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Summer Camp

These camps are not endorsed by the City, but serve as another resource for the community.


Programs and Camps offered within a 5 mile radius of the City of Forest Park:

  • The First Tee Program
  • Envision Learning Center- Summer Enrichment Camp
  • Tracy's Kenpo Karate
  • Tri- County Soccerplex
  • Powell Crosley, Jr. YMCA
  • Forest Park Fitworks
  • Greenhills Community Pool
  • Waycross Athletic Club
  • Kids Fit Programs (Mercy Health Plex)
  • Young Rembrandts (various locations)  www.youngrembrandts.com/cincinnatiwest

Programs and Camps offered within a 15 or more mile radius of the City of Forest Park:

  • Summer Pre-Bridge Program (University Of Cincinnati)
  • Upward Bound Program (University of Cincinnati)
  • Summer Bridge Program (University Of Cincinnati)
  • Camp Ernest (YMCA)
  • Boys Scouts
  • REC Kids Camp (University of Cincinnati)
  • Imago
  • Cincinnati Zoo Camp
  • I-Space (Locations: Sharonville Scarlet Oaks & NKU)
  • Artworks Cincinnati
  • Women Writing for a Change (Young Women Writing)
  • Girls Scouts
  • Ursuline Academy's Lions in Waiting- Learning to Lead Summer Camp 2010
  • Ursuline Academy: Sports Camps
  • Camp Joy (Joy Outdoor Education)

Please look below for more information regarding Recreation Program Ideas and Summer Camps!


Academic/ Leadership Camps & Programs

Black and Latino Achievers Program (YMCA)

Grades: 7-12

Enrollment: Year round

Session: Held on the 2nd &4th Tuesdays of the Month @ Powell Crosley YMCA (Focus on Leadership) and Saturdays @ Cincinnati State College (Focus on Career & College Readiness)

Website: http://www.cincinnatiymca.org/teens/bhachievers.shtml

The program was designed to motivate African-American and Latino American teens to academic and career success. The program focuses on leadership, college readiness, and career readiness. The program encourages teens to enroll while in school to help build character, create channels and awareness for continuing community involvement, raise academic standards, and gain acceptance to institutions of higher learning.

Envision Learning Center- Summer Enrichment Camp

Ages: 4- 10

Cost: Costs can range from $35 - $1200 depending on the services selected. Ask about discounts in your community.

Locations: Word of Deliverance Church and Winton Woods High School

Website: http://envisionchildren.org/index.html

Summer Enrichment Camp is built on themes that immerse/open themselves to math, reading, science, art, music and poetry. All of this is exemplified through weekly learning packets that go home and an end-of-summer camp celebration where students demonstrate what they have learned.


Upward Bound Program (University of Cincinnati)

Grades: 9-12

Enrollment: The Academic Year Program which convenes from October to May is the second phase of Upward Bound.

Website http://www.uc.edu/upwardbound/

Upward Bound is a pre-college program administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the University of Cincinnati. It is designed to motivate and provide academic skills for eligible students interested in education beyond high school.

Students also attend classes on Saturday mornings, receiving instruction in reading, mathematics, science, and writing proficiency. Personal, career, and academic counseling are also provided.

Summer Pre-Bridge Program (University Of Cincinnati)

Grades: 9- 12 Upward Bound Students
Website: http://www.uc.edu/upwardbound/

Summer Pre-Bridge Program for Grades 9 through 12Upward Bound students entering grades 9 through 12 (Pre-Bridge students) spend six weeks of the summer at the University of Cincinnati. Several weeks involve living in the college dormitories with other Upward Bound Pre-Bridge students. They attend academic classes and personal development activities aimed at equipping them with the skills necessary to succeed in college. Courses are taught by skilled instructors whose primary concern is the student. Eligible students receive spending money as well as free guidance, room and board, recreation, and travel. The Ohio Summer Food Program is also available to all students regardless of race, national origin, sex, or disability.

