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April 16, 2024

2012 Guide to Camps

2012 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities & After-School Programs



Black River Farm and Ranch
5040 Sheridan Line, Croswell, MI    810-679-2505
Since 1962, girls have come to the “BR” to have fun with friends and horses in a safe and stress-free environment.  The BR is family-owned and operated.  You will be able to experience being a horsewoman and have an opportunity to go on trail rides, mounted lessons, ground lessons and vaulting.  The activities program at the BR is full of adventure, creativity and fun!  BR is ACA Accredited.

Camp Wekeela
1750 Bear Pond Road, Hartford, ME    201-612-5125
A coed residential camp nestled on Little Bear Pond in the beautiful state of Maine.  Water skiing, tennis, outdoor adventure, land sports, water sports, creative, performing and culinary arts are core components of our programs.  We also offer an Outdoor Adventure Tripping program.  Our campers may cycle in Acadia National Park, explore Bar Harbor or camp out under the infinite Maine starlit sky.

Can-Do-It Farm Summer Girls’ Camp
2279 East Union Road, Jefferson    440-858-2244
Attention horse crazy girls!  A summer camp that is all about horses, all day long.  Riding lessons, trail riding, jumping, dressage, polo and so many horse-related activities that your girls will have a week to remember.

YMCA Camp Campbell Gard
4803 Augspurger Road, Hamilton    513-867-0600
Thanks for voting us Cincinnati’s Best Camp!  Co-ed sleep-away camp that gives kids 5 – 17 a safe environment to connect with positive role models, explore skills and interests, make new friends and have fun.  Enjoy banana boating, zip line, jumping pillow, horseback riding, mountain biking, archery and more.

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati
7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY    859-586-6181
Co-ed, ages 6 – 15, one-week sessions Jun. 10 – Aug. 11.  Cost is $505 – $680.  Steeped in tradition and built on positive values, we host campers who enjoy top-notch counselors and make friends doing a wide variety of activities including zip line, banana boat, 100 ft. waterslide, giant swing, horseback riding, the BLOB, mountain biking, skateboard camp, and much more!


ballet tech of ohio
7623 Old 3C Highway, Maineville    513-683-6860
Students travel from all over the tri-state area to Maineville for the opportunity to be taught by founding director Claudia Rudolf Barrett, and her internationally renowned faculty.  ballet tech® of ohio offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance.  We provide training for those who seek a professional career as well as classes for those who just want to dance. Valery Lantratov Master Classes Feb. 21 – 23.

Ballet Theatre Midwest – Children’s Dance Workshops & Summer Intensive
3833 Eastern Ave., Spencer Township Hall, Cincinnati    513-520-2334
Children’s workshops in dance, music and art creatively built around a weekly theme with Friday performances.  Jun. 13 – Jul. 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.  Ages 4 – 8.  Summer Intensive: outstanding technical and artistic training with individual attention. Bi-weekly performances. Jul. 5 – 29, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.  Ages 9 – 25.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Kids’ Dance Camp
1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati    513-562-1111
Co-ed day camps for ages 4 – 8.  Children learn the basics of ballet, from technique to costuming through enduring ballet classics.  Different theme each week: Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Princess and the Pea and Beatrix Potter.  End-of-week performance with kids in costumes!  Camps at our downtown studios, weeks of Jul. 23 and Jul. 30. At our Blue Ash studios, weeks of Jun. 11 and Jun. 18.

Cincinnati Gymnastics
3635 Woodridge Blvd., Fairfield    513-860-3082
Catch the Olympic Spirit this summer at Cincinnati Gymnastics Summer Camps!  Open to all levels.  Week-long Firecracker Camps taught by the best CGA coaching staff as well as former Olympians and World Team members.  Daily “Mini Camps” for ages 3 and up.  Each week of camp will feature a different Olympic theme filled with gymnastics, games, outside fun, snack, craft and learning.

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy SummerFlight Day Camps
11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati    513-247-9944 ext. 275
SummerFlight Day Camps — presented by Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy!  Themed camps feature a range of age-appropriate activities including games, art, music, play, devotions and team-building.  Flexible scheduling including half-day, full-day and extended hours options.

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Discovery Camps
7000 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati    513-522-3860
Clovernook offers youth discovery camps designed especially for youth with visual impairments, ages 8 – 22.  Week-long day camps run mid-June through August.  Camps include Art Camp, Survivor Camp (recreation), Adventures in ADL (activities of daily living) and Technology Camp.

Gallop Again
11546 New Biddinger, Harrison    513-312-5419
Join us for a week fo camp! Have fun, do crafts, ride horses daily. Email for a full calendar of events!

Gorman Heritage Farm
10052 Reading Road, Evendale    513-563-6663
Kids grow on farms! Awesome summer camps on an educational, working farm.  Activities include working with barnyard animals, gardening, games, hiking, exploring the woods, crafts, music and more.  Wilderness, art, cooking, veterinary and science camps also available.  Week-long day camps, Jun. 4 – Aug. 17, ages 4 – 15.  Extended care available. Includes t-shirt, photos and all camp materials.

Heritage Village Museum Kids Summer Camps
11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville    513-563-9484
Offering two types of week-long day camps for ages 6 – 12.  Pioneer Camp and Doll Camp are fun, active weeks to learn about and do historical arts and activities in the 1800s Village setting.  Campers will have many hand-made items to take home.  Early drop-off and late pick-up options available.  Pioneer Camp: Jun. 16 – 18 or Jul. 23 – 27.  Doll Camp: Jul. 9 – 13.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

513-362-9622 •
Summer Day Camps 2012.  Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are cornerstones of all YMCA camps.  Each week features a different theme but all provide opportunities to learn, make friends and have fun.  Visit our website for locations, camp dates, program guides and costs.

