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Camp Dellwood - A hidden gem in the city to explore STEM and Outdoor Education

Just minutes away from the noise of Indianapolis, Camp Dellwood will make you feel miles away from anywhere! With over 100 acres of woods, the camp offers plenty of room to explore and have outdoor fun while blending the benefits of outdoor education and inquiry-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education while meeting Indiana’s Academic Standards, as well as, allow students the chance to learn science first-hand.

Lessons incorporate curriculum goals and integrate hands-on field experiences within the 100 acres of camp. All programs serve as an excellent means to introduce and reinforce topics in a dynamic and enriching way. Experienced educators and volunteers lead the field trips.

New Option - Reverse Field Trips
Has the pandemic kept you from taking your students on traditional field trips?  Want to give your students a great STEM experience without leaving school? Schedule a reverse field trip! We will come to you & provide engaging STEM workshops in your own space. We provide the materials, staff, & fun-- you provide the students & inquiring minds!  Our staff will bring STEM programs to your students in their own buildings.  All materials and facilitators will be provided. 

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Field Trip Options & Pricing

We offer several options to allow you to build an outing your students will enjoy, while also fitting your classroom needs.

Field trip participants will be required to follow school expectations for COVID protocols.

Year-round Field Trips

Choose one from the menu of STEM or environmental educational workshops. Each has been designed as 1½ hour Girl Scout facilitator-led educational experiences and is available year-round.

$6/student, with $60 minimum

Programs are limited to 60 students

Seasonal Field Trips

These are 1 ½ hour Girl Scout facilitator-led educational experiences and are only offered during certain times of the year to allow for us to take advantage of the seasonal changes that occur around camp.

$6/student, with $60 minimum

Programs are limited to 60 students

Extended Field Trips

Would you like to pack more learning into your visit? Or are you bringing out a larger group? Then this option might fit your needs. Select two learning opportunities from our menu of facilitator-led workshops or choose one of our facilitator-led workshops and leave some time to for self-guided exploration of camp.

$8/student, with $80 minimum

Programs are limited to 120 students

 

Self-guided Exploration

Camp Dellwood can provide the perfect setting for you and your students to explore. This option allows for you to rent our camp facilities for up to 4 hours so you can facilitate your own activities with students. 

$100 includes access to outdoor spaces, and access to indoor space that can accommodate up to 75 people. Need space for more? We can provide indoor space to accommodate larger groups, for a small additional fee. Pricing depends on facility size.  Call for an exact quote.

Need more than 4 hours? $25 per additional hour.

Reverse Field Trips

Choose one of our available program options that can be brought to your students. Each program has been designed as a 1 ½ hour Girl Scout facilitator-led educational experience right in your own building.
$6/ student with a $60 minimum

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What is the best time to schedule our field trip?

Self-guided exploratory programs are available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Guided field trip programs are available Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., based on schedule.
Field trips are available year-round based on availability. 

Booking Information

Booking Information

To schedule a field trip contact:                                

Polly Harker, director of event operations

317.924.6011

Scheduling

Self-guided exploratory programs are available Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Guided field trip programs are available Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., based on schedule.
Field trips are available year-round based on availability. 

Chaperone Requirements
Grade Level Number of Students Number of Chaperones
Pre K - Grade 2 6 1
Grades 3-6 10 1

Please do not bring babies or siblings unless prior arrangements have been made with our staff. Chaperones are asked to handle any disciplinary actions with their group and participate by providing additional hands during activities. Since we are at camp, we encourage all cell phones and electronic devices to be put away during the activities.

