RECkids Camp

Inspiring Campers to Lead Happy, Healthy Lives

Summertime recreation becomes extra special with RECkids Camp at the University of Dayton, home to a diverse community committed to educating the whole person and combining learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Campers are challenged to think critically, work collaboratively, and solve problems creatively through their involvement in a variety of dynamic, hands-on activities that encourage communication and cooperation in nurturing and positive educational environments. Our RECkids Camp staff is comprised of UD students and administrators. Because our staff is shaped by UD’s Catholic and Marianist values, they are committed to fostering a spirit of hospitality where campers feel welcomed, included, and valued.

Each weekly session is designed around a fun, interactive theme where campers and counselors become designers of their own learning through high-level tasks and active roles. During each week, campers will have opportunities to form a beginning group contract for success, participate in large group programs, and choose from several small group activities. There will be opportunities for swimming, climbing, playing sports, creating art projects, and so much more.

In collaboration with the University of Dayton’s community and grounded in the Choose Well, Live Well philosophy of UD Campus Recreation, the programs offered and spirit created at RECkids Camp makes this one of the best ways to spend your summer in the Miami Valley.

Registration Opens in March
Registration for RECkids Camp will open the second Monday of March each year. Visit our Registration page for forms and additional information.

Our Mission

University of Dayton's RECkids Camp is a recreation-based day camp promoting healthy lifestyles for six to twelve year old children.

Our goal is to inspire campers to discover their best selves through playful inquiry, cooperative learning, and positive group culture. By working towards these goals, our campers will:

  • Leave with a newly gained confidence in themselves.
  • Develop a love for learning, growing, and playing.
  • Discover and develop their personal best.
  • Act in ways consistent with their values.
  • Help to create a community where trust, cooperation, and respect are the foundation.

Our Vision

Leading happy, healthy lives!

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is based on three foundational elements that inform our programming and work with youth:

recreation

Our camp provides experiences for campers to be active. From the Aquatics Center to the Rock Wall, to outdoor athletic fields and many oases on campus, campers have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities focused on health and wellness. Activities include sports, art, games, group challenges, and outdoor pursuits. Not only do our campers run outside, breath fresh air, and use muscles to jump, splash, and climb, our activity time builds a sense of community and encourages feelings of belonging and shared responsibility.

Education

Our campers are challenged to think critically, work collaboratively, and solve problems creatively through their involvement in a variety of dynamic, hands-on activities that encourage communication and cooperation in nurturing and engaging educational environments.

celebration

A key component of our camp is to celebrate the ordinary and extraordinary moments of the summer. We take time to pause and review progress our campers make, encourage them to work on their personal best goals, and acknowledge the strengths and contributions of everyone involved. Celebrations come in all forms: words of affirmation, letters home, all camp parties, shared laughter and many, many high fives.

CONTACT

Health Center

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0900
937-229-3131
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