Day Camps

Greater Cleveland’s quintessential day camp experience expands with extended coed week option and theme-based preschool camps.
For decades, University School’s Day Camp has been the place for boys to develop skills and forge friendships that extend well beyond the summer months. From morning swims to afternoon sporting competitions to on- and off-campus adventures – boys are learning, team-building, and having tons of fun over the six-week program. We now offer an extended seventh- and eighth-week option for younger boys and girls to cap their summer. Our youngest campers can join us for up to three weeks of day camp with adventures inside and outdoors that guarantee a unique journey of discovery. 

Our programs are designed to create an environment where our campers have fun and thrive!

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Boys' Day Camp

    For boys entering grades K-7

    Date: June 12th - July 21st
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $1,525 

    In its 97th year, our Boys Day Camp proves good things do last! The camp prides itself in being a safe place where your son will learn teamwork, sportsmanship, athletic and non-athletic skills, and pride in a job well done. We have a strong tradition of combining fun activities with a truly educational experience.

    A big part of our success comes because we limit group size, and maintain a 6-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio! We know boys, and we create an environment where they thrive. Campers swim twice each day (instructional and free swim).

    Tennis instruction is included in the older groups’ programs. Younger groups have a focus on nature and the outdoors. Field trips are recreational and educational. The extensive indoor and outdoor facilities of the Shaker Campus provide the setting for these exciting, challenging, and fun pursuits.

    Counselors consist of experienced teachers and college and high school assistants. Our assistants are chosen based on their accomplishments as students and leaders within their own schools, and many were former campers who want to give back to the program they loved as a child.

    The Boys Day Camp is a full six-week program open to US and non-US students. Because of the limit in group sizes, be sure to register early for this popular camp. No camp on 6/19 or 7/4.

    Questions? Contact Bill Champ
  • Late Summer Coed Day Camp

    Coed, grades K-3

    Week 7
    Dates: July 24th - 28th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $275

    Week 8
    Dates: July 31st - August 4th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:45 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $275

    These camps are coed, week-long extensions of our popular Day Camp. Activities include traditional camp games, swimming, hiking, sports games, and much more! Get creative with art activities using recyclable materials, partake in fun science experiments, or work in the vibrant campus garden! The highlight of the week is a visit to the 220-acre Hunting Valley campus for canoeing and outdoor activities. These camps will be run by veteran summer camp counselor Debra Sterling.

    Directed by Bill Champ
  • Early Years Day Camp

    Coed, grades 1-2

    Dates: June 5th - 9th
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Shaker Campus
    Tuition: $275

    This camp is designed with our youngest campers in mind! Join Ms. Downie and Ms. Comella in playing games, tie-dyeing, crafting with beads, exploring our brand-new playground, and more! We look forward to kicking off the summer with you on those great early warm summer days.

    Directed by Emily Comella
  • Super Summer Preschool Camp

    For boys, age 4 (by June 4 & Potty Trained)

    Location: Hunting Valley Campus
    Tuition: $175 per week or $450 for all 3 weeks

    This camp is designed to engage prekindergarten boys in a creative and stimulating environment using US’s theme-based curriculum. Weekly explorations will guarantee a unique journey of discovery! This camp is run by our dynamic US teachers.

    Week 1: Lake Explorers
    Dates: June 12th - 16th
    Time: 9:15 am - 11:45 am

    Spend a week on Lake Kilroy hearing, seeing, smelling, and feeling this fascinating ecosystem. As we explore the aquatic environment, campers will encounter the magical world of metamorphosis and investigate pond life.  Campers will explore using microscopes, fishing nets, and bug boxes.  As they learn to fish, they will discover the natural world around them.

    Week 2:  Camp Adventurers
    Dates: June 20th - 23th
    Time: 9:15 am - 11:45 am

    Join in on a camp adventure to investigate a multitude of woodland forest animals. Analyze the characteristics of these creatures' diets, homes, camouflage, and tracks. Campers will use binoculars and compasses, build tents, and enjoy s'mores as we trek and fly into the wonderful world of camping.  

    Week 3: Bug Detectives
    Dates: June 26th - 30th
    Time: 9:15 - 11:45 am

    Hey, super sleuths! Grab your magnifying glasses and nets as we embark into the world of bugs. Catch crawling critters and use your detective skills to investigate their natural habitat and behavior. Campers will use their imagination and knowledge of bug characteristics to create a bug of their own!

    Directed by Ellen Rothfusz

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
GRADES 9 – 12
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves over 850 boys in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence. University School is a diverse and inclusive community where each boy is known and loved. 
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