2021 Summer Camp GuideFeb 23, 2021 02:37PM ● By Today's Family
Listings of 2021 Summer Camps
Adrenaline Monkey(216) 282-3100
Kick off your child’s summer adventure at Adrenaline Monkey! Their indoor adventure center is equipped with four Ninja warrior-style obstacle courses, various rock climbing features, an aerial ropes course with more than 20 obstacles to quench the thirst for adventure.
Their weekly camps, with half-day and full-day options, include programming designed to develop their campers’ physical and mental attributes through empowering experiences on their adventure courses and climbing walls. Take advantage of the early bird special, which ends on March 19.
Also save more with their member discount, multi-week discount, and sibling discount! Camp will begin the week of June 7 and will run through August 16!
Learn more at www.adrenalinemonkeyfun.com.
Animal Camp6618 Chagrin River Road, Chagrin Falls
Email: [email protected]
Animal Camp is a unique farm day camp experience for kids ages 5–13. Since 2006 they have honed an interactive, self-directed experience for children.
Kids enjoy and learn about farm animals (horses, goats, bunnies, chickens, dogs, and cats), participate in horseback riding, crafts, and an end-of-week trail ride.
They offer 11 individual sessions (Mon-Fri) from 9 am–4:30 pm. Campers are welcome to participate in one or multiple sessions. Kids participating in the all-day camp spend the afternoons playing games, crafting, and cooling off in the Chagrin River, which is shallow and located on the property.
They feature “Feed-em-Friday” where kids are permitted to bring carrots to feed the animals.
All activities are supervised by experienced counselors, many of whom are Animal Camp graduates! (Typical camper to counselor ratio is 4:1.)
Horseback riding helmets are provided, closed toe shoes, water bottle, snack or lunch (as appropriate) are required. Please email Krista with questions. Like Rising River Farm on Facebook to stay up to date!
Beck Center for the Arts17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood
Beck Center for the Arts offers in-person summer camps and classes on their Lakewood campus, and some online private music lessons, and arts education offerings. Summer camps and classes are mainly for ages 5–19 but private music lessons are available all year and for every age, skill level, and a wide variety of musical instruments. Your child can grow new skills and strengthen existing ones in music, theater, dance, and visual arts. Their creative arts therapies have proven success in working with individuals of all ages with disabilities using music, art, dance, and visual arts therapies.
Learn more today at www.beckcenter.org/education-programs or contact customer service at (216) 521-2540 x10.
Busy Bees Pottery & Arts StudioGreat Lakes Mall
7850 Mentor Avenue, #554B, Mentor
At Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio in Mentor they offer Art Camp during the summer, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm, or 9 am to noon, or 1 pm to 4 pm. You can enroll for five full days or five half days per week. Children must be between ages of 5–12 (your child must have completed kindergarten and know how to cut with scissors). Each week of camp revolves around a specific theme and different mediums are explored each day of the week. Themes include: Deep Space Sparkle, Fiesta!, Summer Sweet Treats, and Animal Planet, just to name a few.
Your child will create one to three pieces of artwork each day using but not limited to the following mediums; clay, pottery, glass fusing, and mosaics pieces. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, spaces are limited. Sign up now!
Camp Fitch YMCAwww.campfitchymca.org
Camp Fitch’s century-old classic sleepaway summer camp provides kids, ages 6–17, with a holistically safe, values-driven community where they discover friendship and achievement. Kids feel like they belong among the camp’s carefully vetted, highly committed, and caring staff, who create transformative experiences on the shore of Lake Erie.
A life-changing Fitch experience is among the most important a child can have to develop independence and self-confidence. Through partnering with the Erie Health Department and healthcare professionals, they have designed a safe environment to make kids better, forever.
Cleveland City Dance13108 Shaker Square, Cleveland
You will love watching your child’s eyes sparkle as they grow confidence, friendships, poise and technique in a safe social distanced school. Classes are available for ages 3–85 — yes they have adult classes too! Teachers are patient and experienced, encouraging dancers to do their personal best.
Register early for a magical and exciting summer! Sessions run June 7 through August 7. Choose one to seven weeks.
