Open Houses

Is It Summer Yet?

Greetings! Wednesday night was our last registration day, and it was a huge success! We are excited to have so many campers this year and can’t wait for the summer to start.

Devin and Avi, high school counselors

We have lots of new counselors this year and we will introduce them here throughout the summer.

If you missed this registration day or aren’t sure if you are ready to register, fear not! You are able to register online, mail in $50 (to hold your place) and then pay full tuition when camp begins!



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Lauren and Cody, high school counselors

As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us! See you in May!

Open Houses

We’re Ready, Are You?

Greetings! Yesterday was our first Open House and we are off to a great start! It was so nice to see familiar faces, and get the chance to meet new ones. If you missed this Open House, don’t worry! There is another Open House on Wednesday, April 27 at Indian Springs School from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

Sebastian, a college counselor, giving a golf-cart tour!

If you would like to pre-register online, the link is below. If not, you can register when you come to campus. Regardless, at the Open House you can take a tour of Camp Indian Springs, meet our amazing counselors and staff, and get your camp T-shirt!




Three of our great high school counselors! Left to right: Lexey, Mac, and Abby

We are so excited to see what this summer has to offer and we can’t wait to get started!







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Camp Life

Our Counselors

At CIS, we extensively screen our counselors and staff members to make sure they are the best fit for our camp. Each camper group will have at least one college counselor and up to several high school counselors as leaders in their group. Our counselors go through a background check in addition to their application process. We ask that each counselor applicant submit multiple recommendations from teachers and professors as well as former employers. 

Jalon, Anna, and Brad

Counselors also go through several training sessions with Director Joe Carter as well as mandatory CPR certification. Each counselor is matched to an age group based on their strengths and experience. Many of our counselors come back year after year because of their rewarding experience working with our campers and developing strong friendships with other counselors.

If you are interested in becoming a counselor or know someone who might, please email for more information.

Camp Life

Our Philosophy

Camp Indian Springs desires to bring each of our campers the premiere camp experience in Birmingham, AL. We believe our facilities, team, and programming are unmatched and we strive to exceed expectations.


It is our goal to keep each camper active and engaged throughout the day with indoor and outdoor play as well as off-campus activities designed to entertain, develop, and promote growth in each camper. We want to take your summer camp experience to the next level!

For more information, please email

Camp Life

Camp Structure

Our camp structure creates an environment for children to thrive and grow throughout the summer while immersed in a variety of activities tailored to your child’s age and interests. Campers are assigned to groups by their age and then divided into girls groups and boys groups. Each group is assigned at least one college counselor who serves as the lead counselor for that group. High school counselors assist our college counselors in every group. Our counselors go through extensive training and review to make sure they are the right t for our camp and will be the best leaders for our campers. We require recommenda ons from their teachers and former employers as well as an interview process with our sta members. Our sta members are selected by Director, Joe Carter. Many of our sta members are educators or have served alongside Coach Carter for many years in the summer camp environment.

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Our dining hall

Our counselors guide each camper throughout the day based on a schedule they have created that tailors to group interests and needs. Each day‘s schedule is jam packed with fun activities for every camper. Regular camp hours are from 9AM – 3PM with early drop-off beginning at 7AM and aftercare from 3PM – 6PM. The 2015 camp season begins June 1 and will run through July 31.

Camp Life

Indian Springs School


Indian Springs School was the brainchild of Harvey G. Woodward, a Birmingham industrialist who had attended M.I.T. and who wanted to establish a school in his home state that would train young men for a lifetime of learning. Mr. Woodward left a sizeable estate and a detailed description of his program when he died in 1930. The will survived legal challenges and the program was refined, and finally the school opened its doors in 1952 with 10 faculty members and 60 boys. The school served as a boarding school for boys from Birmingham and rural parts of Alabama, and from the start the graduates went off to distinguished colleges around the nation. 

The founding head of the school, Dr. Louis Armstrong, made certain that an Indian Springs education was far more than sound preparation for college. A program was put into place that was designed to awaken the intellectual curiosity of the students by making them aware of problems facing American society. Students were encouraged to keep open minds and become determined to change things in society for the better.

Student directed learning in the classroom and in activities has always been encouraged at Indian Springs School. The school’s choir has a tradition of presenting concerts all over the globe. The first soccer program in the state was initiated at Indian Springs. By the 1970’s the school had an equal number of day students and boarders. An eighth grade was added and the school became coeducational. In 2006, the school reaffirmed its commitment to boarding by opening brand new dorms for all residential students. In addition, a state-of-the-art Science Center was also unveiled, again demonstrating the school’s passion for academic excellence.The most recent additions to campus are the Fertile Minds Learning Garden, which produces organics fruits and vegetables for the ISS Dining Hall, and an Outdoor Classroom. Both help students connect to the environment in a very personal way. The school boasts of its more than 2,000 alumni, all of whom have experienced Harvey G. Woodward’s vision of Learning Through Living.


Indian Springs School’s campus is on 350 acres (1.4 km2) in northern Shelby County, 15 miles (24 km) south of downtown Birmingham. Through the 1970s, the school was remote and surrounded by woodlands, with Oak Mountain State Park abutting its southern boundary. In the late 1970s, facing increasing debts and possible bankruptcy because of decreased enrollment, the school sold hundreds of acres surrounding the campus.

Dining Hall

Instruction takes place in seven academic buildings, which house 23 classrooms, a new science center, a concert hall, a theater, two student lounges, a college center, a technology lab, a 19,000-volume library, and special studios for chorus, art, photography, and drama. The athletic facilities include two gymnasiums, with two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, and two weight rooms. The campus has six new tennis courts, a competition soccer field, a baseball field, a softball field, a cross country track, and a practice field/track. A new organic orchard, Fertile Minds, complements the greenhouse in producing food for the students. In 2006, new dorms for both boys and girls were opened.