Fitness & Recreation

WILDLIFE WONDERS – Ages: 3-6 w/Adult
Tuesday February 18, 2020 from 1 – 2PM
Join us for a short hike to explore textures in nature and learn about our wildlife neighbors and their activities during the wintertime. Included in the hour is a short story, craft and hands-on experiences with nature around us. Dress for the weather. Infirmary Mound Park, Bradley Center
FREE. No Registration Required

Winter 2020
Sunday January 26 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Saturday February 8 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Join us at Spring Valley Nature Preserve for a fun hike! On the hike we will learn about the history of the property and local fauna as we look for tracks and other signs that animals leave behind. Come spend the afternoon with your family and find out why Spring Valley is one of our local natural treasures! End the hike with hot chocolate and s’mores!
No Registration Required 

G.O. MULTI-SPORT – Ages 4 – 14
Granville Outreach Sports
Winter 2020
Saturdays from January 18th until February 29th 

A program supporting Granville area children ages 4 to 14 with disabilities offering a place to run, play individually or join in on group games. Come have fun in a warm gym while playing several different sport themed activities. No sports experience necessary.  Children along with their buddy” will choose from several different individual activities each week. Granville Elementary School.  Registration required.

NOW SEEKING (posted 12/2019):
Come out and be a GO Buddy!

Kids with special needs want to play and have fun like anyone else. Sometimes it takes just a little bit of help from a buddy to make that happen.

The Granville Recreation District Granville Outreach (GO) Soccer and Multi-sports programs are recruiting Buddies to help our Granville and Licking County kids with any level of special need be able to have fun playing in an organized sport.

As a GO Buddy volunteer, you will help your younger buddy to have fun by playing with them at their own pace, helping when needed, and most importantly cheering them on!!

If you want to be a Buddy, you can just show up to one of our sessions, but it would be great if you could let us know how to get in touch with you in case we have to cancel a session due to weather or in case half our team gets a cold!

 · Our sessions run for one hour.
· You don’t have to commit to every session…just come when you can!
· Our 6 sessions run from September 14th thru October 19th.
· Dress comfortably! Special equipment is not needed.
· Previous soccer or kid care experience is not required!

We look forward to meeting you!! Call, text or email any questions!

Amy and Chris Anderson or Cell: 302-377-7706

Winter 2020

Saturdays 2/22-3/21 from 9-10AM 
Saturdays 2/22-3/21 from 10-11AM 
Bally Sports Group provides children with a fun and educational first basketball experience! Players are taught the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, defense, and the concept of game play. The curriculum incorporates teaching styles that help this age group build an understanding of the skills that are taught by utilizing fun terminology and engaging activities. A positive and encouraging atmosphere is created in which kids learn proper sportsmanship. Each week players participate in developmentally appropriate instruction and modified, recreational game play. Granville Elementary School Gym, $75 (R), $95 (NR), Includes Team Shirt, Register by 2/15 for both sessions

Winter 2020
Saturday 2/22-3/21 from 11AM-12:15PM 
Bally Sports Group provides children with a fun and educational basketball
experience! Players are taught the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, defense, and game play. This program furthers the development of each skill by providing appropriate progressions to  Challenge participants while still building their confidence. A positive and encouraging atmosphere is created in which kids learn proper sportsmanship and demonstrate respectful behavior. Each week players participate in developmentally appropriate instruction and recreational, modified game play. Granville Elementary School Gym, $75 (R), $95 (NR), Includes Team Shirt, Register by 2/15

DU SPORTS CAMP: Ages: 6-12
M-F March 23- 27, 2020 from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Hosted by Denison University Women’s Basketball Team, Assistant Coaches and Denison Student-Athletes. They will provide an array of fun sports and activities to include: Basketball, Floor Hockey, Kickball, Soccer, Volleyball, Relays, Swimming, Team Building Exercises and More! Proceeds go to the DU Women’s Basketball program. Camp hours, 8AM-4PM daily Participants signing up for the week get a $25 savings and a FREE Camp Shirt. Instructors: DU Coaches and Student-Athletes, Denison University Livingston Gym, Per Day: $45 (R), $65 (NR): Week: $200(R), $220 (NR) Participants signing up for the week get a $25 savings and a FREE Camp Shirt. Register by 3/16

Fall & Winter 2019-20
Ages: 18+ to purchase membership

Play paddle this fall – the Best Racquet Sport known to fall and winter. Platform Tennis is an American racquet sport enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages. It is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather. This unique appeal attracts people who desire fresh air, competition and social engagement all on a chilly winter’s day or night. Coon Creek Platform Tennis Court is located at Spring Valley Nature Preserve.

