover the world around them, and unleash their imagination.

All Day-Camp Activities

Gold Rush

There’s gold in these hills! The race is on as campers race through the Day Camp site competing against other trail groups in their unit to find the most gold. Befriend helpful good guys while avoiding bad guys trying to steal your gold. For Explorers and Voyagers, unlock power-ups by completing specific achievements to make your gold even more valuable. Keep your eyes peeled for the honker–a giant piece of gold–worth a whole bunch of points.

World Service Carnival

Have fun while making the world a better place at the same time. A festive carnival atmosphere greets kids as they participate in mini-games like human bowling, home run derby, and target-splash. Campers can cool off with a snow-cone, get their face painted, and more. Every Friday, campers have the option of bringing up to $3 with them that gets contributed to Camp’s world service fund, which supports causes around the world that line up with Tecumseh values.

Trail Group Activities

Some of these activities may be changed or altered for Summer 2021 for the health and safety of our campers and staff. Learn more about our specific plans for this coming summer.

Most activities throughout the week take place with a camper’s trail group! Day Camp activities vary by age level and may include:

  • Nature Center
  • Black Hole
  • Sand Castles
  • Fingerpainting
  • Archery
  • BB Guns
  • Mini Farm
  • Pool
  • Mt. Wood
  • Bubbles & Chalk
  • The playground at Fort Discovery
  • Optimist Challenge obstacle course
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cakehead/Cheetohead
  • Parachute Games
  • Dodgeball
  • Lake time
  • Mudhikes
  • Fishing
  • Water Balloon Volleyball
  • Capture the Flag
  • 3 House Tree House
  • The Nature Center
  • Soccer

 

Daily Schedule

TimeActivityNotes
9:30- 9:50Drop OffIf you are running late, please call the office.
10:00Day Camp Chapel
10:20Activity Period 1Activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, nature hikes, teambuilding activities, etc.
11:00Activity Period 2Thursday: Periods 1 and 2 are all-camp Gold Rush

Friday: Periods 1 and 2 are all-camp World Service Carnival
11:45Sack LunchCampers bring a sack lunch each day which is refrigerated upon arrival
12:30Activity Period 3/PoolCampers will swim each day, during either activity period 3 or 4
1:30Pool/Activity Period 4Campers will swim each day, during either activity period 3 or 4
2:30Group Games and Activities
2:45Daily Wrap-Up
3:00- 3:20Pick UpIf you are running late, please call the office.

 

So Much to See and Do

With over 600 acres, a lake, two pools, and so much more, there is always something new to do at Camp Tecumseh.

Explore Camp Tecumseh’s Program Areas & Facilities

Learn to Swim at Day Camp

With two full size pools carefully supervised by trained lifeguards, Camp Tecumseh is the perfect place to learn how to swim. Every day, the one hour pool time is divided between swim instruction and free swim. With lesson plans designed for every swimming ability, your camper will improve as a swimmer while growing in confidence and having fun. A swim check on Monday will determine your camper’s swim lesson plan for the week.

Smileys

For campers who demonstrate nervousness swimming on their own, the smiley lesson plan is designed to introduce kids to swimming in a fun and safe way. Simple exercises like sitting on the edge of the pool and kicking their legs, blowing bubbles, and floating on their back help kids acclimate to feeling independent in the water while teaching basic swimming techniques.

Hearts

For campers who love the water but don’t demonstrate knowledge or mastery of one competitive swimming stroke, the heart lesson plan is designed to teach basic swimming techniques while keeping kids safe. With the help of pool noodles and kickboards, campers learn how to float, kick their legs, and go underwater.

Stars

For campers who demonstrate knowledge and technique in the front-crawl stroke, the star lesson plan is designed to continue developing proper swimming techniques. Campers learn and practice proper kicking technique for both the front-crawl and either the breast stroke or the back stroke, while learning breathing techniques and arm movements.

Clovers

For campers who demonstrate knowledge and technique in the front-crawl and either the breast stroke or back stroke, but are still working to master them, the clover plan seeks to shore up techniques to improve swimming ability, endurance, and breathing. Kicking exercises, lots of practice, and fun games all help campers nail their swimming strokes.

Horseshoes

For competent swimmers who can demonstrate mastery of the front-crawl, and a second competitive swimming stroke, the horseshoe lesson plan provides lots of games and practice that help campers perfect their skills in treading water, diving deep, and building endurance. 

