The children who happen to be homeless are just children.
Camp Discovery gives them a chance to be kids again.

Camp Discovery is an annual summer camp for the children who have lived or are living at Dayspring. Designed to help kids cope and thrive, it provides vital services and activities as well as a whole lot of fun.

Camp takes place Monday – Friday from June 10 – July 19

Every weekday is filled with educational, recreational, and social activities designed to help the children overcome the many challenges they face due to homelessness.

In its 23rd year, Camp Discovery offers activities that many children will be experiencing for the first time in their life. Activities include vegetable gardening, horseback riding, creative writing, dance, swimming, skating, “Zoo Day,” field trips, and so much more.

You can give a homeless child the chance to be a kid again

Sponsor a Camp Session

Underwrite the costs of an entire 1-week camp session, providing a safe, enriching environment for homeless children to learn, play, and grow. Your sponsorship makes this life-changing program possible.

Sponsor Camper T-Shirts

Help outfit all campers with commemorative t-shirts they can proudly wear. Your logo prominently displayed creates lasting brand visibility and community goodwill.

Sponsor a Field Day

Support a day of fun, games, and team-building activities uniting the entire camp community. Your sponsorship covers equipment, prizes, and special treats, ensuring a memorable day for all campers.

Sponsor a Camper

Sponsor one child to attend the 6-week Camp Discovery program. Your sponsorship covers meals, activities, transportation, and essential supplies for an enriching summer experience.

Your Support Matters

Your generosity ensures that we can provide nourishing meals, essential supplies, and life changing experiences for these kids.

College student who was homeless returns to give back to kids at Dayspring Camp Discovery

Homeless Children Learn to Thrive at Special Summer Camp

WRTV INDIANAPOLIS July 19, 2022 Kayla Molander

Hope is coming full circle at the Dayspring Center, a homeless shelter for families in Indianapolis. The center runs Camp Discovery every year, a summer camp for children who have been at the shelter. This year, one of their former campers has returned as a counselor.

“I feel like everybody has this stereotypical idea in their mind about what homeless people are, and no, they’re regular people, like everyone else,” Ambreia Edmonds said.

Edmonds is a 19-year-old psychology student at Indiana University Bloomington working as a camp counselor over the summer. She also used to be homeless.

“Everyone knows that as a child, children can be pretty cruel. So I was embarrassed about where I came from, so I would do stuff to hide that,” she said.

But there was one safe space, The Dayspring Center. Edmonds and her mother were fleeing domestic violence, and the center’s staff helped them rebuild.

The center’s Camp Discovery let nine-year-old-year-old Edmonds just be a kid.

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