Spring 2020
The GIS Running Club introduces its members to the life-skill of running,  We encourage children of all skill levels to participate.  We work very closely with the Granville Middle School Cross Country coach in an effort to mimic preparation for MS running sports.  We run the school driveway and surrounding grassy areas for our paths. We will end the season with a Fun Run.

Spring 2020
This will be a fun program with lots of games and activities to keep little feet moving.  Our goal is to encourage physical activity.  Weekly activities will be pre-planned but volunteer parents will be needed to help manage the program.

LACROSSE CLINIC – Girls and Boys Grades 1 & 2
Spring 2020
This clinic based program is designed to introduce young boys and girls to lacrosse by teaching basic fundamental stick skills and play time activities that develop understanding of simple game concepts.  Participants will be given instruction in lacrosse activities and play-time that promote understanding of lacrosse concepts. Players need to have a boys of girls regulation stick, mouth guard and helmet.

Summer 2019
Our camper-to-staff ratio is 5:1.
Grades: 2 – 6 (entering in fall)
Time for all camps: 9:00AM – 3:00PM (camp day)
Drop-off between 8:00-9:00AM
Pick-up between 3:00-4:00PM
Where: Infirmary Mound Park, 4351 Lancaster Rd, Granville, OH 43023
Fee: $155 (R/NR) per session
Minimum 10, Maximum 20 per session

Camp Teacher is Vonda McDonald, GES Art Teacher

  • Adventureland Day Camp
    Grades 2 – 6
    Infirmary Mound Park, Granville
    Session 1: June 17 – 21
    Session 2: July 8 – 12

    Session 3:  July 29 – August 2.
    Get ready for the adventure of your life! This week will be filled with orienteering, fishing, hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Love to fish? Learn casting techniques, how to put bait on and take the fish off. Campers will enjoy crafts, games, hikes and more which will make this the best Adventure of the summer. Last day of camp will include a field trip. Two sessions will be held. This camp is held in partnership with the Licking Park District.

Summer 2019
Ages 4 – 6
Held at Infirmary Mound Park, Granville
In partnership with the Licking Park District.
Half day programs in partnership with the Licking Park District provides a nurturing atmosphere where children will meet new friends while learn listening and socialization skills. Activities focus around a weekly theme with crafts, games, stories and special events. Supervision is at a 5:1 child to staff ratio. Meets rain or shine. Indoor location for inclement weather.
WHAT YOU NEED: Wear appropriate clothing plus 1 change of clothes, snack, water and sunscreen.

Amazing Color Adaptations
June 24th-27th
Camper, Camper, what do you see?  I see many colors looking at me.  Join for a week of colorful fun!  From blending in to standing out, learn how plants and animals use color for survival.  Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and hikes.  While taking short walks through the meadow, forest, and along the stream, what will you spy this week?
Infirmary Mound Park, Shelter 4
$80 (R/NR)
Register by 6/17for Session 01
M-Th 6/24 – 27 9AM-NOON* #420560.01
*Drop-Off 9-9:30 AM, Pick-Up 11:30AM – NOON

Habitat Homes
July 15th-18th
From land to water, join for a fun filled week of learning about the different habitats and what plants and animals call them their home.  Prepare to dig in the dirt, get close to the stream, and enjoy walks through the meadow and forest.  Discover a variety of insects, birds, mammals, amphibians, fish, and reptiles.  Enjoy stories, games, crafts, and more.  Campers will make their very own habitats!
Infirmary Mound Park, Shelter 4
$80 (R/NR)
Register by 7/8 for Session 02
M-Th 7/15-18 9AM-NOON* #420560.02
*Drop-Off 9-9:30AM, Pick-Up 11:30AM-NOON

 FUN IN THE PARKS – FREE! All Ages! (under 8 accompanied by an adult)
Summer 2019
Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles…