Horseback Riding

With over sixty horses, a world-class equestrian staff, and beautiful trails that lead through the pine forest, there is no better place to ride a horse than Camp Tecumseh. Every camper who attends Day Camp has the opportunity to ride a horse. Our equestrian staff and our counselors lead our campers on a trail ride through the pine forest that varies in length depending on camper age. Certified by the American Camp Association and the Certified Horsemanship Association, Camp Tecumseh’s equestrian programs are abundantly safe while helping kids grow in confidence.

Equestrian Day Camp

Camp Tecumseh will not be offering Equestrian Day Camp in 2021.

For campers who want more time with the horses, our Equestrian Day Camp program offers campers an opportunity to ride every day, take lessons from qualified instructions, and learn more about caring for horses. Equestrian Day Camp 202o will take place weeks 4 and 5.

Family Night & Overnight

Due to limits on large gatherings, we will not be hosting Family Night or the Day Camp overnight in Summer 2021.

Camp Registration & Preparation

Day Camp 2021 registration cost is $160.

$25 of the fee is due with registration.

From registration forms to pick-up and drop-off, there is a lot to get ready. Don’t worry though. We make it as easy as possible to prepare for your child’s week at Camp. Details coming soon.

’21
Boys Overnight Summer Camps
Boys Overnight Camp Week 1 June 13-19 Week 1 Closed $730
Boys Overnight Camp Week 2 June 20-26 Week 2 Closed $730
Boys Overnight Camp Week 3 June 27-July 3 Week 3 Closed $730
Boys Overnight Camp Week 4 July 4-10 Week 4 Closed $730
Boys Overnight Camp Week 5 July 11-17 Week 5 Closed $730
Boys Overnight Camp Week 6 July 18-24 Week 6 Closed $730
Boys Overnight Camp Week 7 July 25-31 Week 7 Closed $730
Boys Overnight Camp Week 8 August 1-7 Waitlisted $730
Boys Overnight Camp Week 9 August 8-14 Limited Availability $730
’21
Girls Overnight Summer Camps
Girls Overnight Camp Week 1 June 13-19 Week 1 Closed $730
Girls Overnight Camp Week 2 June 20-26 Week 2 Closed $730
Girls Overnight Camp Week 3 June 27-July 3 Week 3 Closed $730
Girls Overnight Camp Week 4 July 4-10 Week 4 Closed $730
Girls Overnight Camp Week 5 July 11-17 Week 5 Closed $730
Girls Overnight Camp Week 6 July 18-24 Week 6 Closed $730
Girls Overnight Camp Week 7 July 25-31 Week 7 Closed $730
Girls Overnight Camp Week 8 August 1-7 Waitlisted $730
Girls Overnight Camp Week 9 August 8-14 Limited Availability $730
’21
Boys Equestrian Summer Camps
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 1 June 13-19 Cancelled for 2021 $820
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 2 June 20-26 Cancelled for 2021 $820
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 3 June 27-July 3 Cancelled for 2021 $820
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 4 July 4-10 Cancelled for 2021 $820
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 5 July 11-17 Cancelled for 2021 $820
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 6 July 18-24 Cancelled for 2021 $820
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 7 July 25-31 Cancelled for 2021 $820
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 8 August 1-7 Cancelled for 2021 $820
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 9 August 8-14 Cancelled for 2021 $820
’21
Girls Equestrian Summer Camps
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 1 June 13-19 Week 1 Closed $820
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 2 June 20-26 Week 2 Closed $820
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 3 June 27-July 3 Week 3 Closed $820
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 4 July 4-10 Week 4 Closed $820
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 5 July 11-17 Week 5 Closed $820
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 6 July 18-24 Week 6 Closed $820
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 7 July 25-31 Week 7 Closed $820
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 8 August 1-7 Waitlisted $820
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 9 August 8-14 Cancelled for 2021 $820
’21
Boys CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training)
Boys CILT Session 1 June 13-26 Session 1 Closed $1,600
Boys CILT Session 2 June 27-July 10 Session 2 Closed $1,600
Boys CILT Session 3 July 11-24 Session 3 Closed $1,600
Boys CILT Session 4 July 25 – August 7 Session 4 Closed $1,600
’21
Girls CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training)
