- Founded in 1902
- On the shores of Indiana’s second largest natural lake – Lake Maxinkuckee
- Third largest campus in Indiana behind Purdue and IU
- Over 1,300 campers represent over 30 states and 30 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
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.
The teaching of self-discipline, personal responsibility, fairness, appreciation for diversity, respect for self and others and the development of character.
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.
Upper Camp uses the main campus of the Culver Academies. Woodcraft, Specialty and Family camps 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 120 sail and power boats, personal watercraft and the largest three-masted square-rigger on fresh water in the United States. See it for yourself with our new Virtual Tour!
Head of Program
Don Fox '75, Director of Culver Summer Schools & Camps
Woodcraft and Upper Camp: Five or six instructional periods each day are followed by afternoon competitive intramural sports and evening social activities. Both are organized around a unique military system that fosters leadership and incorporates hands-on, practical leadership training and experience.
Family Camp: Families enjoy many activities during the day such as horseback riding, sailing, skeet shooting, arts & crafts, climbing tower, golf, archery, tennis and much more. Evenings include social activities for the whole family and special nights for adults only.