Summer Camp Guide 2014Written by Jay Hathaway | | email@example.com
Bedford Community Education
Bedford Community Education offers year-round activities for all ages, but they have an especially busy lineup for the kids during the summer months.
While this summer’s lineup is still being put together, rest assured that it will include elements of sports, science and fun. Bedford Community Ed has been a point of pride for locals, offering a variety of activities that nurture the mind and body.
Check the website soon for the announcement of this summer’s activities.
Bowling Green State University Summer Music Institute
Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts offers weeklong intensive camp sessions and a special Musical Theatre Workshop designed to help participants improve their musicianship, learn new skills and meet new friends, all on a college campus.
Session One runs June 15-20, and includes Recording Camp, Double Reed Camp and Flute Camp. Session Two runs June 22-27, and includes String Camp and Brass Camp. Session Three runs July 6-11, and offers Super Saxophone Camp and Vocal Arts Camp. A very special Musical Theatre Workshop is being offered on July 12, featuring a session with members of the cast from Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, a Broadway improv group that will be performing that evening in the Donnell Theatre on BGSU’s campus.
Students have the choice of living on campus or commuting, with costs ranging from $245 – $475 for those who register by April 30. Prices go up $50 after that date.
The Musical Theatre Workshop is open to high school students and adults. The fee is $125 and includes three workshops, a T-shirt, lunch, and a ticket to that evening’s performance of Broadway’s Next Hit Musical.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo owns and operates Camp Big Silver, located on Silver Lake in Pinckney, Michigan, about 25 miles north of Ann Arbor and 45 miles southeast of Lansing.
Camp Big Silver provides a safe outdoor education and recreation program for Boys & Girls Clubs members ages 7-12. Through the support of the United Way and community-minded individuals, campers’ fees are kept extremely low so that all children, regardless of their family’s income, can enjoy a week at camp.
The camp offers seven different five-day trips, beginning June 16-20, and the last trip running Aug. 4-8. Fees are $30 for one child, $25 for a sibling, and $20 for a second sibling. Reservations can be made at the Boys & Girls Clubs, 2250 N. Detroit Ave.
For kids in kindergarten through age 12, the Catholic Club of Toledo offers summer camp activities throughout June, July and August from 9:00 a.m.- 4 p.m., with “extended care” available at no additional cost from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The summer camp program features a variety of activities that include swimming, art lessons, gym games, crafts, science activities, reading, a game room, outdoor play, rest and relaxation activities. Service projects and community speakers are also featured.
This year, the Toledo Ballet will continue working with the Catholic Club in offering musical theater lessons for children in grades 3-6 (free for students enrolled in a weekly camp). The children will also participate in a variety of field trips each week and special events.
For fees and other information, call (419) 243-7255, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Catholic Summer Athletic and Enrichment Camps
(419) 255-2280 ext. 1103
Central Catholic Athletics will once again offer its Fighting Irish Summer Camps programs to keep kids social, in shape and having fun in 2014. Sports offered are baseball, basketball, football, soccer, volleyball and cheerleading. Dates, times, and fees will be announced soon. Check the website for details.
Common Space Center for Creativity
The Common Space, 1700 N. Reynolds Rd, is hosting its 29th annual Arts and Sciences Creativity Camp for kids ages 5-14. Ten weekly sessions are offered this summer, beginning with the first from June 9-13, through the last, Aug. 11-15.
The Arts and Sciences Creativity Camp is a day camp that allows children to have fun learning to be creative, and learn the value of the creative process. Arts and sciences experiences provide multiple opportunities for children to explore, demonstrate and develop wholesome individual and collaborative abilities. Each week is exciting and challenging and based on expanding creativity, innovation and collaboration.
Creativity Camp utilizes the arts and sciences to develop multiple-intelligences learning and incorporates brainstorming, thinking, planning, doing, imagining, testing, reflecting and sharing. Both the creative and scientific processes help campers transform thoughts into reality. A wide range of materials and tools are utilized with campers for positive and personal growth and creative expression.
Fees are $110 per session for members, $120 for nonmembers, and $55/$60 per week for half-day (a.m. or p.m.) sessions. Discounts are also available for first-time campers.
Feed Lucas County Children
Tony Siebeneck and Feed Lucas County Children are once again gearing up for a summer of free fun for Toledo area youth. This year, kids in grades 8-9 will be offered two Biology 101 sessions, where they can gain hands-on experience with plants and soils in an interactive learning environment.
Siebeneck said that plans are still in the works for many fun activities for the younger kids, as well, and to call or visit the website for the latest information on FLCC’s community appearances this summer.
The Growing Minds/Oak Learning Center in Berkey offers some unique ways for children to enjoy some outdoor fun this summer, with some academic twists. Each five-day session has an outdoor theme, including patterns, colors, and textures in nature.. The center also features a natural habitat playground, with a “not-your-typical” garden. Fees are $60/week. Ages range from 3-12, and extended care is available for no additional charge. For dates or contact information, visit www.facebook.com/growingmindslc.
