Camp Roosevelt Firebird



Target Demographic: Boys and girls ages 7-15

2019 Dates: June 9 – August 3 


Located in Bowerston, Ohio (approximately 2 hours south of Cleveland), Camp Roosevelt Firebird has been showing campers a great time since 1918!  For 100 years they’ve been having a blast, changing lives, staying silly, and having fun – and they’d love nothing more than for your kids to join them this summer.

This camp has all the activities of a traditional sleep-away summer camp, but it sets itself apart in a few key ways that make it a truly unique and amazing experience for your kids.  They’re committed to diversity, sustainability, camper choice, and making the world a better place, all while maintaining a silly and fun environment!  This is a camp for everyone, a place individuals and creative spirits thrive, and a community for people looking to make a difference (or hoping their children will want to).  Campers gain independence through choosing the majority of their activities every day.  A part of these choices are activities tied to various green initiatives (growing produce, raising & caring for chickens, and learning to compost, to name a few). Mornings are reserved for programs that progressively build skills over the course of 3 days. Afternoon activities change daily, and evenings are for togetherness where the whole camp participates in activities together.  The camp curriculum is designed to foster self-confidence, leadership, respect, and a desire to make the world a better place.  Camp Roosevelt Firebird is a multicultural, inclusive, international camp that draws from across the socioeconomic spectrum.  Campers laugh together, learn from each other, reflect together, and appreciate each other.  Every voice matters and everyone has a voice.

To assist with their diversity initiative, Camp Roosevelt Firebird founded a nonprofit with the mission of making camp accessible to everyone.  For qualified campers, this scholarship program can help subsidize the costs.  

This camp has activities for everyone.  Campers can choose to participate in mountain biking, boating, kayaking, swimming, disc golf, archery, soccer, basketball, ropes course, zip lining, knee boarding, tennis, dancing, photography, creative arts (in their historic 1890’s barn) and more…all on 104 acres of shoreline, forest, fields, pasture, creeks, and rolling hills.  It’s a picturesque camp your children won’t soon forget. 

“My greatest hope is that, in a small way, our camp will influence our campers to someday go out into the world and make a positive impact.” – Joe Mendes, Camp Director/Owner


Falcon Camp

Falcon Camp

Target Demographic: boys and girls ages 6-16 for 2, 4, 6, or 8 week sessions (special 1-week sessions also available)

2019 Dates: June 16 – August 10


Also located about 2 hours south of Cleveland in Carrollton, Ohio, Falcon Camp has it all!  Daily activities are gender separate with planned coed events.  Activities are plentiful, with horseback riding, sailing and other water sports, archery, riflery, tennis, crafts, hiking, biking, and so many more! Instruction for each activity varies from beginner to advanced, and campers choose their own schedule every day within a general framework. This allows campers to try each activity and then get in depth with ones they like most.

For children ages 6-10 who may not be quite prepared for two full weeks away from home, Falcon’s ‘Young Adventure’ one week intro program is a great option. This program is specially designed with more structure and oversight and provides a unique opportunity for younger children to try out a true adventure away from home.


Red Oak, Red Barn, Chincapin Camp



Target Demographic:

Red Barn: day camp for boys ages 6-15
Chincapin: day camp for girls ages 6-15
Red Oak: overnight camp for boys and girls ages 12-15 (separate sessions)

2019 Dates: June 11 – August 3

3 camps in one!  Red Barn, Chincapin, and Red Oak camps are in their 71st season this year! Located in Kirtland, 45 minutes East of Cleveland, they offer transportation from Pepper Pike, with a mission to develop campers’ inner strengths through outdoor exploration and adventure.

Hiram House Camp

Target Demographic: boys and girls ages 6-14

2019 Dates: June 16 – July 12

Ohio’s oldest camp, Hiram House has been hosting campers since 1896.  Located in Chagrin Valley, just 20 minutes East of Cleveland, this camp is both traditional and extremely convenient!  Camp sessions are two weeks long and enrollment is separate by gender, with ‘Camperships’ available for qualified applicants.  Available activities for campers include high/low ropes, alpine climbing wall, boating, archery, horseback riding, farmstead, arts and crafts, nature studies, campouts, cookouts and evening programs with campfires.  See their website for more information and to enroll.

