Day Camps

Catalyst Day Camps is excited to offer TEN weeks of Day Camp for 6-12 year olds at just $200 per week! Your camper will be encouraged to experience all that camp has to offer in a caring, safe environment. Camp is Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
 
 
  • Week #1 June 3-7 , 2019 | Tubing – Each camper will have a chance to go tubing this week!
  • Week #2 June 10-14, 2019 | Snakes Alive! – Kids will get a chance to see and hold real non-venomous snakes and other reptiles and learn about God’s existence, love for us, and presence in our world, with Snakes Alive! herpetologist Rick Teepen.
  • Week #3 June 17-21, 2019 | Jerry Jacoby – Music, comedy, and other antics abound with Kid Motivator Jerry Jacoby encouraging campers in self-esteem, responsibility, and character.
  • Week #4 June 24-28, 2019 | Tubing – Each camper will have a chance to go tubing this week!
  • Week #6 July 8-12, 2019 | Water Wars and Snakes Alive! – Water balloon fights, slip and slides, water games — it’s going to be a week full of wet and crazy fun! We’ll also see a show by Snakes Alive!
  • Week #7 July 15-19, 2019 | Outdoor Education and Tubing – Get your scout on with a week full of building campfires and shelters, identifying plants and animals, and more. Plus, campers will have an opportunity to go tubing!
  • Week #8 July 22-26, 2019 | Camper Challenge Week – Come set a new camp record on obstacle courses and other physical challenges!
  • Week #9 July 29-August 2, 2019 | The Great Camp Mystery and Snakes Alive! – Our camp mascot has disappeared! Can your team solve The Great Camp Mystery and rescue Twigginstin? Plus, a show by Snakes Alive!
  • Week #10 August 5-9, 2019 | Catalyst Pine Car Derby – It’s time to race! Each camper will get a pine car kit. We will paint, cut, and craft each car throughout the week. On Friday at closing will be the big race!
 
Schedules subject to change. Please note that we cannot guarantee a camper will be able to partake in that week’s activity if they attend a partial week of camp.
 
  • tubing
  • climbing wall
  • black hole slide
  • team building
  • great food
  • kandy kabin
  • laser combat
  • Bible study
  • kayaking
  • group games
  • logrolling
  • crafts
  • rec room
  • rocket wars
  • music and singing
  • 9-square-in-the-air
  • swimming
  • gorilla ball
  • archery
  • drama

Rates

Pricing includes all activities, sessions, buffet lunch, and a camp t-shirt.
  • One Week: $200 ($50 in savings*)
  • Two Weeks: $350 ($150 in savings*)
  • All Summer: $1,500 ($1,000 in savings*)
  • Daily Rate (If Not Coming All Week): $50
*Savings calculated compared to daily rate of $50
 

Discounts

  • Group Discount – $15 off per camper for groups of 6 or more. Contact us to set up a group code.
  • Sibling Discount – $5 discount per camper per day for each additional sibling. (Limit of 2)
 

Financial Assistance

Through the generosity of thoughtful and caring friends, we are thankful to provide the camp experience to those that otherwise may not be able to afford it. If you are in need of financial assistant to attend Catalyst Camps, you can apply for a scholarship.
 

Typical Day Schedule

Typical Day at Day Camp
8:30 AM Drop-off and Welcome Party
9:00 AM Morning Activities
10:00 AM Session (worship, teaching, small groups)
11:00 AM Activities
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Afternoon Options
2:00 PM Beach Party
3:00 PM Kandy Kabin and Rec Room
4:00 PM Small Groups
4:30 PM Field Games
5:00-5:30 PM Pick-up
 

Health & Safety

Catalyst Camps is committed to providing a healthy, positive and Christian environment for campers and our staff. Through education and intentionality, we believe we can create a safe camp experience for everyone. The sections below represent a summary of initiatives Catalyst Camps takes to help protect campers, staff and families.
 
Health and Health Services
 
While sickness and serious injuries are rare and we do our best to keep camp a safe and pleasant experience for everyone, campers may develop a sickness or undergo injury. Therefore, Catalyst Camps recruits a certified physician or nurse who provides 24-hour care during each week of summer camp and each weekend of winter camp. Also, we understand that campers will require medical care for a variety of reasons while at camp. We ask families to provide all pertinent medical and behavioral health information on the camper health forms. All medications and health histories are confidential. All medications brought to camp are required to be checked-in with the medical personnel at registration to ensure proper distribution during camp.
 
Advanced medical care is provided by Franciscan St. Anthony Health, a full-service medical center located approximately 17 minutes from camp. Emergency EMS transportation is available less than two minutes away, if needed.
 
Food Service
 
The dining hall is managed by a full-time, year round certified Food Service Director. A professional-grade cooking facility, the dining hall is inspected by county health officials regularly as required by the state of Indiana. All food is purchased by our Food Service Director through reputable, insured vendors. We are used to working with campers who may have dietary restrictions or food allergies. To best care for your child, please inform us on the registration form of any allergies so we can effectively prepare to provide great care for your child. If after reviewing your registration form we have further questions, our Program Director, Food Service Director or Camp Nurse may contact you prior to camp to ensure proper care will be provided.
 
Insurance
 
To keep our camp tuition to a minimum, we have chosen not to provide camper insurance. Therefore, expenses incurred when a camper is treated by an outside medical provider are covered by the parent or guardian and/or their personal insurance, if available. The camp’s policy regarding medical coverage parallels those medical policies set forth by most elementary and secondary schools.
 
