Mixing fun with learning is what these local summer camp programs are about. Whether swimming, cycling or horseback riding, memorable experiences are just ahead!
Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.
Children and teens can explore their artistic side in the Toledo Museum of Art’s many summer classes and camps. Programs are available in half-day sessions from 9am-noon or 1-4pm, or full-day sessions from 9am-4pm.
Ages: Kids (5 to 13 years) can try their hand at traditional creative challenges like painting, illustration or sculpture, or try newer offerings like game design and LEGO architecture. Teens (14 to 18 years) can hone their skills in glassblowing, blacksmithing, mural painting, or digital photography, among other subjects.
Staff/camper ratio: Kids, 1:15. Teens, 1:8 for metals and glass classes, 1:15 for digital photography and painting.
Cost: Ranges $100 to $225 per week;
scholarship and teen work-study opportunities are easy to apply for and in most cases cover all tuition fees.
The camp day starts out with campers helping with farm chores, such as gathering eggs, checking the garden for vegetables, and feeding our kid-friendly animals, including horses, donkeys, llamas and goats. The day continues with nature-related crafts, games and special activities, such as hayrides, making ice cream and working in our fairy garden. Healthy snacks are provided daily, along with a scrambled egg breakfast on Fridays. We also have a special farm picnic for the whole family to enjoy.
Ages: 3 years and older. In the past, we have had some slightly younger kids who also had a great time. Parents are also welcome to stay and help out.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:7 or less.
Cost: $125. Discount available for registering prior to May 1st.
Dates: June 29-July 3,
July 27-July 31, and August 3-7
Buckeye Cable Sports Network
115 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo
419-724-BCSN (2276), bcsn.tv/CAMP
We have unique, fun and FREE Summer Camps for your kids! Our camps are from 9am-noon and are instructed by some of the area’s best coaches and BCSN personalities in a variety of sports. The camps provide fundamental instruction and more importantly we teach sportsmanship, respect and team play. We want our campers that join us to come away with a true appreciation of each sport. We look forward to having our communities young athletes come to our camps this summer!
Ages: 5th-8th Graders.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:10
Dates: Baseball/Softball Camp at Mercy Field on Wednesday, July 8. Tennis Camp at Jermain Park on Thursday, July 9. Football Camp at CYO Field on Wednesday, July 15. Volleyball Camp at Southview High School on Thursday, July 16. Lacrosse Camp at Pacesetter Field on Wednesday, July 22. Soccer Camp at CYO Field on Wednesday, July 29.
1 Discovery Way, Toledo
Prevent brain drain this summer and create memories that will last a lifetime during Imagination Station’s Hot Summer, Cool Science Summer Camps. Each camp will take your camper on a weeklong adventure filled with science experiments, discovery and fun. Choose from three exciting summer camps: explore the science center’s biggest and messiest experiments for a week of sticky, gooey science fun during Super Splatter Science Camp, test your survival skills and prepare for unusual situations should such a moment ever arise during Survival Science Camp, or tinker, create and problem solve using only the tools available during Young MacGyver Camp.
Ages: 7-12 years.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:8.
Cost: $165 for members, $195 for non-members.
Dates: Super Splatter Science Camp: June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 3. Survival Science Camp: July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24. Young MacGyver Camp: July 27-31, August 3-7, August 10-14.
Toledo Volleyball Club
2901 Key St. #2, Maumee
We fill the morning, from 9:30am-noon, with fun and exciting games that develop the necessary skills in volleyball while encouraging a fun, competitive atmosphere. High amounts of reps with tremendous amounts of technical coaching is the basis of training by the TVC staff. At a TVC camp, you can count on getting better at volleyball and having fun doing it!
Ages: 9-12 years for the Youth program. 12-14 years for the Junior Program. 14 years and up for the High School Program.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:7.
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Dr.
Participants in Toledo Botanical Garden’s summer camps should be ready for exciting, hands-on learning at one of the two campuses: the main campus on Elmer Drive and the urban farm near downtown. Campers should dress for the weather, as much of the activity takes place in the great outdoors.
Ages: 6-12 years, or 9-10 years and older.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:10.
Cost: $23-$35, with
discounts for TBG members.
Dates: 9am-noon. June 16, 18, 23, 25, July 7, 9, 14, 16, and August 4.
7060 Sylvania Ave.
Sylvania Recreation’s sports camps focus on the general skills of various sports. We do a series of days, generally Monday through Friday, and usually 9am to 12pm. We focus on sports-specific aspects of whatever sport the child is practicing.
