It’s time to get serious about summer and we are here to help with our 2018 Dayton area guide to summer camps!
Water, art, sports, nature and more…
You can’t go wrong with any of these options. We don’t remember camp being this amazing when we were kids!
YMCA of Greater Dayton
June 17th - August 11th
Give your kids the BEST. SUMMER. EVER!
We love the YMCA of Greater Dayton as an option for summer camps because of the flexibility offered. You can enroll your kiddo(s) for a week or the entire summer (#workingmomwin!).
Day Camp provides an exciting setting for your children to explore the outdoors. Quality staff will guide them through a summer of discovery as they explore the world around them. Weekly themes allow campers to learn more about the world’s ecosystems through art, sporting, nature and character development activities.
Campers work together in many activities which lead to the development of teamwork skills, leadership skills, and lifelong friendships. In addition, campers gain an understanding of the YMCA’s character development values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
The Day Camps offered through the YMCA of Greater Dayton are certified through the American Camping Association.
YMCA Day Camp is for children ages 5-12. (ages vary by location)
Residential Camp Experience Available at Camp Kern!
- Weekly themes from June 17th-August 11th
- Located in the Little Miami River Valley. Camp Kern is the perfect introduction to residential camp and has been a tradition of many families in both the Cincinnati and Dayton area for over 100 years!
June 17th - August 11th
Recognized throughout the Midwest as Ohio’s premier private camp, Falcon Camp is proud to have been chosen as “Top Ten Camp in the USA” and selected as the “Coolest Camp in Ohio”. We are big fans of the beautiful lakefront setting and a wide variety of activities. Programs include horseback riding, sailing, mountain biking, canoeing, drama, video arts, riflery, archery and more!
To fit just about any family’s summer needs, Falcom camp offers 2, 4, 6 and 8 week options. If your little one is new to camp this year and you are looking for the perfect way to introduce them to the experience, we encourage you to check out their special one week intro “Young Adventures” program for 6-9 year olds!
Boys and girls ages 6-16 are separate with planned coed events.
American Camp Association Accredited Camp
Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts
May 30th - August 11th
Summer Camps in Kettering!
The Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department has the perfect summer activities for your child. From traditional day camps to specialty art, sports, and environmental camps. The ability to choose from one-day, full and half day camps make this program a flexible option for families… and we LOVE flexibility when it comes to scheduling our busy lives! Summer camps are led by experienced staff and are held in a safe, secure environment. To further meet the demands of family schedules, many of the camps have extended care (for an additional fee) from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Camps take place at the Kettering Recreation Complex, Rosewood Arts Centre and the Habitat Environmental Center.
Visit their website for a complete listing of recreation, specialty art, sports and environmental camps. Their full camp guide will be available early April!
Registration for residents begins April 16 and non-residents can begin registering April 23.
Open to campers ages 4-18 years old.
Cape Cod Equestrian Center
June 18th - July 27th
Join the Cape Cod Equestrian Center for their Summer Horsemanship Programs, geared towards your horse enthusiast age 3-17!
And yes, you read that right, even your preschooler can get in on the fun!
- June 18th-20th is Tiny Tot Camp, for ages 3-6.
- June 25th-29th is Session I of our Summer Horsemanship Program, for ages 7 and up
- July 23rd-27th is Session II of our Summer Horsemanship Program, for ages 7 and up
Children will learn safety around horses, horsemanship skills, everything involved in caring for the horses, and of course riding – all while making new friends along the way!
- Open to campers age 3 – 17
Fast Track at Aqua-Tots
Seasonally and Throughout the Year
Fast Track is a fast-paced program that runs Mon-Thur for 2 weeks with eight 30-minute lessons. Classes are small with a 4:1 student/instructor ratio. The program enhances a child’s swimming skills through repetition. Students can still attend their weekly lessons during Fast Track or choose to take a make-up pass to use at a later date. We also offer private Fast Track session at an additional cost.
- 2017 Schedule will include afternoon and evening times to suit family schedules.
- Week-long Fast Track sessions are offered during Spring and Winter breaks as well.
- Fast Track is ideal for kids ages
Classroom Antics Tech Champs
Several 1-Week Camp Options
Does your kiddo love STEAM/STEM or are they a “gamer”? Would you love to be able to spin that passion into some educational summer fun? Then this camp is the perfect choice for both you AND them! Kids get to LEARN what they LOVE by developing video games, creating stop-motion animation movies, coding computer programs, producing videos, modding with Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots in Tech Camp!
Open to campers age 7-14 years old.
Half-day (9a-12p or 1-4p) or Full-day (9a-4p) available
Locations in Anderson, Blue Ash, Bridgetown-Cheviot, Liberty Twp, Madeira, Mason, Newtown-Mariemont, Springboro, Wyoming
Space is limited, register today using code DAYMOM10 to save $10 off per camp before 4/30.
Pre-College Programs at Wright State University
June 4th - August 3rd
Hands-on science, math, computers, languages, culture, history, literature, writing, leadership, and more! Join Pre-College Programs at Wright State University for a wide variety of summer enrichment opportunities designed to encourage your child’s creativity and enthusiasm for learning!
““Great balance of learning and fun. The kids don’t see it as ‘school’ but I don’t see the same ‘summer slide’ I see in some of their outside friends.” (Parent, 2017)
- Day camps available for students entering K-9th grade.
- Residential camps available for students entering 6th-12th grade.
Art Camps with Decoy Art Studio
Seasonally and Throughout the Year
Engage, explore and create with new mediums and themes each week as Decoy’s artists lead students to imagine with endless possibilities! Drawing, painting, clay, sculpting, and printing are just a few of the awesome projects to take place! All students receive a camp t-shirt and some camp weeks visit our awesome neighbors, the Beavercreek Pizza Dive, to make their own lunch as well. Visit our website for more dates, project info, and registration.
- Open to campers 6 – 14 years old.
Washington Township Recreation Center
June 4th - August 10th
Washington Township’s 30th annual summer camp program promises kids a world of adventure, with eight camp options for preschool through grade eight. Whether campers sign up for one week or all ten, they can explore the recreation campus and its many local attractions, including outdoor games, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, and arts and crafts.
So, campers, pack your bags and explore the world by land and water this summer at WT Rec! Recreation staff is committed to providing a quality, enjoyable experiences for each and every one.
Full-day camps are sure to provide a passport to adventure and a full itinerary of activities, creativity, and fun.
- Open to campers age 3 – 14
Mini University Summer Camp
Refer to website for camp dates
Mini University’s all-inclusive, full-day summer camp is where children will explore and learn all summer long. Staff is highly educated and amazing with kids who don’t want to be in “daycare”, but still need a watchful eye and things to do. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are all included, and no extra transportation/field trip fees! Your child will have fun and learn something new every day with two field trips per week, plus swimming every Wednesday! On days when there is no field trip planned, children will have space to “hang out” in our air-conditioned classrooms and play outside on the ginormous playgrounds. Let your kiddo have fun, explore, and LEARN with Mini U!
- Enroll by April 15th and receive the Early Bird Special
- Open 6:30am – 6pm to give working parents flexibility
- Open to campers ages 6-11 years old.