Specialty Camps at the JCC Indianapolis
Help your child build skills in the sports and activities they like best with a JCC Indianapolis specialty camp. Campers receive personal attention from experienced instructors, who focus on skill development, teamwork, creativity, and fun!
For campers entering Grades 3-8. Campers head to the 78-acre Natural Valley Ranch which runs along White Lick Creek in Brownsburg to learn all aspects of horsemanship, grooming, tacking, mounting/dismounting, and proper safety techniques. Each camper will have 2-3 hours of hands-on experience with an assigned horse to call their own plus plenty of riding time. Please note that pickup and drop-off is at the JCC.
What to Expect
Remember that a health form must be completed and on file the Wednesday before your child’s first day of camp. Children are not permitted to attend camp without a health form on file. Please note that registration for a particular camp week closes the Wednesday prior to the first day of camp.
For your convenience, the JCC Camper health form is available online.
Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required. Please also make sure riders bring a water bottle, sunscreen, two snacks, and a lunch. Please note that refrigerators are not available. Also, riders will have daily swimming, so they’ll need to bring:
- Hot weather athletic clothes, hats/visors suggested
- Swimsuit and towel
- Water bottle
- Grades 3-8
- 8 am-5 pm
- Offered June 12-16, July 10-14 and July 24-28, 2023.
Camp is $528 per week ($418 for JCC members).
Please note that registration for equestrian camp closes the Wednesday prior to the date the camp starts. Class size is limited and fills quickly, so early registration is recommended.
JCC members receive discounts on camp. Summer memberships are eligible for the member discount. Visit our JCC Membership page for more information.
Download our Camp Online Registration guide for step-by-step instructions for registering online.
Please stay in your vehicle and refrain from cellphone use during drop-off/pickup. Camp staff will be there to help your camper in and out of the car.
If you have any concerns or questions, please park your car and walk over to the designated area to speak to the Camp Director, camp management team, or counselors.
Please inform the Camp Director of any changes in who is allowed to pick up your camper. Please make sure that anyone picking up your child is prepared to show photo ID upon request by a JCC staff person.
Morning Carpool is from 8–9 am. For late drop-off between 9 and 9:30 am, please park in the lot nearby and walk to Sablosky Camp Pavilion. A staff member will take your camper to the appropriate group. After 9:30 am, please drop your camper off at the Welcome Desk and a counselor will be notified to pick them up.
Carpool for pickup is from 4–5 pm. Any camper not picked up by 5 pm will be taken to the Welcome Desk. A late fee of $5 per minute per child will be charged beginning at 5 pm.
The gate to the road circling campus will open at 7:45 am and close at 9 am. There will be no drive-thru traffic during camp hours. The gate will reopen between 3:45 and 5 pm. and then remain closed until 7:45 am the next day.
Equestrian camp will have one hour of free swim at the end of the day after riders return to the JCC. Please pack a towel, bathing suit, and sunscreen every day with labels. Goggles are optional but may not be worn in the Lazy River or on the slides. If a camper does not have a swimsuit, they will sit in the shade during their scheduled swim time.
Please note that sunscreen can’t be shared at camp. JCC Staff will reach out if your child doesn’t have any sunscreen in their camp bag.
Equestrian Camp Leadership
Kimberly Shippy is a USTPR-certified Tennis Pro whose background includes competing in equestrian events. In addition to tennis and equestrian areas, she’s done dancing–Hawaiian, tap, jazz, ballet–and played softball, volleyball, and basketball. With energy and enthusiasm, she nurtures, inspires, and celebrates the best in the kiddos in her programs.