Agency/Open Enrollment Camps

The Joy Experience

  • Gain interpersonal and personal skills, increased self-confidence and social skills.

  • Make new friends with youth who lead similar lives.

  • Experience healthy challenges from living in cabins to tackling high ropes courses.

  • Develop lasting relationships with role models.

  • And most importantly have LOTS of FUN!

Camper Eligibility

Camp Joy understands that camp isn’t the right fit for every child. While full of fun, Camp Joy can be hot, buggy, rainy, and tiring. It is possible Camp Joy may not be the right fit for your child, so if you are having doubts, please talk with us.

To attend Camp Joy your child must be between the ages of 7 and 15 (5 – 8 for Intro Camp).

To successfully enjoy camp, campers must meet all of the following criteria.

  • Campers must be able to have effective interactions in group-based activities and live and cooperate in a close, community-based environment.

  • Campers must be able to meet their own personal hygiene needs (getting dressed, toileting, bathing, etc.).

  • Campers must be able to meet the physical demands of camp (walk distances, remain outside for the majority of the day, etc.).

  • Campers must be willing and able to participate in a group setting (able to transition among activities with a group, follow instructions from counselors, remain with the group, take turns, ask for help when needed, etc.).

  • Campers must be able to sleep in a group setting.

  • Campers must be able to communicate with counselors and peers.

  • Campers must not demonstrate aggressive behaviors.

  • Campers must be fully immunized in order to participate in Camp Joy.  If you are not sure whether your child will meet the immunization requirements, please contact our office prior to registering your camper.

Camp Joy is unable to provide 1:1 support for campers.

2021 Camp Registration – Full

This residential camp is designed specifically for youth who otherwise could not afford to come to camp. The program includes crafts, ropes courses, swimming, campfires, and much more.

Click on the registration link to find open spots.


This residential camp is designed specifically for younger campers who want to try out a shorter camp week. The program includes crafts, swimming, campfires, and much more.


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.

The Camp Joy CORE Camp Leadership Program is designed to help participants develop leadership skills through experiential service learning and training. CORE participants form a tight-knit group as they participate in activities and get a “peek behind the curtain” with camp operations as they help camp staff in delivering activities.CORE participants will gain skills in youth development, leadership, and problem-solving.

Fostering Success (ages 9-15)

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).


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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