Explorers & Pathfinders

Brownsburg Parks is dedicated to providing a safe, hands-on learning experience for our explorers & pathfinders as they build relationships, celebrate accomplishments and develop a sense of belonging. The adventure starts here! Register your child online today.

Who: Explorers (Ages 6-8, MUST have attended Kindergarten to participate), Pathfinders (Ages 9-12)
When: Monday-Friday 6:30 AM- 6:00 PM (Programming hours: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Where: Cardinal Elementary School, 3590 Hornaday Road, Door J
Cost: Weekly Fee: $150, $160 with payment plan (includes $25 non-refundable deposit). Save $10 per week by paying in full!

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Week 1 (June 1-4) Camp Closed on Memorial Day (May 31)

Theme: Down on the Farm
Field Trip: Traders Point Creamery, Zionsville

Get ready for this “Moo-rific” week! Campers are going down on the farm to Traders Point Creamery!  With over 130 acres of farmland, Traders Point Creamery is one of the largest dairy farms in the Indianapolis area.  Campers will experience a day in the life of a farmer and learn what it takes to work on an organic dairy farm. Along the tour your child will meet cows, pigs, and even get an opportunity to feed the chickens! Campers will end the tour with a Q & A session with the farmer while they enjoy a delicious ice cream treat made right on the farm!

Week 2 (June 7-11)

Theme:  Challenge Accepted!
Field Trip: Carmel-Clay Water Park, Carmel

This week at Adventure Camp LITERALLY anything can happen! The competition will be fierce as campers challenge each other individually and in teams to a variety of activities such as relay races, obstacle courses, and fun water challenges! By the end of the week, your camper will be ready to cool down with a visit to Carmel-Clay Water Park! Will they be up to the challenge of riding adventurous slippery slides or climbing the Water Wall?

Week 3 (June 14-18)

Theme: Pedal to the Metal
Field Trip: Fun Factory Roller Skating, Indianapolis
Special Guest: NINE 13 (Sponsored by Hendricks Regional)

Campers, bring your bikes and lets RIDE! This week, campers will learn and practice crucial biking skills on our uniquely designed course such as stopping at an intersection, steering through sharp turns, and even passing a pedestrian on a trail! Worried that your child doesn’t know how to ride? No problem! Our friends from Kiwanis and bike safety expert Richard Vonnegut will teach your child to ride in no time! NINE 13 will also be visiting and providing STEM activities and stationary bike racing. After pushing the pedals all week campers will put wheels on foot and enjoy roller-skating at Fun Factory!

Week 4 (June 21-25)

Theme: Wet & Wild!
Field trip: Freedom Springs Water Park, Greenwood

Are you ready to get wet?! Pack your bathing suit, towel, and a change of clothes because we are going to get soaked all week! Campers will splish-splash at the BHS pool, participate in water relay races at camp, and engaging in some super soaked STEM projects that involve all things water! Campers will end the week by having a wet and wild time at Freedom Springs Water Park.  Don’t miss out on this refreshing adventure!

Week 5 (June 28-July 2)

Theme: Under the Big Top
Field Trip: Cool Creek Park/ Nature Center, Carmel 

We are joining the festivities and celebrating the 4th of July with a good old fashioned camp carnival! Campers will imagine that they are “Under the Big Top” and enjoy carnival themed games and activities, big fun inflatables, and have opportunities to earn tickets and win prizes!  To finish off the week, we will head over to Cool Creek Park to trek the trails, visit the nature center, stomp the creek, and burn off some pent up energy at the amazing playground! Don’t miss out on this wacky week of fun!

Week 6 (July 5-9)

Theme: Summer Olympics Showdown
Field Trip: Kid’s Planet, Brownsburg

“Never quit, Never give up” is the motto campers will live by during this eventful,  engaging and challenging week of Olympic games. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about the Summer Olympic Games and participate in a pretend “Olympic Athlete boot camp training” at Kid’s Planet! Campers will learn about the dedication it takes to become an Olympic athlete and learn about the importance of daily nutrition. Campers will also enjoy a day full of Adventure Camp Olympics full of games, relays, and team building exercises. Will your camper help their team bring home the gold?!

