Summer Camps

The featured images and descriptions included in this guide showcase some amazing summer camp options to keep your kiddos busy (and happy!) this summer. We are excited about these partnerships as well as the opportunity to provide this resource to local moms.
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It’s time to get serious about summer, and we are here to help with our Dayton area guide to Summer camps!

Water, art, sports, nature, and more…

You can’t go wrong with any of these options. We don’t remember camp being this amazing when we were kids!

COVID-19 Update: Many camps are now offering remote options, but we’re all hoping in-person camps will be possible this summer!

YMCA of Greater Dayton

May to August

Give your kids the BEST. SUMMER. EVER with YMCA Summer Day Camp & YMCA Camp Kern!

We love the YMCA of Greater Dayton Summer camps because of the flexibility they offer. You can enroll your kiddo(s) for a week or the entire Summer (#workingmomwin!). Campers learn to work together leading to the development of teamwork skills, leadership skills, and lifelong friendships. In addition, campers gain an understanding of the YMCA’s character development values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. YMCA Camp Kern and Summer Day Camps are accredited by the American Camping Association.

YMCA Summer Day Camp: They provide an exciting setting for your children to explore the outdoors. Quality staff will guide them through a Summer of discovery as they explore the world around them. Activities include swimming, field trips, reading with skits and drama, arts & crafts, relationship building and more! YMCA Summer Day Camp is for children ages 5-12. (Campers must have completed Kindergarten. Some sites include lunch.)

YMCA Camp Kern: Camp Kern has been providing meaningful residential camp experiences to local families for 110 years and is the perfect place for campers to learn about themselves and others, create long lasting friendships through shared outdoor experiences and be the best version of themselves through the guidance of positive role models.

Read more about one local mom’s experience with the Residential Camp Experience at Camp Kern HERE.

Day Camp locations available in Huber Heights, Eaton, Kettering, Fairborn, Xenia, West Carrollton, Englewood, Springboro, Miamisburg, and New Bremen.

Contact the Y for pricing and dates. Don’t be discouraged – the Extra Hands Scholarship Program provides financial assistance based on need through an easy application process. Day Camps also accept PFCC and Military Discounts.

Ohio Sports Academy Summer Camps

Weekly June 7th - August 13th

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School’s out, and Ohio Sports Academy has you covered with awesome weeklong and day camps planned ALL SUMMER LONG! OSA has been voted best gym in Dayton 6 years in a row! Summer Camps are filled with high energy, structured activities for your kids that incorporate open play, organized games, arts, and Ninja. The list goes on! And to keep things fun, they feature one special event every week like Kona Ice or a visit from their Animal Aquarium friends!
Ohio Sports Academy Summer Camps include unique activities such as fun on trampolines, rope swings, ninja course, and every kids favorite: a FOAM PIT!!!! They also have a craft space, team building fun, and daily themed activities that allow your kids to have a different experience at every camp! Campers will rotate between different areas every 30 minutes keeping them active and interested.
Low camper-to-staff ratios allow staff to get to know your child by name!
OSA Summer camps will run Monday – Friday 8:00am-3:00pm with an extended 5:30pm option all summer long!

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270 Hiawatha Trail
Springboro, Ohio 45066

Classroom Antics Summer STEAM Camps

June 14th - August 6th

It’s the ultimate STEAM camp experience!

Classroom Antics camps spark creativity by allowing kids to use their imagination and create. Kids are introduced to fun challenges and have opportunities to gain new insight into STEAM subjects, instilling confidence within each camper as they learn. The camps cover a wide area of interests like LEGO robotics, stop-motion animation, computer programming, video game design, Minecraft coding, science, engineering, and video production. Classroom Antics prides themselves on evolving kids from technology consumers to technology creators.

“He thought he would just be ‘learning’, not actually building robots and programming video games! He was mentally stimulated, excited about going, and sad when they ended!” – Amy, parent

Open to campers age 7-13 years old.
12-student classes for individualized attention.
1:1 student to equipment ratio for maximized learning.

Use code DAYMOM10 to receive $10 off each camp.

Multiple convenient locations see website for details.

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Summer Camp Resources

First comes camp registration and then comes packing camp lunches!

We hope to ease some of that burden by providing you some ideas. Each idea meets a different need and will provide you with some different ideas of lunches to pack.

Overnight camp feels like a rite of passage.

After hearing rave reviews about the YMCA Camp Kern experience, I decided to take a risk and let go of control (because, yes, that is what it felt like to me) for one week out of the summer and see what would happen.

Want to be a part of our Summer Camp Guide?

We want to show our readers all the great camps available right here in the Dayton area. Partnering with us allows your business greater visibility with a large targeted market of local families. Join us and help enrich the lives of Dayton Area moms!


  1. Looking for activities / friend groups for son with learning disabilities, physical & medical limitations…
    This summer & fall

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