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.  We also have a Counselor-In-Training program for children ages 13-16 (See the "Registering For Camp" tab for more information).

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

Youth & Activities

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

2019 Registration Deadlines

2019 Camp Dates

Sports & Activities Session 1

Wednesday, June 12

 June 17 - 21

Sports & Activities Session 2

Wednesday, July 3

 July 8 - 12

Sports & Activities Session 3

Wednesday, July 17

 July 22 - 26

Ages: 5-12

Time: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. (Camp check-in is between 9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)

          Extended care is available (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

 

Price: $130/ Rec Center Member, $140/ Non Rec Center Member; $10 for extended care (per day, per camper)

Location: Ashland University Recreation Center

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

Daily Themes

Sports & Activities Session 1

Monday: Football

Tuesday: Volleyball

Wednesday: Water Sports

Thursday: Basketball

Friday: Racquet Sports

Sports & Activities Session 2 (Olympic Week)

Monday: Soccer

Tuesday: Hockey

Wednesday: Tennis

Thursday: Track & Field

Friday: Baseball

Sports & Activities Session 3

Monday: Baseball

Tuesday: Soccer

Wednesday: Volleyball

Thursday: Football

Friday: Kickball

Challenge Week

Camp

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

2019 Dates: June 24 - 28

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 19

Time: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. (Camp check-in is between 9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)

          Extended care is available (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

 

Price: $130/ Rec Center Member, $140/ Non Rec Center Member; $10 for extended care (per day, per camper)

Location: Ashland University Recreation Center

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

Daily Themes

Different team challenges throughout the week!

Adventure Week

Adventure

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

2019 Dates: July 15 - 19

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 10

Time: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. (Camp check-in is between 9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)

          Extended care is available (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

 

Price: $130/ Rec Center Member, $140/ Non Rec Center Member; $10 for extended care (per day, per camper)

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

Daily Themes

Monday: Space

Tuesday: Superheroes

Wednesday: Under The Sea

Thursday: Safari

Friday: Disney

Explorers Week

Explorers

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

2019 Dates: July 29 - August 2

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 24

Time: 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. (Camp check-in is between 9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.)

          Extended care is available (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) 

 

Price: $130/ Rec Center Member, $140/ Non Rec Center Member; $10 for extended care (per day, per camper)

Location: Ashland University Recreation Center

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

Daily Themes

Monday: Australia

Tuesday: Africa

Wednesday: South America

Thursday: Asia

Friday: Europe

Registering for Camp

2019 Registration & 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

Counselor-In-Training: General Description

CIT

A Counselor in Training(CIT) assist Camp Counselors in daily camp duties. The CITs helps in all aspects of leading games, activities, snacks, and crafts; including set-up and clean-up. CIT serve as positive role models to younger campers to help create a positive and energetic environment for the camp community. CITs are not paid and are expected to participate in all camp games and activities. Counselors in Training are generally 13-16 years old at the time of camp.

All CIT applicants should show a strong interest of working with children and possess maturity, flexibility, a strong work ethic, and the ability to have fun.

The CIT Program is an educational program with specific objectives designed to develop technical skills, and communication skills, necessary to become an effective camp counselor. Our camp environment creates a unique opportunity for our CITs to build leadership skills that they can use throughout life, at school, in the community, and at home. CITs are an important part of camp and qualities such as leadership, integrity, patience, and good character are developed and nurtured by qualified staff. While CITs have certain expectations and responsibilities, they are not working at camp. CITs are still considered campers and are therefore bound by the same rules and restrictions as regular campers. CITs are required to pay camp fees and attend the camps they sign up for to maintain status in the CITs program. Since this is a training program CITs are not paid, nor is a job guaranteed at the end of the program. CIT status can be removed at any time due to discipline issues or other policy violations. If a CITs status is removed they are no longer eligible to be a CIT and will not be refunded for their time at camp.

CIT I Qualifications:

  • 13-14 years of age during summer camp

  • Completed application

  • Committed to 1 day of mandatory pre-camp training

  • Energetic and positive attitude

  • Motivated to work with younger children

  • Commitment to at least 2 weeks of camp in CIT program

CIT II Qualifications:

  • Meet CIT I requirements

  • Be at least 14 years old during summer camp

  • Previous CIT experience at AU (or with another camp)

  • Nomination by a Camp Counselor

  • Energetic and positive attitude

  • Motivated to work with young children

  • Committed to 1 day of mandatory pre-training

  • Commitment to at least 4 weeks of camp in CIT program

Expectations & Responsibilities:

  • Abide by all camp rules, policies, & procedures.

  • Set a good example by being a positive role model to all campers. Campers come first!

  • Assist Camp Counselors with daily activities including set-up and clean-up of games, activities, crafts, and meals.

  • Participate in all camp games and activities.

  • Associate with campers, not other CITs.

  • Punctuality to camp and all camp activities.

  • Attend 100% of camp that you have signed up for.

  • Treat all campers equally and with respect.

  • Be cooperative and accept guidance from Camp Director, Lead Camp Counselor, and Camp Counselors.

  • Work as a team with fellow CITs in sharing of duties.

  • Consistently model good character, behavior, integrity, and adaptability.

  • Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude!

  • Assist camp staff in escorting campers to and from activity locations safely.

  • Contribute new ideas to aid in program improvement.

  • Monitor and report any unsafe behavior by campers to Camp Counselor Staff.

  • Assist in bathroom breaks and any other trips needed in a buddy system.

  • Other camp duties as assigned by Camp Counselor Staff.

Learning Outcomes:

  • CITs will be able to understand camp rules, policies, and procedures and why they are in place.

  • CITs will learn the basics of how a camp is typically run; daily schedule, safety, set-up and break-down of all activities.

  • CITs will learn about the role of Camp Counselors.

  • CITs will learn basic leadership and communication skills that will allow them to interact professionally with campers and staff.

  • CITs will be able to work effectively and cooperatively with large groups.


Interested candidates should contact Assistant Director of Programs, Krista Chauvin, at 419.207.6174 for an application.

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

Rec Center Hours

Summer Hours

May 3rd-August 25th

Facility Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am-9pm
Sat & Sun: 1-9pm

Pool Hours

Mon - Fri: 10am-1pm/4-7pm
Sat & Sun: 2-7pm

Climbing Wall Hours

CLOSED


(Summer hours for specific facility areas are subject to change due to camps, conferences or rentals.)

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