Homeschool Families and Groups

Camp is an amazing place where the magic of a child’s imagination can come to life and the adventurous spirit unleashed in a safe and fun environment.

Camp Belzer is excited to launch specific programs for homeschool families and groups. With over 100 years of experience serving youth, Camp Belzer has unique opportunities and programs that homeschool families and groups will find exciting. Check  below out what Camp Belzer is offering.

Monthly Programs

Join other local homeschool families and groups in safe, fun, and educational programs and activities hosted at Camp Belzer each month. Starting in January of 2021, three programs will be offered the first Wednesday, second Friday, and third Thursday of each month. First Wednesdays are a nature hike with changing themes and new topics each month. Every second Friday of the month is STEAM day, and youth will have an opportunity to conduct science experiments, create art projects, work with robots, test engineering projects, and more. Third Thursdays of the month are skills day. Youth will learn and practice a new skill such as knot tying, wood working, leather work, welding, BB shooting, archery, and more.

First Wednesdays

Nature Hike
$ 5 per youth
  • 11 AM to Noon every first Wednesday of the month
  • Open to all Ages
  • Trained qualified instructors

Second Fridays

STEAM Day
$ 15 per participating youth
  • Noon to 2 PM every second Friday of the month
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Trained qualified instructors

Third Thursdays

Skills Day
$ 15 per participating youth
  • 4 PM to 6 PM every third Thursday of the month
  • Ages 5 and up
  • Trained qualified instructors

The programs require advance sign up. All programs require a minimum of eight youth signed up 48 hours prior to the event’s start time and have a maximum of 20 youth. If you wish to schedule your homeschool group to participate in similar program but have more than 20 youth, please see the section below regarding Customized Programs. 

Customized Programs

In addition to our monthly programs, Camp Belzer can host customized programs and activities for your family or homeschool group. These programs can be tailored to meet your goals. Camp Belzer has been serving youth for over 100 years and has endless program and activity opportunities. Camp Belzer can offer programs and activities with emphasis in STEAM, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), leadership development, character development, Project Based Learning (PBL), ecology, and more! Programs can be offered morning, noon, or night Sunday through Saturday in large or small groups.

Available Programs and Activities

  • Indoor bouldering
  • BB guns (Indoors and Outdoors)
  • Archery
  • Relay races
  • Hiking/backpacking
  • Wilderness survival
  • Wood working
  • Leather working
  • Knot tying
  • Crafts
  • Swimming (in season)
  • Zipline
  • Leadership development
  • Character development
  • Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • Self-directed collaborative play
  • Sports
  • Gaga ball
  • Outdoor education
  • Robotics
  • Basic chemistry
  • Forest school
  • STEM
  • First aid
  • Fire building

Please contact Matthew Long by emailing matlong@scouting.org or calling at 317-813-7086 to schedule a customized program.

Activities, Events & Programs

Camp Belzer is excited to announce that we will be revamping our program to be more rank-specific and involve more Tiger and Wolf adventures in the program. Your child will progress from station to station learning and having fun with age-appropriate and age-specific activities and programming.

Camp-wide Events

Opening Ceremony

Every morning we hold an opening ceremony that is designed to get everyone excited about camp and includes a flag ceremony and opening announcements.

Closing Ceremony

Finish out your week at Camp Belzer by getting up on stage and performing. A great opportunity to let each youth Scouting spirit shine in front of the entire camp. In Camp Belzer tradition, every tribe performs a song.

Camp-wide Theme

Camp Belzer incorporates a camp-wide theme into all of its program events. This theme is unique to Belzer, which adds distinction to those children participating in Day Camp.

As part of the theme, children will participate in a series of challenges throughout their time at camp.

2020 Theme: Hometown Heroes

Adventure Loops

Below are Adventure Loops offered at Day Camp.

Program Area Tiger Rank Wolf Rank
Archery Archery Archery
BB Guns BB Guns BB Guns
Slide for Life Slide for Life Slide for Life
Maze Maze Maze
Monkey Bridge Monkey Bridge Monkey Bridge
Pool Floats & Boats – Can be completed at Camp Pool
Relay Race Tiger Tag – Can be completed at Camp Running with the Pack* – Can be completed at Camp
Cooking Cooking Cooking
Fitness Games Tigers Play* – Can be completed at Camp Paws of Skill – Requirements 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6
Ecology My Tiger Jungle* – Can be completed at Camp Spirit of the Water – Can be completed at Camp
Woodcraft Woodcraft Woodcraft
Engineering Engineering Engineering
Technology Technology Technology

Bold activities are Adventure Loops. *Required for Rank; all others are electives.

