The Who, What, Where, When and Why of 2021 Summer Camps
If you are a returning camp family, you may have noticed that our summer camp offerings look a little different than they normally do. Wondering why? The short answer is COVID-19, and our longer explanation is below. Will things change again? We’re not sure, but we will continue to be here to support your family and place the well-being of your campers first.
WHO – The “who” of camps is a two-part question: who will staff our camps and who will our participants be?
Our staff is composed of lots of familiar faces, as 85% of our 2020 team will be back at camp this summer. Additionally, we are proud to collaborate with Dublin Latchkey to provide late afternoon coverage for the families that need an extended camp day. 100% of the Latchkey staff are currently working in the DCS.
We have opportunities for campers ages 3 – 14…which leads us to WHAT
WHAT – What are we offering this summer? We are offering the same quality curriculum, crazy camp fun and meaningful social interactions that we are known for – just wrapped up in a different package. Check out the chart below to see what opportunities are available for your camper. Details about each camp are available in our Camp Handbook.
*NEW – You asked, and we listened – after receiving many requests for extended camp hours, we reconvened our camp planning team and came up with a solution that we hope you like as much as we do. It changes camp hours from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm to 7:30 am – 3:30 pm with aftercare as an option and provided by Dublin Latchkey for an additional $50/week ($3.50/hour). Aftercare registration is available during priority and weekly registration.
|Playground Adventure Camp||3 – 5 yrs||DCRC
(Arts & Crafts Room/ Coffman Park/Art Barn)
|9 AM – Noon||Mon – Fri||$75/week|
|Playground Adventure Camp||6 – 8 yrs||DCRC
(Arts & Crafts Room/ Coffman Park/Art Barn)
|12:30 – 3:30 PM||Mon – Fri||$75/week|
|Jr. Wyandot Camp||5 – 8 yrs||DCRC & Kaltenbach Park||9 AM – 4 PM||Mon – Fri||$135/week|
|Wyandot Camp||6 – 10 yrs||Wyandot Elementary||7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
3 – 6 PM aftercare*
|Mon – Fri||$150/week
|Wyandot Next Camp||11 – 14 yrs||Wyandot Elementary||7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
3 – 6 PM aftercare*
|Mon – Fri||$150/week
WHERE & WHEN – Camps open on June 7 and run through July 30* at various locations in Dublin. Our main camp facilities include The Dublin Community Recreation Center/Coffman Park, Ted Kaltenbach Park and Wyandot Elementary School. Please see the chart above for specific details. Additional details, including information about camp registration, are located in our Camp Handbook.
*Looking for more camp opportunities? We also run specialty camps and extended weeks of our traditional camp programs June 7 – mid-August. Details about these camps are available on our website dublinohiousa.gov/recreation-services/camps/
WHY – Our goal is ALWAYS to provide quality programs that are safe and meaningful for both participants and staff while meeting the needs of as many community members as possible. In order to meet this goal in 2021 we needed to rethink everything.
All of our camp programs operate within the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety protocols issued by the CDC, state and local authorities which translates to small camp groups that are physically distanced and lots, and lots, of cleaning. We need more staff than we typically do to meet all of the various requirements (think 1:4 ratios of counselors:kids) so we needed to make some decisions about where to focus our resources.
After reviewing enrollment trends, staff availability, curriculum options, participant and staff feedback and facility capacity we are proud to offer our 2021 camp plan that places the wellbeing and needs of our camp families and staff first while honoring the traditions of our camp programs. We hope to return to our traditional camp structure in 2022 but who knows…maybe you and your camper will like our new structure even more than what you’ve known in the past.
Summer Camp Registration & Information
Summer camp registration will become available online during the first week of April. For detailed registration information, review the registration section of the Parent Handbook. See registration dates below.
- All priority registration spots (all 8 weeks) are full. Sign up for our waitlist.
- Thursday, April 8 (Weekly Registration)
6 a.m. Playground Adventure Camp online registration for Dublin and Dublin City School District Residents
- Tuesday, April 13 (Weekly Registration)
8 a.m. Playground Adventure Camp online registration for Dublin, Dublin City School District, and Non-Residents
Summer Camp Parent Handbook
2021 Summer Camp Parent Handbook is now available! The handbook provides parents/guardians with detailed summer camp information. Review now to prepare for the upcoming summer camp season!
COVID-19 Policies & Procedures
In order to meet the health and safety guidelines required by the Ohio Department of Health and Franklin County Public Health agency, our camp administration team has made several modifications and procedural changes to our 2021 day camps to ensure best practices are in place for the safest environment possible for your child. We ask that all parents/guardians become familiar with the following COVID-19 policies and procedures.
The City of Dublin’s Parks & Recreation Department promotes an inclusive policy for all of our programs. To provide the best overall experience for your child or to carry over IEP accommodations, an appointment must be made for an inquiry of needs. Contact Jodi Shealy, Adaptive Recreation Coordinator, at 614.410.4574. An accommodation plan MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO your child’s program or camp registration. This plan is required each camp season.
For 2021 summer camp consideration, please contact Jodi Shealy to schedule your inquiry of needs before Friday, March 12, 2021.
Summer Camp Refund Information
To cancel your summer camp enrollment, a Refund Request Form must be completed and submitted to Rachel Keitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prior to submitting a refund request, review the summer camp refund policy in the Parent Handbook.