Important Information to Know Before Scheduling Your Field Trip
  • 50% deposit is due at time of reservation if your school is not sponsored by a school district.
  • Full payment is due one (1) week prior to Field Trip. An Invoice will be sent to the email provided.
  • We accept payment by credit card over the phone, check, or purchase order.  Please estimate as close as possible.
  • Must be scheduled 2 weeks in advance.
  • Cancelations or changes to your reservation must be made at least one week prior to your scheduled field trip. Cancelations with less than one-week notice will be charged half of the expected program fee. 
  • Staff will notify teachers the morning of the program if it must be canceled due to inclement weather.
  • No Call/No Show: Results in a forfeiture of all monies. We take a loss when this occurs.
  • Field Trips start at the designated times. We are unable to extend the time of a field trip in the event of a late arrival.
  • Field Trip Includes: 1.5 hour presentation with a hands on experience, according to field trip chosen, place to eat lunch, ability to explore the camp on your own, a 10 minute Girl Scout meet and greet to talk about the Girl Scout experience.
  • Liability/Responsibility: Please be advised: teachers, parents, or designated guardians need to be responsible for children at all during the guided field trips.
  • If the weather does not permit your scheduled activity to take place, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana will try their best to accommodate a similar activity and/or to choose an activity that best fits the age level of the attendees.
     
Lunch

Each school group is responsible for providing their own lunch. It is encouraged to have brown bag lunches as refrigeration will not be available. All groups are responsible for cleaning up their lunch areas and leaving the environment around them cleaner than they found it.

What to Wear

Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes or boots. There will be a lot of walking around camp, and it’s important to wear clothing that can get dirty. Be sure that everyone is dressed for the weather. If rain is predicted, ponchos are encouraged.

Program Opportunities for Pre K - Grade 2

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana has several program options for you to choose from for this age group. A list of those programs and descriptions are:

Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Bubble Fest (STEM) *seasonal dates available in September & May only.

We are bubbling over with math and science! Students will stand inside a huge bubble, make big bubbles to measure, use different instruments to create bubbles, discover “walls” of bubbles, and more!

Complements Indiana Mathematics Standards: PS.5, K.M.1, 1.M.1, K-2.E.1, K-2.E.2


 

Butterfly Science (EE/STEM) *seasonal dates available in September, April, & May only.

Students will gain a basic understanding of butterflies by learning about their anatomy and life cycle. Students will also participate in activities that focus on butterfly migration. Included in your visit will be a stop at our local butterfly garden to discover the role of butterflies and other pollinators within the ecosystem.

Complements Indiana Science Standards: 2.LS.1, 2.LS.2, 2.LS.3


 

EweyGooey Science (STEM)  (available as a reverse field trip)

It might be ewey. It might be gooey. But it’s a whole lot of fun! Students will make bubbling potions, slimy goo, and some gross, yet exciting experiments! These lab creations are designed to help students explore the three states of matter.

Complements Indiana Science Standards: SEPS.2, SEP.3, K.PS.1, K.PS.2, 1.PS.1, 1.PS.2, 2.PS.1, 2.PS.2, 2.PS.3


 

Let’s Get Coding 101 - Unplugged (STEM) 

Students will participate in a series of unplugged activities designed to build their computational- thinking skills. Activities will be focused on learning how to break down tasks and create algorithms to complete those tasks. We will then make the connection to how programmers use these same skills when it comes to creating computer code.

Students will also explore our Evolution of Coding area where they will participate in hands-on programming with Nintendo gaming systems discovering how the gaming systems and graphics have changed and evolved throughout the years.

Complements Indiana Computer Science Standards: K-2.DI.2, K-2.DI.3, K-2.PA.3


 

Let’s Get Coding 102 - Unplugged (STEM)

Students will participate in a series of unplugged activities to build their computational-thinking skills. Activities will explore how programmers and computers communicate using binary code and algo- rithms.

Students will also explore our Evolution of Coding area where they will participate in hands-on programming with Nintendo gaming systems discovering how the gaming systems and graphics have changed and evolved throughout the years.

Complements Indiana Computer Science Standards: K-2.DI.2, K-2.DI.3, K-2.PA.3


 

Living Things, the Environment, & Me (EE)

Through this experience, students will explore the local environment at Camp Dellwood. Students will learn how to identify living and non-living things and discover what living organisms need to survive. Finally, we will help students learn how they can take action to assist in preserving the environment and protect native flora and fauna.