Daily Schedule

Below is the typical schedule at Day Camp.

7:30AM
Medical Office Opens & Start of Early Drop Off*
7:30AM
8:30AM
Standard Arrival & Trading Post Opens
8:30AM
8:55AM
Opening Ceremony
8:55AM
9:00AM
Station 1
9:00AM
10:00AM
Station 2
10:00AM
11:00AM
Station 3
11:00AM
12:00PM
Lunch
12:00PM
1:00PM
Station 4
1:00PM
2:00PM
Station 5
2:00PM
3:00PM
Station 6
3:00PM
4:00PM
Standard Departure, Trading Post Closes & Start of Aftercare*
4:00PM
6:00PM
Last Pickup for Aftercare* & Medical Office Closes
6:00PM

*Available for an additional charge. See Extended Care for more information.

Camp Services

Health Lodge

The Health Lodge is located near the main camp area. A qualified Health Officer is on-duty during all program time. While camp is in-session, routine medical needs and daily medical care are provided throughout the day. If more advanced care is needed, we attempt to contact and consult the youth’s parent before transporting them to a nearby medical facility. Upon check-in, please notify the Health Officer of any medical conditions or medications being taken by youth and adults.

Lost & Found

A lost and found is maintained at the Camp Office. If you have lost an item, check there first. If you have found an item without an owner, bring it to the Camp Office so that we can try to find who it belongs to. Any unclaimed items are donated within a month after the end of the summer.

Cost Item
$1 to $50 Camp Souvenirs
$12 to $25 Camp T-Shirts
$5 to $25 Toys & Games
$10 to $20 Camp Hats
$10 to $15 Camp Water Bottles
$1 to $50 Camp Equipment
$1 to $4 Drinks
$1 to $5 Snacks
$1 to $3 Candy
$1 to $5 Ice Cream

Trading Post

Camp Belzer features a Trading Post fully stocked with a variety of camp supplies. Here, children can obtain products such as toiletries, water bottles, clothing, souvenirs, camping gear, and refreshments. The Trading Post will be open on a regular basis during program times.

Spending Money

We recommend that spending money be brought for purchasing snacks and camp souvenirs. How much money to bring is a personal decision between the youth and their parents. To help determine how much money to bring to camp, take a look at our general price guide.

We recommend that a parent doles out the money through the week. This keeps the child from losing their money and can serve as a method of teaching thriftiness.

Cash and credit cards are accepted at the Trading Post.

Meal Services

Camp Belzer is lucky to be an Indiana Department of Education Summer Food Program Site operated by MSD of Lawrence Township. This USDA program allows MSD of Lawrence Township to provide lunch to all youth participants for free. Youth participants will be receiving USDA-approved lunches similar to those served throughout the school year.

During morning check-in, or at the office, adults can purchase this same meal for $4. Should you not be satisfied with the provided food, or elect to not participate, campers are welcome to pack their own lunch. Many parents choose to pack snacks to eat before and after lunch throughout the day.

Preparing for Camp

Medical Forms

The safety of your child and all our campers is our top priority. One aspect of that is for all campers to have a health form on file at camp, including Day Camp. The BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (form # 680-001) is required for each youth and adult participant. Part C is not required for Day Camp.

Upon arrival at camp, a copy of a current medical form for each youth and adult must be turned in to the medical staff. An attached photocopy of the camper’s insurance card must also be provided, as directed by Part A. In accordance with state law, medical forms cannot be returned, as they must remain on file for two years. Due to federal regulations (HIPAA), copies of these health forms should not be faxed to Camp Belzer. Copies should also be kept by the pack or parents if on-site.

Equipment Checklist

The following list is provided as an aid, but certainly is not all-encompassing. Children should ask parents to assist them in their preparation.

