Youth Programs

Are you looking for a fun, active, inspiring and educational environment for your children this summer? Look no further! Avon Lake Summer Camp is a convenient and fun way for your children to stay active in the summer months.  At camp, we will spend most of our time outdoors walking our city visiting our parks, library, pool and on exciting field trips. We incorporate a healthy mix of art, nature and movement! Explore a new integrated theme each week! Our camp program allows you to be confident in the care that your children are getting as it is run by certified teachers and staff that are all CPR and first aid certified.

Registration opens Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 9am for Avon Lake residents.  Non-residents registration opens Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 9am. Space is limited so reserve your spot today! Non-refundable deposit of $75 per week due at time of registration. Final payment for ALL weeks due by Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

Cost per child:  $275 resident/$300 non-resident per week.
Sibling Discount: $25 sibling discount available when purchased in the same transaction (applies to each additional sibling registered in the same session).

5 Week Discount - $100 off ($20/week) for registering for all 5 weeks.  No refunds. Any adjustments will eliminate the qualification for the discount.

Who: Children ages 6-10 as of 6/15/2024.  Five-year olds who have completed kindergarten may be considered. Please reach out to prior to the start of registration.

Location: Erieview Elementary School (32630 Electric Blvd) will be our base camp and pick up/drop off location.  However, we will spend time at many satellite locations including the Ellen Trivanovich Aquatic Center, Avon Lake Public Library, and Bleser Park. Field trips will take place most often on Wednesdays and Fridays. Camp transportation will be mostly on foot with camp staff supervision and with Avon Lake school buses for the field trips. 

Times:    Summer Camp 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
                              Drop Off: 8:45-9:15am @ Erieview Elementary
                              Pick Up: 3:30-4:00pmErieview Elementary

                Extended Care Options (additional fee will apply):
                              Early Drop Off: 8:00-9:00am, $20 per week @ Erieview Elementary
                              Stay & Play: 4:00-5:30pm, $25 per week Erieview Elementary

Weekly Themes & Field Trips: 

More details coming soon including field trip locations!  (Field Trips Subject to Change)

Week 1: June 17 – 21 – Olympic Games
The 2024 Olympics are being held in Paris, France.  What better way to celebrate than to bring the Olympics to Avon Lake Summer Camp?  Campers will engage in a variety of sports including, but not limited to track and field, swimming, basketball, tennis, and volleyball.  Campers will be introduced to the importance of hard work, discipline, and teamwork.  There will also be an opportunity to compete and earn medals.

Field Trips:  6/19 Crushers and 6/21 Sportsville

Week 2: June 24 – June 28 – Explore the Outdoors
Join us as we explore the nature around us in our own backyards and down on the farm.  Connect with wildlife and nature around us, creatures on the ground and in the air. 
Field Trips:  6/26 TBD Metro Parks and 6/28 Dalton Farms

No Camp the week of July 4th

Week 3: July 8 – 12 – Ani-Mazing Animals
Join us as we answer the call of the wild in this week’s animal-themed adventure! With plenty of encounters with furry, scaly, and feathery friends, this camp is perfect for every animal lover. With animal-themed projects, games, and crafts all week long, this will surely be an Ani-Mazing time!
Monday we have a special visitor, Animal Terry, coming with some of his amazing jungle animals.

Field Trips:  7/10 Downs on the Farm and 7/12 Cleveland Zoo

Week 4: July 15 – 19 – Listen to Your Art
Art comes in all different forms and we will explore them all.  From music, dance, and artistic creation, your musical adventure awaits!
Discover your talents or appreciation for all different art forms.  We’ll explore the notes, beats, instruments, and sounds of music for foot-tapping fun!

Field Trips:  7/17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and 7/19 Cleveland Art Museum

Week 5: July 22 – 26 – H2-Whoah!
Our final week includes our favorite element on the periodic table H2O.  All week long we will be adding water to our day.  Slip and slide, water balloons, and more.  We will also work in groups to design and build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape that we will race across the pool to see if it will sink or float.