Emanuel Community Center
1308 Race Street, Cincinnati    513-241-2563
Since 1871, Emanuel Community Center has cared for children.  Preparing children 18 mos. – 5 yrs. for kindergarten.  Emanuel’s Early Learning Center is a Step Up To Quality 2 Star Award Winner, with library, children’s gardening, computer learning, security cameras and doors. Located near downtown Cincinnati.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center
6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213  •  513-631-4ART (4278)
This summer delve into creative art making! We offer a variety of one-week and two-week camps for youth, ages 5 -14 years. Experience painting, sculpture, photography, quilting, theatre, music and dance, and MUCH more. Camps are help June 4 – August 10, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm daily.  After-care available until 5:30 pm.

The Mad Potter Madeira
7754 Camargo Road, Madeira    513-561-1888
Pottery painting, parties and special events.  Choose a piece, paint it and pick it up in a week.  Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite.

My Little Red Haus
9429 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati    513-827-9110
From structured art instruction focused on technique and art history, to unstructured open studio time, we are the perfect place to let creativity flow. Join us for a class, a camp, open studio, birthday parties, or a family fun night. New classes form every six weeks!  New offerings include cartooning and printmaking.  Visit our website for more information.  We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.


All Saints School
8939 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati    513-792-4732
A 2011 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  We inspire academic excellence, personal growth, self-confidence, leadership, spirituality, strength of character, lifetime friendships and the courage to achieve. Data-driven programs allow the curriculum to be reinforced through enrichment and support services. Updated facilities provide an excellent environment to develop student success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Bethany School
555 Albion Ave., Cincinnati    513-771-7462
Highly diverse student population.  We offer services to students in grades K – 8, including before- and after-school care, tutoring, athletics, wireless laptop computers, a state-of-the-art computer lab, Spanish classes and elective courses.  Student/teacher ratio is 15:1.  Open House Feb. 12, 2 – 4 p.m.

Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati    513-257-0705
Groundbreaking program combining sensory motor, cognitive and nutrition coaching into one solution for children ages 4 – 17 with ADD, autism, dyslexia and other learning/processing disabilities.

The Child’s Place
4936 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason    513-398-6928
Montessori Early Childhood Program with exceptionally low ratios in nurturing environment.  Our 2-acre campus provides bike and cart paths.  Separate play areas for toddlers and preschoolers.  Spanish and music classes offered.  Full- and part-time available.  AMS Affiliate.  Open House Feb. 21, 9 a.m.

Children’s Meeting House
927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland    513-683-4757
Celebrating almost 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students 3 – 12 yrs.  Offering half- and full-day programs, aftercare and after-school enrichment options.  Located on 6.5 acres which allows us to  offer an extensive outdoor education program along with yoga, Spanish, and library science.  Please call to schedule a tour or visit our website for more information.

Cincinnati Country Day School
6905 Given Road, Cincinnati    513-561-7298
CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. – grade 12.  Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill.  Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available.  Open House Discovery Day Feb. 22.  Preview Day May 9.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati    513-345-2242
Programs for young actors from pre-K – grade 12 include theater tours, acting classes, summer day camp sessions and the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series.

The Compass School
9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati    513-683-8833
Outstanding project-based curriculum.  Offering full- and part-time infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and after-school programs.  Degreed teachers, excellent parent communication and a welcoming family environment.  Setting the standard in early care and education.  Schedule your personal tour today!  Open House Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Gardner School
9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati    513-985-9444
An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-day kindergarten.  Our early childhood education curriculum is age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry.  Your child will reach their full potential guided by our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may participate in such activities as sign language, the Be Smart Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

John XXIII Catholic School
3806 Manchester Road, Middletown    513-424-1196
At John XXIII, our primary goal is the total spiritual, intellectual, social and physical growth of your child in an atmosphere and spirit of christian community.  John XXIII will challenge your child to do their best in their studies and in their walk with the Lord.  We are eager to educate your child, preschool and K – 8.  Open House Feb. 2, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Langsford Learning Centers
Locations in Blue Ash and West Chester    513-531-7400
Langsford is a private educational organization dedicated to developing life-long, independent learners. Since 2001, we have been teaching reading, spelling, comprehension, and writing in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement. Our successful model includes identifying the root cause responsible for the breakdown in reading process and then applying targeted instruction using research-validated approaches.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati
8293 Duke Blvd., Mason    513-398-7773
Celebrating 22 years of individualized Montessori education.  New 7.5 acre campus.  State-chartered AMS Affiliate program serving ages 3 yrs. – grade 8.  Both of our independent, non-sectarian schools provide a nurturing approach to a very diversified student body in outstanding facilities.  Open House Feb. 21, 9 a..m.

Montessori Center Room
2505 Riverside Dive, Cincinnati    513-321-3282
A child-focused, AMS-affiliated, 41-year-old program for ages 3 – 6, with a student/teacher ratio of 10:1 for pre-K.  Before- and after-care available.  Classroom staff is fully trained in Montessori.  Healthy and nutritious snacks served.  Musikgarten offered weekly.  Open House Feb. 26, 1 – 3 p.m.

St. Ursula Villa
3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati    513-871-7218
Serving ages 3 yrs. – grade 8, St. Ursula Villa provides academic excellence in the Ursuline tradition.  Emphasis is on the individual, family atmosphere, whole-child development, outstanding high school preparation, and championship athletics.  Student:teacher ratio of 10:1, and a school enrollment of 495.

Springer School and Center
2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati    513 871-6080
For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to become strategic learners. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6 – 14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Summit Country Day School
2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati    513-871-4700
The area’s only Catholic, independent co-ed, college prep school serving students 2 yrs. – grade 12.  Programs include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Education for Character program.  Open House events begin Feb. 2.

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