This residential camp is in partnership with the Cincinnati Police Department. Youth live in the cabins with officers and camp counselors, participate in traditional camp activities, watch special unit presentations (such as the SWAT & K9 teams), and learn about police work.
This residential camp is designed specifically for Boys & Girls Club members. The program includes crafts, ropes courses, swimming, campfires, and much more. The teen program (ages 13-15) operates out of a rustic village and focuses on teamwork and leadership through adventure activities. Contact Boys & Girls Club at 513.421.8909 to register for this program.
Core Camp is a year-round program for a group of hand-picked “All Star” campers from all of Camp Joy summer camp programs who want to become a peer leader at Camp Joy. This program focuses on leadership and social skills. Obviously, there will be s’mores! Campers must be invited to participate in this program.
A teen leadership program designed for campers who want to become a counselor at Camp Joy. This program focuses on leadership and cabin management skills. Campers will participate in a 2-week program with one week devoted to observation and training and a second in cabin mentoring with a counselor.
Camp Joy is partnering with the Children’s Home of Cincinnati and local foster care agencies to provide a unique, hands-on camp experience for youth within the foster care system. The goal of the program is to empower foster youth through education and support while increasing their developmental assets with expectations that they will learn, grow and succeed throughout their lives. (Program consists of 9 monthly overnight weekend respites and a 5-day summer camp experience for youth).
We went to Camp Joy to learn teamwork and to have fun learning. My favorite activity was the underground railroad reenactment because it seemed so real, and it just comes to show how bad slaves were really treated. I personally learned how to deal with people that I’m stuck with or with people that don’t like too much. Camp Joy affected my school year in a way that I would work together much better with people. Camp Joy was a lot of fun.
Noah C., Camper
Thank you for for being my trail group leader. Throughout my time at Camp Joy you helped me and led us through our groups’ difficult times. You were also really fun singing all of those songs while we were hiking. I also thought that you were really good in the Underground Railroad play through. You probably would have caught us because of the way that we had escape. Thank you for helping me throughout Camp Joy, you should always know that I will never forget Camp Joy because of you.
Morgan C, Camper
Thank you again for providing our campers with a phenomenal experience. It is always a great opportunity for them to connect with other campers who share in their same medical condition and make lasting friendships with their peers.
Social Worker, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
The excitement of learning and growing at Camp Joy all begins with our first connection with you.
We are excited to get the opportunity to meet you and show you camp! If it is easier, just give Tia a call at 513-478-9282
Camp Joy has made the difficult decision to cancel all overnight camp programs for summer 2020. The recommended social distancing, group sizes, and risk mitigation played a large factor in this decision. Given the nature of camp and the activities our campers participate in, this is the safest decision for our campers, our staff, and the families to which we send them home.