Camp Wise

Target Demographic: boys and girls ages 6-17

2019 Dates: June 11 – July 31

Run by Mandel JCC of Cleveland, Camp Wise is one of the country’s premier Jewish overnight camps.  Located on Cleveland’s East Side in Chardon, Ohio, it features activities from horseback riding to rock climbing and offers financial aid packages to make camp accessible to everyone!  Day Camp and Overnight Camps available.

Camp Asbury
Target Demographics: Boys and Girls ages 6-18
2019 Dates: June 16 – July 26
Location: Hiram, OH

Bellwether Farm
Target Demographics: Boys and Girls ages 6-18
2019 Dates –
Day Camp: July 1 – July 20
Overnight Camp: June 17 – July 20
Location: Wakeman, OH

Camp Cheerful
Target Demographics:
Boys and Girls age 7-17 with special needs
Adults 18 and up with special needs
2019 Dates: June 16 – August 9
Location: Strongsville, OH

Holden Forest & Gardens Summer Camps


Target Demographic: boys and girls ages 5-9

2019 Dates: half and full-day options from June 10 – August 9

A day camp experience for children interested in nature-based activities and exploration! Some overnight options are also available.  camp is also available.

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Target Demographics: Varies based on program
Location: Throughout NEO

Golf Junior Day Camps:

The Junior Day Camp Is designed for new junior golfers as a fun way to learn the game of golf.

For over a decade, the First Tee of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metroparks have partnered to offer the Academy of Golf for Juniors. Way more than just golf lessons, the program is designed to develop the whole child by encouraging healthy habits and daily activity. Through the game of golf and a unique Nine Core Values curriculum (including sportsmanship, perseverance, and honesty), participants learn key values for living life off and on the course. In additional to golf, campers will engage in other types of games and activities each day.

Summer Nature Camps:

Hike in the woods, wade in a creek, create a craft, paddle a kayak, sketch an animal, or play a game. This summer, spend time with Outdoor Experiences staff exploring the outdoor world around you. A variety of summer camps for kids are offered throughout Cleveland Metroparks, each packed full of adventurous activities.

Cleveland Playhouse Theatre Academy


Target Demographic: boys and girls ages 4-18

Duration: half-day, week long, or two-week intensives throughout the month of June

Do you have a little thespian or a creative child in need of a new outlet? Cleveland Playhouse has course offerings for a wide range of theatrical talents, including improv, classical performance, and musical theater to name a few!  Classes are open to students of all abilities and experience levels, and scholarships are available.  However, they’re capped at 15 students, so register today to reserve your spot!

Cleveland State University

Target Demographics: Boys and Girls ages 6-14
2019 Dates: May 28 – August 9

Camp is divided into one week sessions. Each session has a different theme. There is something to interest each of your campers.

Summer Camp LogoLorain County Metro Parks

Target Demographics: All ages (kids and adults)
Locations: Various

Lorain County Metro Parks has so many options to choice from! Camps offered are:
Nature Camp | Outdoor Adventure Camp | Survivor Camp | Paddling Camp | Grandparents Camp | Acting Camp | Adult Summer Camp | Sports Camp | Fishing Camp | Wild World Camp | Stand-Up Paddleboarding Youth Camp | Spirit of America Boating Education Camp

Cleveland Museum of Natural History Summer Camp


Target Demographic: boys and girls ages 6 – 18

2019 Dates: assorted week-long sessions from June 10 – July 19th

Museum or University Circle centric camps for children interested in being enriched in the arts and culture of University Circle.  Depending on which session is chosen, campers conduct hands-on science experiments, get closer to nature on outdoor adventures, and explore the Universe.  Exceptionally popular with limited availability, the spaces fill quickly, so register ASAP!

Great Lakes Science Center Summer Camps


Target Demographic: boys and girls ages 4 – 14

2019 Dates: June 3 – August 16

So many different week-long camp themes, you’re sure to find something of interest to your children!  These camps offer awesome challenges and unforgettable learning/adventures for kids of all ages.  All camps have a strong focus on building skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

Nuts and Bolts Academy


Target Demographic: Boys and girls ages: 9-18

2019 Dates: June 3 – August 3, 2019

The Nuts and Bolts Academy provides opportunities for students at multiple grade levels to engage in fun, educational experiences. Our camps expose students to manufacturing and engineering through innovative, hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities. View the full catalog of Cuyahoga Community College summer camps by clicking here.


