Vincennes University and the Vincennes community provide the perfect opportunity to jump right into old meets new. Our community prides itself on the history that has made Vincennes a must-do stop on the historic trail. But, don’t stop there. Our city offers many options perfect for you as you enjoy your time on the VU Campus.
Just some of the activities your conference, event, or camp enrichment participants can enjoy include:
- Shopping! Many quaint shops along historic Main Street as well as other parts of town that you will not find anywhere else. From antiques to a farmers market to many arts and crafts venues!
- Celebrating the Arts! Tickle your funny bone with the Red Skelton Interactive Museum right here on the VU campus, visit the many art museums as well as the Indiana Military Museum. Old Town Players comedy and theatre troop is also here.
- Historic Neighborhoods and Historic Sites – Step back into history as you experience George Rogers Clark at the Memorial Grounds and William Henry Harrison’s Northwest Territory home, plus much much more.
- Outdoor Activities – Parks that will amaze, a picturesque River Walk and our new Rainbow Beach and Splash Pads. Certainly something for everyone!
Learn more about all there is to see and do online at http://www.vincennescvb.org/
Vincennes University and/or Camps reserve the right to dismiss any camper whose conduct is detrimental to the overall good of the camp. No refunds will be made. All campers including parents/guardians understand that the applicant will be engaging in activities that may be of a physical nature and there is an inherit risk of physical injury. All campers and parents/guardians (of campers under the age of 18) are required to sign a release form that holds Vincennes University, its officers, trustees, agents, employees, and volunteers (including those working camp/event) harmless from any and all liability whatsoever kind in nature from personal injury or property damage arising out of the applicant’s participation at camp/event.
Campers who need to leave camp early MUST have a written consent from a parent or legal guardian prior to leaving. VU is not responsible for campers leaving campus.
All dates and campus are subject to change.
All campers who register online for attendance will be required to sign a liability waiver to be able to attend camps. A parent or guardian for campers under the age of 18 must sign the online consent. All other campers and/or parent/guardian must download, sign, and bring with them the liability waiver at the beginning of the camp.
If you have special needs or require an accommodation for a disability in order to participate, please contact the Director Of University Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 812.888.4125 at least two (2) weeks prior to the event/camp.
If you will be eating meals on campus and have any dietary restrictions, please contact the Director of University Events at email@example.com or by calling 812.888.4125 at least two (2) weeks prior to the event/camp.
Vincennes University offers a unique environment for engaged and creative learning through its Summer Camps program. Please visit our site often as camps and enrichment opportunities are added throughout the year.
Looking for a venue to host your next conference, training event, or other special event? Vincennes University welcomes a chance to quote services including meeting rooms, meals, and even lodging for your next conference or event. For information about camps or about hosting multiple day events on the Vincennes Campus contact:
CINDY BEAMAN, Director
Governor’s Hall (GVH) 118D
New this year! Breathwork and Meditation Workshop ~ 7-8pm
Led by Jesse Coomer. Jesse will lead you through six one-hours sessions over a period of six weeks beginning May 22 and ending on June 26. Jesse began practicing breathwork and meditation in 2013 , and studied under world-renowned breathworker, Wim Hof in 2016.
Breathwork is a quickly growing field in the health and wellness world because it is simple and it works! The goal of the workshop is to begin a life-long practice of meditation and breathwork practice that you can take with you the rest of your lives. Each week, the class will meet to discuss their progress, learn new techniques and, of course - practice breathwork and meditation together! This is for beginners and seasoned practitioners. Cost - $30. For more information and to register click here.
Beekeeping Workshop ~ Ages 12 - Adult
Beginning Beekeepers - Help save the environment. This is a very popular three day workshop and is for the beginning beekeeper plus. Learn about the make up of colonies, tools and materials needed to get started and many helpful tips, including cost saving tips. You will learn where and when to get your bees, how to do a simple hive inspection and problems beekeepers face, as well as a year long calendar for a beekeeper and harvesting honey for sale or personal use. This workshop will be held May 28, 29, 30, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in room 114 of the PE Complex. Cost - $50 Register Now.
New this year! Advanced Beekeeper's Workshop
Enjoy this one day workshop for advancing your skills and harvesting your honey! This workshop includes sustainable apiary management. May 31, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in room 114 of the PE Complex. Cost - $25 Register Now.