Field Trips:  
7/24 Lakeview Park and Rose Garden and 7/26 End of the Summer Splash Party at Weiss Field

Please review our Camper Handbook for more detailed information.

Do the above fees include the cost of field trips? 
Yes, they do! Should your child not attend a field trip for any reason, we cannot issue you a refund. Final camper counts are sent out to the organizations we visit well in advance. Additionally, if you opt out of a field trip you will not be permitted to attend camp that day as all staff attend every field trip.
Refund Policy:
100% refunds, minus any non-refundable deposits, will be issued if the registrant cancels their registration four or more weeks before the start of a class or program.  50% refunds, minus any non-refundable deposits, will be issued if the registration is cancelled less than four weeks before the start of a class or program. Refunds are not offered to registrants after the star t of camp without written documentation of extenuating circumstances.

Camp Shirts:  For identification and safety purposes, camp shirts must be worn EVERY day. One FREE camp shirt is included for each week that you register for.  If you would like to purchase additional shirts for your convenience, please do so during online registration for $10 each.  These shirts will also be worn in the pool. They are high quality 100% polyester dri-fit shirts.  
Meet & Greet Tentative - Monday, June 10th at 6:00pm at Erieview Elementary School.  Parents and campers are invited for a presentation to learn more about camp and meet the teachers and counselors.  Camp t-shirts will be available for pick up.  If you cannot attend the Meet & Greet, your shirt can be picked up on the first day of camp.

Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed for pre-teens and teens that have aged out of our summer camp program and are ready to take on the new challenge of helping our teachers and staff facilitate summer camp.  Up to a total of 5  pre-teens/teens ages 11 - 16 per session will be enrolled in the program.  Preference will be given to applicants that have been enrolled in our summer camp in the past.  

Note: This is not a paid position.  The rate for CITs is the weekly camp rate reduced by 50%.

Counselor-in-Training Learning Session and CPR Training: Date TBD Week/Weekend Prior to Camp - details coming soon!
Summer Camp Meet & Greet: Monday, June 10 at 6pm - Erieview Elementary
Summer Camp Dates: Monday - Friday June 17 - July 26 (no camp July 1 - 5)
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Wednesday, March 13 at 4pm
Please check your email for updates and respond when prompted to confirm.  Decisions will be made by April 1st and the candidate will be informed via email.  LINK TO APPLICATION



Safety Town is an interactive educational program that is designed to educate children on a variety of safety topics and techniques that can be utilized in real life situations.  The program is designed for children entering kindergarten in the fall.
A daily theme can include but is not limited to traffic and pedestrian safety, stranger and drug safety, bicycle and animal awareness, home safety and emergency telephone use, police interaction, fire safety, school bus and seatbelt safety, and outdoor and water safety.
Safety Town takes place at Westview Elementary School located at 155 Moore Rd.  This safety education program is offered to children entering kindergarten.  One important goal is for each child to be able to state their full name, address and phone number. Participants will receive instruction on how to protect themselves from strangers, and meet the people who provide safety services to our city.  They will ride on an actual school bus, and receive instruction on school bus safety.
A staff consisting of two certified teachers and several youth volunteers from our community will be present daily to help the children learn about important safety issues.  The children will spend part of their day outdoors (weather permitting) learning how to stay safe in a miniature town that includes crosswalks, traffic signals, and sidewalks. They will ride around their town on kit cars with supervision from our staff. The other part of their day will be spent indoors.  Safety Town sessions will go on as scheduled rain or shine.
Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 14          
8:30-10:30 AM
11:15 AM-1:15 PM
5:15-7:15 PM    
Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21          
8:30-10:30 AM
11:15 AM-1:15 PM
5:15-7:15 PM 
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28
8:30-10:30 AM
11:15 AM-1:15 PM

Registration begins Monday, March 4th at 9am
Non-resident registration begins Monday, April 15th at 9am
Registration Deadline Wednesday, May 8th at 11:59pm

IMPORTANT:  Please check your child's account to make sure their grade is listed as "PreK".  If it is not, please email in order to have it changed so that you may register for the program.