Summer Bridge Program (University Of Cincinnati)

Grades: Summer Bridge Program for High School Graduates
Website http://www.uc.edu/upwardbound/

Upward Bound graduates (Bridge students) are eligible to take courses free of charge at the University of Cincinnati. They may register for one to two college courses and live in one of the dormitories. Bridge students receive tuition, room and board, books, academic guidance, tutoring, and other services free of charge.

Overnight Camps

Camp Ernest (YMCA)

Ages: 6-15

Website: http://www.myycamp.org/

YMCA Camp Ernst is the most popular residential summer camp in the Greater Cincinnati area. We offer week long programs each summer for campers ages 6-15.  Steeped in tradition and built on the YMCA values of honesty, caring, responsibility and respect, Camp Ernst hosts campers who enjoy top notch counselors and make friends, doing a wide variety of activities including zipline, banana boat, 100 ft waterslide, giant swing, horseback riding, the BLOB, and much more! Camp Ernst adventure programs are offered for teens (and a few trips for teen and parents) and include various adventures including mountain biking, camping, hiking, white water rafting, skateboarding, spelunking and more!


Camp Joy (Joy Outdoor Education)

Ages: 7- 15

Website: http://www.myycamp.org/

Youth Camp- This residential camp is designed specifically for youth who otherwise could not afford to come to camp. The program includes crafts, ropes courses, swimming, campfires, and much more.

Teen Camp- The teen program operates out of a rustic village and focuses on teamwork and leadership through adventure activities. Teens are given the chance to be leaders within their group, learn outdoor living skills, cook over an open fire and enjoy traditional camp activities


Camps for Boys & Programs


Boys Scouts

Ages: 7-17

Website: http://www.danbeard.org/

This organization offers two types of programming: The Cub Scouting program and The Boy Scouting Program. The Cub Scouting program is for boys in the first through fifth grades (or ages 7, 8, 9, or 10). Members join a Cub Scout pack and are assigned to a den, usually a group of six to eight boys. Boy scouting is available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade, or who 11 through 17 years old are.


Camps for Girls & Programs


Girls Scouts

Ages: 5-17

Contact Information: Please call 513-489-1025 or 800-537-6241Fax: 513-489-1417

Location: Cincinnati Girl Scout Center, 4930 Cornell Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Website: www.gswo.org/en/camp/camp.html

There are several types of camps to pick from: Day camp, Family Camp, Stone brook Adventure Troop Camp, Resident Camp, Me and My Gal/Me and My Guy/Weekend in the Woods.

Athletic Camps & Programs


REC Kids Camp (University of Cincinnati)

Ages: 6-12

Website: REC Kids Programs

This Program is offered at the University of Cincinnati. The camp offers arts & crafts, swimming, field trips & outdoor adventures, and health & wellness activities.

The First Tee Program

Ages: 8-18

Cost: Free

Locations: Meadow Links Golf Course, 10999 Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240

Website: http://www.envisionlearningcenter.org/

Contact: 513-600-5020

The First Tee Life Skills Experience is a successful junior golf program. The First Tee Life Skills Experience is predicated on the belief that if you expose young people to the inherent values of the game of golf, surround them with caring coaches and volunteers, and teach them life skills, then you increase the likelihood they will acquire and demonstrate The First Tee Core Values.

Kids Fit Programs (Mercy Health Plex)

Website: Mercy Healthplex Kids Fit Fairfield

Tracy's Kenpo Karate

Address: 1102 A West Kemper Rd, Forest Park, Ohio 45240
Contact: 513- 851-2112

Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm (Monday-Fridays); Saturdays 8:00am-2:00pm for Offer: Private and group sessions.

Adult group classes meet:
Monday thru Thursday 7pm-8 pm
Monday, Thursday and Friday 10am-11 am
Saturday 9am-10:30 am (Advanced students only)


Kids Group Classes meet:
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 5:30pm-6:00pm
Wednesday 6pm-6:30pm

Tri-County Soccerplex

Ages: 6- Adult

Address: 530 Northland Blvd .