- Refund Request Form (Wyandot Next/Wyandot Camp/Jr. Wyandot)
- Program Cancellation/Transfer Request Form (Playground Adventure Camp/Specialty Camps)
Safety City: Safety City is an early childhood safety education program. The Dublin Division of Police, Washington Township Fire Department and local guest speakers visit throughout the week to discuss safety awareness and preventive procedures. Snacks are not provided during the program. Children are randomly placed into three traffic light color groups. No group requests, other than siblings, are accepted. A 2021online health care form is required to participate.
- REGISTER NOW: Aug. 11 – 13 | Wednesday – Friday | 9–11 a.m. | Ages 5-6
- REGISTER NOW: Aug. 11 – 13 | Wednesday – Friday | Noon–2 p.m. | Ages 5-6
Jr. Cooking Camp: This hands-on camp is perfect for younger chefs who love to cook, bake and help in the kitchen. Participants learn the basics of cooking including measuring wet and dry ingredients, chopping, mixing and following a recipe from start to finish. Bring home new skills and develop culinary creations that are fun and easy to replicate.
- REGISTER NOW: July 14 – 16 | Wednesday – Friday | 9–11 a.m. | Ages 6-8
Cooking Camp: This hands-on class is perfect for participants who already have some experience in the kitchen. Students learn kitchen safety, proper measurements, proper knife handling, and a variety of cooking and baking techniques. This class provides participants the opportunity to follow a recipe from start to finish and apply new skills learned in class while cooking.
- REGISTER NOW: July 14 – 16 | Wednesday – Friday | Noon–3 p.m. | Ages 8-12
OMG Art Camp: Have you ever thought about painting with your head, elbow or feet? How about creating giant sculptures of food or making your own paint brush? This crazy art camp encourages kids to think outside the box and create art in a way that they might not see in their school’s art class. Don’t be afraid to get messy and use your imagination!
- REGISTER NOW: July 7 – 9 | Wednesday – Friday | 9 a.m.–1 p.m. | Ages 6-12
Ceramics Camp: Discover how shapes and forms can be created from clay! Learn clay hand-building techniques such as pinch pots, coils construction and slabs. Try out the pottery wheel throwing and explore clay-decorating techniques such as stains, underglazes and glazing. Have fun and dress to get messy!
- REGISTER NOW: Aug. 9 – 11 | Monday – Wednesday | 1:30–4:30 p.m. | Ages 8-12
Photography Camp: Create and edit amazing pictures using a digital camera! Learn how to use a camera and explore making interesting images from portraits to landscapes, candid to posed, and still to action. Edit the images in-camera and with entry-level editing software. Bring your own point- and-shoot digital camera; even an iPhone or iPod will work (bring all cables, charger, batteries, and memory card).
- REGISTER NOW: August 9 – 11 | Monday – Wednesday | 9 a.m. – Noon | Ages 7-12
Ancient Ohio Survival Camp: Learn ancient skills needed for survival at an archaeological site located at Ferris-Wright Park. Campers use tools and learn skills that American Indians used 2000 years ago. Throw a spear with an atlatl, try your hand at flint knapping, explore the creek, walk silently through the forest, and learn about the ancient history of the area, all while connecting with nature.
- REGISTER NOW: June 28 – July 2 | Monday – Friday | 9 a.m. – Noon | Ages 8-12
Skyhawks Golf Camp: Participants learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, body positioning, etiquette and keeping score. The program is specifically designed for the entry-level player, simplifying instruction so that young players can make an easy and effective transition onto the golf course. Every child receives an award certificate and Skyhawks t-shirt.
- REGISTER NOW: June 7 – 10 | Monday – Thursday | 9 a.m. – Noon | Ages 5-7
- REGISTER NOW: June 7 – 10 | Monday – Thursday |1–4 p.m. | Ages 8-12
Shooting Stars Basketball Camp: Join Bally Sports for a highly active basketball camp to help skill development and promote physical activity. Players participate in games and drills that focus on improving the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, defense and concept of game play. To help players learn different components of the game, play is stopped when teachable moments occur.
- REGISTER NOW: June 21 – 25 | Monday – Friday | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Ages 9-12
All Sports Camp: Campers will ‘have a ball’ at the Multi-Sports Camp! Each day focuses on a different sport including, but not limited to soccer, basketball, football, floor hockey, and track and field! Staff ensure campers participate in a well- supervised environment that creates positive, social interactions and emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship. Campers play exciting running and group games throughout the week and leave excited about new skills they have learned each day.
- REGISTER NOW: July 12 – 16 | Monday – Friday | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Ages 6-12
Tennis Clinics: Join a week of fun on the tennis courts. Learn the rules of singles and doubles tennis. Master the proper technique of the forehand, backhand, the lob and serve. Participants compete in games during the week and in a tournament at the end of the week.
- REGISTER NOW: June 7 – 11 | Monday – Friday | 9–11 a.m. | Ages 6-18
- REGISTER NOW: July 12 – 16 | Monday – Friday | 9–11 a.m. | Ages 6-18
- REGISTER NOW: Aug. 9 – 13 | Monday – Friday | 9–11 a.m. | Ages 6-18
Preschool/Youth/Teen Program Updates Mailing List
If you would like to receive e-mail updates on preschool/youth and teen summer camps, please join our e-mail mailing list. Contact Rachel Keitz at email@example.com to add your address to the list.
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American Camp Association
The American Camp Association© (ACA) has recognized our Wyandot Camps for achieving ACA-Accredited© status for 2021. ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country. Its nationally recognized standards program focuses primarily on the program quality, health and safety aspects of a camp’s operation. ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at the camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. For more parent-focused information about accreditation, visit ACA’s website.