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UPDATED 2016 OV Parent Summer Camp Guide

June 9, 2016


Camp Cranium-Grand Vue Park

Sponsored by: Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley

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Where: Grand Vue Park, Moundsville

Ages: 4-10

When: June 13-17 and 20-24; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (before- and after-care available)

Cost: $105/$95 members weekly

Contact: 304-214-5437,,

STEM-based activities using MAKESHOP, Drawbots and LEGOs. Swimming and activities at Grand Vue's playground, pool and outdoor learning space. Nature activities, traditional camp activities and create-your-own healthy snacks.


Camp Cranium-Fresh Air Farm

Sponsored by: Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley

Where: Kiwanis Fresh Air Farm, Valley Grove

Ages: 4-10

When: July 11-15, 18-22; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (before- and after-care available)

Cost: $105/$95 members weekly; $22/$20 daily

Contact: 304-214-5437,,

Outdoor games, nature exploration, live animal demos, swimming, arts and crafts, science, gardening, healthy snacks.


Fun in the Sun YMCA Camp

Where: J.B. Chambers YMCA, 55 Lounez Ave., Elm Grove, Wheeling

Ages: 5-12

When: May 31-Aug. 13; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (free before- and after-care available)

Cost: 4- to 5-day rate, $100/$80 members; 3-day rate; $90/$70. Additional discounts for each child and for paying in full by May 22.

Registration deadline: May 22

Contact: 304-242-8086

Free breakfast and hot lunch some weeks, field trips, sports, swimming, science, animals, games, swimming, guest speakers.


Good Zoo Camps

Where: Good Zoo, Oglebay Park, Wheeling

Ages: 3-4, age 4-entering grade 1, entering grades 2-3, entering grades 4-7, entering grades 6-12

When: June 2-Aug. 19; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for all except ages 3-4, 9-11:30 a.m.; some camps also available half-day; not all weeks open to all age groups. (before- and after-care available)

Cost: Most are $125 members/$140 non-members weekly. Multiple-week, early registration and half-day discounts; optional box lunches $5.75/day. There also are some one-day camps.

Contact: 304-243-4030,

All new hands-on animal activities, career explorations, science, environment, crafts, nature play, farm activities, photojournaling, art, dinosaurs, camping, swimming and more.


Horse Lover's Camp

Where: Oglebay Park, Wheeling

Ages: 7 and up

When: June 6-10, 13-17, 20-24 and 27-July 1 for beginners; July 11-15 and 18-22 for intermediates; July 25-29 for advanced; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $265 weekly

Contact: 304-243-4042;

Beginner camp includes horse safety, grooming and basic horse care. Intermediate campers must have had six months of riding lessons. Instruction in safety, horse care, breeds, colors and bandages. Advanced campers will learn canter, equine nutrition, safety, exercising horses and disciplines. Beginning and intermediate campers will swim in the afternoons.


House of the Carpenter Day Camp

Where: Kiwanis Fresh Air Farm, Valley Grove

Ages: Entering grades 1-3

When: June 19-24; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 304-233-4640

Traditional camp activities and swimming. Transportation provided from the House of the Carpenter, 200 S. Front St.,?Wheeling.


Linsly Day Camp

Where: The Linsly School, Wheeling

Ages: 5-12 (four age groups)

When: June 1-24 weekdays; 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (before- and after-care available)

Cost: $125 weekly; $360 for four weeks

Contact: James Wallace, 304-233-3260 or

Swimming, sports, arts and crafts, field trips to Chuck E. Cheese, Pittsburgh Pirates game, miniature golf, bowling.


Missoula Children's Theatre Camp

Where: Strand Theatre, Moundsville

Ages: Entering grades 1-12

When: June 20-25

Cost: Free

Contact: 304-845-5833

Auditions are 10 a.m.-noon Monday; daily hours depend on the child's role. Performance of "Alice in Wonderland" on Saturday.


Oglebay Institute Day Camps

Where: Schrader Environmental Education Center, Museums of Oglebay Institute, Stifel Fine Arts Center, Towngate Theatre, Wheeling

Ages: 3 and up

When: May 31-Aug. 19, full- and half-day programs (before- and after-care may be available)

Cost: Varies

Contact: 304-242-7700,

Camps in art, theater, nature, dance, history and combinations. Some camps offer swimming in the afternoon. See website for complete listings and registration forms.


Pre-K SummerFest

Where: Holy Family?Child Care Center, 161 Edgington Lane, Wheeling

Ages: Graduating from or entering Ohio?County Schools universal pre-K

When: All summer, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays

Cost: $100 a week ($90 in advance). Free before- and after-care.

Contact: 304-242-5222,

Themed weeks, crafts, games, water play. Lunch, snacks provided.


