The E5 Foundation’s Camp Emma Lou

Camp Emma Lou is the E5 Foundation’s outdoor recreational retreat near Lake Monroe just south of Bloomington, IN. Children and their families who are dealing with an illness, hardship, or other special needs are invited to the camp for an expense paid weekend of family time and relaxation. The programs that we feature at Camp Emma Lou are our TEAM Field Trips and our Family Retreats.

Many of the families that participate in our Hot Corner Kids program will also be eligible to attend Camp Emma Lou.


Camp Emma Lou

Camp Emma Lou is a place for children and families to live, love, and laugh while enjoying a variety of activities set in the beautiful outdoors. 

We believe that Camp Emma Lou can help brighten children’s lives, renew family ties, and create new friendships among people dealing with similar situations… All we ask of the campers is they not burn their marshmallows!


  • Four Single-Family Log Cabins
  • Rustic Lodge and Recreation Hall
  • Regulation Size Little League Field
  • Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
  • Private Stocked Lake with Beach
  • Recreational Fields
  • Frisbee Golfcourse
  • Tyler’s Treehouse – Read below for details

Family Activities

  • Boating, Swimming, Fishing, and Hiking
  • Hay Rides
  • Tyler’s Treehouse Scavenger Hunts
  • Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, and Frisbee Golf
  • Bonfires and Ghost Stories
  • Hot Dog Roast
  • Feeding Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Magic Shows, Puppet Shows, Movies… and probably things we haven’t even thought of yet!

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Tyler’s Treehouse

Tyler Frenzel was not your ordinary nine-year old boy. Tyler was 7 years old when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He spent the last two years of his life teaching others about courage, faith, love, generosity and the ability to live life to the fullest. His approach to fighting Leukemia resulted in improved lives of those who knew him and many who never met him. Tyler’s motto was “Fight Hard, Never Give Up”. This is the way Tyler lived. Tyler had a simple dream. A treehouse. Build a treehouse where kids can play and feel “normal” all the time. He wanted to help children, like himself, who had been struck with illnesses beyond their control. He wanted to help create a place for these kids and their families to go where they can love and laugh together. Tyler donated the first $1,000 of his own savings to start making his tree house dream come true. 

On December 21, 2004 Scott’s Enis Furley Foundation teamed up with Peyton Manning’s Peyback Foundation and the Bob and Tom Show to hold a charity auction to raise funds for our beloved hero’s dream. The auction raised over $150,000 towards his treehouse. In Tyler’s honor, we have built a gigantic treehouse with an awesome playground inside of Camp Emma Lou. We have named it “Tyler’s Treehouse” so every child that plays on it knows who gave it to them. And we did it all the way Tyler would have wanted it done … together. 

Tyler was 9 years old when leukemia robbed him of his life. His disease may have won the battle, but his spirit will win the war. Thank you, Tyler.

Contact Us!

If you know someone who would want to participate or volunteer to assist with Camp Emma Lou, please contact us! We are always looking for those we can help, and those who can help us.

Or, if you want to help our program so that we can do even more good for families and kids in need, please consider becoming a sponsor, or making a one-time donation. Every little bit counts!

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