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 will be placed in groups of similarly aged children. They will be 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. 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. Camp is held rain or shine.
Resident Fee/Week: Half-day $60, Full-day $120, Full-day w/field trip $130, before/after care $30
Nonresident Fee/Week: Half-day $70, Full-day $140, Full-day w/field trip $150, before/after care $30
Before care is available from 8 to 9 a.m. After care is available from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
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.
2022 Camp Weeks:
Week 1: June 6 – 10, Ultimate Summer Bucket List (ages 5 – 12)
Campers will start the summer off with summer bucket list activities! They will sing silly songs, learn popular camp games, roast marshmallows, have a picnic after a hike, plant seeds, make tie-dye, craft their own summer bucket list and end the week with an ultimate water balloon fight! Full-day campers will go on a field trip to Your Adventure Golf and Laser Web. The cost of the field trip is included. (Field Trip Week for Full-Day)
Week 2: June 13 – 17, Creepy Crawlers (ages 5 – 12)
A week of all things bugs, insects and underground creepy crawlers. Campers will spend the week exploring Grant Park from the bug’s eye view! We will learn about the creepy crawlers that roam your parks and spend time learning new insect-themed games and making bug crafts.
Week 3: June 20 – 24, Slime Time! (ages 5 – 12)
Slimy animals, plants and anything else that makes you squirm! We will learn about how slime is a protective layer for many things in nature. Campers will spend the week searching for the slimiest things in the park! We will end the week by making our own slime!
Week 4: June 27 – July 1, Hidden Gems (ages 5 – 12)
Your parks are full of hidden gems! We will spend the week finding all the Grant Park gems! In order to find our hidden gems, we have to learn all about navigating the woods. We will learn tasks like hiking, orienteering, reading maps and trekking new terrain. On the last day, we will put our new knowledge to the test for a day full of adventure!
Week 5: July 5 – 8, The Wonders of Water (Preschool Week: ages 3 – 12)
We will spend the week learning all about the types of water that are at your parks, playing a variety of water games, and searching for unique creatures in the water. Campers will also get the chance to learn about and test the water quality around Grant Park.
Week 6: July 11 – 15, Fantasy Land
A week of using your imagination and searching for our favorite mythical creatures in the woods. Campers will learn all about the mythical creatures lurking in the parks and create homes for fairies, leprechauns and more!
Week 7: July 18 – 22, Nature Sense (Preschool Week: ages 3 – 12)
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!
Week 8: July 25 – 29, Survivor (ages 5 – 12)
It will be a competition all week long at Hidden Meadows! We will participate in nature trivia, animal identification games and much more! Teams will tie-dye team shirts that they are invited to wear on the last day for the ultimate challenge! Full-day campers will go on a field trip to Oak Grove Park to learn about outdoor cooking and archery. The cost of the field trip is included. (Field Trip Week for Full-Day)
Week 9: August 1 – 5, Mammal Mania (ages 5 – 12)
Mammals far and wide will find this week’s camp fur-tastic! We will search the park for native mammals and talk about mammals from across the globe with guest speakers and games.
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 also authorized to dispense some types of prescription or nonprescription medication. 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 during camp hours, you must complete additional required forms. If your child carries an epi-pen, complete additional required forms.
Review our summer camp discipline process.
The last day to make registration changes is noon the Monday prior to your camper’s start date.
If you should need to cancel your camp registration for any reason, please let us know 7 or more days in advance of the camp starting and we will process a full credit or refund. If you need to cancel less than 7 days prior to camp, please reach out to our office about your refund options.