Heather Downs Country Club
The HDCC Junior Golf Camp is offered four weeks during the summer. Dates are June 9-12, June 23-26, July 14-17, and Aug. 4-7. “If parents are looking to get their kids involved in the game of golf, our programs are perfect for them,” said Dan Sutton, Director of Golf at HDCC. “The kids will have a blast and really enjoy themselves.”
The camp is open to children ages 7-17, and will teach children the critical skills of the game. The Beginner Camp is for children with limited golf experience, and Intermediate Camp is for children who have a couple of years of experience. Children will also be introduced to the basic rules of golf and golf etiquette.
The fee of $60 includes instruction, range balls, and green fees during the camp. Children will also receive green fees at a discounted rate on weekdays when accompanied by a paying adult, so they can practice what they have learned.
HDCC also offers a variety of instructional sessions throughout the spring and summer for adults, as well. Check the website for details.
All golf instruction at HDCC is taught by Sutton and his staff. Sign up soon, as class size is limited.
Hunter’s Run Riding Camp
Hunter’s Run, located at 9241 Secor Road in Temperance is a family owned business with more than 25 years of experience in providing equine care.
Three- and four-day camps are offered each summer for children ages 4 and up. The children get hands on experience learning proper care for horses, how to tack up their horses, how to give a horse a bath, how to make horse treats, along with various crafts which the children will be able to take home with them. On the last day of the camp, each group will have a mini-horse show and each child will receive a ribbon.
Dates for Summer 2014 are still being planned, and fees vary according the specific session. Check the website soon for more details.
The Imagination Station in Downtown Toledo is hosting several Hot Summer, Cool Science camps this summer.
Super Splatter Science (June 16-20, 23-27 and June 30-July 4) embraces all that’s messy, giving campers a full-on experience soaked with chaos and exciting science fun. Behind the Mask (July 7-11, 14-18 and 21-25) is a new event. Each day will be focused on a different superhero, and kids will learn firsthand how they can use science to their advantage. Participants will discover their superpowers and even create their own superhero gadgets. Survival Science (July 28-Aug. 1, Aug. 4-8 and 11-15) will test survival skills and prepare kids for unusual situations should such a moment ever arise.
Summer camp fees are $155 for members, $185 for nonmembers. An early bird special of $10 off is being offered for those who register by March 31.
Maumee Valley Country Day School
Half-day and full-day options at MVCDS summer camps will complement a busy family’s summer schedule. Hobbit Camp, for ages 4-5, offers arts and crafts, yoga for kids and exploring the woods among its numerous activities.
For grades 1-8, Afternoon STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Hob Haven Camp mixes sports, arts, science, stories, nature, with a low camper-counselor ratio, ensuring personalized attention to satisfy campers with varied interests.
Weeklong morning specialty classes for incoming grades 1-12 include soccer, tennis, basketball, yoga, glee performing classes, sculpture, cooking, crafty creations, playmaking, creative arts, chemistry, philosophy, study skills, algebra, SAT and ACT prep, Chinese, chess and much more. Before- and after-camp care is available from 7:30am – 5:30pm.
Fees vary, see website for dates and details.
Metroparks of Toledo Area
Metroparks offers a huge variety of summer activities for all ages, including Wee Workshop Camp (ages 3-5), Metroparks Explorers (ages 5-7), Nature Camp (ages 8-12), Art Camp (ages 8-14) and Teen Camp.
Registration is now open for summer 2014. Fees and dates vary, and applications for financial assistance are available for all camps.
Metroparks summer day camps are held rain or shine, with plenty of rainy day options.
Morgan Valley Farm
Morgan Valley Farm offers five week-long sessions of Summer Horse Camp. For each session, a “Day” camp and an “Overnight” camp is offered.
Day camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 am until 3:30 each day. Campers age five and up arrive at camp and are divided into small groups based on their age and experience level. They are then assigned their own horse, with a partner, to take care of for the week. Children will learn the responsibilities and care involved in taking care of a horse, such as grooming, cleaning stalls, feeding and exercising. Also included are daily riding lessons, basic first aid, anatomy, “tacking up,” foal care, hayrides, and the “Mini-Valley,” featuring a miniature donkey, miniature horse, goats and pigs. Friday concludes the week with a horse show, with family and friends invited.
“Overnight” camp runs Sunday evening through Friday. Campers enjoy all of the activities of regular day camp with the added excitement of “game nights” with the horses, a horse pajama party, trail ride, themed dinners, a counselor fashion show, bonfires and extra riding time. Overnight campers stay in climate controlled cabins with bathrooms, kitchenettes and bunk beds.
The camps teach children responsibility, caring for others and animals, teamwork, exercise and a sense of accomplishment, in a safe and educational environment.
The camp is for ages five and up. The Day camp fee is $325 per week, and the overnight is $650 for the week. All meals, snacks, a camp t -shirt, backpack, water bottle and supplies are included in fee.
Dates are June 16-20, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 14-18, and Aug. 4-8.
Early bird registration discounts, multiple children discounts (3 children or more) and same summer/multiple camp discounts are offered.
Advanced camp programs are also offered for more experienced children.
Penta Career Center STEM Camp
Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Road in Perrysburg will host its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) summer camp June 16-20, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for students in grades 7-9.
