Parent FAQs

What time zone are you on?

Eastern Daylight Time - same as New York, Miami, and Indianapolis. Chicago observes Central Daylight Time and is one hour behind Culver.
How do I get to the Woodcraft campus?

Woodcraft is well-marked on the south side of Indiana 10, about 2 miles east of the four-way light at the intersection at Indiana 17. Woodcraft is just east of Indiana 117. It is about 7 miles west of U.S. 31 and roughly 3 miles north of Indiana 110.
Should my child bring special equipment since I don’t know if he/she has that class yet?

Yes, it is better to be prepared. Bring any special sports equipment (hockey, golf, tennis, lacrosse, etc.) you may think your child will need.

Can I send my child a care package while he/she is at camp?

Yes. Your child’s address will be provided to you at registration. Please feel free to send letters, pictures, magazines, books and other non-food items to them while they are at camp.

Why do I have to pay a uniform deposit?

If your child is a first-year camper or returning (but new to Upper School), he/she is required to submit a uniform deposit. The uniform deposit is a close estimate of what an entire set of required uniforms will cost. Any unused uniform deposit will be applied to other charges on your account.

What else should my child bring to camp that isn’t on the packing list?

Not required, but helpful include: a flashlight, bug spray, sunblock, a container to take toiletry items to and from the showers, a journal, a baseball or other type of hat, a disposable camera, nail clippers, and ping pong paddles or other low-tech entertainment items such as books.

Can I give my child hand-me-down uniforms?

Absolutely, but if the clothing does not fit and cannot be altered by our Uniform Department, you will have to purchase new uniforms.

My child outgrew his/her jacket/sash/skirt; can it be altered?

Please bring the item to Registration on opening day. Our Uniform Department staff will look at it and determine if it can be altered. Regardless, all awards and patches will be transferred to the new item if necessary.

What is Culver’s dress code for campers?

Campers must wear the proper uniform, have an appropriate haircut, wearing minimal or no jewelry and adhere to other guidelines established by the Directors.

Does my child do their own laundry?

No. Laundry services are included in the price of tuition. Laundry is collected and washed once per week.
Oh no! I just realized I forgot to pack: underwear, socks and/or toiletry items!

This is all available to purchase at Culver. Please remember that sheets and pillowcases will be included in the Linen Services and do not need to be brought to camp. 

Do international campers have to purchase Culver's medical insurance?

Yes. Information about the medical insurance is available in your camper's Parent Guidebook under Health Center.

Does my 9-year-old really need spending money in his/her PDA?

Every family is different but think of the PDA as six weeks of allowance you might give your child at home. There are occasional field trips and counselors do sometimes take campers out for pizza. Otherwise, this money will be used by your child to purchase toiletry items, fashion items such as Culver logo bags, banners, hats etc., some snacks and recreation items such as writing paper and ping pong paddles.

Can my child use their credit/debit card while at camp?

The Culver ID card may be used to purchase items at the Campus Store. You can load money onto your campers Personal Drawing Account by visiting the
PDA website and placing money on your child’s account. We strongly encourage Upper School students to use Debit/credit/ATM cards on campus.

Is there an ATM on campus?

Culver has one automatic teller machine (ATM) on campus, maintained by 1st Source Bank. The ATM machine is currently located on the bottom floor of the Lay Student Center just outside the entrance to the Campus Store. For non-customer use of the ATM, 1st Source Bank charges $3.75 per transaction. Check and cash deposits are accepted, and cash deposits can be any US bill denomination. The ATM disburses bills in $10 and $20 increments. Please note that Culver ID cards are not accepted by the ATMs.