Arriving & Leaving Camp

Arriving at Camp

Starting at 7:45AM, staff will be assisting in parking. Please see the parking map for a basic description of parking. Plan to arrive between 8:00AM and 8:30AM each day. NO DROP-OFFS are allowed. Please plan to park, walk in, and check-in each morning.

Enter camp through the main gate at the east entrance off Boy Scout Road. You will pass the Camp Ranger’s house and continue to the parking lot. Staff will then direct you into a parking spot and assist in directing you and your children to the Activity Center for check-in.

Please see the early drop-off and aftercare section if you wish to utilize our extended care programs.

Check-in at the Activity Center

Once you arrive and park, please proceed to the Activity Center. Check-in will occur in the Activity Center each day. During check-in, we will inform you of any important information and ensure we have all necessary paperwork. Please do not arrive before 8:00AM because the staff will not be available to assist you with check-in. Check-in for anyone that arrives later than 9:00AM must check-in at the Camp Office.

If you must check-in earlier than 8:00AM, please see our precare section.

Check-in at the Tribe Field

After checking-in at the Activity Center, your child will be assigned to a tribe color (Red, Yellow, Green or Blue). The tribe field, located directly outside of the Activity Center, is where the group leaders will be stationed waiting to receive your child for the day. Please take note of your child’s group number, which will hasten the check-in and check-out procedures the rest of the week.

Leaving Camp

Check-out

Check-out will occur in the Activity Center starting at 4:00PM. All parents and leaders must check-out in the Activity Center before leaving Camp Belzer with a child. To ensure the safety of all children at Camp Belzer, all individuals who check-out a child MUST be listed on the BSA Medical Health Form as someone approved to take the child out of camp. In order to verify if an adult is approved to take a child out of camp, the adult MUST provide a government-issued photo ID. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

If an adult attempts to check-out a child who is not listed on the medical form, we will contact those listed on the form to ensure he or she is approved to pick-up the child. If you need to check-out your child prior to 4:00PM, please stop in the Camp Office and we will coordinate the check-out process.

If you need to check-out your child after 4:30PM, please see our aftercare section.

Extended Care

Precare

Precare will be available starting at 7:00AM for those parents who are unable to check-in their child during the regular check-in times. Trained staff members will watch the children until the program begins in the morning. Parents are still required to check-in at the Activity Center each morning. On Monday, the 8:30AM parent meeting is not required if the parent is utilizing precare, but it is highly recommended.

Aftercare

Aftercare will be available from 4:00PM to 6:00PM for those parents who are unable to check-out their child during the regular check-out times. Trained staff members will watch the children until the parent arrives. Parents are still required to be listed on the child’s health form and present a government-issued photo ID.

Registering for Camp

Registration and payment for Camp Belzer is completed by a parent or single unit coordinator online through Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America.

All payments for Camp Belzer should be made online with a credit card or e-check (unit checks should be paid by e-check through the online registration system, not the Scout Shops).

2020 Dates

Week Dates
Week 1 June 8 – June 12, 2020
Week 2 June 15 – June 19, 2020
Week 3 June 22 – June 26, 2020
Week 5 July 6 – July 10, 2020
Week 6 July 13 – July 17, 2020

Payment Deadlines

On or before the dates below, the balance of your fees is due. You will qualify for the early or regular fee depending on when the balance of the fees is paid. You may pay for some Scouts in your pack at one fee level and others at a different fee level.

May 1, 2020

Cub Scouts: $155 early fee due
Adults: Free

June 1, 2020

Cub Scouts: $180 regular fee due
Adults: Free

Adult Participation

Pack leaders and parents are welcome to attend, but are not required to attend. Adults must check-in each day and receive a wristband. Adult check-in occurs at the same time youth check-in or, if arriving at a different time, an adult should check-in at the Camp Office.

Financial Assistance

Finances should never be a reason for a child to not attend camp. Crossroads of America Council offers a Campership Program where recipients can be awarded up to 50% of the early summer camp fee.

Eligible camperships are first come, first serve until funding is exhausted. Contact the Council’s Camping Office by phone at (317) 813-7067 or by email at camping@crossroadsbsa.org for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

If we are unable to answer your questions below, or if you have any hesitations, please contact us at (317) 546-6031. We want to do whatever we can to earn your trust and ensure that your child does not miss out on the life changing experience of camp.

