Our business is growth.

Summer Camp is fun. While our campers often talk about how much fun they have at Tecumseh, fun isn’t our business. Our business is growth. Every activity and every location has been intentionally designed to help our campers grow in core values. At Tecumseh, we focus on developing six key characteristics in our campers.

  • Respect

    We build kids who understand how to get along with and love those who are different from them. We build kids who know how to listen, communicate, compromise, and stand up for what’s right.

  • Trust

    We build kids who can be counted on, and hold themselves accountable. We build kids who understand the importance of giving their word, keeping their promises, and doing what they say they will.

  • Initiative

    We build kids who aren’t afraid to work hard even when no one is looking. We build kids who don’t expect everything to be handed to them and don’t give up when it’s not easy.

  • Friendship

    We build kids who invest in friendships and strive to make new ones. We build kids who don’t just talk to people who look, act, and sound like they do. We build kids who show empathy and caring, who work with others, and who realize that they have more in common with the people around them than they have differences.

  • Joy

    We build joyful kids. We build kids who don’t just smile for the selfie so everyone thinks they have it all together, but strive to bring joy and happiness to situations where it’s easier to grumble. We build kids who speak well of others when they aren’t there instead of gossiping and slandering.

  • Faith

    We build kids of faith. Not faith that divides and segregates, but faith that God loves us and wants us to love others. Faith that a relationship with God is more important than all the money in the world. Faith that no matter how much we mess up, God is standing there ready to forgive, and nothing can separate us from him.

It all starts with exceptional staff

Our Staff

Coming from the world’s great universities, Camp Tecumseh counselors become doctors, lawyers, teachers, business executives, pastors, scientists, engineers, public servants, and so much more. Expertly trained, exceedingly friendly, and extraordinarily creative, they are masters of forging friendships, teaching new skills, leading adventures, and instilling kids with the confidence to take on the world.

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    Carefully Selected

    Tecumseh counselors are the best of the best. Every year, hundreds of college students from around the world apply to be Tecumseh counselors. Our rigorous interview and selection process identifies those best suited to serve as role models to your children.

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    Expertly Trained

    Whether they are operating high ropes elements like the zipline, lifeguarding at the waterfront, or leading devotions in the cabin, our counselors undergo extensive training prior to summer to ensure all of our campers stay safe while growing in core values.

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    Role Models

    Our counselors aren’t just role models here at camp. They are role models back at home. As leaders of clubs and organizations, captains of sports teams, diligent students, and members of churches, they demonstrate Tecumseh values all year long.

The Cabin

Two Amazing Counselors. Ten New Best Friends.

The cabin is home base for the Tecumseh experience. It’s where lasting friendships form, great adventures begin, big ideas develop, and side-splitting laughter ensues. Cabin groups eat together, play together, and pray together. They spend most of the day together. Send your child alone to meet new friends, or request a friend to join along. Either way, your child will come home with new friends who encourage each other to be their very best selves all year long.

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  • Inside the Cabin

    With 97 years of experience, we’ve mastered the camp cabin. Comfortable and spacious, our cabins feature 15 bunk style beds, attached restrooms and showers, and carpeted floors. Cozy enough for devotions, tough enough for rainy-day games, our cabins are ready for anything. Take a virtual tour.

  • Cabinmates

    Few things are harder for kids than moving into a cabin where everybody knows each other already. That’s why our extensive cabin placement process is perfect for building unique cabin groups full of campers from different places with different experiences. Whether coming alone, or bringing a friend, your child will be loved, respected, and included.

  • Cabin Activities

    Campers spend the majority of the day with their cabin. After breakfast, cabin groups go to Chapel together. After lunch they have a rest hour back in their cabin together. In the afternoon and evening, they often pair up with other cabin groups for activities ranging from dodgeball, to friendship bracelets, to blob time.

  • Meals

    Cabin groups eat together for every meal. Seated at a big circular table perfect for conversation, we serve our meals “family style,” meaning the food comes out from the kitchen on a large tray and is then passed around like Thanksgiving dinner.

Villages & Units

Our Progressive Programming provides growth year after year

The Camp Tecumseh experience evolves as our campers get older. With two villages, and four age units, each step complements the values being taught at home and enhances the camper’s social, emotional, and spiritual development.

  • River Village

  • Lake Village

  • River Village

    Since 1924, River Village has served as Camp Tecumseh’s base of operations. During the summer, River Village hosts the Brave and Blazer units as well as the CILTs and Day Camp Program. Home to the main lodge, camp offices, Barbara Kampen Green Cathedral, Mt Wood, Creative Arts Center, Pine Forest, and Oregon Territory, the River Village overlooks the Tippecanoe River.