Week 7 (July 12-16)

Theme:  Sports Mania
Field Trip: Washington Town Park (Camp Wars), Holiday Park (Indianapolis)

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is!” Bring your positive attitudes and good sportsmanship this week to camp as we play all the sports! We will focus on learning basic fundamentals of sports like baseball, soccer, basketball, and many more.  Campers will also head over to Washington Township Park to participate in a good old fashion Camp Wars. With games like tug-a-war, water relays, limbo, and a counselor challenge! What camp will bring home the trophy? To end the week, a special visit to Holiday Park will be in order to enjoy the great outdoors with playground fun, nature trails, and learn about nature through exploration with an interactive nature center visit!

Week 8 (July 19-23)

Theme: Splish- Splash
Field Trip: Gill Family Aquatic Center, Danville
Do you want to get WET?! Bring your sunscreen and get ready to be drenched with water because we are going to the waterpark!  Join us as we float down the lazy river, ride the waves, and enjoy a fun filled day in the sun! Rest assured Gill Family Aquatic Center is equipped with plenty of lifejackets and highly trained parks lifeguards to supervise all of the aquatic activity. We hope you can soak up the sun with us during this fun filled week!

Week 9 (July 26-28)

Theme: Camp Throwback
Field Trip: Williams Park, Brownsburg

Join us for the last week of summer when we go back to classic camp basics! Campers will get to experience the old days when camp was about making team names, competing against one another, making food on the campfire, and singing silly songs. Campers will visit Williams Park on the last day of camp and participate in fun field games, relay races, water games, and much more. Big Bounce Fun House will provide an amazing bounce house for campers to jump their heart out on the last day of summer! After getting cooled off with some Kona Ice, campers will get to showcase their talents during our End of Summer Talent Show! What talent will you bring?

Updated Safety Measures to Prevent Transmission and Spread of COVID-19

Hours of Operation: 6:30 AM- 6:00 PM. (Drop-off time: 6:30-8:30 AM; pick-up time: 4:00-6:00 PM)

Updated Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures:

  • Please be patient and plan for longer wait times at drop-off and pick-up as enhanced safety measures will take additional time. Curbside contactless parent/guardian check-in/check-out services will be implemented between the first and last hour of camp in the parking lot behind Cardinal and Delaware Trail Elementary. Parents/guardians who intend to drop their child off at camp outside of these designated times must call ahead to make a check-in/check-out appointment.
  • Drop-off car line up may start no earlier than 6:15 AM.
  • Participants will be greeted at their cars each morning by a staff member who will ask a brief series of questions regarding your child’s current health status. The staffer will also provide a contactless temperature scan each day.
  • The staff member will record your child’s check-in and check-out times on the site phones and will initial on behalf of the parent/guardian and will acknowledge that a temperature scan and health screening has taken place upon drop-off.
    • A parent/guardian may be asked to pull out of the check-in/check-out line and park their vehicle if the child has difficulty joining his or her assigned group.
  • Participants will be then be instructed to wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to entering any Brownsburg Parks or BCSC facility.
  • Participants will be assigned to “pods” of no more than 30 participants.
  • These campers will not mix with other pods during the day.
  • Staff-to-participant ratio will be 1:15 in each pod.
  • If the staff-to-participant ratio of 1:15 cannot be maintained, Brownsburg Parks reserves the right to cancel the program.

