By Mark Ambrogi
Boy Scouts of America offers several different summer camps, including community camps.
The community camps at Camp Belzer in Lawrence Township in Indianapolis start July 5-8 and conclude with July 25-29. That’s open to non-Cub Scouts from ages 6-11, both boys and girls.
“It’s completely open to those in the community,” said Cara Wagner, marketing and public relations executive with Boy Scouts of America. “There are many of the same activities that Cub Scout Day Camp offers. This is something new we’ve been offering the last couple of years. It’s something we thought would be a good fit for the Lawrence community. It’s been received well, but we’re still pushing to make sure people know about it. We think a lot of people found out about it too late.”
The week runs from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. It concludes with family dinner and campfire program. There is an extended day option for those that need to stay until 5:30 Monday through Thursday.
The Cub Scouts’ Day Camp is held at Camp Belzer, which runs June 13-17 from July 25-29, six consecutive weeks of camps.
Wagner said activities include archery, nature trails, rafting, swimming, making campfires, BB guns and gun safety.
“The day camps are really popular,” she said.
There are 11 different weeks of Adventure Camp at Kikthawenund Day Camp in Frankton. They are four-day, three-night sessions starting with the week of June 12-15 and ending the week of July 20-23. The Adventure Camp theme is “The Great Superhero Extravaganza.” Scouts are encouraged to bring superhero costumes. Additional activities include BB guns, air rifles and swimming.
Weblos, Bear and Wolf Scouts also focus on rank advancement adventures. Wolf and Bear Scouts must have completed the first grade but not completed third grade or be age 8 or 9. Weblos must have completed third grade but not fifth grade or age 10 but not 11 1/2.
For Boy Scouts, the two biggest properties are Camp Krietenstein, in Center Point, and Ransburg Scout Reservation in Bloomington.
Among the activities are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities, paddle boarding, sailing, scuba diving, horseback riding, fishing and climbing.
The Krietenstein camps start June 12-18 and end July 17-23. There is no camp July 3-9. The Ransburg camps start June 5-11 and end July 31-Aug. 6.
“Camp Krietenstein has new aquatic activities,” Wagner said.
To learn more about community camps, visit CampBelzer.org and register at scoutingevent.com/?2016communitydaycamp.
The early bird deadlines are March 6 for Cub Scout camps and May 8 for Boy Scout camps.