  • Lake Village

    Established in 2004, Lake Village hosts the campers of the Warrior and Pathfinder units during the summer. Home to Kampen Lodge, Scheumann Lodge, the Kettelhut Chapel, The Lookout Tower, the suspension bridge, and the Skywalkers high ropes course, the Lake Village overlooks the Richard G. Marsh Lake.

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    Braves

    8-10 years old. Braves are our youngest campers. This specially designed unit features exclusive programs like tea parties and nature center sleep outs perfect for campers experiencing their first overnight adventure.

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    Blazers

    10-12 years old. Blazer campers enjoy cookouts and overnight camping trips to specially created outdoor sites. In addition, we feature a number of Blazer-only clinics like rocketry and climbing on Mt. Wood.

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    Warriors

    12-13 years old. Warrior campers coming to Lake Village for the first time can take advantage of all Lake Village has to offer including clinics like mosaics and guitar. Activities like float trips down the Tippecanoe River, and sleep outs at the Gish Adventure Outpost are available for the first time. Warriors attend specialty workshops that challenge them to think about issues specific to their age group.

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    Pathfinders

    14-15 years old. Campers round out their Camp Tecumseh experience in the Pathfinder unit. The zip line over the lake and specialty team building activities like Survivor are available. In addition to evening passages to discuss age-specific issues, Pathfinders attend ceremonies where they learn how to be young men and women of God. 15-year-old campers finish their time as overnight campers as Torchbearers in a special ceremony at closing campfire.

Faith at Tecumseh

God is first. The other person is second. I am third.

Camp Tecumseh YMCA is a Christian camp that welcomes kids from all backgrounds. It’s not our primary goal to convert kids while they are at camp. Instead, we believe it’s our job to plant the seeds of Christianity by providing Christian role models and exposing our campers to the core values of faith, friendship, joy, initiative, respect, and trust. We’re guided by the I’m Third motto: God is most important to me. The other person is second only to him, and I’m third. Through daily chapels and cabin devotions, campers explore how much God loves them, how they can love others, and how they can love themselves for who God created them to be. No matter your child’s background or upbringing, they will be immersed in an atmosphere of love, care, and respect.

Chapels

You’ve never seen a service like this. Regularly cited as a camper’s favorite part of the week, Tecumseh chapels are relatable, interactive, and intentional. Led by our counselors at the Barbara Kampen Chapel or Kettelhut Chapel, our chapels are based on the I’m Third motto and build meaning throughout the week. Centered around enthralling skits that introduce concepts like sharing your gifts and talents, trusting in God, and loving others back home, and featuring a wide range of sing-a-long worship songs, chapels are a bedrock experience for facilitating growth.

Devotions

Devotions are the last thing every camper does before bed. Gathered around a candle with their counselor and cabin mates, devotions are a special time where campers talk about their day, their lives, and learn about faith. Starting with the I’m Third devotion on Sunday night where campers learn about the Tecumseh motto, through the closing “bead” devotion on Friday night where campers choose a character trait to work on for the rest of the year, every devotion is a unique, age-appropriate opportunity to explore faith in a safe, respectful environment.

Newdls

Try new things. Learn new skills. From sports to arts and crafts and everything in between, our skill development clinics are designed not only to teach skills, but also to foster a love of learning and an appreciation for hard work and perseverance. At the beginning of the week, campers will choose three skill clinics to participate in for an hour every morning. Whether they are making friendship bracelets or tackling the Skywalkers high ropes course, we hope every camper goes home knowing the joy of accomplishment. Not all clinics are available every week, and not all clinics are listed.

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    Sports

    Archery, basketball, cricket, disc golf, diving, flag football, peteca, quidditch, rugby, tennis, tumbling, ultimate frisbee, volleyball

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    Sports

    Archery, basketball, cricket, disc golf, diving, flag football, peteca, quidditch, rugby, tennis, tumbling, ultimate frisbee, volleyball

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    Arts & Crafts

    Beads, cartooning, drawing & painting, duct tape, embroidery, friendship bracelets, gymp, mask making, mosaics, origami

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    Arts & Crafts

    Beads, cartooning, drawing & painting, duct tape, embroidery, friendship bracelets, gymp, mask making, mosaics, origami

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    Performance

    Brazilian dance, country line dance, drama, guitar, hip hop dance, improv comedy, Irish dance, show choir, step, stomp, swing dance, synchronized swimming, ukulele

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    Performance

    Brazilian dance, country line dance, drama, guitar, hip hop dance, improv comedy, Irish dance, show choir, step, stomp, swing dance, synchronized swimming, ukulele

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    Unique

    Candle-making, canoeing/kayaking, creative writing, farm discovery, fishing, fire building, French braiding, mountaineering, photography, stand up paddle boards, wilderness survival

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    Unique

    Candle-making, canoeing/kayaking, creative writing, farm discovery, fishing, fire building, French braiding, mountaineering, photography, stand up paddle boards, wilderness survival

Register for Overnight Camp

Your Camp Tecumseh adventure is right around the corner.

