Children in a fort at summer camp

Sugar Valley Camp

A new camp and a new park to explore! Sugar Valley Camp encourages children ages 5 – 12 to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors by exploring Bill Yeck Park, playing games and making new friends. Campers will be treated to guest speakers, special presentations and activities. Snacks are provided, but campers should bring a filled water bottle and a packed lunch that does not require refrigeration. All campers will receive a t-shirt during their first week. Camp is held rain or shine.

2019 Fees:

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 15 at 10 a.m. for residents and Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m. for nonresidents. The first day of registration is online only.

Jump on the summer camp fast track! In an effort to improve your camp registration experience, we have created a way for you to fill out the required camp forms PRIOR to the first day of camp registration. This will make your camp registration go faster, and decrease the chance that your child will be placed on a camp waiting list.

2019 camp weeks:

All the Buzzzzz, July 1 – July 5 (no camp July 4)
We will explore the park like busy bees! This week will focus on active games that help us understand pollinators and native plants that fill the prairies of the park.

Rapids and Raptors, July 8 – 12
Children will discover the water that runs through the park and the raptors that soar above us through active games, hikes and special guests.

Sensory Camp, July 22 – 26
Five senses and five days of camp! Coincidence? We don’t think so! Campers will explore how animals use sight, sound, smell, taste and touch to survive!

Hands on the Land, July 29 – August 2
We will explore the park’s dirt, rocks, trails and water using interactive games and hands-on experiments along the way. This week will rock!

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.

Inclement Weather
Camp is primarily an outdoor program and will be held rain or shine. The Smith House will serve as a meeting area and shelter for Sugar Valley Camp.

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.

Registration Deadline
The last day to cancel or make registration changes is noon the Monday prior to your camper’s start date.