Complements Indiana Science Standards: SC1.1, SC3.1 K.ESS.4,K.LS.1, K.LS.2, K.LS.3, 1.ESS.4, 1.LS.1, 1.LS.3,1 L.4


 

Nature’s Numbers (EE/STEM)

Students will explore the natural world around them by using their ingenuity to compare, classify, and organize materials. Step outside the classroom and explore the Camp Dellwood property while discov- ering the prevalence of math in nature.

Complements Indiana Mathematics Standards: PS.M4.2, K.G.3, K.NS., K.DA.1, K.M.1, 1.G.1, 1.M.1, 1.DA.1, 2.PS.1, 2.LS.2, 2.LS.3


 

Racers, Start your Engines – Engineering Challenge (STEM)  (available as a reverse field trip)

This workshop allows students to put the engineering design process to work as they design, build, and test a racecar. We will take a closer look at how different track surfaces can affect a vehicle’s ki- netic energy. Students will learn how different forces, like gravity and friction, can influence design.

Complements Indiana Computer Science Standards: SEPS.4, 2.PS.4, K.PS.3, K.PS.4, K-2.E.1, K-2.E.2


 

Sensory Awareness (EE)

Throughout this program, students will expand their understanding of the senses by experiencing the outdoor world at Camp Dellwood and exploring how animals survive by using their senses. Games, story-telling, and hands-on activities are designed to increase awareness of the physical world by us- ing the human senses.

Complements Indiana Early Learning Development Framework and Science Standards: PHG2.1, SC1.1, SC3.1, K.PS.1 K.LS.2


 

Tessellation Creation (EE/STEM)

This program combines math and science by allowing students to immerse themselves in the world of the honeybee. Students will take part in a series of activities designed to take a closer look at nature’s tessellations through the lens of the honeybee before engaging in hands-on design and creation of their own tessellation hives and artwork.

Complements Indiana Mathematics Standards: K.G.2, K.G.4, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 1.G.3, 2.G.1, 2.G.2, 2.G.3

 

 

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Program Opportunities for Grades 3 - 5

3rd - 5th Grade

Are you a Cyber Hero? (STEM)  (available as a reverse field trip)

Through a series of puzzles and challenges, students will have the opportunity to discover some of the consequences that can arise from their actions online. Students will also learn how to identify some of the steps they can take to ensure their safety when using technology.

Complements Indiana Computer Science Standards: 3-5.IC.1, 3-5.IC.2


 

Arithmetic of an Arborist (EE/STEM)

Come out to Camp Dellwood and explore all the ways arborists can use the mathematics of measurement and data collection to assess the physical well-being of a tree. Through hands-on inquiry, students will learn how to discern with evidence whether a tree is healthy as they step into the shoes of an arborist.

Complements Indiana Mathematics Standards:, 3.M.1, 3.M.2, 4.M.1, 4.M.2, 4.M.3


 

Boats, Planes, and Automobiles – Engineering Challenge (STEM) (available as a reverse field trip)

In this workshop, students will look at how various forces like gravity, lift, drag, thrust, and friction can influence design. They will then put the engineering design process to work as they design, build, and test vehicles that fly, float, and roll in a series of engineering challenges.

Complements Indiana Science Standards: 3.PS.1, 4.PS.1, 3-5.E.1, 3-5.E.2, 3-5.E.3


 

Butterfly Science (EE/STEM) *seasonal dates available in September, April, & May only

Students will gain a basic understanding of butterflies by learning about their anatomy and life cycle. Students will also participate in activities that focus on butterfly migration. Included in your visit will be a stop at our local butterfly garden to discover the role of butterflies and other pollinators within the ecosystem.

Complements Indiana Science Standards: 3.LS.2, 3.LS.3,4.LS.1, 4.LS.2, 4.LS.3


 

Let’s Get Coding 102 - Unplugged (STEM) 

Students will participate in a series of unplugged activities to build their computational-thinking skills. Activities will explore how programmers and computers communicate using binary code and algorithms.

Students will also explore our Evolution of Coding area where they will participate in hands-on programming with Nintendo gaming systems discovering how the gaming systems and graphics have changed and evolved throughout the years.