Themed Camps for ages 3–8 such as Winter’s Ball, Peter & the Wolf, Adventure of Mother Goose and more.
Camps for ages 8 and up including preprofessional, work on mastering technique with friends in ballet, jazz, modern, conditioning, choreography and classical variations, musical theater, guest teachers and more.
All classes can be in person and livestreamed for you at home too! Adult and children individual class options are also available.
Space is limited so call early for more information at (216) 295-2222 or visit their website at
Cleveland State University Downtown Cleveland
Email: [email protected]
During the in-person summer camps, students see behind the scenes and learn how the film industry actually works through special guest lectures and site visits to real-world media environments. Outside of class, residential students get a preview of college life by staying in Cleveland State University dorms and experiencing Cleveland's robust cultural offerings through scheduled trips and activities.
With access to the film school's professional soundstages, Mac editing labs, and vast inventory of film production equipment, expert instructors aided by CSU film student camp counselors help students hone their skills while finding their creative community and making friends during these activity-packed experiences.
All meals are provided for residential students and breakfast and lunch is provided for day camp students.
Learn more at csufilmodyssey.com
En Pointe Danse(440) 247-5747
En Pointe Danse will be offering in-studio and online summer classes and dance camps fromJune 14–August 6. Classes will be offered in ballet, tap, jazz, creative movement, and modern dance for ages 3 through adult.
Dance Camps: Princess Camp for ages 3–7 will include creative dance and preballet vocabulary, with a focus on balance, coordination, and musicality. Dancers will present an informal showing at the end of each session.
Summer Intensive: This program is designed for the dancer ages 10 and older who would like the opportunity to continue to develop their dance education and training over the summer. Classes include ballet technique, conditioning, and pointe variations.
June 14–August 6. Three-, four-, and five-week options.
Classes for ages 8–10: For the dancer looking to maintain their dance technique during the summer. Classes include ballet, modern/jazz, strengthening and flexibility. Classes meet three times a week for two weeks.
Weekly classes for adults in ballet and tap will also be offered. For information visit their website, call (440) 247-5747, or email [email protected]
Fairmount Center for the Arts(440) 338-3171
Email: [email protected]
Fairmount Center for the Arts will offer camps June 1 through July 30 for preschoolers–grade 8.
Camps will be offered both on site and online and consist of both half-day and full-day options. Camps will explore dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Additionally, multi-arts themed camps will provide a sampling of art forms designed to explore a variety of interests through hands-on activities offered in a supportive, caring and fun environment. On-site camp programs will utilize outdoor spaces as feasible, enjoying beautiful summer days.
Complete camp information will be released March 15 with an early registration discount of 5% on registrations completed by April 30.
Located just minutes away from Mayfield, Chagrin Falls and Chardon.
Fairmount Early Childhood Center(216) 464-2600
Fairmount Early Childhood Center Summer Camp is seven weeks of fun in the sun! Camp accommodates children entering preschool through entering 2nd grade.
Preschoolers (3 years old) can attend 9:00 am–noon.
Prekindergartners (4 years old) can attend 9:00 am–noon or 9:00 am–3:00 pm.
Kindergartners, 1st graders & 2nd graders (5–7 years old) attend camp 9:00 am- 3:00 pm.
Seven weeks of camp are offered between June 14–July 30. Children can be registered for one week or any combination of weeks. Weekly themes, outdoor activities, guest performers, art, water activities and lots more fun in the sun!
Registration is currently open for Beachwood residents and nonresidents, and spaces are filling up fast. For more information visit the website or contact camp director, Karen Leeds at (216) 464-2600 or email [email protected]
Falcon CampCarrollton, OH
Recognized throughout the Midwest as Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959, Falcon Camp has been chosen as a “Top Ten Camp in USA” and selected as the “Coolest Camp in Ohio.” Falcon offers a beautiful lakefront setting, talented staff and wide variety of activities. Boys and girls ages 6–16 choose their own schedule within a general framework and daily activities are separate with planned coed events.
Horseback riding, sailing, swimming, riflery, crafts, tennis, drama, archery and much more.
Falcon has a strong reputation for making sure a camper’s first overnight experience is very positive. The noncompetitive environment is inviting to new campers while their awards system challenges more experienced campers. The 1:4 staff/camper ratio allows individual instruction and attention. Most of all it’s great fun!
