Overnight Camps

 

The ultimate in camp experience and the stuff lifelong friends are made of, overnight camp is the ultimate summer experience.  If you’re lucky enough to choose the right one, your children will live for summer, actively track the number of days between leaving camp and going back, and they’ll probably dream of becoming camp directors.  We are really lucky to have some absolutely amazing (and in some cases, very longstanding) overnight camps close to Cleveland.  If you want your kids to have a true Parent Trap summer experience, these camps will deliver!  Plus they’re not too far from Cleveland, so you can make it down for those special parent weekends.  Just beware, you may leave with your own dreams of becoming a camp director … 

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

Camp Fitch YMCA
Target Demographics: Boys and Girls ages 6-17
2019 Dates: June 9 – August 3
Location: North Springfield, PA

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Target Demographic: Girls ages 5-18
2019 Dates: June 16 – July 31
Location: 3 Locations in NEO

Camp Whitewood
Target Demographics: Boys and Girls ages 7-18
2019 Dates –
Day Camp: June 9 – July 24
Overnight Camp: June 10 – August 16
Location: Windsor, OH

YMCA Camp Tippecanoe
Target Demographic: Boys and Girls ages 6-17
2019 Dates: June 9 – August 3
Location: North Canton, OH

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