Summer Camp Guide 2016: Part 2

. May 9, 2016.

Hancock Historical Museum

422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay
419-423-4433 |

May the Forces of Energy be with You! 
Investigate the history and science of sound, light, force/motion and electricity! Campers will discover the properties of each form of energy and learn to reflect, refract and absorb sound and light energy. We will investigate the mysteries of electricity and force, and learn about the great scientists who discovered and advanced the study of energy.
Dates: June 28-June 30 9am-12pm
Ages: 7-12
Cost: $40 members, $50 non-members


Canter’s Cave Special Needs 4-H Camp

1358 Caves Rd., Jackson
Contact: Michelle Stumbo | 740-992-6696

Ohio State University Extension proudly offers this camp for individuals with multiple handicaps. Campers can try swimming, fishing, swings, archery, and horseback riding. Accommodations are available for these activities. Camp also includes music therapy, science, arts and crafts, parachute games, and more. Children and caregivers are free to participate at their own pace and choosing.
Dates: June 17-19 (Check-in around 5pm June 17, check-out around 11am June 19)
Ages: 8-18, with caregiver
Cost: Youth fee, $80. Caregiver fee $45
Staff to camper ratio: 1:10


The Cube

3430 North Main St., Findlay
419-424-7176 | |

Lion King Summer Skate Camp Sign up by June 1 to guarantee a T-Shirt,
Dates: June 13-16 Advanced 8-10:30am, prerequisite minimum ISI Freestyle 1. Regular 10-12:30pm, beginner-ISI Delta. Production June 16 at 12:30 p.m.
Ages: 5 and up
Cost: $50. Taking registrations until day of camp, up to 35


Findlay E Free Church 

2515 Heatherwood Dr. | Mike Holmes

Vacation Bible School Deep Sea Discovery Welcome to Deep Sea Discovery! Get ready for a life-changing adventure. Each day begins at Celebration Reef, where kids sing, shout, praise, pray, and are introduced to a Bible story and the daily theme. They then take part in activities that encourage exploration of a Bible story, have a snack and play games, make science crafts, and more. All of these fun activities connect to the Bible story, Bible Memory, and the truth that God is with us wherever we go.
Dates: July 10-14. 6-8:30pm
Ages: 3-Completed 5th grade
Cost: Free
Counselor to Camper ratio: 1:8


Hancock Park District

Main office: 1424 E. Main Cross St. | Findlay
419-425-7275 |

Adventure Day Camps
What is a herp? Learn about frogs, toads, snakes, turtles and more through talks, hikes, activities and crafts.  Minimum: 6, Maximum: 20  
Date: June 10, 9am-3pm. 
Location: Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Discovery Center
Cost: $15 per child by 4:30pm June 7 
Contact: Michelle Rumschlag |

Mommy & Me: Mother and children pairs participate in activities and games that explore parent/child relationships different animals have in the wild. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, female friends welcome. Ladies should be able to engage in active, semi-strenuous activities that may include carrying, crawling and lifting. 
Minimum: 6 pairs, Maximum: 15 pairs                  
Date: June 11, 9am-3pm                                                        
Location: Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Discovery Center
Ages: 3-7, with an adult companion                
Cost: $15 per pair by 4:30pm June 8
Contact: Jessie Elsass |

Junior Recreation Camp 
Participants will learn how to play disc golf, canoe, kayak, and track. They will also fish, hike, and explore archery. Snacks provided; bring a lunch and water bottle. Dress for weather and ground conditions. Minimum: 6, Maximum: 20  
Dates: June 13-17, 9am-3pm
Location: Mon-Tues at Riverbend Recreational Area, Shelter 3; Wed-Fri at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Discovery Center                                      
Ages: 9-12
Cost: $60 per child by 4:30pm June 8
Contact: Jessie Elsass |

Junior Naturalist Camp
I Spy in the Park: Explore the world of bees, birds and more. Snacks provided; bring a lunch and water bottle. Dress for weather. Minimum: 6, Maximum: 20  
Dates: June 20-24, 9am-3pm
Location: Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Discovery Center 
Ages: 9-12
Cost: $60 per child by 4:30pm June 15 
Contact: Chris Allen |

See a full list of camps offered by Hancock Parks online at


Children’s Museum of Findlay

1800 Tiffin Ave. Suite #201 | inside the Findlay Village Mall
567-250-9616  |
Go to for more information or to register.
Children’s Museum members enter promo code CMFMEMBER and get $20 off.

Join the Toledo Zoo for an exciting week of two summer camps held at the Children’s Museum of Findlay this summer. During “If I Ran the Zoo,” campers will explore what it takes to work at a zoo by testing their skills as a keeper, curator, and zoo director. During “Animal Superstars,” kids can meet some of their favorite animal movie stars. Find out where these animals came from before they made it big!
Dates: If I Ran the Zoo – Session 1: June 13-17, 9am-12pm. Session 2: July 11-15, 9am-12pm. Animal Superstars – Session 1: June 20-24, 9am-12pm. Session 2: July 18-22, 9am-12pm.
Ages: Both camps 6-10
Cost: $145 to $165.00, same for each camp


Hancock County Teen Empowerment Group’s Message to be shown at Local Theaters

I Am Enough – a local group that stands against substance abuse and for positive life choices – recently won runner-up for best message in a statewide public service announcement contest.

The contest was sponsored by the Drug Free Action Alliance, part of the 2016 Ohio Problem Gambling Conference – and I Am Enough’s public service announcement will run as part of the pre-show reel at Findlay Carmike Cinemas April through March 2017.    

Members of I Am Enough created a 60-second public service announcement with a focus on what signs teens exhibit when involved in teen gambling and what resources are available to teens with gambling problems. The group first wrote a script then filmed participants at the Findlay Hancock County Public Library.

Zach Thomas, Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist Director of Wellness and Education for Hancock County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services said a formal announcement of the award took place at the We Are the Majority Rally in Columbus on April 28.

Funded by United Way and Hancock County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS), the I Am Enough youth board works to spread the message in Hancock County to stand up against substance abuse and other high risk behaviors that could evolve in the teen years. 

For more information about I Am Enough, visit website.


Reading a Priority for YMCA Campers

The Findlay Family YMCA is making reading a priority for its day campers this summer and is looking for volunteers.

The Camp Readers Program is a new supplement to the day camp program and will offer campers 30 minutes of daily engaged quiet reading time. In addition to the time spent in reading, counselors and volunteers will be available to assist with reading and to help children build confidence and attain reading goals.

“Everybody who is enrolled in day camp will take part,” said YMCA Sports & Camp Director Jerry McNamee. “I personally believe in the mission of the YMCA …to put Christian principles into practice through programs that help (develop a) healthy spirit, mind and body for all …and we have made it a priority to be more mission-driven. This program is to help develop healthy minds.”

McNamee said the YMCA’s ENGAGE youth council is currently holding a book drive to collect books that will be used for the program. Books may be dropped off at any YMCA branch and will go through an approval process before being selected as a program book offering. 

For more information about Camp Readers or to become a volunteer,
contact Jennifer Treece at