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Camp Mariposa-Indianapolis:
Aaron's Place

A place where kids transform

about the camp

Camp Mariposa-Indianapolis: Aaron’s Place is a year-round addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth affected by the substance use disorder of a family member. Children and teens attend transformational weekend camps six times a year. Youth ages 9-12 participate in fun, traditional camp activities combined with educational and support sessions led by mental health professionals and trained adult mentors. Teens are given a unique opportunity to continue their involvement in Camp Mariposa-Indianapolis: Aaron’s Place through a Junior Counselor program as well as other activities for teens/alumni. We provide a safe and supportive environment where youth can connect with peers and caring adult mentors. At weekend camps, youth build confidence, learn coping skills that help them break the cycle of addiction. Additional social activities are offered for youth, alumni and their families throughout the year. All Camp Mariposa-Indianapolis: Aaron’s Place activities are provided free of charge. This award-winning program is offered in partnership with youth-focused organizations in communities across the country.

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Camp is held 6 times a year, Friday through Sunday.

During the other months of the year, thecampers are invited to participate in family and/or caregiver activities. All of the program activities are free of charge.

Location: Indianapolis. Transportation available upon request.

We still have room for more campers, please share this program with a family that can benefit!

ODL understands that every family is different in many different ways. While the camp experience is provided at no-cost to participate, we understand that not everyone is in a position to be able to allocate resources toward supplies that might be perceived as necessary for camp.

We do not want there to be any barriers for children to participate, so to ensure this is an inclusive experience for everyone, we are able to provide any supplies needed for an enjoyable camp experience. We provide meals and snacks, sleeping bags, bug spray, hand sanitizer, shower supplies (including towels, shampoo and shower shoes), workbooks, pens, journals, etc. We understand that packing enough clothes for a weekend away from home can be challenging or cause anxiety. We can provide clothing for those that make this request. All requests for clothing are kept confidential. If you have any concerns about barriers to participating, please reach out to our staff so we can navigate solutions.

We are able to do this because of the support and generosity of our staff, our community, and our donors.  


For a full list of volunteers, donors, and supporters who made the 2021 camp experience possible,
read our Blog post Camp Mariposa — Indianapolis: Simply Serendipitous.

Camp Mariposa - Indianapolis Helps Youth:


Interested in becoming a mentor?

Mentors are an essential piece in making our camp successful. If you’re caring, compassionate and want to proactively help the youth in your community, we invite you to join us at Aaron’s Place. We’ll provide the necessary training and tools to help make your contribution as meaningful as possible.

We require a one year commitment from our trained adult mentors to ensure that a solid foundation of trust, support, and awareness is built around the topic of substance use disorder.


To register your camper or to become a mentor, please fill out an application by clicking the respective button below.

All applications and any questions about this program should be addressed to:
Brandy Greene
Camp Mariposa Director 
844-554-3354 ext. 9

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