Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

What do campers at Youth Summer Camp do?

CIC & Watch Club’s Youth Summer Camp has two sessions: July 22-26, and July 29 — August 2. We tell you that it’s a great intercultural experience for kids ages 7-12 … now we’ll share some details why.
Prepare to be amazed when you learn to make special smoothies

Here are some of the activities from previous Youth Summer Camps. Expect even more this summer.

When is 2019 Summer Youth Camp?

Session 1: Monday July 22 to Friday July 26
Session 2: Monday July 29 — Friday August 2
Activities 9:00 am — 4:00 pm; before and after care available 8:00-9:00 am and 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Visit the world from Indy!
    International activities with facilitators from countries such as Congo, Sudan, Mexico, Japan, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Pakistan, Israel, and Korea. Students will learn simple greetings and how to write their names in the five languages. They’ll enjoy snacks from the country being featured (although they will bring their own lunches.)
  • Sports and games.
    In previous years, campers have learned to play chess from a master, and took golf lessons from a pro. They’ve gone bowling. They’ve played games designed by the endlessly creative camp facilitators.
  • Bucolic outdoor activities.
    Every summer Indiana Interchurch Center Executive Director Mel Joliff takes campers fishing, where they usually catch at ten fish each. They go swimming, which is often a first time for the campers. They go for hikes along the canal to Butler’s Holcomb Gardens and to the Newfields 100 Acres Park.
  • Multicultural music and dance.
    Campers learn songs and dances from various countries. They get to practice with a variety of drums, and learn simple guitar chords.
  • Art and culture.
    Campers visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Fairfields, and are given special tours of the Interchurch Gallery. For many of the campers who are from other countries, this is their first exposure to art from their home culture.

You shouldn’t necessarily expect your kid to be a chess grand master or a pro golfer by the end of camp. But campers get an exposure to many activities they’d rarely get to try, and they may form a lasting passion to continues learning.