Summer Jam at Laughlin Chapel

Where: Laughlin Memorial Chapel, 129 1/2 18th St., Wheeling

When: June 20-July 29 weekdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 304-232-2632

Harambe sessions, field trips, swimming, Grow Ohio Valley healthy eating cooking classes, health and fitness, breakfast and lunch (available to any youth under 18, not just campers).


Wheeling Country Day School Summer Camps

Where: Wheeling Country Day School, 8 Park Road

Ages: 2 years-entering grade 8

When: July 21 and 28, Aug. 4 and 11 for 2-year-olds, 9 a.m. or 11 a.m.; June 6-Aug. 12 weekdays, 9 a.m.-noon for entering junior kindergarten to entering grade 1 (extended day available); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for entering grades 2-6; June 6-10, June 20-24, July 11-15, July 18-22 and Aug. 1-5 for entering grades 6-8, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (before- and after-care available for some camps)

Cost: Varies

Contact: 304-232-2430,

Open to the public. Weekly themes include: gymnastics, Minecraft, crafting, filmmaking, martial arts, creek week, American Girl, sewing, science, dance, sports, fairy gardens, LEGOs, spies and more.


Wheeling Park Day Camps

Where: Wheeling Park

Ages: 4-5 and 6-13 (entering grades 1-7)

When: June 6-Aug. 5 weekdays; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for preschoolers and 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for older kids (before- and after-care available)

Cost: $47.50 weekly for preschoolers; $90 weekly for school age. Daily rates and multi-week discounts available.

Contact: 304-243-4085,

Swimming, crafts, pedal boats, arcade games, mini golf, zoo, scavenger hunts, Olympics, tie-dye, carnival and other special events.


YWCA Celebrate Youth Camp

Where: YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline St.

Ages: 5-12

When: July 11-15 and 18-22; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (before- and after-care available)

Cost: Free

Contact: 304-232-2748

Guest speakers, playground trips, arts and crafts, movies and field trips. Registration forms available at the YWCA.



Cosmic Kids Summer Camp

Where: Challenger Learning Center, Wheeling Jesuit University

Ages: Entering grades 1-3

When: June 21 and Aug. 2; 9:30 a.m.-noon

Cost: $20

Contact: 304-243-8740,,

Find out about outer space and discover the wonders of our world.


Fun with Physics Camp

Where: SMART Centre Market, 30 22nd St., Wheeling

Ages: Entering grades 2-7

When: Aug. 8-9; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $60

Contact: 304-23-DINOS,

Build a physics toy, play with magnets and explore the fascinating world of physics. All activities are grade-level appropriate, safe and fun. New activities for returning students. Snacks, lunch provided.


GEMS (Girls Enjoying Math and

Science) Camp

Where: SMART Centre Market, 30 22nd St., Wheeling

Ages: Girls entering grades 5-8

When: June 27-28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 304-23-DINOS,

Learn and have fun at the same time with other girls who love science. Join an all female staff with activities and experiments in many areas of science. Snacks and lunch provided.


Juggling Camp

Where: SMART Centre Market, 30 22nd St., Wheeling

Ages: Entering grades 4-8

When: July 13-14, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $70

Contact: 304-23-DINOS,

Basic juggling for the beginner. Campers will learn physics and have fun learning to juggle. All campers receive a juggling kit with "how to" book and materials. Snacks and lunch provided.


Moon Bases, Terraforming and Interstellar Travel Camp

Where: SMART Centre Market, 30 22nd St., Wheeling

Ages: Entering grades 6-9

When: July 18-19; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $60

Contact: 304-23-DINOS,

How will we live on the Moon? How can we change Mars to be more like the Earth? How will we reach the stars? Examine these and related questions that are essential to the future of humanity. All activities are grade-level appropriate, safe and fun. Snacks and lunch provided.


Ohio County 4-H CloverSTEM Day Camp

Where: Garden Park, Warwood, Wheeling

Ages: 8-12

When: June 27-July 1; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $50 (scholarships provided to youth who meet family income eligibility for the federal Summer Food Program)

Contact: 304-234-3673

Campers will "learn by doing" a variety of hands-on science and nutrition activities in the morning and swim in the afternoon. Lunch is provided.


Space Explorers Summer Camp

Where: Challenger Learning Center, Wheeling Jesuit University

Ages: Entering grades 4-7

When: June 23 ("Voyage to Mars") and Aug. 4 ("Rendezvous with a Comet"); 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $35

Contact: 304-243-8740,,

Travel aboard the Eagle II spacecraft on a Voyage to Mars with a new crew of astronauts to replace the existing crew who has manned Mars Control for the past two years or join a team of scientists and engineers who are on a daring mission to take an up-close look at a comet as it streaks its way across our solar system.



Bethany Soccer Camp

Where: Bethany College

Ages: 8-13

When: June 27-July 1 overnight

Cost: $415 residential; $265 commuter; team and family discounts

Contact:, 304-829-4559

Boys and girls are in separate groups with the same instruction based on age and skill level. Players assigned to camp teams that play nightly.