Next summer is closer than you think. Browse our calendar to learn more about session dates, session availability, and current pricing. If a session is available, we have a spot for your child! If it is waitlisted, it has already filled. However, join our waitlist and you’ll be notified of availability as spots open up. If you wish to join our waitlist, please fill out our registration form. We can’t guarantee spots will become available for campers on the waitlist.

Affording Camp

We want the Tecumseh experience to be available to all. With the generous support of donors through our annual fund, endowment, and our Tecumseh Society, we provide partial and full camperships to those who qualify. Apply for a campership today.

Special NoteRegistration for Overnight Camp 2025 will open Wednesday, September 18. This is a change from previous years where registration opened June 1. 

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Boys Overnight Summer Camps (ages 8-15)
Boys Overnight Camp Week 1June 9-15Closed$850
Boys Overnight Camp Week 2June 16-22Waitlisted$850
Boys Overnight Camp Week 3June 23-29Waitlisted$850
Boys Overnight Camp Week 4June 30-July 6Waitlisted$850
Boys Overnight Camp Week 5July 7-13Waitlisted$850
Boys Overnight Camp Week 6July 14-20Waitlisted$850
Boys Overnight Camp Week 7July 21-27Waitlisted$850
Boys Overnight Camp Week 8July 28-August 3Waitlisted$850
Boys Overnight Camp Week 9August 4-10Waitlisted$850
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Girls Overnight Summer Camps (ages 8-15)
Girls Overnight Camp Week 1June 9-15Closed$850
Girls Overnight Camp Week 2June 16-22Waitlisted$850
Girls Overnight Camp Week 3June 23-29Waitlisted$850
Girls Overnight Camp Week 4June 30-July 6Waitlisted$850
Girls Overnight Camp Week 5July 7-13Waitlisted$850
Girls Overnight Camp Week 6July 14-20Waitlisted$850
Girls Overnight Camp Week 7July 21-27Waitlisted$850
Girls Overnight Camp Week 8July 28-August 3Waitlisted$850
Girls Overnight Camp Week 9August 4-10Waitlisted$850
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Boys Equestrian Summer Camps (ages 11-15)
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 1June 9-15Closed$950
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 2June 16-22Available$950
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 3June 23-29Available$950
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 4June 30-July 6Waitlisted$950
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 5July 7-13Waitlisted$950
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 6July 14-20Available$950
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 7July 21-27Waitlisted$950
Boys Equestrian Camp Week 8July 28-August 3Waitlisted$950
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Girls Equestrian Summer Camps (ages 11-15)
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 1June 9-15Closed$950
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 2June 16-22Available$950
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 3June 23-29Waitlisted$950
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 4June 30-July 6Waitlisted$950
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 5July 7-13Waitlisted$950
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 6July 14-20Waitlisted$950
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 7July 21-27Waitlisted$950
Girls Equestrian Camp Week 8July 28-August 3Waitlisted$950
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Boys CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training) - ages 16-17
Boys CILT Session 1June 9-22Closed$1,800
Boys CILT Session 2June 23-July 6Waitlisted$1,800
Boys CILT Session 3July 7-20Waitlisted$1,800
Boys CILT Session 4July 21-Aug 3Waitlisted$1,800
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Girls CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training) - ages 16-17
Girls CILT Session 1June 9-22Closed$1,800
Girls CILT Session 2June 23-July 6Waitlisted$1,800
Girls CILT Session 3July 7-20Waitlisted$1,800
Girls CILT Session 4July 21-Aug 3Available$1,800
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Adventure Trips (ages 13-17)
Whitewater Rafting 2June 23-29Available$1,300
Whitewater Rafting 3July 28-August 3Waitlisted$1,300
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Day Camp (ages 5-12)
Day Camp Week 1June 17-21Waitlisted$195
Day Camp Week 2June 24-28Waitlisted$195
Day Camp Week 3July 1-5Waitlisted$195
Day Camp Week 4July 8-12Waitlisted$195
Day Camp Week 5July 15-19Waitlisted$195
Day Camp Week 6July 22-26Waitlisted$195
Day Camp Week 7July 29-August 2Waitlisted$195

Register for Overnight Camp

The 2024 cost is $850/week. A registration fee of $100 for each week your child is enrolled will be required during registration (fee is included in $850 price).

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