New Enhanced Health & Safety Requirements

  • Parents/guardians and other visitors will not be permitted in BCSC facilities and will remain in vehicles during drop-off and pick-up. *See Updated Drop-Off /Pick-Up Procedures above.
  • Participants and staff will be instructed to wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to entering any Brownsburg Parks or BCSC facilities, including on arrival at camp.
  • Participants will be asked to wash hands throughout the day. Summer B.A.S.E. staff will prominently display educational content, proper hygiene posters, and child-friendly hand washing instructions.
  • During meal times, campers will stay with their pods.
  • Each participant will be supervised during hand washing before they eat as well as after eating. Staff will also be expected to wash their hands before and after meals. If at all possible, participants will eat their meal outside “picnic-style” to minimize the need to clean tables and chairs.
  • If tables and chairs are used for meals, participants will have assigned seating.  Staff will clean and disinfect all surfaces before and after meal time.
  • Staff will wear gloves and masks to assist participants with food items.
  • Participants may bring a packed and labeled lunch/snacks, labeled water bottle and sunscreen. No other items will be permitted. Any other items will be held by staff and returned to the parent/guardian at pick-up.
  • Participants will not use drinking fountains at program facilities with the exception of staff to refill water bottles. Participants are encouraged to bring a labeled bottle for water to camp each day.
  • Brownsburg Parks will keep bottled water on hand for participants who forget their water bottles.
  • Participants will self-apply sunscreen with the guidance of staff multiple times throughout the day. We recommend that parents/guardians apply a base layer of sunscreen in the mornings prior to check in.
    • If a participant forgets to bring his/her labeled sunscreen to camp, camp- supplied sunscreen will be offered.
    • If the participant is not permitted to apply sunscreen and/or has allergies to sunscreen, please alert staff prior to check in the first day of camp and indicate this allergy on ePACT.
  • To ensure participants stay within their group of 30, participants will be assigned to a pod at an assigned meeting location  (i.e. Cardinal Elementary playground or Cardinal Park). All pods will be kept separate and will not mingle with one another.
    • Procedures will be put in place to ensure that only one pod is travelling to a specified location (such as the restrooms) at a time to help keep distance from one another.
    • Just as participants will be kept separated, so will the staff serving those children. Staff will be assigned to a specific program location; they will not move from one area to another without approval from the Recreation Manager or Assistant Director of Recreation Services.
    • Once a child has been assigned to a pod, there will not be an opportunity to move to a different pod.
  • When playgrounds are open for public use (scheduled for June 1), participants may use the playground equipment.
    • Participants must wash hands prior to and following playing on the equipment.
    • Some playground features that encourage close proximity to others may be unavailable for use.
    • No more than 1 pod will be on the equipment at any given time.
    • Staff will frequently clean all surfaces and playgrounds for additional prevention.

Updated Illness Policy

  • Parents/guardians are our best defense against the spread of viruses at camp. Every effort will be made to educate parents/guardians about safety precautions to ensure children are not sent to camp sick.
  • Participants will be greeted at their cars each morning by a staff member who will ask the parent/guardian if the child has had a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, or a temperature of 100.4 or above in the last 72 hours. If the answer is yes to any of the symptoms above, the participant will NOT be allowed to attend Summer B.A.S.E. until they have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
    •  Staff members will take each child’s temperature using a non-contact thermometer when the children arrive at Summer B.A.S.E. If the child’s temperature is at or above 100.4F, they will be sent home and will not be allowed to return until at least 72 hours have passed without symptoms and without the use of fever-reducing medications.
      • If a child’s temperature is at or above 100.4 F, the parent/guardian will be asked to pull the vehicle out of the check-in carpool line to allow staff to provide a secondary standard thermometer temperature reading. If the second reading registers at or above 100.4F, the camper will NOT be allowed to attend Summer B.A.S.E. until they have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
      • If a child with a temperature at or above 100.4F has siblings enrolled in camp, the siblings will not be permitted to attend camp until the time frames indicated above have been met.
  • Staff will monitor the health of children throughout the day. If any signs of illness appear, such as a constant cough, shortness of breath, or a fever, the parent/guardian will be called for immediate pick-up and the child may be prohibited from attending camp until symptom and fever-free for 72 hours. Prompt pick-up is expected in this situation; lack of promptness or non-communication may result in suspension from the program.
    • Brownsburg Parks will provide a designated isolation space at each camp location for those participants who become ill.
    • Staff will isolate the participant from everyone until the parent/guardian arrives, as well as immediately sanitize everything the ill participant has touched.
  • Staff will require participants who cough/sneeze to immediately wash their hands. Additionally, staff will work to educate participants to cough and sneeze into their elbows.
  • If Brownsburg Parks becomes aware that a participant or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and has recently visited or worked at Summer B.A.S.E., the facility will be closed for professional cleaning. Brownsburg Parks will work with a local contractor to deep clean the respective space.
    • Families of all participants will be notified within 24 hours of the confirmed case of COVID-19 via email. (This email will be in compliance with HIPAA and will not reveal the identity of any confirmed individual(s))
    • The email to all affected families will detail the length of the camp closure to allow a local contractor to deep clean the facility. A closure may last anywhere between 1-14+ scheduled camp days, depending on recommendations from the Hendricks County Health Department.
    • Contact tracing will be conducted in coordination with either the Hendricks County Health Department or the Indiana State Department of Health

Updated Staff Requirements: Brownsburg Parks will increase staff awareness of communicable disease prevention procedures through required training and enhanced procedures.

