PALS and Purdue Engineering have teamed up this year to bring you a live-streamed, interactive virtual camp via Zoom (more information about how to access this platform in the registration link below) during the week of  June 21-25, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm with a break for lunch. In addition to engaging in a weeklong theater engineering project, participants will be able to be a part of PALS facilitated activities such as:

  • “A Day in the Life of a Purdue Large Animal Veterinarian”
    You might be familiar with how veterinarians treat a sick dog, cat, hamster, or parakeet, but do you know how they treat large animals like horses, cows, and pigs? In this virtual tour, campers will watch vets, vet nurses and vet students in action as they receive, examine and treat a variety of sick large animals.
  • "Do You Know What Lives in the Wabash?"
    Have you ever wondered what is living in the Wabash River? Join Megan Gunn to learn about a special technique used by scientists to collect fish and what the presence of certain species tell us about the health of the river!
  • “Triple Money Power Play”
    Campers will participate in fun activities in which they get an imaginary “job” and then have to decide what to spend their money on, how much to spend, and the best ways to pay for things. Campers will learn how to create a budget, what debit cards and checking accounts are, and how best to use a credit card.
  • “Mystery Project”
    What do a bar of Ivory soap, a plastic knife, and your engineering project have in common? Come and find out in this session in which you will learn to use the soap for something besides getting clean and use the plastic knife for something other than eating at a picnic!
Would your kid(s) be interested in attending these live sessions? Please take 10-15 minutes to fill out the registration link here:

Important Notice Regarding Coronavirus

Unfortunately, due to limitations on the size of in-person gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual PALS camp on the Purdue University campus will NOT take place in summer 2021.

For more information:

We appreciate your support and hope to return in 2022! Stay safe.

Giving local kids a summertime experience with lifetime benefits

PALS is a free summer camp for 400 children ages 8-14 whose family incomes are at or below federal poverty guidelines. The camp is structured around four character pillars: respect, responsibility, caring, and courage. Curriculum activities include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), computer programming, financial literacy, dance, art, videography, photography, judo, nutrition, swimming, career development, service learning, and select special events. Campers receive breakfast and lunch and are bused from 2 locations by Lafayette School Corporation.

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Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon & 5k

The Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon & 5k is supporting the Purdue Athletes Life Success Program (PALS) for the 9th consecutive year! Since 2012, over $80,000 has been raised for the underserved youth of Tippecanoe County. The event takes place on Saturday, October 17, 2020 and all proceeds go to PALS.

For more information and to register, visit We appreciate your support!



PALS Employee Applications

It takes an enormous effort to pull off a successful PALS camp year after year, and our staff is the biggest part of that equation. Are you ready to help out? Fill out the appropriate form below. Our kids depend on your support.

2020 Camp Dates

The PALS camp staff is excited to announce camp dates for 2020. This will be our 19th year of operation, and it's going to be our best one yet! Get ready for a positive summer experience with lifetime benefits.

Camp will begin on Thursday, June 11th.
It will end on Friday, July 10th.
Family night is Wednesday, June 24th.

There will be no camp on July 2nd or 3rd.


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