What to Expect

Inspiring 6 to 12 year-olds to lead healthy, happy lives. Nine weekly sessions are designed around a fun and interactive theme where campers and counselors become designers of their own learning through engaging activities and active roles. RECkids Camp offers campers the chance to experience all that the University of Dayton Campus Recreation has to offer. Campers will have opportunities to participate in large group activities, create a group contract for success, and will choose several small group activities. Activities include swimming, climbing, playing sports, creating art projects, and so much more.

Daily Schedule Outline

Camp runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Extended care options are available.

7:30 am - 8:00 am | Early Drop-off
Supervised by counselors, campers arrive and engage in quiet activities.

8:00 am - 9:00 am | Morning Arrival
Campers arrive and play in same or individualized activities in the MAC Gym courts with our counselors. Morning arrival will take place at the MAC Court side entrance between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. A parent/guardian must check in the camper by signing our Morning Check-in Log.

9:00 am - 9:15 am | Opening Assembly
Each Monday morning, all campers create a group contract to determine how we as a RECkids team will best care for each other for the week. Each day, we will review the contract, camp expectations, and the schedule of activities for the day.

9:15 am - 9:30 am | Morning Stretch
Energizers such as stretches, small group discussions, and other fun activities to get campers moving in the morning and ready for the day ahead.

9:30 am - 10:30 am | Activity Block #1
Moving outdoors, campers participate in hands-on, team-oriented, and high energy games that relate to the weekly theme, such a sport drills, obstacle courses, and rock climbing. This is a great time for campers to try something new or continue building on previous skills.

10:30 am - 10:45 am | Snack
A quick water and snack break as we prep for the rest of the morning.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm | Activity Block #2
Campers enjoy creative experiences that feature different art, movement, service, or nature activities that promote experiential learning and creativity.Â

12:00 pm - 12:35 pm | Lunch
We often eat lunch outside on the RecPlex lawn and picnic tables. If it is raining or too hot, we will eat in our RECkids classroom. We encourage campers to bring a nutritious lunch.Â

12:35 pm - 1:15 pm | Activity Block #3
We will engage in vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activities and exercise to warm our bodies and minds for an afternoon of fun.Â

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm | Aquatics Activity Block (Pool Time*)
*The Aquatics Center will be closed all of July for 10-year life cycle maintenance projects.

The weather turns hot in the afternoon, water games and activities in our Aquatics Center and outside are a perfect way to cool down. Each Monday, campers will perform a swim test to help counselors gauge each camper’s ability to swim and stay above water. We are also better equipped to then know how to help campers improve their swimming abilities. Life jackets (PFDs) are available for use to any camper. Â

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Siesta (Rest & Snack Time)
We will take a water and snack break, reapply sunscreen as needed, check in and see how everyone’s doing as we prepare for our afternoon activities in a quiet RecPlex studio or under a shady tree for snack time coupled with reading, quiet crafts, and some relaxation.Â

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm | Activity Block #4
Closing the day in celebration, campers participate in hands-on, active, and collaborative activities that relate to the weekly theme.Â

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm | Closing
The community comes together to recap our day and share the exciting activities to come the following day.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Evening Check-out
Evening check-out will take place at the MAC Court side entrance between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. A parent/guardian or authorized individuals whose names are written on the Camper Registration Form are the only people who will be able to sign-out a camper.

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Late Check-out
Supervised by counselors, campers engage in small group or individualized activities.

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