Camptown: A Great Cause That Can Be a Great Time

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Camptown, located at 7998 Georgetown Road, is a 501(c)3 non-profit company that is a faith based organization dedicated to enriching the lives of youth by providing them an opportunity to experience the wonders of the outdoors. Camptown’s philosophy is to lead youth to a better path through experiential adventure programs in the great outdoors.

In 1993, a gentleman named Tom Lehman left the business world to work full time for Camptown with the purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of youth. Sadly, Tom passed away in 2003. Fortunately, Camptown had an experienced volunteer, Don Schafer, to step into the role that Tom had created. Don, a longtime Zionsville resident, has always been an avid outdoors adventurer and has a passion for helping kids. So, Don left the business world where he worked as a Regional Financial Advisor to take the helm at Camptown.

Camptown has three full time adult program directors that are trained as either wilderness first aid provider or wilderness first responders. Last year it served approximately 3,500 youths. The excursions that are offered by Camptown run from outings at Ft. Benjamin Harrison to Yellowstone National Park. Many of the youth participating are from the inner city to whom an opportunity to experience the outdoors is very rare and can be life changing.

At Camptown’s offices it has a climbing wall and conference space to accommodate around twenty people. Recently, Camptown decided to make their office spaces open to the public for events in order to generate revenue to fund their youth activities. Their rock climbing wall makes for a great team building opportunity for a business or a terrific venue for a birthday party or other get together. They have the following special events coming up: Parents Night Out March 18th and Christian Music Night April 15th. Just contact Don or his staff to schedule an event. 317.471.8277