Ages: Entering 3rd-8th grade.
Staff/camper ratio: Depends on the sport, but typically 1:8-1:10.
Mini Motions Dance Center
2249 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo
Let your child spend the summer learning the many art forms of dance while becoming stronger and making new friends. Our six class session is held twice a week and will focus on students learning a variety of dance: tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, gymnastics and cheer. Students will learn with their age group.
Ages: 2-12 years.
Cost: 2-3 years: $30/per class or $62/for 6 classes. 4 years and up: $45/per class or $70/for 6 classes. Open gym: $10 per one-hour class. Family discount: $10 off for two students, $15 off for three students.
Dates: July 6-July 22, Monday & Wednesday: 2-3 years, 10:45-11:15am; 4-5 years, 5:45-6:30pm; 6-8 years, 6:45-7:30pm; 9-12 years, 7:45-8:30pm. July 7-July 24, Tuesday & Thursday: 2-3 years, 5:45-6:15pm; 4-6 years, 6:30-7:15pm; 7 years and up, 7:30-8:30pm.
YMCA/JCC Summer Camps
Locations vary ymcatoledo.org
YMCA camps provide a variety of opportunities to help ensure that youth are learning and being physically active in the summer. Campers also learn how to be responsible and resourceful, work in groups, solve problems and make decisions that will help them grow as individuals – all while having fun.
Ages: Grades 1-5, Day Camp. Ages 11-13, Teen Camp. Grades 2-12, Storer Overnight Camp. Ages vary, Sports and Specialty Camps.
Cost: $135-$300, with most camps being $175, for YMCA/JCC members. $155-$325, with most camps being $200, for non-members. $15 discount for siblings and/or multiple camp registrations.
Dates: June 8-August 14.
SummerTime at Maumee Valley Country Day
1715 S. Reynolds Rd, Toledo
At SummerTime at Maumee Valley, campers create their own individual week according to their interests. Campers choose a weekly specialty class for the morning, afternoon, or both, picking from academics, the visual or performing arts, or athletics. Childcare before camp from 7:30-9:00am and after camp from 3:30-5:30pm is available at no extra charge.
Ages: Preschool (age 4 by September) through High School.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:15, or less.
Cost: $120/week for a half-day class; $228/week for either a full-day class or a morning/afternoon combination.
Dates: June 15-26, July 6-24.
University of Toledo Volleyball
University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St.
Rachel Stanford, 419.530.7255, email@example.com
The day starts with a group warm up and stretch, followed by skill set training, which one of a series of skill sets or an activity relevant to the Position Specific Camp. The day or skill training ends with scrimmages and game play.
Ages: 3rd-12th grades, All Skills Camp: 3rd-8th graders in the morning, 9th-12th graders in the pm. 6th-12th graders, Position Specific Camp.
Staff/camper ratio: The average ratio is 8:1, but the ratio is determined by the amount of campers.
Cost: $125/All Skills Day Camp. $75/Position Specific Camp.
Dates: July 6-10, All Skills Camp. July 11, Position Specific: Outside/Right Side and Libero Camp. July 12, Position Specific: Middle and Setter Camp.
6819 W Central Ave.
During the summer, Kidz Watch is filled with fun activities that use a child-based curriculum and monthly themes. Special guests come to visit regularly, children participate in both indoor and outdoor activities, and programs are geared to all ages, including toddler, preschool, and school-age.
Ages: Geared toward 3-12 years, with camps for toddlers as well.
Staff/camper ratio: Preschoolers: 1:12, school age: 1:18.
Dates: June 1-August 28.
7115 W. Bancroft St, Toledo
13587 Roachton Rd, Perrysburg
Each week, programs will feature a presentation, event or entertainment provided by a partner in the greater Toledo area. There are three different summer camp programs, based on age, that are geared toward providing children with educational opportunities consistent with the Montessori program. Outdoor exploration is incorporated in all programs.
Ages: 13 months-3 years, Little House Camp. 3 years-Kindergarten, Children’s House Camp. 1st-4th grade, Elementary Camp.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:5 for Toddlers, 1:12 for Children’s House, 1:12 for Elementary.
Dates: June 10-July 31.
St. John's Jesuit
5901 Airport Hwy, Toledo
Summer is fun at St. John’s Jesuit! We offer a multitude of week-long FunCamps and SportCamps, so there’s something for every interest. FunCamps include archery, build-your-own arcade, chess, fishing, high adventure, math enrichment, robotics and science enrichment. SportCamps include baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, soccer, total athlete and wrestling. Our teachers and coaches are great with kids and know how to keep them engaged and challenged.
