Summer Youth Camps

Ashland University offers Summer Youth Camps to the community and surrounding areas. These camps provide children from the ages 5 through 12 the opportunity to participate in various activities that teach them teamwork and emphasize the importance of physical activity in living a healthy life.  

All camps are held in the Arthur L. and Maxine Sheets Rybolt Sport Sciences and Recreation Center. The Recreation Center has one multi-purpose and two basketball courts, climbing and bouldering walls, a golf simulator, two racquetball courts, an aerobics room, a 5,000 square foot fitness center and weight room, game room and equipment check out area, swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool and juice bar. The second level offers a three-lane jogging track that overlooks the gymnasium area.

Summer Camp

Sports & Activities Camp

This weeklong camp provides children the opportunity to participate in various sports and activities that teach them teamwork, enhance fundamental sports skills and emphasize the importance of physical activity in living a healthy life. Supervised by Ashland University professional and student staff, campers of all skill levels will participate in sports such as soccer, basketball, kickball, wiffle ball, floor hockey, swimming and more. In addition to traditional sports, campers can make new friends through teambuilding games to help develop new social skills.  Daily activities in the pool and on the climbing wall will give campers a chance to experience new ways of becoming physically active. Come out this summer and be active! Campers should wear athletic attire, gym shoes, and bring a swimsuit.

  • Healthy afternoon snacks and beverages are included; water always available
  • Campers are responsible for bringing their own lunch

Camp Sessions

2018 Registration Deadlines

2018 Camp Dates

Sports & Activities Session 1

Wednesday, June 6

 June 11- 15

Sports & Activities Session 2

Wednesday, June 20

 June 25- 29

Sports & Activities Session 3

Wednesday, July 11

 July 16-20

Ages: 5-12

Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; extended care is available (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Price: $150 for first camper; $100 for each additional camper; $10 for extended care (per day, per camper)

Location: Ashland University Recreation Center

   *All campers must complete and submit a Camp Health History Form

Challenge Week

Challenge Week focues on teambuilding and teamwork challenges that will allow campers of all ages the opportunity to learn the important lessons of sportsmanship, fair play, and FUN! Teams will be created on the first day of camp and challenges will be a mixture of athletic and academic challenges.  Campers of all ages will have the opportunity to contribute to the team and participants will enjoy the camaraderie they build with one another as they celebrate their achievements together!

  • Healthy afternoon snacks and beverages are included; water always available
  • Campers are responsible for bringing their own lunch

Ages: 5-12

2018 Dates: 

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 13

Camp Dates - June 18 - 22

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; extended care available (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Price: $150 for first camper; $100 for each additional sibling, $10 for extended care (per day, per camper)

Location: Ashland University Recreation Center

   *All campers must complete and submit a Camp Health History Form

Adventure Week

With each day comes a new adventure. During this weeklong camp, campers dive into new adventures encountering daily themes which have previously included Super Safari, Under the Sea, Outdoor Survival, Safety First, Knights and Princesses, or Space is the Place.  Each day is filled with fun activities such as participating in a safari treasure hunt, climbing the rock wall, making Mountain Pies, spending time in the pool, as well as time for creating exciting crafts such as animal masks, spaceships and beanbag whales. Your kids are sure to have a week full of adventure!

  • Healthy afternoon snacks and beverages are included; water always available
  • Campers are responsible for bringing their own lunch

Ages: 5-12

2018 Dates: 

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 4

Camp Dates: July 9-13

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; extended care available (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Price: $150 for first camper; $100 for each additional sibling; $10 for extended care (per day, per camper)

Location: Ashland University Recreation Center
   *All campers must complete and submit a Camp Health History Form

Explorer's Week

Each day campers explore a different culture or continent learning and playing as they go! Ancient Japan, the Down Under in Australia and Antarctica are just a few examples of the destinations the campers have explored in the past. Activities such as a trail hike, archeological dig, samurai warrior race, tea party, expedition climbing, and time in the pool all promise to make this week of camp something they won't forget! 

  • Healthy afternoon snacks and beverages are included; water always available
  • Campers are responsible for bringing their own lunch

Ages: 5-12

2018 Dates:

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 18

Camp Dates: July 23-27

Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; extended care available (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Price: $150 for first camper; $100 for each additional sibling; $10 for extended care (per day, per camper)

Location: Ashland University Recreation Center

               *All campers must complete and submit a Camp Health History Form

Registering for Camp

2018 Registration Form

Camp Health History Form 

Paying by credit card:

  • Complete and email the Camp Registration & Camp Health History forms to recservices@ashland.edu.  Or
  • Submit your forms to the Recreational Services main office, or mail in

 Paying by check or money order:

  • Complete the Camp Registration and Camp Health History forms, then print for submission.
  • Make checks payable to "Ashland University".
  • Submit forms and payment to the Recreational Services main office, or mail it to:

Ashland University
Attn: Recreational Services
401 College Ave
Ashland, OH 44805

For further questions, please contact us at 419.289.5440, or email us at recservices@ashland.edu.

Fall Hours

Facility Hours

Monday-Thursday:  6am-11pm

Friday:  6am-10pm

Saturday:  10am-10pm

Sunday:  12pm-10pm

Pool Hours

Monday - Thursday:  11am-2pm/6pm-10pm

Friday:  11am-2pm/6pm-9pm

Saturday:  12pm-9pm

Sunday:  2pm-9pm

Climbing Wall Hours

Monday: 3pm-8pm

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 3pm-8pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday - Sunday: 3pm-8pm

Contact Us

Email: recservices@ashland.edu
Phone: 419-289-5440
Fax: 419-207-6170