Children in a fort at summer camp

Sugar Valley Day Camp

Sugar Valley Camp encourages children ages 3 – 12 to learn about nature and enjoy the outdoors by exploring Bill Yeck 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. 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 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preschool weeks are 9 a.m. to noon.

2022 Fees:

Resident fee/week: $120, $130 field trip week, before/after care $30
Nonresident fee/week: $140, $150 field trip week, 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.

Resident fee/preschool week: $60, before care $30
Nonresident fee/preschool week: $70, before care $30
Before care is available from 8 to 9 a.m. 

Resident camp registration begins online Monday, April 11 at 10 a.m. Nonresident camp registration begins online Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Phone registration will begin one day later.

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, Adventure Explorers (ages 6 – 12)
Explore Bill Yeck Park in a whole new way. Up the trails, through the woods and down the creek we go! Follow clues, games and other activities to get a feel for the park and summer fun.

Week 2: June 13 – 17, Mammal Mania (ages 6 – 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. Campers will take a field trip to Learning Tree Farm. The cost of the field trip is included in this week’s fee. (Field Trip Week)

Week 3: June 20 – 24, Splashtacular Adventures (ages 6 – 12)
Let’s spend a week doing all things water! Campers will learn about the water in the parks, explore all the splashtacular things water is capable of, and play a variety of water games.

Week 4: June 27 – July 1, Crafting Nature (ages 6 – 12)
Nature houses so many wonderful resources. We will spend the week learning how we can use nature to make crafts! Campers will make a different craft to bring home and share each day. They will learn the benefits of each natural resource in their craft and how it helps support the ecosystem.

Week 5: July 5 – 8, Land of the Lost (ages 6 – 12)
What was it like to explore the landscape of Ohio as a dinosaur? Campers will search for fossils and seek historical answers while exploring as 21st-century humans!

Week 6: July 11 – 15, Hide and Seek (ages 6 – 12)
Your parks are full of animals in hiding! We will spend each day learning about different animals and how they use camouflage to keep them safe. We will then play extreme hide and seek games — Ultimate Capture the Flag, Thick-et, Hawk Eye and so much more!

Week 7: July 18 – 22, Diggin’ Around (ages 6 – 12)
A week of all things dirt and plants! Campers will learn the benefits of dirt and plants in your parks. They will plant their own flower, learn about different types of seeds and search for edible plants.

Week 8: July 25 – 29, Furry Frenzy (Preschool Week: ages 3 – 5)
A week of camp where your teddy bear is welcome to tag along! We will learn all about mammal friends living in Bill Yeck Park. Make memories on picnics and hikes, and with games and crafts. You and your stuffed friend will enjoy a week of exploring with new friends!

Week 9: August 1 – 5, Colorful Creation (Preschool Week: ages 3 – 5)
All the different colors in nature are what make your parks so beautiful! We will spend each day looking for a featured color. At the end of the week, we will explore all the colors we learned about. Campers are encouraged to wear the featured color each day to camp!

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 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.

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

Cancellation Policy
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.