New this year! Musicianship Camp
June 3-7, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For students entering grades 8 -12 who have had at least one year of band, choir or piano instruction.
Location: Shircliff Humanities Building, Vincennes campus, rooms D201 and E210 and Red Skelton Performing Art Center.
Taught by VU music faculty, the Musicianship Camp is a fun activities-based experience designed to develop and enhance students’ music hearing and music reading. Activities include note reading, improvisation, rhythm conducting, solfege singing, transposition, piano harmonizing, and song composing. Camp activities take place in VU music classrooms where campers use piano keyboards, computers with recording software and white board music staffs. Students will also have the opportunity to perform on their instrument or voice and to hear performances by VU music faculty. For more information and to register, click here.
New this year! DJ Camp ~ Jun 24 & 25 ~ Open to students entering grades 9-12
Want to be a DJ or learn more about audio production? This is your camp. Write Beats, Mix, Mash and Produce! Students will learn the cutting edge skills needed to produce beats, mash ups and full DJ mixtapes using the industry standard Ableton Live 10 Suite and Push 2. DJ camp participants will also have a chance to win one of two $500 scholarship to Vincennes University. This is an overnight camp. Cost: $140. For more information and to register click here.
Red Skelton Kids Camp
Do you like to clown around? Then register now for American's # 1 clown's camp. The Red Skelton Kids Camp will include activities such a radio performance, color pencil sketching, clowning, and balloon twisting. All supplies, snacks, instruction and a camp t-shirt included! Camp is July 15-18, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon at the Red Skelton Museum of Amerian Comedy. Cost - $50. Registration Deadline is July 1, 2019. Don't miss the fun!
Welding Workshop for Educators
Vincennes University will host two 3-day welding workshops for Educators in June of 2019. Both workshops will be taught by Lincoln Electric trainers from corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and assisted by the welding faculty of Vincennes University.
Lions Law Camp - June 12-15
Sponsored by the Indiana State Police and situated on the Vincennes University campus. This four-day co-ed camp offers 7th and 8th graders a more advanced look at law enforcement through field trips, exciting demonstrations and motivating programs. Campers meet peers from around the state, participate in recreational activities, and leave with a greater understanding of the police field. Co-sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Indiana. Scholarships are available. Trooper.org
Kiwanis Career Law Camp - June 23-28
Sponsored by the Indiana State Police. This camp is geared towards youth in grades 9-12. Similar to the Indiana State Police Academy, Career Camps give students an in-depth look at law enforcement. Campers conduct their own crime scene investigations, hear from defense attorneys, judges, and other experts in the criminal justice field, and watch exciting police demonstrations during the week-long camps. Campers get to make friends from around the state, participate in recreational activities and experience what the police academy is like right on the VU campus. Students also get an opportunity to see our state of the art crime lab and facilities. Co-sponsored by Kiwanis International. Scholarships are available. Trooper.org
PSI IOTA XI ArtVentures Camp - July 8-12
Explore and develop your artistic talents! ARTventures Camp runs for one week and meets daily from from 9 am to noon in the Shircliff Building on the Vincennes University Campus. The Camp session is open for 1st through 6th graders in the 2019-2020 school year. Campers will have a choice of 3 classes chosen from several classes presented by artisan-educators of the area in both visual and performing arts sharing their love of their art with budding artists.
Camp is sponsored by Psi Iota Xi, service sorority, so that area children can discover their artistic talents. Older students and adults who would like to volunteer during camp may do so. Please submit: name, phone #, e-mail address, class preference, t-shirt size, grade next year (if applicable) and if community service hours are needed to chairperson Nancy Hensel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Watch for registration information.
Varsity NCA Team Cheer Camp - July 23-26, overnight
Middle School and High School cheer teams are invited to attend this high impact 4 day camp. Offering personalized instruction to build inner strength, dedication and drive to make your team shine. Camp curriculum includes cheers and chants, safety and technique training, band dances, team skills, leadership and more. All lead by AACCA-certified instructors. Enjoy camp in VU's state-of-the-art air-conditioned facilities, sleep in the quad and enjoy your meals in the award winning Tecumseh Dining Facility. For more information and registration visit NCACamp.com. Day campers (teams) are also welcome.