Falcon has a special intro program for campers ages 6–10. ACA accredited, many references available. Falcon is an outstanding opportunity for fun and learning.
Fine Arts Association Summer Camps38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby
The Fine Arts Association (FAA) offers full- and half-day camps for the littlest campers at age three through high school grads! From the ever popular Theatre Arts Camp (TAC), to new classes in dance, the summer session will open for registrations on Mar. 22.
Arts camps, classes, workshops, and private lessons are offered in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and creative arts therapies. From June 14 to July 26, FAA’s six-week summer programming offers something for all ages and ability levels.
FAA serves Lake County and drives arts programming to all in the surrounding northeast Ohio area. While the pandemic has created several challenges, it has highlighted the importance of making the time to have a creative outlet to express oneself. Whether you are pursuing the arts recreationally or professionally, FAA is the place to create and discover beauty.
Visit fineartsassociation.org to learn more.
Geauga Humane Society (440) 338-4819, ext. 20
Rescue Village Summer Animal Camps
Email: [email protected]
Dogs and cats and pigs...oh my! Would your kids love a camp where they can have fun while helping to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals?
New this year, campers (ages 9–12) can choose from four different theme experiences (dogs, cats, barn animals, and special species). Pick one session (in-person or virtual) or attend all four!
Campers will meet Rescue Village adoptable animals and special animal guests like reptiles, police dogs, and skunks, and will participate in activities and make crafts specific to their chosen theme. On-site campers will be outdoors at their shelter in Novelty weather permitting, and virtual campers will attend via Zoom.
Barn theme camps will be held at their Kirtland location. Their Summer Animal Camp kids learn all about Rescue Village and help to enrich the lives of shelter animals through a variety of activities.
Sessions are three days (Tuesday–Thursday), 9 am–noon and fill quickly. Register at give.rescuevillage.org/summercamps. or call (440) 338-4819, ext. 20.
Geauga Park District Summer Camps(440) 286-9516
Geauga Park District is pleased to be planning a more traditional Adventure Day Camp experience in 2021, with two, week-long options that will keep campers entering grades 5 through 10 from needing to travel together in a single vehicle.
Registration begins March20 at (440) 286-9516 or online at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Find fees and additional details on the website under Activities, then Naturalist-Led Experiences.
For camps held earlier in the season, activities will take place at The West Woods’ Affelder House and surrounding natural areas. Later in the summer, campers will be dropped off at a different park each morning.
X-Treme Days for campers entering grades 8 through 10 will also feature kayaking, high ropes and biking.
Gilmour Day Camps34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills
(440) 473-8000 ext. 2267
Email: [email protected]
With nine weeks of exciting offerings, Camp Gilmour is the official camp of safe summer fun! Camps will be offered from June 7–August 6.
Along with exciting new camps, Gilmour will be offering their Preschool Camp (ages 3–5), with exciting themes each week; Day Camp (ages 5–12), where campers can attend for the full day or combine a half day of day camp with other half-day specialty camps; and their sports camps, hosted by Gilmour coaches from some of their state-ranked athletic programs.
Gilmour offers before- and after-care options from 7:15 am–6 pm.
Camp Gilmour utilizes the successful safety protocols outlined by University Hospitals to ensure the safety of everyone throughout their 144-acre campus.
Space is limited, so register today online at www.gilmour.org/summercamp. If you have any questions, please call (440) 473-8000 ext. 2267 or email them at [email protected]
Gilmour Academy is an independent, Catholic, coed school in the Holy Cross tradition. Montessori (18 months–kindergarten) and grades 1–12.
Girl Scouts of North East OhioCamp Ledgewood and Camp Timberlane, Peninsula, OH and Wakeman, OH
Summer is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your girl’s next big adventure. The best part is, all girls are welcome — no Girl Scout experience necessary!
Girls benefit from being in an all-girl environment, away from home, where they learn independence, and to never back down from a big adventure. Camping is a great way for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. Whether for a day, a week, or longer, Girl Scout camp gives girls an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults.
