Fitness & Recreation

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)
Summer 2019
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 2018

  • 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

Summer 2019
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.

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
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 2018
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.

Fall 2018
Participants will have a sheet of paper with different nature items that can be found on the hike. Their goal is to find all the items pictured on the paper. Some of the finds will be animal signs, animal sounds and different types of plant and animals. Spring Valley Nature Preserve. FREE

Fall 2018

Fall is here and leaves are blowing everywhere. With brilliant colors of orange, red and  yellow our forests are alive with beauty. Come collect the best of the best with us and press and preserve them so they will last. McPeek Lodge, FREE

PURE FUTSAL SOCCER – BOYS Grades 5/6 and 7/8
What is Futsal? Futsal is an indoor variation of soccer that offers your child the opportunity to develop foot skills. The game is played with a smaller and heavier ball, thereby eliminating the kick and run element of soccer. Participants will be playing a 4v4 format with instruction, we will include transitional games and possession games, these are great for teaching while playing. The object is to have very little standing and maximum touches on the ball. Players should bring water, wear shin guards and flat soled shoes.
Session 1: January 6, 13, 27, Feb. 3
Session 2: Feb. 10, 17, 24, March 3
Boys Grades 5&6 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Boys Grades 7&8 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Bryn Du Field House, Instructors: Ian McConnell
Register by 1/2 Sessions 01, 1/27 for Sessions 02

Spring/Summer 2018
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. 


Winter & Spring 2019
Grades 5 – 12
What is Sportsmetrics? This is a comprehensive jump training program that combines a dynamic warm-up, plyometrics, strength training, speed and agility training and flexibility. This program has been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of a knee injury as well as increase jump power and improve leg strength in sports that involve pivoting, cutting and jumping. Sports metrics is the only scientifically proven ACL injury prevention program represented nationally and internationally with 10 countries certified to use the program. 
18 Sessions at the Bryn Du Field House.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00PM
February 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28
March 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21
April 1, 2, 4
Early Bird Registration Fee $225R/$245NR through February 8, 2019.

After February 8th,  Registration Fee $250R/$270NR
Min. 8 – Max 20

Winter 2019

Sunday February 10 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
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

WINTER TRACKS – Ages 3 – 6 
Winter 2019
Children will explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own in a book they can take home with them.
Thursday January 24 from drop in between 10:00 – 11:00 AM, 
McPeek Lodge, Free

G.O. MULTI-SPORT – Ages 4 – 14
Granville Outreach Sports 
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.
The program will run on Saturdays from January 19th until February 23rd   with sessions at at Granville Elementary School.  Registration required.

Fall & Winter 2018-19
Ages: 18+ to purchase membership

We are pleased to report that effective June 1, 2015, the Granville Recreation District has taken ownership of the platform tennis facility, affectionately named ‘Coon Creek. This  facility is comprised of 2 platform tennis courts and a warming hut on the property of Spring Valley Nature Preserve. The “Coon Creek” facility will offer a new and exciting opportunity for individuals to learn the best racquet sport known to fall and winter. Platform tennis is an American racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in the cold weather. This unique sport attracts people who desire exercise, fresh air, competition and social engagement all on a chilly winters days. GRD is very lucky to be able to provide a NEW and exciting program. GRD will continue to manage, operate and maintain “Coon Creek” as it has in the past.

Spring & Summer 2019

This class will be a combination of aerobics and endurance, stability and coordination, with an emphasis on arms, abs and legs. Body Tone is targeted for all age groups; participants will use hand weights to help increase endurance and build body mass. Kristina Jackson is the instructor. This is an 8 week class. Classes are ongoing.

Spring 2019
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 2019
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 2019
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.