Lew Wallace Academy Announces Open Enrollment

Week-long day camp immerses students in Wallace’s life lessons

Crawfordsville, Indiana—Amanda Wesselmann, Acting Director of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum and Coordinator of this year’s Lew Wallace Youth Academy, announced today that enrollment into the weeklong day camp is now open to the public.

The Academy, which is in its fifth year after four tremendously successful seasons, has already enrolled several exceptional middle school-aged students from schools and home school organizations from throughout Montgomery County, and only a few positions remain! The Academy promotes in its students the qualities of leadership, character and lifelong learning that General Lew Wallace embodied throughout his life. Academy students will explore disciplines close to Wallace’s heart: architecture, art, music, storytelling and serving others.

“We chose our wide variety of subjects not to have one specialty for everyone, but to illustrate that each student can excel in many things,” said Wesselmann. “Our diverse faculty has designed hands-on group activities that will build on students’ interests, and pique new ones.”

“It’s amazing what the Lew Wallace Youth Academy can accomplish in a week’s time,” said Machiel Walther, mother of an Academy graduate. “The skills that our son and many other children have acquired through this program will not only help them to become great leaders, but also positive role models for other children in our community.”

Applicants for the Academy must be entering 6th through 8th grade or equivalent and able to attend the entire camp from July 7-11, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents are responsible for arranging transportation to and from the Academy. The cost to the family is only $25 per child. Scholarship opportunities are available for families experiencing financial hardship; contact the Museum to make arrangements.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Character Counts, Crawfordsville Kiwanis, Delta Theta Tau, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1005, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 6, Montgomery County Extension Homemakers, Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association, Psi Iota Xi, Sugar Creek Kiwanis, teachers from Northridge Middle School, and Barb and Steve Carver.

For registration forms, contact Amanda Wesselmann at 765-362-5769 or [email protected], or stop by the Carriage House Interpretive Center at the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, 200 Wallace Ave., Crawfordsville. Registration forms and $25 fee are due by June 30.

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