They have a camp for every girl! They offer one-day programs and week-long day camps. They also have week-long resident camps at Camps Ledgewood and Timberlane. Plus, Their unique camp themes ensure she’ll find the perfect fit for her.
Great Day Child Care Learning CenterMadison: 2471 Hubbard Road, (440) 428-5993
Middlefield: 14810 Madison Road (St. Rt. 528), (440) 632-1832
Perry: 4325 Manchester Road, (440) 259-8125
Great Day Child Care Learning Centers provide the highest quality child care services to families in Madison, Perry, Middlefield, and surrounding cities.
Their staff is trained and certified in: CPR, first aid, communicable disease & child abuse recognition so you can rest assured they are in good hands.
In addition, the caring and compassionate environment will help your child to grow and have fun interacting with friends while learning new skills every day.
They offer a summer program for school age children kindergarten to 12 years of age. The large, outdoor, fenced-in area gives kids a chance to play with their friends and enjoy the summer weather. The weekly themes, special guests, like Jungle Terry, and water days, will give your child something to look forward to all summer. Visit them online or give them a call for more details.
Great Lakes Science Center601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland
Have your kids been missing the social interaction of the classroom, and the fun of learning new things in an interactive environment? If so, a week-long, summer STEM adventure might be just what they need!
Camp Curiosity (presented by Timken) features more than 25 new camps this year, offering new challenges and unforgettable adventures for kids in grades K–8. Once again, at-home camp options are available as well, for families who are not quite ready for the in-person camp experience.
Camp opportunities range from coding and robotics to chemistry, physics, NASA and everything in between. All camps follow the Science Center’s health and safety protocols. Sessions begin June 7!
For more information on available discounts, before- and after-care options, and scholarship opportunities, or to register, call (216) 621-2400 or visit them online at GreatScience.com.
Greater Cleveland Cross Country Campwww.greaterclevelandxc.com
The Greater Cleveland Cross Country Camp is geared for the beginner to the advanced runner, who is looking to have a better focus pertaining to the fundamentals of cross country running and conditioning, to obtain maximum benefit.
Through group runs, guest speakers and group activities, each runner will leave with a positive attitude, tools to become an improved runner, and a better understanding of running.
This is the 18th annual cross country camp and will be held Tuesday, July 27 through Saturday, July 31 from 8 am until 11:30 am at Shore Middle School in Mentor. The last day is a cross country race for all campers based on grade level. The camp is open to boys and girls kindergarten thru 12th grade.
The Greater Cleveland Cross Country Camp is organized by Mentor High School boys and girls head cross country coach, Bill Dennison, with the support of other local cross country coaches and college runners. They hope each camper leaves with the love and passion that the staff at the Greater Cleveland Cross Country Camp has.
Hawken Summer ProgramsGates Mills and Lyndhurst
Hawken Summer Programs offer a variety of activities led by experienced professionals for boys and girls ages 4–18.
Camps run between June and August, and offerings include day camps, Passport Camps, athletics camps, and summer studies. These opportunities enable children to develop existing passions and discover new ones; they also provide exposure to new people and new skills, which helps build self-esteem, independence, and confidence.
For more information, contact [email protected], (440) 423-2940, or visit summer.hawken.edu. Visit www.hawken.edu/healthy-hawken-restart to learn more about Hawken’s COVID-19 protocols.
Horizon Child Development Center
This summer will be busy at Horizon Learning Center in Mentor. The school-agers and preschoolers will be offered piano lessons, yoga, karate, and S.T.E.M.-based activities such as robotics.
Children will also participate in sports camps and field trips to the Mentor Civic Center, Great Lakes Science Center and other fun places.
Horizon CDC features FREE preschool for qualifying 3- and 4-year-olds. This program is offered from 9–11:30 am Monday through Friday following Mentor Public School’s calendar, and is available through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education. Horizon is the only center in Lake County qualified for this service.
Tuition includes, breakfast, two snacks and a hot lunch for all students. They even provide formula and jar food for the infants. Part-time or full-time enrollment is available, and vouchers are accepted.
Hospice of the Western Reserve Together We Can Grief Camp(216) 486-6838
Are you looking for a way to help a grieving child or teen? Western Reserve Grief Services is hosting grief-support camps this summer to help children coping with the death of loved ones.
