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!

2024 Camp Registration – Join The Waitlist

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).


Welcome Packet

Packing List

Tier Pricing

Healthy Camp Tips

Ohio Summer Food Service Program

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.