Township camps get you out of your summer rut

People tend to get into ruts in the summer months as they try to find new and exciting things to do with their families while the kids are on summer vacation. By the end of the June, many people feel as if they have tapped out all of their resources when it comes to finding things to entertain their families.

Lucky for you, Miami Township has a number of camps and classes available for kids and parents alike that are sure to keep your summer moving right along and not dragging in the summer heat.

“We do have some camps that are still available,” Nancy Haines, the recreation coordinator for Miami Township said. “We also have some different events like our Summer Concert Series going on right now.”

For children looking to learn some new sports or just to give them something to do, Haines said that the Township offers a different variety of classes and camps that could give kids an alternative to the things they are used to doing during the school year.

“We have a dodgeball camp and some tennis classes,” she said. “We have a skateboarding camp, a camp for kindergarten safety, a fishing camp, gamesapalooza for preschoolers.”

Gamesapalooza runs from July 30 – Aug. 3 and is geared toward three- and four-year-old children. Led by Wendy Caton, the kids will enjoy non-stop action for an hour a day that will refine their gross motor skills while kicking, running, throwing, rolling, turning and shooting.

The Township is also offering camps for school-age children such as Extreme Dodgeball, Beginning Cheer Camp, and Dare to Adventure.

The Beginning Cheer Camp, which runs from July 30-Aug. 3, is run by former Xavier Cheerleader Michelle Veite. Throughout the week, Veite will teach children basic cheerleading skills such as jumping, clapping, yelling and dancing.

The Dare to Adventure camp, open to children ages 7-9 offers children the chance to go to Town & Country, Coco Key Indoor Water Park and Little Miami Canoe for rafting.

The Survivor Challenge Camp will also be available in early August for children ages 7-12. In this camp, attendees will learn how to tackle challenges as a team, including tug of war, setting up camp and an obstacle course. The week will end with a challenge event to find out who the real survivors are.

Aside from some of the other camps, Miami Township is offering sports camps including skateboarding, fishing, soccer and flag football.

The skateboarding camp is available for kids ages 7-12 from July 16-20 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Campers will learn skateboarding maneuvers such as ollies, shuv-its, kick-flips and board slides.

Fishing, soccer and flag football camps are open to kids from ages 6-12 depending on the session. All three of these camps are taking place in late July or early August and will teach the campers the fundamentals of each sport.

While the kids are at summer camps, adults have the opportunity to do something fun as well.

“We have ZUMBA and yoga classes in the morning and in the evening for adults,” Haines said. “The yoga is traditional. (Julie Lusk, the teacher) calls it ‘stress-free yoga’ and there’s beginner classes and more advanced classes.

“We also have ZUMBA Gold, which is for beginners, but we also have regular ZUMBA for the more experienced dancers.”

The Township also offers fitness activities to get you out the heat with their Deep Water Total Body Tune-Up classes as well as Aquatic Core and More classes.

Haines described the Aquatic Core and More classes as more geared toward beginners with classes taking place in the shallow end of the pool while the Deep Water classes are for a more advanced level of aquatic fitness.

For more information on the camps and classes, log on to Miami Township’s website at and go to the Recreation page.