Led by trained bereavement professionals from Hospice of the Western Reserve, they combine art, music, play and nature exploration to help with the healing process. The camps bring together children, all of whom have experienced the death of a loved one, in a safe, supportive environment. All camps are open to the community and offered at a nominal cost (scholarships available).
“In an atmosphere of comfort and trust, the camps offer children a chance to learn about grief and new ways of expressing feelings, and to honor their special person,” said Karen Hatfield, director of Western Reserve Grief Services. “We start as strangers and leave as friends.”
For a full list of community resources, visit www.hospicewr.org/griefandloss.
Jump Start! Gymnastics23700 Mercantile Road, Beachwood
The USA Gymnastics Team paved the road to Rio! Get ready to tumble to Tokyo in 2021 at Jump Start Gymnastics! JSG offers gymnastic camps for boys and girls ages 4–16, and all levels of experience from recreational to competitive.
Their camp is a great way to explore and experience gymnastics at any level. JSG’s philosophy is that gymnastics is for everyone, is a great base for physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle, and benefits coordination for every sport.
JSG is offering nine weeks of summer camps beginning Monday, June 7 through Friday, August 13 (closed July 5–9), 9 am to 3 pm. Before-and after-care are available. Weekly or daily enrollment.
In addition to traditional gymnastic instruction, games, and open gym, weekly themes are:Tumbling to Tokyo 2021 in Olympic style
- Gymkata Ninja Warriors
- Dance Explosion Immersion
- Invention Convention for Skills
- Create Drama with your own Play
- Pajama Party Week
- Art, Art, Art sampling
- Vegetable Gardening 101
- It's a Bake-off
Lake County YMCA
Lake Erie College Innovation Graphic Design Boot Camp391 West Washington Street, Painesville
The Innovation Graphic Design Boot Camp at Lake Erie College (LEC) allows students to explore original, useful and creative communication ideas. During the five-day Innovation week at LEC, the students will learn the basic principles of graphic design and apply their creative ideas to design layouts. Students will be introduced to the critique process and begin to work through creative problem-solving as it applies to communication. Innovation week is a good way for students with potential interest in graphic design to understand the design process and learn if graphic design is the right career path for them.
Lake Erie College Therapeutic Riding CenterGeorge M. Humphrey Equestrian Center
8031 Morley Road, Mentor
Email: [email protected]
Come ride at the Lake Erie College Therapeutic Riding Center, Lake County’s only PATH Intl Premier Accredited Center!
Children ages 8–14 years old with special needs can experience the joy of riding, grooming, and caring for horses during their equine-assisted horsemanship lessons. Students participate in a variety of fun and creative mounted activities to increase their confidence, improve physical strength, and develop problem-solving skills. Building relationships with their classmates, volunteer team, and equine partners fosters independence, improved language skills, and better impulse control.
Students receive a personal evaluation to determine if the program is right for them. Summer lessons begin in June and run through August.
Learn more about their therapeutic riding program at lec.edu/therapeutichorsemanship.
*Volunteers ages 14 and up with or without horse experience are needed to support the riders in the program. Visit their website to learn how you can help.
Lost Nation Sports Park38630 Jet Center Drive, Willoughby
Mike Moran Basketball Camps
Open to boys and girls ages 6–14
Session #1: June 14–18
Session #2: June 21–25
Session #3: June 28–July 2
• Week-long program (M–F)
• 9:00 am–3:15 pm.
• Weekly tuition is $185.
• Early registration discount is only $165.
• All campers receive a T-shirt and basketball.
Call (440) 338-8092 for more information.
Cleveland Soccer Academy Summer Camp
Open to boys and girls ages 8–14
Half-day camps, M–F, 9–11:30 am
Held at Lost Nation Sports Park, Willoughby
Mike Moran Basketball Camps
The Mike Moran Basketball Camps are the oldest running basketball camps in northern Ohio, with over 40 years of operation. It has always been able to boast about having the most experienced staff of coaches. All the instructors are successful college and high school head coaches.