Contact: (513) 825-3533

Enrollment: Year round

Website: Tri-County Soccerplex

The Tri-County Soccerplex is a top-notch indoor soccer facility with a large lobby area, 500 bleacher seats, a full concession stand and a specialty shop. They offer classes' camps and leagues for Cincinnati soccer, flag football, lacrosse and more. You can also rent out the facility for practices, games, birthday parties and other events. Tri-County features soccer leagues for boys and girls. Call for information on how to join one of the many leagues at Tri-County Soccerplex.

Powell Crosley, Jr. YMCA

Ages: 3-18

Website: http://www.myy.org/

About Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA summer camps: Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are cornerstones of all YMCA camps. The YMCA also adds a unique program development element to help children develop positive identities, values and social skills.

"Developmental Assets" are 40 essential experiences young people need in order to grow up to be healthy, competent, caring and responsible adults.

At Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA traditional day camps, each week will have a different theme but they all provide opportunities to learn, make friends, and have fun. Daily activities include swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, service learning, science, literature, free time and more.


Forest Park Fitworks

Address: 1194 Winton Road, Forest Park, OH 45240

Contact: (513) 851-3400

Hours: Monday- Thursdays (5:00am- 11:00pm); Fridays (5:00am- 10:00pm); Saturdays (8:00am- 8:00pm) and Sundays (8:00am- 6:00pm)

Website: http://www.fitworks.com/

Residents of Forest Park Check out our Recreational Reimbursement Program!


Greenhills Community Pool

Website: http://www.greenhillsohio.org/

Waycross Athletic Club

Address: 1990 Waycross Road, Forest Park, OH 45240

Contact: (513) 742-1700

Average Costs: $34-44 for Athletic Leagues (such as Racquetball and Handball)

Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Fridays (6:00am- 10:00pm); Tuesdays (9:00am- 10:00pm); Saturdays (9:00am- 3:00pm) and Sundays (9:00am- 4:00pm)


Alternative Camps & Programs


Ursuline Academy's Lions in Waiting- Learning to Lead Summer Camp

Grades: 5-8

Cost: $75- $125



Lions in Waiting is a minority mentoring & leadership development program held at Ursuline Academy. The mission is to inspire, educate and prepare girls for academic, cultural and social challenges of a college preparatory school environment while building self- confidence. See attachment.



Ages: 3-10

Website: http://www.imagoearth.org/

This nature camp offers different themed camps and special camps to fit your adventurous child's need. Imago also partners will the Boy and Girl Scouts to offer different ongoing programs.


Cincinnati Zoo Camp

Ages: 4- 14

Location:The Harold C. Schott Education Center

Website: http://www.cincinnatizoo.org/

I-Space (Locations: Sharonville Scarlet Oaks & NKU)

Website: http://www.ispacescience.org/

I Space is a unique hands on minds educational initiative that provides innovative educational programs for children, families and the public. The programs focus on grades 2-10. I space also offers a host of family programs such "Family Night Discovery Series".

Artworks Cincinnati

Website www.artworkscincinnati.org


Artworks is a premier organization that offers employment opportunities for teens who love engaging in public art and art education. Artworks has produced many public art displays such as the Big Pig Gig in 2000, Bats Incredible in 2003 The Outdoor Museum: Harmony in 2006, MuralWorks in 2007 collaboration with Mayor Mark Mallory) and many more. The youth will have gain art apprenticeships with professional artists; gain a new outlook on communities and teamwork.


Women Writing for a Change (Young Women Writing)

Ages: 9-20

Website: http://www.womenwriting.org/

Young Women writing for (a) Change is a supportive and encouraging community for girls and teens to write and be heard. The writing classes help the girls to express their artistic talents, enhance self-esteem, build skills in creative self-expression, learn to receive and give honest support and encouragement, develop skills in building and keeping community, and seek and recognize role models who inspire creative life choices.


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