C3 Soccer Camp

Sponsored by: Covenant Community Church

Where: The Linsly School athletic fields,


Ages: 4-10

When: June 12-16; 6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 304-905-9000,,

Children learn soccer skills from local coaches and players; age-appropriate biblical lessons; snacks.


Linsly Sports and Cheering Camp

Where: The Linsly School,


When: June 27-30

Cost: $125

Contact: 304-233-3260,


Danny Sancomb Basketball Skills Camp

Where: Wheeling Jesuit University McDonough Center

Ages: 6-17

When: June 20-23; 9 a.m.-noon for ages 6-9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for ages 10-17

Cost: $85 for half-day, $175 full-day (includes lunch)

Registration deadline: June 8

Contact: 304-243-2366 or

Developed and led by WJU head basketball coach Danny Sancomb, camp includes ball handling, passing, shooting, positions, drills, speed and strength.


Oglebay Junior Golf Camp

Where: Oglebay Park, Wheeling

Ages: 7-17

When: June 6-July 27, three-hour sessions one day a week for eight weeks

Cost: $75 plus tax, discounts for additional children

Registration: Weekends in May at the Par 3 driving range

Contact: 304-243-4050

Camp includes instructional sessions, including play on the course, the driving range and Par 3 course. Program participants receive golf discounts.


Oglebay Tennis Camp

Where: Oglebay Park, Wheeling

Ages: 7-12 (two age groups)

When: TBA

Cost: TBA

Contact: 304-243-4039,

On-court professional instruction for all skill levels in a fun environment.


Summer's Best Two Weeks Sports Camp

Where: Grace Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry

Ages: Entering grades 2-7

When: July 25-Aug. 5 weekdays; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Cost: $75

Contact: 740-633-2699

Features daily swimming plus archery, soccer, basketball, tumbling, hockey, track, tumbling, crafts, nature and more.


Wheeling Recreation Sports Camps

- Baseball and softball, ages 5-12, 9 a.m.-noon July 12-15; I-470 fields

- Cheering, ages 5-10, 9-11 a.m. July 12-15, I-470 Miracle field

- Soccer, ages 6-12, 9 a.m.-noon July 19-22, 16th?Street field

- Soccer, ages 4-5, 9-10:30 a.m. July 19-22, 16th Street field

- Basketball, grades 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon July 26-29, place TBA

- Biddy basketball, grades 1-3, 1-3 p.m. July 26-29, place TBA

Cost: $30 except 4-5-year-old soccer, $20.

Contact: 304-234-3641



Beaver Creek Church Camp

Sponsored by: Presbyterian Churches of the Upper Ohio Valley

Where: Beaver Creek Church Camp, 50277 Duke Vodrey Road, East Liverpool

Ages: Entering K-12

When: Varies by age group

Cost: K-1 two-day camp, $35; older groups, six-day, five-night camp, $190

Contact: 330-385-4729 or 330-385-3490,

Christian community, outdoor games, nature exploration, swimming, arts and crafts.


Camp Presmont

Where: Piedmont Lake, Belmont County

Ages: 5-18

When: Varies by age group

Cost: $275 for most week-long camps; less for other camps

Contact: 740-758-5571;

Week-long senior high, junior high and junior camps, three-day/two-night primary camp; overnight kindergarten camp; family camp; music and drama camp; canoe camp; sports camp (basketball and soccer); grandparent/grandchild camp.


High Adventure Horsemanship Camp

Where: Faith Ranch, Jewett, Ohio

When: June 19-Aug. 6

Cost: $415 full week, $315 half week, $215 day camp; discounts for missionary/pastor families, active military families, siblings

Contact: 740-946-2255,

Christian-themed horse camp with instruction from a certified riding instructor. Beginning campers learn grooming, saddling, safety and basic control of an assigned horse for the week. Most campers require more than one week of camp to complete each level.


House of the Carpenter

Where: Camp Aldersgate, Carrolton, Ohio

Ages: Entering grade 1-12

When: Varies depending on age group

Cost: Free

Contact: 304-233-4640

Water activities on Lake Logan; climbing wall and high ropes course; traditional camp activities. Registration forms at the House of the Carpenter, 200 S. Front St., Wheeling.


Ohio County 4-H Overnight Camp

Where: Camp Russel, Oglebay Park, Wheeling

Ages: 9 and up

When: July 10-15

Cost: $115

Registration deadline:?June 15

Contact: 304-234-3673

Registration materials available in May. Classes, team building activities, guest speakers, as well as swimming and other recreational activities. Registration is open to the public (non-4-H) if spaces available.


Wilderness Camp

Where:?Faith Ranch, Jewett, Ohio

When:?June 26-July 2


Contact: 740-946-2255,

Christ-centered camp where campers are taught basic survival skills, such as cooking over a fire and navigating through woods.



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