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4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer


Camps featuring theme weeks, field trips, exploration and outdoor adventure are available for ages 6-12 all summer at most YMCA locations in the area.

Phone: Firestone Park, 330-724-1255; Green, 330-899-9622; Lake Anna, 330-745-9622; Nordonia Hills, 3330-467-8366; Riverfront, 330-923-9622; University Park, 330-434-9622; Wadsworth, 330-334-9622; North Hill Y Early Care & Education Center, 330-762-7678; Cascade Village Y Early Care & Education Center, 330-983-5573; Hope Y Early Care & Education Center, 330-434-5900; WYDACA, 330-864-3560; A Y’s Place Y Early Care & Education Center, 330-836-7435; YMCA office, 330-376-1335



Summer camps for ages 18 months through fifth grade will be offered at the school, 1175 W. Market St. in West Akron, from June 2 to Aug. 22. Campers can enjoy field trips and summer fun and participate in academic enrichment opportunities. Weekly themes include zoo animals and sports.

Phone: 330-836-1436



This year’s LifeStyles Camps will run June 9 through Aug. 15 with two different programs based on age. Ages 3-14 can participate in A Trip Through Time activities that encourage fitness, sportsmanship and learning at Akron General’s Health & Wellness Center—West, 4125 Medina Road in Bath and Akron General’s Health & Wellness Center—North, 4300 Allen Road in Stow. Ages 5-13 can take part in All Sports Camp at Akron General’s Health & Wellness Center—Green, 1940 Town Park Blvd., in Green, which will explore different sports and focus on encouraging the values of honesty, respect and responsibility. The camp day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and before and after care is available. Participants can register for multiple camps.

Phone: 330-665-8139, Bath location; 330-896-5016, Green location; 330-945-3141, Stow location

Website: www.akrongeneral.org/lifestyles or www.allsportscamp.net



Almost Mom Child Development Care Center, 258 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road in Copley, will host a summer program for school-age children. The center also provides care for children ranging in age from infants to prekindergarten as well as after-school care.

Phone: 330-665-4374



These campers enjoy water activities during a past Camp Christopher camp.
Photo courtesy of Camp Christopher
A variety of camp options are available June 9 through Aug. 9 at Camp Christopher, located at 1930 N. Hametown Road in Bath, a program through Catholic Charities open to all. Resident camps for children ages 7-16 include seven- and three-night programs. Day camps for children ages 5-12 will take place for nine weeks, with bus transportation available at multiple pickup locations for an additional fee. Programs also are available for families, senior citizens and campers with developmental disabilities. An open house will take place at the camp April 5 and May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Phone: 330-376-CAMP (2267)

Website: www.campchris.org



Camp JCC at the Shaw Jewish Community Center offers a variety of programs. Shown are campers during a past camp.
Photo courtesy of the Shaw Jewish Community Center
Camp JCC at the Shaw Jewish Community Center (JCC), 750 White Pond Drive in West Akron, offers a variety of weekly camps open to all children entering first through ninth grades. Camps are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Programs include Horseback Riding Camp, LEGO Camp, Gymnastics Camp, Arts Camp, Travel Camps and Discover Polymers and Potions Camp. Programs will take place June 16 through Aug. 15. Before and after care is available. Camps are open to members and nonmembers. Sibling discounts are available. Complete details are in the Camp JCC catalog, available at the JCC or online.

Phone: 330-867-7850

Website: www.shawjcc.org/camp



The Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope will conduct this free camp Aug. 4-7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help children ages 6-11 process a significant loss, such as a parent, grandparent or sibling. Children will learn to manage grief through creative activities such as crafts and music. Professional facilitators oversee campers. Snacks and lunch will be provided. The camp takes place at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road in Copley.

Phone: 330-668-4662

Website: www.vnsa.com



Green’s Parks and Recreation Division hosts weekly day camps June 9-July 11 for children 7 to 12 years old at Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Road. Themed camps feature topics such as martial arts, arts and crafts, survival skills and more. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and campers are divided into age groups. The cost is $50 a week for Green residents and $60 for nonresidents.