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Zoo Summer Day Camp


Target Demographic: boys and girls ages 5-14

2019 Dates: June 10 – July 26, full-day(9-4PM) and half-day (9-12:30) options

Attention budding zoologists!  Did you know your child can spend their summer days at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo?  They can!  Our zoo offers full day and partial day camps all summer long for kids of all ages.  This year, they’ve introduced a new Conservation Leadership Camp for kids 10-14 that even includes an overnight at both the Zoo as well as Rising Waters Safari Camp!  You can learn more about this new option by clicking here.

Target Demographics: Boys and Girls ages 3-13
Location: 28795 Lake Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140
During the Summer, there are a wide variety of camps offered at BAYarts for ages 3 through teen. Available camps include: Master Builders (Legos), Doll Camp Out, Camp Hogwarts, Cartooning Camp, Paw Patrol, Comedy Camp, My Journal Journey, Drawing Superheroes, Teen Titans, Stupendous Sock Animals, and Camera Camp. Find the list at Summer Registration begins 9 am on April 9th. Register between April 9th and April 16th for a 10% discount on your class/workshop fees. No earlybird discount on kids one-day workshops.

ImageBeck Center for the Arts

Target Demographic: Boys and Girls ages 5-18
Location: 17801 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

We’ve all seen the statistics about the value of arts education. Children do better in school and score higher on tests, young professionals are more likely to be financially successful, and adults are more creative and productive workers. Those are the measurable benefits. But what about those things you can’t track on a graph? Happiness. Joy of discovery. Patience. Appreciation for beauty in all forms. Sense of accomplishment. With more than 200 opportunities each week, Beck Center for the Arts is the place for you and your family to experience all the arts have to offer. We have classes, lessons, and award-winning programs in dance, music, theater, and visual arts, as well creative arts therapies for individuals with special needs, and outreach education. We welcome thousands of students from across Northeast Ohio to our campus each year for field trips and student matinees. And we are particularly proud to showcase the best in student and professional achievement thanks to our valuable onsite resources in the form of two stages, art galleries, and recital hall. Our Dance and Theater Education programs have been named “Best of the West’ for 9 consecutive years! Our Music Education has also won “Best of the West” in 2016 and 2017.

Camp Cheerful

Target Demographic: Boys and Girls ages 5-18
Location: Strongsville, OH

Children ages 5 (school eligible) through school age with and without special needs can enjoy all that Camp Cheerful has to offer in a day camp setting. Cheerful Day Camp includes all the activities of the traditional camp sessions, including swimming, horsemanship activities, nature study, sports, canoeing, and much more.

Camp InventionCamp Invention

Target Demographics: Boys and Girls ages 5-15
Locations: Multiple locations in NEO

Camp Invention® is a nationally acclaimed summer program where STEM concepts come to life. Led by local teachers, this program has tapped into kids’ natural curiosity since 1990, giving them the opportunity to become innovators through teamwork and immersive, hands-on creative problem-solving.

Common Ground

Target Demographics: Boys and Girls ages 6-17
Location: Oberlin, OH

Earth Camp and Teen Adventure Camp, our summer camps immerse kids in the great outdoors where they learn, play and make memories that last a lifetime. Earth Camp services kids ages 6-14 and Teen Adventure Camp is for kids ages 15-17.

Earth Camp is a fun, exciting, and educational summer day camp for children ages 6-14. Kids enjoy time outdoors while learning about themselves, others, and the environment. Each week features a unique environmental theme, ranging from wildlife studies to river and watershed exploration. Memories are made as campers enjoy experiences ranging from horseback riding and river walking to team building activities, art, hiking, music, drama, and swimming.

Adventure Camp is a day camp designed for ages 12-17 and features fun team building activities, our awesome high ropes course, our thrilling zipline canopy tour, along with swimming and other camp favorites. This camp promotes healthy collaboration and communication and builds positive self-esteem all while having a blast!


Target Demographics: Girls ages 6-15
Location: Rocky River, OH

Magnificat has summer programming to fit each grade level.

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