Hidden Meadows Day Camp
The highlight of the summer, Hidden Meadows Day Camp encourages children ages 3-12 to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors by exploring Grant Park, playing games and making new friends! Campers are also treated to guest speakers, special presentations and activities. All-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and half-day (9 a.m. to noon) options are available, as well as before and after care. Preschool weeks also offer an afternoon half-day option (1 to 4 p.m.). All-day campers should bring a packed lunch that does not require refrigeration. All campers will receive a t-shirt during their first week. Snacks are provided, but campers should bring a filled water bottle every day.
Resident Fee/Week: Half day $55, All day $110, before/after care $27
Nonresident Fee/Week: Half day $85, All day $170, before/after care $27
Before care is available from 8 to 9 a.m. After care is available from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Registration begins Monday, April 9 at 10 a.m. for residents and Monday, April 16 at 10 a.m. for nonresidents. The first day of registration is online only.
2018 camp weeks:
Habitat Hikers, June 4 – June 8
Grant Park is home to a lot of animals and insects. If we are going to be guests in their home, we should learn all about them. Explore where they live, what they eat and how they survive.
Mission Impossible, June 11 – June 15
Calling all secret agents to camp! We’ve been assigned a top secret mission and we need your child’s help. The clues will take us on hikes and through the creeks!
Things with Wings, June 18 – June 22 (Preschool Week – ages 3-9)
Birds, bats and bugs have wings, but who has wings that sing? Who has underwater flight? Who has wings, but only comes out at night? We will find out as we explore the world of wings.
Creek Stompers, June 25 – June 29
Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum! There are cool things to find in the creek and we’re going to find ‘em! From fossils to crawdads, from rafts to wildlife, this week is going to be full of the creek!
Creepy Crawlies, July 2 – July 6 (no camp July 4, fees prorated for the week)
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, then came down to check Hidden Meadows out! Children will explore Grant Park for creepy crawly friends. They will go on a bug hunt, examine bug specimens and learn cool facts about the bugs all around them.
Shipwrecked, July 9 – July 13
On an expedition to Hidden Meadows Day Camp, there was a disastrous storm that caused a ship to crash on Grant Park Island. How will the castaways find food, make shelter, and most importantly, get off the island? Children will learn survival skills by searching the park for basic necessities.
Hide and Seek, July 16 – July 20 (Preschool Week – ages 3-9)
It’s camouflage week! Children will discover how and why animals and bugs blend into their surroundings, then test their camouflage skills! Things may not be as they appear.
World of Water, July 23 – July 27
Water can be fun and refreshing, but it is also a necessary part of everyday life. Children will celebrate water in all its forms as we study creek life, learn about water conservation and play water games that are bound to cool them off!
Additional Camp Information:
Many staff coordinators and counselors are college students pursuing a degree in parks and recreation or education, or they have previous experience in the field. Assistant counselors are at least 16 years of age and have experience working with children.
Camp is primarily an outdoor program and will be held rain or shine. The school buildings by Grant Park will serve as a meeting area and shelter for Hidden Meadows.
What to Wear
Dress your child in comfortable old clothes and closed-toe shoes. Sandals and flip-flops are prohibited due to poison ivy and other naturally occurring hazards. Please put your child’s name on all items brought to camp. Many pack an old pair of shoes to wear when visiting the creek.
What to Bring
Bring a water bottle to refill during the day. All-day campers should also bring a packed lunch that does not require refrigeration. Lunch should not include any peanuts or tree nuts.
Daily Sign-In & Sign-Out
We take strict precautions in accepting and releasing children from the program. Please inform counselors of any changes. Daily sign-in and sign-out is required.
Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
Counselors are not permitted to apply sunscreen or insect repellent. Campers can bring their own and reapply.
Medical Procedures & Emergencies
All counselors are trained in first aid and CPR and carry a first aid kit. Health history information is kept on site. In the event of a medical emergency, parents and 911 will be called. The child will be escorted to the hospital or released to the parents. If parents cannot be located, the emergency contact will be called. In the event of minor injury/illness, the child will be treated, an incident report will be completed, and parents will be notified at pickup.
Staff is permitted to perform only basic first aid. They are not authorized to dispense any type of prescription or nonprescription medication with the exception of any situation that requires an epi-pen. Rule 5101:2-18-15 (4) 2 of the Ohio Administrative Code states that a child day camp shall set its own policy regarding whether to administer prescription or nonprescription medications. If your child requires medication, arrangements must be made to have a caregiver present to administer the medication. If your child carries an epi-pen, complete additional required forms.
There is a “three-strike” disciplinary system. Examples of behaviors that would result in a yellow, orange or a red card include: inflicting physical harm upon others, continuously wandering away from the group, disregarding what leaders ask of them, generally ignoring rules and opting out of participation. This procedure is to ensure the safety of the group and create the best possible experience for all participants. If a child receives two red cards, we will ask that they not return to camp this summer. Leaders will keep to the established discipline policy and will handle all incidents with kindness, consistency and understanding. Attention will be given to the specific needs of each child while, at the same time, each is encouraged to participate. Leaders will discuss the rules throughout the summer.
The last day to cancel or make registration changes is noon the Monday prior to your camper’s start date.