Free summer camp aims to keep kids off the streets

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis woman founded a free summer camp to help keep kids off the streets during the summer while their parents are at work.

Kids Matter runs Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The children who attend are fed breakfast and lunch. About 30 children had lunch under tents that were spread across the lawn on Ewing Street on the east side of Indy on Thursday afternoon.

Brenda McAtee said she relies mainly on neighborhood donations to feed the kids during the summer. She estimates it costs between $20 and $25 per week to feed each child at her camp.

McAtee started the camp after seeing children walking around the neighborhood with no parental supervision.

“If these kids weren’t off the streets, there would be a whole lot of windows knocked out right now,” said McAtee.

Parents in the neighborhood are grateful that the camp is free to their children and said they would like to see more summer camps offered to parents for free.

(WISH Photo)
(WISH Photo)

“I think it’s great, more people should take out time to do what she is doing,” said parent Larry Beverly.

The parents are required to sign a form when they drop off their children. McAtee also has volunteers that help her throughout her day.

Want to volunteer or make a donation to Kids Matter? For more information on how you can help McAtee, call (317) 748.6296. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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