Girls CILT Session 1 June 13-26 Session 1 Closed $1,600
Girls CILT Session 2 June 27-July 10 Session 2 Closed $1,600
Girls CILT Session 3 July 11-24 Session 3 Closed $1,600
Girls CILT Session 4 July 25 – August 7 Session 4 Closed $1,600
’21
Day Camp
Day Camp Week 1 June 21-25 Week 1 Closed $160
Day Camp Week 2 June 28-July 2 Week 2 Closed $160
Day Camp Week 3 July 5-9 Week 3 Closed $160
Day Camp Week 4 July 12-16 Week 4 Closed $160
Day Camp Week 5 July 19-23 Week 5 Closed $160
Day Camp Week 6 July 26-30 Week 6 Closed $160
Day Camp Week 7 August 2-6 Waitlisted $160
’21
Adventure Trips
Whitewater Rafting 1 June 20-26 WWR 1 Trip Closed $1,075
Colorado Backpacking July 11-24 CBP Trip Closed $2,050
Horsepack Trip July 25-31 HP Trip Closed $1,175
Whitewater Rafting 2 August 1-7 Waitlisted $1,075
’22
Boys Overnight Summer Camps
Boys Overnight Camp Week 1 June 12-18 Available $740
Boys Overnight Camp Week 2 June 19-25 Available $740
Boys Overnight Camp Week 3 June 26-July 2 Available $740
Boys Overnight Camp Week 4 July 3-9 Available $740
Boys Overnight Camp Week 5 July 10-16 Waitlisted $740
Boys Overnight Camp Week 6 July 17-23 Waitlisted $740
Boys Overnight Camp Week 7 July 24-30 Available $740
Boys Overnight Camp Week 8 July 31-August 6 Available $740
Boys Overnight Camp Week 9 August 7-13 Available $740
’22
Girls Overnight Summer Camps
Girls Overnight Camp Week 1 June 12-18 Available $740
Girls Overnight Camp Week 2 June 19-25 Available $740
Girls Overnight Camp Week 3 June 26-July 2 Available $740
Girls Overnight Camp Week 4 July 3-9 Available $740
Girls Overnight Camp Week 5 July 10-16 Waitlisted $740
Girls Overnight Camp Week 6 July 17-23 Waitlisted $740
Girls Overnight Camp Week 7 July 24-30 Available $740
Girls Overnight Camp Week 8 July 31-August 6 Available $740
Girls Overnight Camp Week 9 August 7-13 Available $740
’22
Boys Equestrian Summer Camps
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 1 June 12-18 Available $830
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 2 June 19-25 Available $830
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 3 June 26-July 2 Available $830
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 4 July 3-9 Available $830
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 5 July 10-16 Available $830
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 6 July 17-23 Available $830
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 7 July 24-30 Available $830
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 8 July 31-August 6 Available $830
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 9 August 7-13 Available $830
’22
Girls Equestrian Summer Camps
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 1 June 12-18 Available $830
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 2 June 19-25 Available $830
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 3 June 26-July 2 Available $830
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 4 July 3-9 Available $830
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 5 July 10-16 Available $830
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 6 July 17-23 Available $830
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 7 July 24-30 Available $830
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 8 July 31-August 6 Available $830
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 9 August 7-13 Available $830
’22
Boys CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training)
Boys CILT Session 1 June 12-25 Opens September 1, 2021 $1,650
Boys CILT Session 2 June 26-July 9 Opens September 1, 2021 $1,650
Boys CILT Session 3 July 10-23 Opens September 1, 2021 $1,650
’22
Girls CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training)
Girls CILT Session 1 June 12-25 Opens September 1, 2021 $1,650
Girls CILT Session 2 June 26-July 9 Opens September 1, 2021 $1,650
Girls CILT Session 3 July 10-23 Opens September 1, 2021 $1,650
’22
Adventure Trips
Whitewater Rafting 1 June 19-25 Waitlisted $1,100
Colorado Backpacking July 10-23 Waitlisted $2,100
Horsepack Trip July 24-30 Available $1,250
Whitewater Rafting 2 July 31-August 6 Waitlisted $1,100

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Day Camp Themes

2021 Themes

WeekDatesTheme
Week 1June 21 – June 25Superheroes
Week 2June 28 – July 2Wild Wild West
Week 3July 5 – July 9American Spirit
Week 4July 12 - July 16Sports Mania
Week 5July 19 – July 23Tecumseh Saurus
Week 6July 26 – July 30Cartoons
Week 7August 2 – August 6Pirates and Princesses