Phone: 330-896-6621

Website: www.cityofgreen.org



Camp Fairlawn for ages 3-6 will be held at Fairlawn Lutheran Church and School, 3415 W. Market St., for two weeks. May 27-30 will feature the theme Circus Fun and June 2-5 will be Let’s Go to Space. Each session will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per week. Students will bring a lunch and snacks will be provided.

Phone: 330-864-7724

Email: karla.mcdivitt@fairlawnlutheran.org



Shown is a camper enjoying activities on a rainy day during Fairlawn West Preschool’s camp last year.
Photo courtesy of Fairlawn West Preschool
Adventure Days camp is for children ages 3 through third grade. Programs will be offered June 2-July 3 and the registration deadline is May 1. Campers will have the chance to explore camping and nature, become a pirate seeking buried treasure, soar into space, discover the world of dinosaurs and celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Phone: 330-864-4685

Email: preschool@fairlawnwest.org



Campers take time to pose for a photo at Camp Ledgewood during a past Girl Scouts of North East Ohio camp.
Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Day and resident camps for girls will feature swimming, hiking, horseback riding, archery and field trips. Programs are available at three locations, including Camp Ledgewood in Peninsula. Programs are open to girls who are not Girl Scouts.

Phone: 330-864-9933

Website: www.gsneo.org/camping



Camps for children ages 5 to 14 will take place from June 6 to Aug. 18 at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road in Norton. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $80 a week or $20 a day. Before and after care is available. Title XX is accepted and there are discounts for siblings. Every week features a different theme and a pizza party. Children may be enrolled for a day, a week or all summer.

Phone: 330-825-1528 or 330-715-4564

Email: jcpreschool@neo.rr.com



Kids Academy of Copley, 3745 Copley Road, will hold a number of summer activities and programs for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The school-age camp program will feature field trips and educational activities daily.

Phone: 330-666-8293

Website: www.kidsacademyofcopley.com



Children can enjoy field trips offered through four locations of the early learning center: Downtown Akron, South Akron, Fairlawn and North Canton. Meals and activities are included in the price. Also offered are infant/toddler/preschool programs and before and after school care.

Phone: 330-253-8125, Downtown Akron; 330-724-6417, South Akron; 330-867-9404, Fairlawn; 330-494-4148, North Canton



Seven weeks of day camp are scheduled this summer for ages 5-13. Children can enjoy fitness and art and enrichment programs, sports, computers, soccer, cheerleading, fencing and more. For details on dates and cost, visit the website.

Phone: 330-659-5818

Website: www.richfieldvillageohio.org



Morning, afternoon and all-day camps are available for children through age 17 from June 9 through Aug. 8 at Old Trail School, 2315 Ira Road in Bath. The school is located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features camps on more than 150 topics and activities. Prices depend on the activity. Lunch can be purchased by the week. Before and after care is available for an additional fee.

Phone: 330-666-1118, ext. 469

Email: scamp@oldtrail.org

Website: www.oldtrail.org/summercamp



St. Vincent-St. Mary (STVM) High School, 15 N. Maple St. in Downtown Akron, is offering camps throughout the summer for children entering kindergarten through 12th grades. Enrichment camps include art, band, drama, Irish dance, study skills, technology and photography. Sports camps include baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball and cheerleading. Most camps will take place on the school grounds. For information regarding dates, times, rates and grade levels, call the school or visit the website.

Phone: 330-253-9113

Email: summercamp@stvm.com

Website: www.stvm.com



Teens-On-Track, located at 130 N. Miller Road in Fairlawn, offers programs for teens to help them become the best person they can be. Program topics presented by clinical psychologist Sarah Ross include goal setting, time management, organization, test taking, social skills, artistic expression, future-planning, tutoring and positive attitude. Call for more details and prices.

Phone: 330-606-4899

Website: www.teens-on-track.com



Shown are past campers having fun in the water at YMCA Camp Y-Noah Summer Camp.
Photo courtesy of Akron Area YMCA
Day camp and resident camp sessions are available at the camp, located at 815 Mt. Pleasant Road in Green, June through August. Campers can take part in activities such as swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, climbing, arts and crafts, cheernastics and robotics. Day camps range from $155 to $390 per week, and overnight camps are $455. Open houses are planned April 13 and 27 and May 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Phone: 330-896-1964

Website: www.gotcamp.org

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