  • June 29 Anytime 10:00am-noon (Wildwood Park Shelter)
    Stop by Wildwood Park and enjoy some time playing with bubbles. Small and large, bubbles are a fun way to spend playing on a warm summer day. Come ready to get wet and have fun with us!
  • Windy Day Fun!
    August 9 Anytime 10:00am-noon (Wildwood Park Shelter)
    Windy days are great for flying kites and windsocks, hearing wind chimes, and watching pinwheels spin. Participants will make their very own windy day project to take with them.
  • Firefly Fireworks
    Tu 7/10 7:30-9PM
    Explore the fascinating world of brilliant bugs during our firefly watch. We’ll begin the our evening shedding a little light on the secret life of fireflies, while making firefly containers to catch and hold some of these fascinating bugs, then begin our quest at dusk and watch the night time magic begin as thousands of fireflies rise from the park. All ages are welcome. Flashlights recommended. Raccoon Valley Park, meet by the bike path bridge

Basketball Mini-camp for girls and boys in Grades 1-4
Summer 2019
Participants will spend a fun filled week learning the basic skills of basketball through demonstration, practice, contests and games. Sara Lee, Denison University Physical Education Professor and Women’s Volleyball and Basketball Coach will instruct this class. This mini camp will be offered for children entering grades 1 thru 4. 

BLUE ACE BOYS BASKETBALL CAMP – Grades: 4th – 8th Boys
Summer 2019
June 3 – 6

This instructional camp will cover the fundamentals of basketball: shooting, ball handling, passing & catching, defense, rebounding, screening & cutting. Each day will have skill instruction along with competition. Camp will be in the Granville High School Gym.  Instructors are Granville Boys Coaches: Head Coach Adam Teeters, Varsity Assistant Coach Matt Engler,  Junior Varsity Coach Eric Minton, Freshman Coach Derrick Fisher,  7th Grade Coach Paul Drake and members of the Varsity and JV teams from the past five seasons!

Summer 2019
June 3th-6th from 5:00-7:30 PM

Entering Grades 1 – 8
Camp held at the Granville High School Gym
Instructors: Granville Girls Coaches, Varsity Head Coach Eric Steele, Varsity Assistant Coach Guy Michael, 8th Grade Head Coach Tim Shull, 8th Grade Assistant Coach Dennis Evans, and current members of the Varsity and JV teams.

This instructional camp will cover the fundamentals of basketball: shooting, ball handling, passing & catching, defense, rebounding, screening and cutting. Each day will have skill instruction along with competition.

Summer 2019
July 15th-18th    5:00-7:30
Entering Grades 3 – 8 Fall 2018
For the player who is interested in participating on a travel team or AAU team and wants to start competing and developing their individual game.  Fundamentals of the game, team concepts, drills, and competitive competition will all be focused on during the camp.

Instruction to be provided by Head Varsity Coach Eric Steele, Assistant Varsity Coach Guy Michael, Head JV Coach R.J. Schirtzinger, Head 8th Grade Coach Tim Shull, and Head 7th Grade Coach Dennis Evans.  Current varsity and JV players in the program will also be assisting. All prospective travel team or current travel team coaches within the GRD are invited to observe or help with camp.

Powered by Bally Sports Group LLC
Summer 2019
Campers will have a Ball at the Multi-Sports Camp! Each day will focus on a different sport including soccer, basketball, football, floor hockey, track and field, and more!  Staff will ensure campers are participating in a well-supervised environment that creates positive, social interactions and emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship. Campers will also play exciting camp games throughout the week. Campers will leave excited about new skills they have learned each day!
Who – Children Ages 6-12
When – Monday – Friday, July 15-19
Time – 9 AM – 3 PM
Where – Granville Elementary School
Fee – $150/170, Includes Camp Shirt
Registration Deadline – July 8, 2019

Powered by Bally Sports Group LLC
Summer 2019
Come challenge yourself with Bally Sports this summer!  The Bally Sports’ Ninja Training Camp offers a wide variety of games and activities planned to test each campers’ skill, speed, strength, balance, mind and most of all, their ability to work as a teammate. Examples of challenges that will be offered next week include Tug-Of-War, Human Pyramid, Shipwreck, Ladder Runs, Multiple Relay Races, Link Tag, Monkey Lines, Obstacle Courses and much more.
Who – Children Ages 6-12
When – Monday – Friday, July 22-26
Time – 9 AM – 3 PM
Where – Granville Elementary School
Fee – $150R/$170NR, Includes Camp Shirt
Registration Deadline – July 15, 2019