Ages: Grades 5-9
Staff/camper ratio: 1:10 to 1:15
Dates: June through July
Children’s Discovery Center
Jessica DeViney, Vice President
School age children ages 6 to 10 will experience a unique opportunity to enjoy a summer filled with adventure, learning and fun. The children will take a “Journey through the Decades” and discover how pop culture and inventions have changed over the years. Groups will travel each week to field trip destinations around Toledo, including the Toledo Zoo, Toledo Art Museum, Maumee Bay State Park, Seneca Caverns, Grand Rapids Canal Boat and more. Campers will have the opportunity to plunge into our commercial swimming pool each week and participate in team sports including basketball, soccer, dodgeball and more.
Ages: Kindergarten-10 years.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:14.
Dates: June 8-August 14.
Mercy College of Ohio
2221 Madison Ave., Toledo
A typical day at Camp Scrubs includes a variety of hands-on activities, interactive games and service learning within the Mercy Health and Mercy College campus. Students will experience a wide variety of healthcare educational experiences, including organ dissection, emergency simulations, chemistry lab experiments and much more!
Ages: 6th-9th grade.
Staff/camper ratio: 2:10.
Cost: $179/registration by May 11th. $199/registration after May 11.
Dates: Monday-Thursday, June 22-25.
5180 Chappel Dr., Perrysburg
Our focus is to teach 21st-century skills, so we pair kids up to foster teamwork, provide building challenges to promote critical thinking skills and allow campers the opportunity to show off their creativity. Most of the time kids are building with LEGO®, DUPLO® or K’NEX®. We have two options this summer: camps that last four days for 2 hours and a Workshop Series that lasts 2 hours/session.
Ages: Most classes are designed for grades K-6. Robotics, Movie Making and Minecraft® appeal to older kids as well. Open Play on Mondays from 10am-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-noon is designed for ages 2-12 years.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:6
Cost: $20, 2-hour workshop. $80, 4-day camps.
9241 Secor Rd., Temperance, MI
Hunters Run campers meet in our clubhouse every morning to check in their gear. Then we head down into the barn where all children participate in grooming and tacking up the ponies and horses used for our first riding group. Campers then either have a riding lesson, bathe and learn basic horse care, or work on crafts. Groups rotate every 45 minutes to an hour. After lunch, campers play games and engage in horse obstacle courses.
Ages: 4-12 years.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:3 for riding groups (1:1 for very young children), 1:6 for other activities.
Cost: $150, 3-day camp. $210, 4-day camp.
Dates: June 10-12, June 23-26, June 29-July 2, July 6-9, July 13-15, July 27-30, August 3-5, August 10-13.
2 Hippo Way, Toledo
Toledo Zoo summer camps feature live classroom encounters with animals, games and activities, animal-themed crafts and tours of Zoo exhibits. Camps are focused on specific topics throughout the summer that provides a theme to the week’s activities. Campers are provided with a daily snack, 2 camp t-shirts, and a camp water bottle.
Ages: 4-15 years. 4-5 year old camps are 3 hours; 6 years and older are 6 hours.
Staff/camper ratio: Varies, but for most ages, it is 1 staff and 1 teen volunteer for 10 campers. For the 4-5 year olds, it is 2 staff and 2 teens for 16 campers.
Cost: $135-$300, with most camps being $175, for Zoo members. $155-$325, with most camps being $200, for non-members. $15 discount for siblings and/or multiple camp registrations.
Dates: June 8-August 14
Diabetes Youth Services
2100 W. Central Ave., Toledo
Diabetes Youth Services offers Hot Shot Camps are for kids of all ages, with children 6-9 years enjoying Little Shots Day Camp and adolescence 10-15 year olds experiencing Big Shots Resident Camp. Little Shots will slide into new territory while they ice skate and learn carb counting and diabetes management skills during educational sessions for children living with type 1 diabetes. Big Shots will spend their days swimming, fishing, and embarking on challenge courses.
Ages: Little Shots Day Camp, 6-9 years. Big Shots Resident Camp, 10-15 years.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:3.
Cost: $175/Little Shots. $450/Big Shots. Full and partial scholarships are available for both camps.
Dates: Little Shots Day Camp is July 13-17, 2015 at Olander Park (6930 W. Sylvania Ave.). Big Shots Resident Camp is June 21-26, 2015 at Recreation Unlimited (7700 Piper Rd., Ashley, OH).