Complements Indiana Computer Science Standards: 3-5.DI.1, 3-5.DI.2, 3-5.DI.3


 

Let’s Get Coding 103 (STEM)

Students will participate in a series of activities designed to build their computational-thinking skills. After reviewing how programmers and computers communicate, students will have the chance to try their hand at creating some algorithms for others to follow.

Students will also explore our Evolution of Coding area where they will participate in hands-on programming with Nintendo gaming systems discovering how the gaming systems and graphics have changed and evolved throughout the years.

Complements Indiana Computer Science Standards: 3-5.DI.1, 3-5.DI.2, 3-5.DI.3, 5.PA.2, 5.AT.1


 

Math is Golden (EE/STEM)

Through a series of activities, students will discover the prevalence and relevance of the Fibonacci sequence in their lives. Students will be challenged to discover and record evidence of the Fibonacci sequence and symmetry around them as they explore the Camp Dellwood property.

Complements Indiana Mathematics Standards: 4.G.2, 4.DA.1, 5.DS.1


 

Racers, Start your Engines – Engineering Challenge (STEM)  (available as a reverse field trip)

This workshop allows students to put the engineering design process to work as they design, build, and test a racecar. We will take a closer look at how different track surfaces can affect a vehicle's kinetic energy. Students will learn how different forces, like gravity and friction, can influence design.

Complements Indiana Science Standards: SEPS.4, 3.PS.1, 3-5.E.1, 3-5.E.3, 3.5.E2

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Program Opportunities for Grades 6 - 8

Engineering Challenge: Newton’s Travels (STEM)

In this workshop, students will look at take a closer look at how potential and kinetic energy along with Newton’s laws of motion affect how a vehicle travel. They will conduct a series of engineering challenges to design, build and test various vehicles to illustrate these relationships.

Complements Indiana Science Standards: SEPS.1, SEPS.2, SEPS.3, SEPS.4, 6.PS.1, 6.PS.3, 7.PS.4, 7.PS.5, 7.PS.6, 7.PS.7, 6-8.E.2, 6-8.E.3

The Camp Dellwood Ecosystem: Exploring Environmental Relationships (EE)

In this workshop, students explore the relationships between Camp Dellwood’s natural setting it’s native residents both flora and fauna. We will also discuss elements of how human interactions can affect these natural relationships.

Complements Indiana Science Standards: SEPS.1, 6.LS.3, 6.LS.4, 6.LS.5, 8.LS.5

Switch, move, jump: The Evolution of gaming through Code

Students will participate in a series of activities designed to build their computational-thinking skills. After reviewing how programmers use elements such as sequencing, conditionals, variables and more, students will have a chance to use these elements to develop a pseudocode for others to follow

Students will also explore our Evolution of Coding area where they will participate in hands-on programming with Nintendo gaming systems discovering how the gaming systems and graphics have changed throughout the years.

Complements Indiana Computer Science Standards: 6-8.DI.1, 6-8.DI.4, 6-8.DI.5, 6-8.CD.3, 6-8.PA.4, 6-8.PA.5, 6-8.DL.3

Discovering the World Physics Through Play (STEM)

In this workshop, students will explore the relationships between several of Camp Dellwood’s amenities and the world of physics. For example students may spend some time at our jumping pillow conducting investigations allowing them to experience Newton’s Laws of Motion in action. Or perhaps it’s a visit to our archery range where they can try their hand a shooting a bow and arrow while also taking a closer look at projectile motion. 

Complements Indiana Science Standards: SEP.1, SEP.2, SEP.3, MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-4, MS-PS3-2, MS-PS3-5

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What activities are available in our free time?

Groups are invited to spend the day at camp, there is plenty to do and all within walking distance.

Hike the nature trails                          Explore the cemetery         
Play games in the grassy fields         Picnic in the camp       
Spend time on the fitness trail          Discover wildlife by the creek bed

 

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Please contact Polly Harker, director of event operations, 317.924.6011 for information and additional specifics about these exciting programs.