HAVE A BALL – MINI SPORTS CAMP – C0-Ed Ages 4, 5, 6, 7
Powered by Bally Sports Group LLC
Summer 2019
Dates: Monday-Friday, August 5 – 9
Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Granville Elementary School
Young campers will have a ball at the Granville Mini-Sports Camp! Each day will focus on a different sport including soccer, basketball, football, hockey, track and field, and more! Campers will engage in age appropriate activities each day that will help them learn the fundamentals and rules of each specific sport. Staff will ensure campers are participating in a well-supervised environment that encourages positive social interactions and emphasizes the importance of sportsmanship. Campers will also play exciting running/group games throughout the week. Campers will leave excited about new skills they have learned each day and will absolutely be ready for nap time! Children should bring the following items to camp each day: Sunscreen, water bottle, snack. Parents should label all personal belongings. 

CHALLENGER SOCCER CAMP – Girls & Boys Ages 3 – 14
Summer 2019
Session 1: June 18 – 22
Session 2: July 16 – 20
Granville Recreation is pleased to announce a partnership with Challenger Sports, providers of the most popular soccer camp in North America. The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s International coaching staff flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger will hold over 3,500 British Soccer Camps this summer and will coach over 200,000 players between the ages of 3 and 18 on camps and clinics nationwide.

Challenger’s British Soccer Camp is more than a week of drills and skills. In addition to taking part in a daily regime of foot skill development (through the 1,000 touches curriculum), technical and tactical practices and daily ‘World Cup’ tournament style plays, each child will be treated to a rich cultural experience and lessons on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship. Challenger’s custom built camps focus on individual player development and are delivered by a team of passionate international coaching staff handpicked to coach your player!

Each camper will receive a FREE camp T-shirt, soccer ball, soccer poster, individual skills performance evaluation and free access to an educational soccer website.

Miniature golf torunament for parent-child teams
Summer 2019
Thursday August 8, 2019 at 7PM
Parents and children are encouraged to participate in this fun for the family tournament. Each parent-child team will play 18 holes of miniature golf. Parent and child will alternate shots throughout the game. Plaques for first, second and third place will be presented. Children must be under the age of 18. This tournament will be held at Granville Golfland (located at Ohio Rt. 16 and River Rd.).

Summer 2019
Beginner and intermediate players learn the basic skills of tennis; these clinics will focus on instruction in basic tennis strokes, volleys, ground strokes and serves. Clinics are held at the Granville High School Tennis Courts. Clint Storey is the instructor.

Skyhawks programs are the centerpiece in delivering quality sports programs that not only equip the athlete with physical skills, but also teach life skills through athletics! Skyhawks programs develop skills, refine talents, and prepare young athletes for future endeavors and competition. Skyhawks staff members are always experienced in the sport they support and have been trained to share that knowledge with a young audience. Skyhawks level programs teach the fundamentals in an appropriately competitive environment where winning and losing are not everything, but are a simple part of the game on the field and in life. These programs are designed for beginner to intermediate level players. Each camp includes quality instruction, t-shirt and merit award. Skyhawks participants should bring a snack, a water bottle, shoes (running shoes are fine), and sunscreen to each camp. Please put your child’s name and phone number on all personal belongings.


  • SNAG GOLF (Start New At Golf) – Ages 5-8 and Ages 9 – 13
    SUMMER 2019
    Campers will learn the fundamentals of swinging, putting, and body positioning. Using the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) system, we have simplified instruction so that young players can make an effective transition onto the golf course. All equipment provided.
  • FLAG FOOTBALL – Ages 6 -9
    Summer 2019
    Campers learn skills on both sides of the football including the core components of passing, catching, and defense – all in a fun and positive environment. The week ends with the Skyhawks Sports Bowl!

