Facts

Highlights

  • Founded in 1902
  • On the shores of Indiana’s second largest natural lake – Lake Maxinkuckee
  • Nearly 1,400 campers represent over 39 states and 40 countries
  • One of the country’s largest indoor riding hall and stable complexes with over 90 horses
  • Largest fully rigged square-rigged vessel on fresh water in the world – the R. H. Ledbetter
  • US SAILING Affiliate Member enabling Culver to officially certify campers in small boat, keel boat and coastal navigation
  • Boy Scouts of America Member - Troop 261

Mission

Culver Summer Schools & Camps educates campers for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual - mind, spirit and body - through an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the cultivation of character.

Objectives

The teaching of self-discipline, personal responsibility, fairness, appreciation for diversity, respect for self and others and the development of character.

Founding

Culver Summer Schools & Camps began as the Culver Summer Naval School in 1902. Woodcraft Camp was founded in 1912 by the National Scout Commissioner of America, Daniel Carter Beard, under the guidance of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout movement.

Campus

Upper Camp uses the main campus of the Culver Academies. Junior Woodcraft and Woodcraft Camp use a separate 250-acre campus with over 60 A-frame cabins and a separate dining facility. Facilities include the 1800-acre campus, 38 instructional buildings including one of the country's largest indoor riding halls, Indiana's second largest natural lake (1,864-acres), Lake Maxinkuckee with a fleet of over 200 sail and power boats, personal watercraft and the largest three-masted square-rigger on fresh water in the United States