We know that sending your child to day camp on their own can be stressful and worrisome. We provide the information on our website to hopefully answer your questions about Camp Belzer and to earn your complete confidence when you put your child in our care.
If we are unable to answer your questions, or if you have any hesitations, please contact us at (317) 546-6031. We want to do whatever we can to earn your trust and ensure that your child does not miss out on the life-changing experience of camp.
Founded in 1918 by our namesake and first Boy Scouts of America Scout Executive of this area, Francis O. Belzer, Camp Belzer has been an icon of the community for over 100 years.
Originally serving as the long-term resident camping experience for youth aged 11 to 18, Camp Belzer saw a major transition in the 1970’s to primarily host day camp programming for youth aged six and above. While Camp Belzer still today continues to primarily serve as a day camp, the program has continued to grow and improve.
Please contact us at (317) 546-6031 should you have any questions about the policies below.
Camp Belzer allows service animals in accordance to the rules of the American Disability Act (ADA) which states, “Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability.“
Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA (and are not allowed in camp). Please see the U.S. Department of Justice, ADA website for more information.
- The Scout Oath and Law are the codes of conduct for behavior expected at Camp Belzer.
- Youth Protection guidelines must always be followed by youth and adults. Please review Youth Protection guidelines before attending camp.
- Visitors must check in at the Camp Office upon arrival and wear a visitor wristband while in camp.
- While at camp, all children, parents, and visitors must wear the wristband provided during check-in.
- Everyone – campers, parents, and staff – must sign-in and sign-out of camp when leaving the property. The sign-in and sign-out list is located at the Camp Office.
- Any camper who is a minor and is to leave Camp Belzer for any reason needs to be signed out by a parent or legal guardian. All other individuals with parental permission to take a minor away from camp, must be listed on the camper’s medical form and must have a photo ID to verify their identity.
- Closed toed and closed heeled shoes and socks must always be worn, except when showering or swimming.
- Do not climb over, lean against, or sit on fences in camp. Respect camp boundaries. Do not cross fences or other obstacles onto private property.
- Do not tamper with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or another emergency or lifesaving equipment.
- Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, fireworks, or firearms are not permitted in camp. Vandalism, theft, personal injury or other illegal actions will not be tolerated. Local authorities will be called and damages will be assessed.
- Under no circumstances is an open flame to be used inside a tent. Lanterns (except those that are battery operated), candles, etc. are not allowed in any tent.
- Pets are not permitted. Service animals are welcomed (please see the service animal policy).
- Swimwear requirements per BSA standards are:
- Males – Brief tank suits, such as Speedos are inappropriate. If preferred, males may wear brief tank suits, but they must be worn underneath boxer or gym style swim trunks.
- Females – Bikini suits are not suitable. One-piece competitive style suites are appropriate.
- Camp Belzer is a NON-SMOKING facility. Smoking will be limited to SPECIFICALLY designated areas. Violators will be asked to leave the property.
- Personal firearms may NOT be brought to camp. Personal firearms will be confiscated and secured by the Shooting Sports Director or Camp Ranger until the owner’s departure. Personal shooting equipment may not be stored in campsites or vehicles.
- Personal vehicles are not allowed on camp roads at any time without the specific permission of the Camp Director or Camp Ranger. They must be kept in the parking lot.
- Report all injuries on camp property to the Health Lodge and any damage or breakage of camp facilities or equipment to the Camp Office as soon as possible.
- No standing tree, living or dead, may be cut down without the permission of the Camp Ranger.