Varsity NDA Team Cheer Camp - July 23-26, overnight
Middle School and High School dance teams are invited to attend this highly charged 4 day camp. Offering personalized instruction from a dedicated NDA staff, you will refine your skills and move closer to mastery. From lifts and partnership, flexibility, turns, leaps and jumps your team will be prepared to perform on the sidelines, in the stands, on the field or on the court. NDA has you covered! Enjoy camp in VU's state-of-the-art airconditioned facilities, sleep in the quad and enjoy your meals in the award winning Tecumseh Dining Facility. For more information and registration visit NDACamp.com. Day campers (teams) are also welcome.
Young athletes have an opportunity to practice fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting, infield and outfield play with instruction from Coach Chris Barney, his staff, and current team members. Coach Barney has 30 years of coaching experience. During the last nine years at VU, 80+ players have moved on to four-year schools to continue their academic and athletic careers. Young athletes will learn first-hand the tremendous knowledge of the game and share the enthusiasm Coach Barney has for baseball.
Each camp is especially designed to help young athletes build their skills. Camp staff will group campers by ages and abilities. Camp fee includes group and individual instruction of baseball fundamentals, drills, team play, games – and a VU Baseball t-shirt. Breaks will be taken as needed. Cups and coolers of water will be provided. All camps (unless otherwise noted) will take place at Jerry Blemker Field, home of the VU Trailblazers, located at 1562 Old Terre Haute Road (across from Girls Softball League fields). Campers will be released from the same location.
All camps are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend after registration please contact one of the coaches and a credit will be applied towards a future camp.
Youth Blazer Baseball Spring Training Camp
Work with the VU Trailblazer baseball coaches and team to improve your baseball skills and get ready for game time! Camp will consist of stretching, base running, fielding, rundowns and fly balls. Also, enjoy a pizza party and free t-shirt! Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Jerry Blemker Field, 1562 Old Terre Haute Road. Rainout will be in Beless Gym, 116 West Indianapolis Avenue. For more information and to register click here.
Youth Blazer Baseball Summer Camps
Young athletes have an opportunity to practice fundamentals and improve their skills. Learn first-hand the tremendous knowledge of the game and share the enthusiasm Coach Barney has for baseball. Discounts give for multiple camps and siblings attending same camps. For more information and to register click here.
Developmental Camps, All youth ages 6-12
Developmental Camp I - June 4, 5, 6
8:30 - 12:30 pm
Developmental Camp II - June 25, 26, 27
8:30 - 12:30 pm
Developmental Camp III - July 1, 2, 3
8:30 - 12:30 pm
Pitching and Catching Camp, June 20, 21 (ages 9 and up)
8:30 - 10:30 am
Hitting Camp, June 20, 21 (ages 9 and up)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Blazer Baseball Summer Showcase
Attention High School players. Put yourself in front of VU coaches. If you are serious about your future in collegiate play, this is your opportunity to display your talent in front of the VU coaching staff. Choose the best date that works for you!
November 17 (Rain Date only for November 10)
Cost: $60 Advanced Registration
$70 Day of Event
Jerry Blemker Baseball Field
1562 Old Terre Haute Road
Blazer Baseball Team Tryouts
Don't miss this great opportunity to play for the Vincennes University Trailblazers!
The Vincennes University Baseball Team will hold open tryouts for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 18. Rain date for June 18 will be June 24.
NOTE: Each athlete must bring a copy of their physical exam, signed by a physician stating that the athlete is healthy and clear to participate in tryout/workout. This form must be completed within the prior 13 months (no older than June 2018) leading up to participation in tryouts. If you do not bring the form with you, you will not be able to participate.
Volleyball ~ Watch for registration information.
Come learn under the direction of Head Coach Gary Sien and the highly successful Women's Volleyball team. Individual camp fees include t-shirt and lunch. All camps are held in the Donald Bell Recreation Center. Parking in lots along the Red Skelton Blvd.