  • Training will include, but is not limited to:
    • New health and safety procedures
    • What and how to clean/disinfect/sanitize
    • Daily self-health assessment when clocking-in for shift
    • General communicable disease info including use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • How to identify potentially ill participants
  • Staff will be issued PPE for use during the program and will be encouraged to wear a mask while indoors and in close proximity to participants.
  • Staff will clean and sanitize throughout the camp day.
    • Everything that was touched by participants and staff during the day will be sanitized in the evening.
    • Staff will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces of any objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This may also include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily, such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, desks, chairs, and cubbies.
    • Staff will routinely disinfect commonly used surfaces — such as keyboards, desks, and phones — before use.
    • Supplies that cannot be cleaned and sanitized will not be used.
    • Supplies that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions will be set aside until they are cleaned by hand by a person wearing gloves.
    • Participants will not share supplies with other groups within Summer B.A.S.E., unless they are washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other.
    • Children’s books, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered a high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.

Updated Behavior Management
Campers must be able to successfully navigate these program changes to protect the health and safety of all participants and staff. Parents know their child best and know their child’s level of tolerance as far as expectations in a group of children and changes to routine. This year’s Summer B.A.S.E. program will be very different compared to Adventure Camp from previous years.

  • This program setting will not be a fit for children who have a tendency to flee from program spaces, show defiance when an adult gives a directive (e.g. please wash hands), or are aggressive with other children. While Brownsburg Parks’ staff has always done our best to accommodate a wide range of participant behaviors and personalities, this year’s camp will not allow for much leniency with these types of behaviors.
  • With that being stated, age-appropriate behavior challenges are to be expected and our staff are well-trained to assist in these types of situations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hours for Summer B.A.S.E.?

Drop Off: 6:30-9:00 AM

  • Drop-off car line up may start no earlier than 6:15 AM.

Programming hours: 9 am- 4:00 pm

Pick-Up: 4:00-6:00 PM

Parents/guardians who intend to drop their child off at camp outside of these designated times must call ahead to make a check-in/check-out appointment.

 

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Cardinal Elementary
3590 Hornaday Road

Door J Located around the back of the school. Look for the Summer B.A.S.E. sign.

How do I register?

To get started, visit our website and create an account (for mobile users, view the full site). After signing in, look under the Activities tab, select Camps and choose your preferred week(s) and payment option by clicking “Add to Cart” and “Enroll Now.”

Participants must be registered prior to using our services. If your child is not registered at the time of drop-off, please be prepared to make a payment on site via debit/credit card or check!

What should I bring to camp?

Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt and water bottle on the first day of camp.

  • AM and PM Snack
  • Lunch
  • Labeled bottle of sunscreen
  • Labeled water bottle
  • Swim suit, towel, and a plastic bag for wet clothes(for swimming days)
  • Camp T-shirt (must be worn on field trip days)
What are my payment options?

During COVID-19, paying online by credit card is your best option.

When you register for camp online, you will be given the choice to pay in full or set up a payment plan. If you choose to pay via a payment plan, you will need to pay a non-refundable $25 deposit up front to reserve your child’s spot.

The remaining camp fees will be due the Monday before the week of camp that you registered for.

ePACT Form

Brownsburg Parks is moving away from paper forms and is using ePACT Network to store all comprehensive health and emergency contact information more securely. You will only need to complete this form once a year to save you time and make registration even easier for you!

 

Here’s how:

  1. Look for the ePACT invitation in your email
  2. Accept the invitation by creating a free account
  3. Complete the new health history form that we’ve built in ePACT for your child
  4. Be sure to click “Share” when you’ve completed the form to share it with Brownsburg Parks

 

All participants are required to complete this form prior to the program start date to attend camp. If you need additional help, contact the ePACT Network Customer Service Line at 1-855-773-7728.

 

Already have an account? Login here: https://www.epactnetwork.com/us/login

How do I contact my Camp Counselor?

Explorers Adventure Camp (ages 6-8): 317-478-5663 

Pathfinders Adventure Camp (ages 9-12): 317-982-0070