We cannot allow late registration due to program preparation time so please be sure to register on time. 

Registration Resident Fee: $60.00 per child per week session. 
Registration Non-Resident Fee: $70.00 per child per week session. 

Classes are restricted to a maximum of 27 participants.  The strict class size limitations have been set in order to safely and efficiently run Safety Town so that each child benefits from the training. Each safety town session runs for 5 days, two hours per day.

Cancellations:  All cancellations must be received in writing to  Cancellations received more than 4 weeks prior to the start of your session will qualify for a 100% refund.  Cancellations received less than 4 weeks prior, but before your session begins, qualify for a 50% refund.  Cancellations received the week of your program or after will not be refunded.



The Avon Lake Recreation Department is excited to present the fourth summer of Theater Camp (formerly known as Avon Lake Fine Arts Camp).  Led and created by the talented Susan Vance-Koch.

The Theater Camp will be an all-encompassing arts experience where campers will be encouraged to explore their creative talents in music, dance, theater and visual arts.  At the end of the three-week session, campers will perform on stage at the Avon Lake High School Performing Arts Center.

Session One: “Genies in a Bottle” 
Our campers will be experiencing many exciting and magical adventures after they discover the 6 Genies of ALFA! What will happen when the campers' wishes are their command?
The campers will be writing an original script, choosing the music, acting, singing, dancing, and painting the props and scenery for their show. They will be participating in all the aspects of theater, while having a wonderful time discovering their unique creative talents and making good friends. 

6/10 – 6/28 Monday through Friday (3 weeks)
Ages 7-12 (as of 6/15/23)
Camp Location:  Anchor Recreation Facility - 33483 Lake Road, Avon Lake, OH 
Monday – Friday (3 weeks)
Morning Session: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Full Day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (with 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm stay and play w/ you-pack lunch)

Rehearsal/Performance Days: all sessions meet 9:00 am – 4:00pm (6/26, 6/27 & 6/28 Only)
Avon Lake Performing Arts Center - 175 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, OH
Final Performance: Friday, June 28 at 3:00 pm

Session Two: “Superheroes and Me!”
Our Campers will be experiencing some crazy and fun filled adventures with the on-line Superheroes of today! These Superheroes will be helping our campers discover their own unique superpowers that they can use to make this world a better place. Campers will be writing down their own original script, choosing the music, acting, dancing, signing, and painting the props and scenery for the show. They will all participate in all the aspects of theater while having a wonderful time discovering their unique creative talents and making good friends.

7/8 – 7/26 Monday through Friday (3 weeks)
Ages 7-12 (as of 6/15/23)
Camp Location:  Anchor Recreation Facility - 33483 Lake Road, Avon Lake, OH 
Monday – Friday (3 weeks)
Morning Session: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Full Day 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (with 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm stay and play w/ you-pack lunch)

Rehearsal/Performance Days: all sessions meet 9:00 am – 4:00pm (7/24, 7/25 & 7/26 Only)
Avon Lake Performing Arts Center - 175 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, OH
Final Performance: Friday, July 26 at 3:00 pm

Registration opens Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 9:00 am. Space is limited so reserve your spot today! Registration deadline is two-weeks prior to the start of each session.  Non-refundable deposit of $75 per session due at time of registration. Questions? Call (440) 930-4130.

Deadline to register and pay in full for Session One:  Wednesday, May 29
Deadline to register and pay in full for Session Two:  Wednesday, June 26

Camp Pricing:
Three Week Full Day
Resident $825.00 – that’s only $55 a day! (second sibling…$775) 
Non-resident fee $850.00 – that’s only $57 a day! (second sibling…$800) 

Three Week Morning OR Afternoon Session Only:
Resident $450.00 (second sibling…$400) 
Non-resident fee $475.00 (second sibling…$425)