Athletes entering freshman year through senior year in high school and wish to cultivate your volleyball skills will have an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Volleyball All-Skills Camps under the direction for Trailblazer Volleyball coach, Gary Sien. Coach Sien has been with Vincennes University since 2016, and has 18 seasons in NJCAA volleyball as head coach with almost 600 career wins. Prior to that Coach Sien was in the NAIA and the NCCAA.
Each camp is a full day experience. Camp dates are July 25 and 26, 2018. Volleyball Camp is designed to help young athletes build their skills. Camp fee includes group and individual instruction of all volleyball aspects. Lunch is provided in the Tecumseh Dining Center. Camp will take place at the Donald Bell Recreation Center located at 1600 Short Street. Parking is in the lots along Red Skelton Blvd. Campers will be released from the same location. Camp map Building 12.
Girls Individual Camp (commuter) - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm / overnight
- Beginner and Intermediate - July 8, 9, 10, 11 ~ Watch for registration information
Girls Team Tournaments (commuter) - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm / overnight
- Team camps - July 15, 16, 17, 18 ~ Watch for registration information
Asst. Coach Brian Davis - In his twelve years at Vincennes University the Blazers have averaged over 27 wins per season, been ranked #1 in the country, advanced to the NJCAA national tournament six times with two Final 4 trips, tied the school record home court winning streak of 52 games, and sent many players on to the Division 1 level. Coach Davis has recruited and coached 10 All-American players that have went on to play in the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, & SEC among many other major D1 conferences. Coach Davis has been involved in a number of prestigious basketball camps throughout the country, including camps at Indiana University, University of Kentucky, and the Ron Felling Shooting Camps.
Boys Basketball Shootouts (Team Events)
Camps are held on the beautiful Vincennes University campus, home to the nationally ranked Vincennes Trailblazers. Play in world class facilities with multiple courts, experienced referees and air conditioning.
- Junior High Team Shootout - June 6 - More information and registration
- Trailblazer High School Shootout 1 - June 7 - More information and registration
- Trailblazer High School Shootout 2 - June 8 - More information and registration
- NEW this year! Men's Team Camp - June 28 - 30 ~ Watch for registration opportunities!
Watch here for registration
Boys Individual Camp (overnight) Grades 4-12
Camps are held on the beautiful Vincennes University campus, home to the nationally ranked Vincennes Trailblazers. Play in world class facilities with multiple courts, experienced referees and air conditioning. Overnight campers are housed two to a room in air-conditioned university housing just one block from the facility. The Tecumseh Dining Facility offers a wide variety of meal selections for a well-balanced meal - and are all you can eat!
- June 13-15 - More information and registration
Boys & Girls Offensive Skills Camp (day camp) Grades 3-10
- June 24-26 - More information and registration
Women's Basketball - Register Now!
Coach Harry Meeks has over 27 years experience and more than 500 victories. He is the most successful coach in VU Women's Trailblazer history. Coach Meeks list of accomplishments include many trips to the "big dance including a fifth place finish in the NJCAA Div. I National Championship Tournament Several NJCAA All-Americans which includes his guidance of All-American forward and 2011 State Farm/Women's Basketball Coaches Association Junior College Player of the Year Jasmine McGhee, as well as 2014 All-American Anya Kalenta. Both players were honored following their Trailblazer careers by the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame for their outstanding play. Coach Meeks and his team are consistently among the top-20 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) programs in the county.
Girls Individual Camp (commuter or overnight stay available) Grades 4-12 - For more information and to register click here.
Coach Meeks' camps have a long tradition of helping girls hone their basketball skills through instruction from coaches who know the game inside and out and, more importantly, how to teach it. From specially developed drills, to games, competitions and other activities, camper will come away with a deeper understanding of the fundamental skills of basketball, team spirit, and self-confidence. Play in world class facilities with multiple courts, experienced referees and air conditioning. Overnight campers are housed two to a room in air-conditioned university housing just one block from the facility. The Tecumseh Dining Facility offers a wide variety of meal selections for a well-balanced meal - and are all you can eat!
- June 9-12
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- Session 1 - June 16-19
- Session 2 - June 20-23
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All basketball camps are on the beautiful Vincennes University campus with the Physical Education Complex serving as camp headquarters. For overnight campers athletes will stay in air-conditioned University residence halls and dine in the award winning Tecumseh Dining Center.