Because it is always well attended, participants will be working with other players of their same age group and ability level. The Moran Camp has always stressed the teaching and drilling of fundamentals. It is truly a camp designed for young players who want to improve their skills and be able to play competitive basketball. The camp runs all day, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am–3:15 pm. Over the years it has been acclaimed by many newspapers and organizations as the top basketball camp in the area!
Because of the Mike Moran Camps popularity, it fills up quickly. Take advantage of the early registration discount. Visit their new website morancamps.com for easy registration. Call (440) 338-8092 for a free brochure!
Rabbit Run Community Arts Association49 Park Street, Madison
Youth Art Camp is for anyone who likes to be creative and maybe make a mess in the process. In these one-week camps, campers, ages seven to 16, get elbow deep in paint, clay, and other mediums as they create original two- and three-dimensional works of art.
Pop Star Camp, a one-week day camp, gets youth ages five through 10 up and moving as they learn to sing and dance like their favorite pop star.
Campers delve into all areas of the theater arts including drama, music, dance, costumes, make-up, and stage craft in both Junior Theater Camp for ages four through eight and
Explorer’s Theater Camp for ages eight through 15.
Specific dates for all camps to be announced. Most camps will have an in-person and a virtual learning experience option.
Ruffing Montessori School Summer Ruffing It3380 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights
Summer Ruffing It offers an amazing array of day camp options for children ages 18 months through rising 9th grade students at Ruffing Montessori School in Cleveland Heights. Three- and six-week options available for 18 months–6th grade, weekly options for 7th–9th grade. They hope you will join the summer fun from June 21–July 30, 2021!
Little Explorers: ages 18 months–3 years.
A Summer To Grow On: ages 3–6 features indoor games, cooking, art and outdoor activities.
Creative Arts & Sciences: grades 1–6 ,offers choice in S.T.E.A.M. activities from which students create personalized schedules.
Extreme! SRI!: for rising 7th to rising 9th grade features weekly themes, outings and field trips near and far.
Shaker Rocks Rock Climbing Camp3377 Warrensville Center Road, Shaker Heights
Summers are for fun, adventure, and climbing! Shaker Rocks offers weekly rock climbing camps for kids in grades 1–8 who have energy to burn. Campers will enjoy fun-filled days packed with top rope climbing, bouldering, slacklining, team-building games, and much more.
Hard work, encouragement and cooperation are at the core of rock climbing. By living this on a daily basis, your camper will come away with feelings of camaraderie and a hunger for overcoming new challenges. Sign up for multiple weeks to watch your climber’s confidence soar! Open to all skill levels.
Monday–Friday: Starting June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; and Aug 2, 9
Half Day: 9 am–noon, members $165/nonmembers $195
Full Day: 9 am–3 pm, members $315/nonmembers $345
Extended Day: 9 am–5 pm, members $365/nonmembers $395
Learn more and register at www.shakerrocksclimbing.com.
University School Summer of AdventuresJunior kindergarten–grade 8
20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights
2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley
University School’s Summer of Adventures includes enrichment camps, along with their popular sports clinics and day camps. Programs will be in person, on campus, and led by experienced teachers and varsity coaches. They offer coed and boys camps for preschool-age kids through high school-age students.
Their one-, two- or three-week Preschool Day Camp engages prekindergarten boys in a creative and stimulating environment. US’s six-week Boys Day Camp is the place where boys experience teamwork, sportsmanship, athletic and nonathletic skill-building, and pride in a job well done.
(Next to West Geauga Middle School in Chesterland)
West Geauga Recreation Council Summer Day Camp
Email: [email protected]
Days of fun with old and new friends are what await you at WGRC camp. There is so much to do! Take advantage of their day rate and let the kids get a feel for what camp is about.
WGRC Day Camp is for children entering kindergarten through 8th grade. The campground is on 15 wooded acres with a covered pavilion, heated swimming pool, volleyball court, soccer field, basketball courts, arts and crafts pavilion, and playgrounds.
Daily activities include arts and crafts, games, sports, hiking, swimming (under supervision of licensed lifeguards), special guests, and entertainment. Learn to Swim for all ages is also available.
Camp opens June 7 and is open all summer (except for July 4) from 9 am–4 pm. Before- and after-care are available.