This year, participants will be exploring alternative energy, computers, construction, manufacturing, and geographic information systems.
The $25 fee is all-inclusive, covering things like lunch, materials, and supplies. The fee also includes transport, if necessary, from a location near a participating school district. Students must attend one of the eligible school districts (including private schools)—Anthony Wayne, Bowling Green, Eastwood, Elmwood, Genoa, Lake, Maumee, Northwood, North Baltimore, Oak Harbor, Otsego, Perrysburg, Rossford, Springfield, Swanton and Woodmore—to qualify for admission.
Rosenbloom’s Farm will once again offer its summer camp experience, with plenty of fun new activities planned.
Campers will care for and learn about animals on a daily basis. Rosenbloom’s may have some new kittens to play with, a turtle to learn about and, of course, chickens—providing fresh eggs for breakfast.
Camp will include hayrides, crafts and games. Each child will be making their own tie-dyed item to take home, as well as bird feeders, lawn art and much more.
Rosenbloom’s Farm prides itself on providing a safe and wholesome environment. All animals are part of the family, and are up to date on shots and vet visits. The farm also encourages hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer. Parents are also welcome to visit at any time–but be warned–you may be put to work!
Camp groups are intentionally kept small for maximum supervision, interaction and the ability to individualize the program, and groups fill up quickly, so early registration is advised. Call or see website for dates, fees, and to register.
St. John’s Jesuit
(419) 865-5743 ext. 231
St. John’s Jesuit Academy, 5901 Airport Hwy, will be hosting two types of camp this summer: SportCamps and FunCamps.
SportCamps run throughout the summer, and include baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, wrestling and “total athlete” sessions. The camps are for boys entering grades 5-9.
FunCamps are for boys and girls entering grades 5-9, and include archery, high adventure, skateboarding, LEGO Camp, digital photography and build-your-own arcade.
SportCamps are $55 for regular sessions, and $65 for specialty sessions. FunCamps range from $80 to $175. See the website for dates.
St. Ursula Academy
St. Ursula Academy, 4025 Indian Road, is offering a diverse selection of summer camps throughout June and July.
Girls of various ages may register for basketball, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, golf, softball, volleyball, art, graphic design, writing, journalism, dance, photography, and others. Fees vary, and registration forms are available on the website.
Toledo Area Humane Society
The Animal Tails Summer Camp will be available for single-day camps and multiday camps in June, July and August. Each camp highlights a different animal-related theme and campers get to tour the Humane Society. Plus, each camp offers a variety of activities such as making fun crafts, playing animal-themed games, guest speakers and meeting four-legged furry friends.
Details for Summer 2014 coming soon.
Toledo Botanical Garden
The Toledo Botanical Garden offers unique, fun and educational programs each summer for kids ages 6 – 14. Choose from single-day themes like “Pioneer Life,” “Fairy Gardens,” “Blooming Artists,” and “Friend of Wildlife.” Fees for single-day camps range from $18-$25.
New to the lineup this year is YEP Mini Camp (Young Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists). YEP classes offer a unique opportunity for participants to design, create and market handmade products related to nature and then sell them at the TBG Summer Plant Sale. Proceeds will be used to support future TBG programming. The Mini Camp consists of two sessions; a three hour class during the week to create the product and an afternoon class Friday, July 18 during the Plant Sale, where they will put their advertising and marketing plan into action to benefit the less fortunate. Each participant will be asked to work at least a one-hour shift between 3-7 p.m.
Toledo Walleye Youth Hockey Summer Camp
Beat the heat and hit the ice this summer! The Walleye 2014 Summer Camp is scheduled for Aug. 4-8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Skate on the same ice as the Toledo Walleye while being instructed by the Walleye coaching staff. Off-ice activities will include exercises focused on youth athletes, and several team building games and activities.
The youth hockey camp will include instruction, lunch provided daily, a Walleye camp jersey, Toledo Mud Hens tickets and on-field recognition, and a Walleye ticket voucher.
For more information on Walleye youth hockey camp contact Emily at 419-725-4530 or email@example.com.
Toledo Zoo Summer Safari Camps
(419) 385-5721 ext. 2042
Engage and educate your child with five-day camps at the Toledo Zoo during the summer. The Summer Safari Camps keep kids’ minds as active as they are. Children in each age group explore zoo topics and interact with live animals. Topics are designed to engage the interests of children, enrich their summer experience and expand their science awareness. A complete list of all camps is provided on the website along with links to register online. Extended child care is also available.
West Side Montessori
West Side Montessori offers an enriching array of opportunities for children ages 13 months through the 6th grade to enjoy during their eight-week program. Specialty camps are also available for grades 7-8. All camps are run by dedicated counselors, many of whom are members of the West Side Montessori faculty. Campers will enjoy an action-packed summer, exploring and making friends in high energy programs with qualified, caring teachers.
West Side summer programs begin June 11 and end Aug. 1. There is no camp July 3 and 4. Morning camps begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. Afternoon camps begin at 12 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. Full-day students will have a supervised lunch from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Child care is available after camp, 3-5 p.m.
Camp fees vary, see website for details.
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