Activity and Environment
 
Supervision, security and safety procedures are an integral part of our 24-hour daily operation. Activities at camp are scheduled and closely supervised. Rules are communicated and campers receive instruction before engaging in activities. Good supervisory control is stressed and maintained throughout the day. All equipment, activity areas and facilities are well maintained by a full-time maintenance department and checked for potential hazards. Camper interaction is closely monitored to ensure a bully-free environment. At Catalyst Camps, we know that campers’ favorite activities often involve the waterfront, but we also understand that the waterfront is along the most high-risk areas of camp. Therefore, swimming is only allowed in the swimming area during daylight hours when a certificated lifeguard is present. Proper consideration is made regarding lifeguard to camper ratio depending on age and skill of the swimmers. (Please note, due to the shallow nature of Cedar Lake, the swimming area has a maximum depth of four feet in the swimming area, and campers are not allowed on the dock to prevent diving into shallow waters.) Furthermore, properly fitted and secured flotation device must be worn at all times when campers are in boats, canoes or kayaks. Water equipment can only be used in designated area, following state laws and when a lifeguard is present.
 
Staffing and Training
 
As a parent, you are concerned with who influences your child and so are we. We believe it is imperative that staff members are properly screened and possess the training, abilities and passion required to mentor and care for your camper.
 
Summer Staff, including program assistants, counselors and support staff, typically consist of college-age students. Hiring practices include an application process, references, interviews and criminal and sexual offender background checks.
 
Summer Staff receives 40-80 hours of intensive job specific training including proper use and safety procedures for activities and equipment and emergency action procedures in case of fire, storms, suspicious persons, etc. Also, the summer staff are trained to provide proper care and direction depending on age-group of the campers. Training also includes Child Protection Policies regarding modesty, reporting, appropriate behavior and touch and securing a bully-free environment. Catalyst Camps employs a Program Director and Summer Staff Program Assistants who manage all summer staff.
 

Arrival & Departure

 
Drop-Off
 
Day Camp standard check-in time is each weekday morning at 8:30 a.m., Central Time (or between 8:00–8:30 a.m. if registered for early drop-off). Please allow extra time on your first day of camp to make final payment (if necessary), for a brief health screening, and to meet your camper’s Team Leader.
 
Pick-Up
 
The camp day ends at 5:00 p.m and pick-up is 5:00-5:30. Please pick up your child from 5:00-5:30 p.m. each evening (or between 5:30–6:00 p.m. if registered for late pick-up). Please remain in your vehicle, and you will be directed to line up for our convenient “drive-through” pick-up system. If you are unable to pick up your child, please notify us at drop-off as to who will be picking up your child. Unless otherwise notified, your child will only be released to the person(s) whom you identify. Also, if you need to pick up your camper early, please let us know in advance, and we will have your camper ready for pick-up at the office at the time you request.
 
The camp week ends with a short closing session starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and campers will be dismissed after. Parents are encouraged to attend and enjoy a short session with photos, music and memories from the week! If you are not able to attend the closing session, you will be able to pick up your child in the “drive-through.”
 
 

What to Bring to Day Camp

 
Clothing
 
  • Shoes – tennis shoes and water/beach shoes
  • Modest Swimsuit (one piece or tankini for girls)
  • Casual, Modest Summer Clothes (shorts, pants, sweatshirt, t-shirts, hat, etc.) – campers are encouraged to leave their favorite clothes at home
 
Other
 
  • Bible – we would be happy to give you one if you do not have one
  • Beach towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Plastic Bag (to put wet items in after swimming)
  • Backpack or Bag to keep personal items in
  • Water Bottle
  • Regular or emergency use prescription medications (e.g. inhalers, EpiPen®, solid or liquid meds)*
 
*Prescription Medications and aids (such as an inhaler, EpiPen, etc.) should be brought in the original container with current prescription label attached. Medication will be checked in upon arrival and will be dispensed by the Camp Nurse as prescribed. If camper is taking the medication against the methods prescribed on the label, a signed note from the camper’s physician will be required. The Camp Nurse will be available to dispense over-the-counter medications, provided by the camp, as necessary (such as pain medicine, bandages, etc.).
 

What NOT to Bring

To avoid damage to valuable items and to help limit distractions while focusing on the purpose your retreat, Catalyst Camps asks that campers leave the following items at home.
 
  • iPods/iPads, laptops, video games, portable DVD players or similar electronics.
  • Valuable items or additional cash should be left at home to avoid loss or damage in the midst of the high-energy activities common at camp.
  • Clothing or items with questionable, suggestive or misleading slogans, logos, etc. Clothing must cover midriff and undergarments.
  • Non-prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, weapons (knives, guns, tasers, lighters) or other items that may cause harm.
  • Cell Phones – Catalyst Camps holds a “no cell phone” policy for campers to allow them to “unplug” from normal distractions, to safeguard valuable items, and to alleviate homesickness challenges. Furthermore, parents are asked not to call unless there is an emergency.
 
Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list of what your camper shouldn’t bring to camp but is a list of some of the obvious things to avoid bringing to camp. Also, Catalyst Camps reserves the right to confiscate any inappropriate items, to be returned to the parent when the child is picked up from camp.
 

Cancellations

For cancellations 14 days or more prior to the start of your child’s session, a refund of camp costs less a $35 handling fee will be returned. Less than 14 days, refunds are not available. However, you may call our office at (219) 374-5941 to transfer your registration to another event or guest.