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 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.

2021 Fees:

Resident fee/week: $110, before/after care $27
Nonresident fee/week: $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.

Resident fee/preschool week: $55, before care $27
Nonresident fee/preschool week: $85, before care $27
Before care is available from 8 to 9 a.m. 

Resident camp registration begins online Monday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Nonresident camp registration begins online Monday, April 19 at 10 a.m. Phone registration will begin one day later.

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2021 Camp Weeks:

Rapids and Raptors, June 7 – 11 (ages 6 – 12)
Campers will discover the water that runs through the park and the raptors that soar above us through active games, hikes and special guests.

Bounding Around, June 14 – 18 (ages 6 – 12)
Discover and explore the creatures of the park that jump all around us! What can we learn from these insects, animals and other vertically inclined creatures? Jump into summer with this fun camp!

Ancient Explorers, June 21 – 25 (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!

Grossology, June 28 – July 2 (ages 6 – 12)
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. This camp will separate old wives’ tales as fact or fiction. Play games with slime, see reptiles that are NOT slimy — and what about spiders? So many fun things to learn and do when you gross out!

Adventure Awaits, July 6 – 9 (ages 6 – 12)
A week full of adventure, solving nature’s most clever riddles, racing through the park to beat the clock on team challenges and mapping out new paths to explore!

Prairie Olympics, July 12 – 16 (ages 6 – 12)
As the world watches the top athletes of the world, we will re-create these athletic feats in Bill Yeck Park. We will also learn who is at the top of Ohio prairies and how the creatures all play together! An exciting week to learn and play with new friends at camp!

Mammal Mania, July 19 – 23 (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.

Little Seedlings, July 26 – 30 (Preschool Week: ages 3 – 5)
Let’s plant the seeds of wonder while learning all about plants! Learn how to find seeds that bloom into beautiful meadow flowers. Play games, create plant-based crafts and smile as new friendships bloom in the park.

Furry Friends, August 2 – 6 (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!

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.