Notre Dame Academy
3535 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo
The NDA Summer Academy is designed to have a broad appeal for girls and boys in grades k-12. Camps are divided into girls-only and co-ed camps. The Girls Only Camps include: Beauty Boot Camp (grades 7-12), where girls learn hair, nail and make-up tips; Dance/Baton/Cheer (grades 2-6), where girls try new movements; Theater Mania and Performance & Audition Camps (grades 5-8), a great opportunity for young actresses; Fitness Fusion (grades 5-12); Glass Bead Lamp Working (grades 9-12); and Be A Princess (K-grade 3), presented by Laurel Lovitt’s Royal Academy, where girls will work on a special service project and be enchanted by the Snow Queen, Princess Ana, Rapunzel and Belle. Girls Play with the Best – the Eagles is a series of girls only sports camps, including basketball (grades 2-8), lacrosse (grades 4-9), soccer (grades 4-8), softball hitting and defense (grades 7-9), softball pitching and catching (grades 7-9), and tennis (grades 4-9). Co-Ed Camps include Fencing and Archery (grades 5-8), Fused Glass (grades 2-8), and camps for budding chefs, Make it, Bake it, and Take it (grades 5-8) and Pastabilities (grades 5-12). Boys and girls can participate in Safe Sitter Trainer (ages 11-14), Road Rules (grades 10-12), POINTSACT Prep (grades 10-12). A College Day Tour (grades 10-12) to Capital University and The Ohio State University to acquaint students with collegiate possibilities.
Ages: K-12th Grade.
Staff/camper ratio: varies per camp.
Cost: $55 to $125 depending on the camp selected.
Dates: Vary depending on the camp selected. Most camps are in June and July. Camps generally run from one to five days, depending on the camp selected. Some camps start as early as June 1 and some run as late as August 7.
Toledo Public Schools
Summer RAISE or PLATO Academy
RAISE: 2.5 hours of reading intervention in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and vocabulary comprehension to help students improve reading ability and comprehension.
Ages: Third grade students who have not met the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and will be retained in third grade.
Staff/camper ratio: 15:1, for RAISE, with Special Education teachers also available for support. 5 content-area teachers are available daily for PLATO.
Dates: June 8-July 10. 9am-11:30am (with free lunch at 11:30am), Monday-Thursday, RAISE.
PLATO: 3 hours of supervised web-based learning. Content-area teachers (science, math, English, etc.) are on-site to assist students as needed.
Ages: High school students who need/desire additional instruction and learning.
Staff/camper ratio: 5 content-area teachers are available daily for PLATO.
Cost: $100 per semester course for Toledo city residents, $135 non-Toledo residents. PLATO. TPS students can apply for one $50 scholarship toward one semester course.
Cornerstone Church’s Skills Camp 2015
1520 Reynolds Rd., Maumee
Skills Camp 2015 is an all-day camp that helps to develop new skills and a strong character in every camper. In the morning, campers will be divided by ages into a kids camp or youth camp. Children in Kids Camps (6-12 years) will have the choice to participate in one of nine skill-related camps, which includes Boot Camp, Carpentry, Cheerleading, Clue Camp, Computer, Dance, Dodgeball, Fashion, Master Chef, and Soccer. Skills Camp is staffed by professional coaches and experienced volunteers. Teens in Youth Camp (13-18 years) will be placed on the first day of camp to assist the younger campers in their skill-building activities. After lunch, kids and teens will gather in their respective camps for inspirational moments with Ricardo Miller, a Next-Generation Leader from Dallas, TX.
Ages: Kids Camps are for 6-12 years, and the Youth Camp is for 13-18 years.
Staff/camper ratio: 1:10.
Cost: Register a camper for $20 by May 1st and $40 between May 2 to May 31st. The deadline to register is May 31st.
Dates: 9am-5pm, June 22-June 25.
5327 Monroe St.
4-5 year olds follow the Toledo Ballet Creative Movement and pre-ballet curriculum. Enrichment activities include animal-themed story time, exploring circus animals, creating crafts, and enjoying snack time. 6-8 year olds take a classical ballet class each day. They also explore other types of dance, including jazz, character, and modern, and learn to prepare costumes and props. This program includes the study of Swan Lake. Both groups explore Peter & the Wolf and have a mini-performance at week’s end.
Ages: 4-8 years
Staff/camper ratio: 1:8 for ages 4-5. 1:12 for ages 6-8.
Dates: June 22-26, July 20-24: Dance with the Animals Camp. July 6-10, July 20-24, July 27-31: Ballet Intensives & Pre-Intensives. July 13-17: Musical Theatre.