Summer 2019
Ages: 18+
Pickleball is a paddle sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. It was invented in the mid 1960s as a children’s backyard pastime but has become one of America’s most popular growing sports among all ages. Four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a whiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications.
Try-it Sessions and Open Court play will be open for registration in May, 2019.

Spring/Summer 2019
Powered by Bally Sports Group LLC
For Boys and Girls Ages 3-4
Dates: Saturday Afternoons, May 12th – June 23rd  (No Class 5/26)
2 Sessions:
Session 01:  1:00 – 2:00 PM
Session 02: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: Raccoon Valley Park
Bally Sports’ Little Sluggers is a great introduction to the game of baseball for young children. Using age appropriate activities, players will be introduced to fundamentals of baseball in an atmosphere that is supportive, fun, and encouraging.  Each week, the program will include an instructional portion that will introduce players to batting, base running, fielding, throwing, and catching. A modified game will also be played each week. Bally Sports’ staff will lead each team’s instruction, although parent participation is strongly encouraged.  We also have “Parent Head Coach” positions available for ambitious parents!  All Parent Head Coaches will be supported by a staff member and provided coaching literature.  The Little Sluggers T-Ball Program will give your child a proper introduction to baseball that teaches teamwork, builds friendships and encourages future participation. Equipment provided: Baseball Bats, Baseball Helmets, Tees, Soft Baseballs, Team T-shirt, Team hat. Equipment Needed (Please bring each week): Baseball Glove, Water bottle. 

Fall 2019
Saturdays Nov. 2nd  – 30th 

Ready to run and have fun? This mini camp is just the fit for your child. They will be introduced to fundamental soccer skills of dribbling, shooting and passing in a fun active environment. Your child will experience the joy of playing soccer while starting the foundation needed to get started in this life long sport. Instructor is Ian McConnell.

OUTDOOR EXPLORERS – Ages: 3-6 w/Adult
Fall 2019
Bring your little naturalist out for this fun hands-on class that explores the nature around us. Investigate parks near to home and experience a side of Granville you may not have known. Various Granville Parks (see below) FREE
Fairy Path Infirmary Mound Park,  Thursday  9/26 at 10:30AM
Fanchion Lewis Park 1357 Jones Rd,  Monday 10/28 at 10:30AM
Sugarloaf 411 W Broadway,  Friday 11/8 at 10:30AM

Sunday 11/17/19 from 1-2PM
Grab your hiking boots, the dog, a couple of energy bars, and some water.
It’s time to hit one of America’s 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System. On November 17, it’s National Take a Hike Day, an annual event designed to get you outdoors for some fresh air, scenery, and exercise. Hiking is a crosscountry-long walk to get that heart pumping while you breathe deeply in air that’s not clogged with auto fumes and pollution. You never know what you’ll see out on the trail.
Infirmary Mound Park, Meet at Shelter 6

SUNDAY SOCCER – Ages: Families
Fall 2019
Wildwood Park, Lower Field at 4:00PM. FREE

This is an open play format and teams are established each evening based on who is there to play. This program is ongoing, weather permitting.

National Miniature Golf Day

Saturday  9/21 at 8PM
Pre Registration required by 9/19 @ GRD, max 60 players
$4/person (R/NR) paid night of event
Miniature golf can be traced all the way back to the 19th century. It was originally invented to allow women to play golf because, in Victorian Scotland, it was unladylike for women to raise a golf club above their shoulder level – which pretty much took regular golf off of the table. In 1867, a smaller version of the game was invented by the Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews. Then it was introduced to the United States and its popularity skyrocketed. After World War I, it swept all over America and by the 1930s was immensely popular. Celebrate this day with a round of glow in the dark miniature golf. Glow In The Dark Miniature Golf Granville Golfland.

Saturday October 19 from 11AM – noon Fall 2019
Fall is full of fabulous fun. As the change of season comes, families are invited to come explore at Spring Valley Nature Preserve. Enjoy an exciting time of fun and adventure as we explore. Dress for the weather and plan to get wet.  Spring Valley Nature Preserve. FREE

Fall & Winter 2019-20
This is an open gym format and teams are established each evening based on who is there to play. All individuals are required to register to participate in this program. Season Begins 10/1
Sundays 7-9PM at the GHS Gym
Wednesdays 9-10PM at the GMS Gym