Camp Belzer operates year-round and serves youth of all ages with dedicated professionals of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

During the summer, Camp Belzer is focused on providing safe, age-appropriate activities for our youngest Cub Scouts. With a combined total of over 60 years of youth development and camp experience, our summertime camp leadership team is prepared to look after your child. All members of our camp leadership team are trained at National BSA Camping School. Camp Belzer’s leadership team also increases during the summer to included professional educators that care for and teach our communities youth during the school year.

Your son or daughter will do all sorts of fun, age-appropriate activities, including archery, swimming, hiking, STEM activities, and making new friends.

You should know that while we do all sorts of events at Camp Belzer the activities are not the most important part. The most important part is that your child will be able to challenge themselves in a safe and supportive environment, surrounded by well-trained staff. Sometimes that means your child will be uncomfortable meeting a new friend or trying a new activity.

It is through camp that your child will grow and learn how to face new challenges on their own.

Even during day camp children get homesick. When this happens, all our staff are trained in working with homesick youth and will be there to support them. When needed, our leadership team and medical team have further training and years of experience.

In our years of service, we have found it’s best to not let your homesick child call home. While this might seem counter-intuitive, it is the right thing to do. In general, the best thing for a homesick camper is not to call home but to get the camper busy doing fun activities. A camper that calls home almost always goes home, and we do not want your son or daughter to miss out on the life-changing experience camp can offer.

Rest assured that in severe cases, we will call and consult you about your child.

Camp Belzer is lucky to be an Indiana Department of Education Summer Food Program Site operated by MSD of Lawrence Township. This USDA program allows MSD of Lawrence Township to provide lunch to all youth participants for free. Youth participants will be receiving USDA-approved lunches similar to those served throughout the school year.

During morning check-in, or at the office, adults can purchase this same meal for $4. Should you not be satisfied with the provided food, or elect to not participate, campers are welcome to pack their own lunch. Many parents choose to pack snacks to eat before and after lunch throughout the day.

Unfortunately, as lunch is provided by a third-party provider, we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions. We recommend packing a lunch for those who have dietary restrictions.

Should you need to contact your child, please call the camp office at (317) 546-6031.

Generally, this phone is answer Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. However, during our busy times, such as peak arrival and departure, answers may be delayed.

Camp Belzer employs a qualified and dedicated Health Officer who is on-duty and on-property during all program times. The Health Lodge is already prepared for routine medical needs, including dispensing medications.

Camp Belzer has golf carts available for participants who have mobility issues. If there are additional special needs, please call us at (317) 546-6031 to determine if we can host your child.

Camp Belzer employs a qualified and dedicated Health Officer who is on-duty and on-property during all program times. The Health Lodge is located in Downtown Belzer, near the Activity Center for routine medical needs.

While we strive to prevent all accidents, we recognize that injuries will occur, and our staff is trained and equipped to responded. Most injuries are simple scrapes and bruises and are cared for in the program areas by the trained program staff. However, sometimes they need a bit more care and are treated in our Health Lodge. You will be notified if this happens.

If an emergency occurs, please know that we are prepared. In addition to our Health Officer, our staff is trained in first aid, CPR and our Camp Ranger is an EMT. If necessary, two trained staff members will accompany your child to a nearby medical facility. When possible, the Camp Director will make every effort to contact you before transporting your child; though, we will not delay care when immediate care is warranted.

Indiana summer weather can be very accommodating to day camp or very unaccommodating. The leadership team always tracks the weather so they are aware of incoming dangers—be that storms, rain, or high temperatures. Some programs can continue as normal during rain while others cannot. Your child should be prepared to continue during rain.

In the cases of severe rain, we will close programs and move activities indoors as appropriate. In cases of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes all participants and staff will be sheltered in strategically per-approved safe locations. In the case of severe heat, we activate our water drinking program which requires participants to drink water before, during, and after each activity. Depending on the heat indexes we may cancel or move activities indoors.

We will take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of your child during severe weather.

Camp Belzer is a BSA Nationally Accredited Camp with yearly inspections.

Camp Belzer has always prioritized safety and has an incredible safety record. The highly trained staff is prepared to handle all situations that may arise.